Conference Dinner in Auerbachs Keller

On Thursday, 14 July 2016, from 19:30, we welcome you to the Conference Dinner in Auerbach’s Cellar.

Auerbachs Keller
Mädler Passage
Grimmaische Strasse 2-4
D-04109 Leipzig

The restaurant in the heart of Leipzig is the best known and second oldest in the city. The worldwide fame of Auerbachs Keller, which was in the 16th century one of the most popular wine bars of the city, is due to the world-famous poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

On this evening we welcome you to go on a culinary journey with  history, socializing and music.

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History of the location:

The wine bar first was mentioned in 1438 and got its name after the former builder and owner, the Leipzig City Council, doctor and professor Heinrich Stromer, who after his birth in Auerbach was only called “Dr. Auerbach” and in 1508 also served as rector of the university.

In 1519 Stromer bought, for 3500 guilders, a piece of land adjacent to the Grimmaische street and the Neumarkt and from 1530-1538 he built Auerbachs Hof. In the existing basement, he set up a wine bar.

From 1765 to 1768, during his studies Goethe was staying often in Auerbachs Keller in Leipzig. In 1625, he saw images on wood, on which the magician and astrologer Faust was drinking with students and also riding on a wine barrel to the door. He knew the Faust legend already from childhood by the puppet show of Dr. Faust, which was performed at fairs. With the scene Auerbachs Keller in Leipzig in Faust I, he set an example for his students bar and town: “My Leipzig I praise! It is a small Paris and educates its people. “

From 1912 to 1913, Auerbachs Keller was rebuilt in large part during the demolition of the overlying medieval buildings and the construction of the exhibition building Mädlerpassage. The opening took place on February, 22 in 1913. Here, the two groups of figures, the double statue Mephisto and Faust and the group of enchanted students of sculptor Mathieu Molitor incurred at the entrance to Auerbachs Keller, which was founded in 1899 by Traugott Noack (1865-1941).