Many cities in East Germany still suffer because of the boring architecture from the former GDR. However Neue Gewandhaus is a gorgeous concert hall that is a lovely architectural landmark as well as provides amazing concerts. First built in 1781, it was later rebuilt in 1981. Make sure you allow time on your tour of the city to see it lit up at night. The real highlight is the music emanating from inside. Kurt Masur used to be synonymous with the building. Its hall has an impressive organ and is well worth a visit.