Early on, Weimar became a musical center as Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Liszt both lived here – albeit during different periods – for about ten years respectively, and left a lasting impression on the musical life of their respective eras and Weimar’s reputation as a music city. Even today traces of the Bach family can be found in town. There is a memorial in honor of Johann Sebastian across from his former residence, which later became the Hotel Erbprinz. The fact that this former residence was the place where Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner declared their friendship in 1848 and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Hector Berlioz, Niccolo Paganini and Carl Maria von Weber stayed during their visits, is certainly a coincidence, but it speaks for the significance of the music city Weimar.