Privacy policy

The responsible body as defined by the data protection laws is:

Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Stiftung, foundation under civil law
Goldschmidtstrasse 12
04103 Leipzig, Germany

Telephone: +49 341 962882-0

Your rights as a data subject
You can exercise the following rights at any time using the contact details provided for our data protection officer:

  • information about your stored data and how we process it;
  • correction of incorrect personal data;
  • deletion of your stored data;
  • restriction of data processing if we are not yet permitted to delete your data due to legal obligations;
  • objection to your data being processed by us; and
  • data portability, if you have consented to data processing or have concluded a contract with us.

If you have given us your consent, you may revoke it at any time with effect for the future.

You may contact the competent supervisory authority at any time with a complaint. Your competent supervisory authority varies depending on the federal state of your residence, your work or the nature of the alleged infringement. You can find a list of the supervisory authorities (for the non-public area) and their addresses at:

Purposes of data processing by the responsible body and third parties
We only process your personal data for the purposes stated in this privacy policy. Your personal data will not be passed on to third parties for purposes other than those mentioned. We will only disclose your personal data to third parties if:

  • you have given your express consent;
  • processing is necessary to fulfil a contract agreed with you;
  • processing is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation;

Deletion or blocking of data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We therefore only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as required according to the various storage periods as prescribed by law. Once the purpose in question no longer exists or the storage period expires, the corresponding data will be routinely blocked or deleted according to the statutory requirements.

Collection of general information when visiting our website
When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected by means of a cookie. This information (server log files) includes the type of browser used, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider, and other similar data. This is exclusively information that does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person.

This information is produced automatically during internet use and is required for technical reasons to ensure that the web content you request can be correctly displayed. In particular, it is processed for the following purposes:

  • ensuring a trouble-free connection to the website;
  • ensuring smooth use of our website;
  • to evaluate system security and stability; as well as
  • for other administrative purposes.

The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest arising from the aforementioned purposes of data collection. We do not use your data to draw conclusions about your person. The only recipients of the data are the responsible body and, if necessary, the data processor.

Anonymous information of this type may be statistically analysed by us in order to optimise our website and the technology behind it.

Cookie consent management
The service provider is "MIR MEDIA", Händelstrasse 41, 50674 Cologne, Germany; website:; privacy policy: The consent manager manages the user's consent to cookies and external sources and stores this information in the user's browser. To measure interaction, the service anonymously stores the settings that the user makes in the cookie manager on servers within the EU: date and time, language, browser cookie settings, website where consent was given. EN


cookie_consent_settings, trackingpermissions
Provider and purpose: Saves the cookie manager settings.
Category: Required
Storage: 60 years

Provider and purpose: Content Management System (CMS). Helps prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.
Category: Required
Storage: 1 year

Google Analytics (_ga, _gat, _gid, _gat_gtag_UA)
Provider and purpose: For compiling usage statistics and controlling multiple requests. In this way, we learn from which websites, how often, from which countries, with which devices, and for how long our website is accessed in order to improve it. Cookies are able to distinguish individual users from each other by means of a randomly generated ID in order to prevent multiple counting.
Category: Analysis & Optimisation
Storage: 1 minute (_gat, _gat_gtag_UA), 1 day (_gid), 1 year (_ga)

Vimeo (vuid, player, muxData)
Provider and purpose: Vimeo, Inc for viewing videos
Category: Marketing
Storage: 1 year (player), 2 years (vuid), 18 years (muxData) To prevent the setting of cookies, follow the instructions available here:

Google Analytics

In order to better understand how our website is used and what content we should further develop, we use Google Analytics, a service provided by Google Ireland Limited, registration number: 368047, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, to compile anonymous usage statistics. This analytics tool uses cookies to collect standard logging information as well as visitor behaviour on our website in aggregated form. Aggregated analyses are prepared in particular on the following factors: number and duration of page views of the individual sub-pages, geographical distribution of accesses, end devices used by visitors (PC/mobile), language, operating system, service provider, and screen resolution (on mobile device). For more information on how Google Analytics works and the information we may collect and analyse, please visit:

The cookies used by Google Analytics are only set if you give your consent. You can deactivate the collection of your data by Google Analytics at any time using the following link:

Further information on Google's terms of use and Google's privacy policy may be found at the following link:

Google Tag Manager
Google Tag Manager is a solution with which we are able to manage what are called website tags via an interface and thus integrate other services into our online offer. The Tag Manager itself (which implements the tags) therefore does not yet create user profiles or store cookies, for example. Google only obtains the IP address of the user, which is necessary to run the Google Tag Manager. Service provider: Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, parent company: Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; website:; privacy policy:

Sentry Error Tracking
We use the Sentry service (Sentry, 1501 Mariposa St #408, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA) in a local installation to improve the technical stability of our application. The software helps us to react to display errors on our website without the visitor having to report them. In the event of errors, we log the IP address, the operating system / browser used, steps that led to the error, and HTTP headers. Sentry serves only these purposes and does not analyse any data for other purposes. User data, such as information about the device or the time of the error, are collected anonymously and are not used in a personalised manner and subsequently deleted. The data are stored on our own server in Germany and not transmitted to third parties. For further information, we refer to Sentry's privacy policy:

SSL encryption
In order to protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods. The data is transmitted between you and the website using TLS via HTTPS.

Contact form
If you contact us with any questions by email or through the contact form, you thereby give us your consent to contact you. For this purpose, it is necessary to provide a valid email address. This email address is used to allocate the request and the subsequent response to it. Providing any further data is optional. The information you provide will be stored for the purpose of processing the request and for possible follow-up questions. After your request has been processed, your personal data will be automatically deleted.

Use of script libraries (Google Web Fonts and Google Maps Javascript API)
In order to display our content correctly and graphically appealing across all browsers, we use script libraries and font libraries such as Google Web Fonts ( on this website. Google Web Fonts are transferred to your browser's cache to avoid multiple loading. If the browser does not support Google Web Fonts or prevents access, content is displayed in a standard font.

We use the Google Maps Javascript API to visually display geographical information.

Accessing script libraries or font libraries automatically triggers a connection to the library operator. No cookies are set in the process.
The privacy policy of the library operator Google can be found here:
According to Google, the visitor's IP address and browser identifier ("user agent") are stored for nine months.

Detailed instructions for managing your own data in connection with Google products can be found here.

Depiction of natural persons
As a visitor to our museum in Mendelssohn House, you have the opportunity to have your photo taken in front of the Tableau Vivant and to download these photos from our website for 30 days. To download these photos, you received a unique download code at the museum. Without this download code we cannot provide you with the photos.

All photos taken are automatically and irretrievably deleted after 30 days. Museum staff do not have access to the photos stored on the web server.

Web shop
Our web shop is operated separately from our website. The provider of the shop is Beckerbillett GmbH, Fangdieckstrasse 61, 22547 Hamburg, Germany, The data collected in the context of the shop is not stored on the website. Please note the legal retention periods for data relating to invoices. If you have any questions, please contact

Changes to our privacy policy
We reserve the right to occasionally adapt this privacy policy to ensure that it always corresponds to the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the privacy policy, for example when introducing new services. The new privacy policy will then apply upon your next visit.

Questions to the data protection officer
If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an email or contact our data protection officer directly:

General information

The grand pianos in the Mendelssohn House are always tuned to 443 Hz. For the harpsichord, the customer/musician can determine the tuning. If a particular tuning is desired for rentals and other events, this must be indicated in the long term, but cannot be guaranteed.