Museums and tourist attractions in Leipzig are well distributed across the entire city. For example, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (German Public Television) is close by Leipzig Panometer. The famous Monument to the Battle of the Nations, the largest national monument in Europe, which commemorates the Battle of the Nations, is only a 5-minute car ride away. The Südfriedhof cemetery borders the monument and invites visitors for a stroll through its park-like landscape.
Famous Karl-Liebknecht-Straße in the south of the city, lovingly referred to by the locals as “Karli”, is perfect for sauntering, having a coffee and going out at night.
Several museums in Leipzig are right in the city centre. Changing exhibitions at the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum (Museum of City History), Museum der bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts) or in the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum (Forum of Contemporary History), free of charge, will provide exciting experiences. Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) right at Marktplatz Square and the bordering Naschmarkt Square are well worth a visit.
For those who have read Goethe’s “Faust”, a visit to the traditional restaurant “Auerbachs Keller” is a must. And do not forget to rub the shoe of Dr. Faust and make a wish.
Music lovers can enjoy a motet Thomaskirche Church every Saturday at 3 p.m. while Nikolaikirche Church is famous for its role in the run-up to the reunification and the Monday demonstrations.
The Leipzig Opera and the new (third) Gewandhaus Concert Hall provide musical delights around Augustusplatz Square. Right next to the concert hall is the City-Hochhaus, colloquially referred to as the University Giant or the Wisdom Tooth. This tallest landmark of Leipzig stands 143 metres tall and offers a wonderful view of almost the entire city from its observation platform. Also at Augustusplatz Square is the New Augusteum, the main building of Leipzig University, as well as the Paulinum, the rebuilt St. Pauli University Church which today serves as an auditorium.
Shoppers will like the city centre and the numerous shopping passages but also and especially at the main railway station. It is not only one the largest railheads in the world but also a great place fo extensive shopping tours.
For families, we recommend Leipzig’s modern and child-friendly zoo, approx. 10 minutes from the city centre, as well as the Wildpark Animal Park in the south of Leipzig.
Events in Leipzig
Leipzig offers its residents and visitors a colourful program throughout the year. Apart from various trade fairs at Leipzig Messe, including the Leipzig Book Fair and the Designers’ Open and many summer open air concerts, such as “Classic Open” or “Klassik airleben” in Rosental Park, football enthusiasts can go and watch RB Leipzig play association football at Red Bull Arena.
The trade-fair city also has some unusual events on offer. Every July, the Bathtub Race is held in front of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations. A month later, the duck race which forms part of the Water Festival, is a true experience for visitors.
Regular concerts, flea markets and other highlights, such as the Leipzig Lichtfest (Lights Festival) to remind of the events of 1989 or the world-famous Leipzig Christmas Market round off the event calendar of the city of Leipzig.