History meets Zeitgeist
In Leipzig history meets zeitgeist. In this city, enjoyment of art and nature are never more than a few steps away. Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Martin Luther und Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – all of them lived in Leipzig and shaped the city.
The Saxon city has acquired many nicknames throughout its nearly 1,000 years of history:
- Musik- und Messestadt (Music and trade fair city)
- Heldenstadt und Ort der Friedlichen Revolution (City of heroes and place of the peaceful revolution)
- Klein-Paris (Little Paris)
- Pleiße-Athen (Pleisse-Athens; Pleisse is the little river going through the city)
- Venedig des Nordens (Little Venice or Venice of the North)
Leipzig is a city of short distances. Most of the city’s sights are located within walking distance, or can be reached by bike or with a well-established public transport. Cultural highlights for music and art lovers, café culture and tradition of restaurants, shopping in historic trade courtyards and passageways, recreational and leisure experiences of a special kind, and a colourful and varied nightlife - Leipzig has much to offer.
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5 things you must do in Leipzig
1. Stroll through the city
To lump all of Leipzig’s architecture together into a single epoch is simply impossible. The mix of old, historic buildings and modern architecture is simply phenomenal. You must make sure to get a glimpse of the town hall in the marketplace at the centre of the town, the Höfe am Brühl, the Naschmarkt and the University at Augustusplatz. One of the places of historic significance is the Nikolaikirche. This was where the Monday Demonstrations began, where the citizens of East Germany fought – peacefully – for their freedom.
LeipzigOld Town Hall ((c)Leipzig Tourism/Andreas Schmidt)
2. Enjoy the view
There are several ways one can enjoy a good view across Leipzig: first and foremost, the Völkerschlachtdenkmal. This is situated just outside Leipzig, but it is a particularly fascinating monument and memorial to a battle of the Napoleonic era. From here, one can enjoy a splendid view over Leipzig and the surrounding country.
Whoever wants to stay in the city without having to climb stairs would be well-advised to consider the Panorama-Tower right next to Leipzig University. A lift allows access to the 29th floor, offering a panoramic view across the entire city.
The "Volkerschlachtdenkmal" Leipzig ((c)Leipzig Tourism/Andreas Schmidt)
3. Relax amidst nature
Leipzig has a perfect mixture of busy bustle and quiet nature. Whether in the Clara-Zetkin Park with a Glühwein or coffee in hand, or in the Rosenthal where one can enjoy a good walk and the sight of people climbing onto dragons… relaxation amidst the World Congress action is guaranteed.
The fountain in the Clara-Zetkin-Park ((c)Leipzig Tourism/Andreas Schmidt)
4. Discover the pubs
The bars and pubs of Leipzig offer an ideal conclusion to a perfect day. So, after the end of the World Congress evening programme, plunge into the turmoil! Go to Karl-Liebkneckt-Straße – lovingly referred to as “Karli” by the people of Leipzig. This is located in the southern suburbs and offers restaurants for all tastes. Or perhaps go to the inner-city “Barfußgässchen”. Plenty of pubs and street musicians – this place comes alive at night.
Pubs at the "Barfußgässchen" ((c)Leipzig Tourism/Michael Bader
5. Go on a shopping tour
Those in search of souvenirs and presents for loved ones should make their way over to the Hauptbahnhof (central station). This is not just the largest terminus station in Europe and an architectural masterpiece – it also houses a giant shopping centre.
The inner city is also well-suited for a stroll – thanks to its many passages, by rain or snow. For clothing, go to the Grimmaische Straße and the side streets.
Leipzig Central station ((c)Leipzig Tourism/Andreas Schmidt)
Leipzig - a city's soul
Leipzig is constantly reinventing itself, yet at the same time it is a city that stands for continuity, the long-term view and reliability. People who engage with Leipzig discover the unique soul of this city. What constitutes this soul?
Leipzig - comerce and the entrepreneurial spirit
Drive and the entrepreneurial spirit are fertile soil for well-known companies in and around Leipzig.
Leipzig - culture and art
Leipzig can also thank its committed citizens for its reputation as a city of culture and art. Over the course of the centuries they have supported the arts, collected paintings, endowed museums and in 1743 founded a concert society.
Leipzig - history with 'peaceful revolution'
In the 20th century, Leipzig developed into a city of European stature with a formative influence on commerce, technology, science and arts. And its political importance was underlined in autumn 1989 when many demonstrations ushered in the Peaceful Revolution, which in turn paved the way for German and European unification in the 1990ies.
Leipzig - flair and lifestyle
Self-confidence and pleasure in enjoyment characterise the Leipzig lifestyle. Accordingly there are all sorts of possibilities for different experiences. These include a visit to the theatre, variety show or cabaret. In the lively Old Town more than 1,200 restaurants, pubs and cafés invite people to partake of some refreshment and relax.