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Sights and places of interest in Leipzig

Are you planning a city trip to Germany but you cannot decide whether you are seeking for some recreation, looking for musical and cultural highlights or even spending some money while shopping? Then you are just right in Leipzig! Visitors of Leipzig can not only look forward to visiting the picturesque Old Town and nice shopping arcades. Also a huge variety of museums and other cultural institutions invite guests to linger. Various parks and gardens offer recreations and peace, works of world famous musicians sound in operas and churches …

Multifarious, fascinating, captivating – Welcome to Leipzig!

In Leipzig visitors can hardly decide what to do first! We invite you to a virtual city tour of Leipzig and would like to introduce you to the city of fairs, books and culture. Read on to find out more about excursions to regional destinations which can be added to your city trip to Leipzig. You can also get to know more about how German history was influenced several times in Leipzig.

The beautiful city centre of Leipzig

Go for a stroll through the city centre and enjoy the appealing alleys and arcades of Leipzig which make up the charm of the inner city and influence the historic townscape. Today’s arcades were cropped up first around 1900 when major building alterations transformed the then open passage courtyards to large and richly decorated exhibition arcades. Especially the famous “Maedlerpassage” and the “Bathels Hof” are worth a visit. Inside the Mädlerpassage you can find the oldest and most famous restaurant of Leipzig: The Auerbachs Keller (Auerbach's Cellar). It owes its fame to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who studied in Leipzig from 1765 to 1768. The scene "Auerbach's Cellar in Leipzig" from his celebrated "Faust" made the restaurant world-famous.

Leipzig's Old City Hall is one of the most beautiful Renaissance town halls in GermanyAnother eye catcher in the city centre is the Old City Hall. Leipzig's Old City Hall is one of the most beautiful Renaissance town halls in Germany. It was built between 1556 and 1557 in only nine months. Lovely outside, interesting inside: The Old City Hall houses the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum (municipal museum), which is the city’s historical memory. Here exhibits and information connected to the city are collected and presented in exhibitions. The museum’s “horizon” spans from Leipzig’s origins in the Middle Ages through to present days.

Even lovers of modernity can find places of interest in Leipzig. Only a few meters from the inner city the City Tower is located. Some residents call the building wisdom tooth due to its shape. The 465 feet high tower at the square Augustusplatz offers a spectacular view over the city of Leipzig.

Leipzig looks back on an eventful history. Read on to get to know more about how places of interest in Leipzig where German history was written.

Sound of Leipzig

Leipzig Opera © Oper Leipzig

For music lover the "city of music" offers various highlights. The Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus have been cultivating classical music for over 250 years. They are an epitome of the city and today world-famous. The Gewandhaus Orchestra performs concerts in the Gewandhaus and accompanies the performances at the Opera House. In addition, the Gewandhaus Orchestra stages Bach cantatas together with the St. Thomas' Boys Choir.

Furthermore there is the Leipzig Opera - comprising opera, operetta and the ballet of Leipzig. Here world premieres like for example Genoveva by Robert Schumann took place and transformed the house into one of the most famous opera houses in Germany. Leipzig Opera is the third oldest bourgeois music theatre of Europe and owes its outstanding international reputation to important soloists, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, an award-winning choir and to the ballet of Leipzig. It would be a pleasure for us at AugustusTours to inform you about concerts, times and prices.

Churches of Leipzig

St. Nicolas Church

In the whole city region of Leipzig there are more than 90 churches of which 65 belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Most famous are St. Nicholas Church and St. Thomas Church which you should not miss on your city trip to Leipzig. Both churches are closely associated with Johann Sebastian Bach who have some of his important compositions premiered here.

St. Thomas Church is home of the famous St. Thomas' Boys Choir. It emerged more than 800 years ago from the practice of music making during services at the former Augustinian Canons. Today, the choir enjoys an exceptional international reputation.

St. Nicholas Church was founded in 1165 and is the oldest church of the city. J. S. Bach worked here from 1723 until 1750. Today, the parish implements a concept of an "Open City Church" with exhibitions and concerts. With its Prayers for Peace (from 1982 onwards), St. Nicholas Church was one of the starting-points of the non-violent political changes in the GDR in 1989, leading to the peaceful reunification of Germany.

Nature experience in Leipzig

City trips are more than interesting but sometimes also a little bit strenuous. But no need to worry – Leipzig’s many parks and gardens offer plenty of recreation and nature. And the best thing is – they are nearly inside the city centre. The “Auenwald” is a large park and meadow landscape which runs from North to South across the city. It is the “green lung” of the city and the ideal place to relax and to take in the many impressions of Leipzig. Another resort near the city is the Clara-Zetkin-Park. Let you be inspired by the fountains, lawns and ponds and enjoy relaxing strolls through the park.

Kawira Savanne in Leipzig Zoo (c) Leipzig ZooA visit to Leipzig Zoo adds to the variety of your city trip to Leipzig and will be unforgettable. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world and has one of the largest collections of species. It is therefore one of the most popular destinations in the city. Visit the "Pongoland", the world's largest zoo facility for anthropoids, "Makasi Simba", the lions' savannah, a sloth-bears' gorge, a Tiger's taiga and an African savannah.

As you can see Leipzig offers its guests many opportunities to enjoy culture, history and modern life. We are happy to provide you with an individual offer for your next city trip to Leipzig according to your preferences. Please do not hesitate to contact us - We look forward to putting together your next city trip!

 Find out more about how to get to Leipzig by plane, coach or train. Planning a city trip to Leipzig? Read on to find out more about excursions to regional destinations which can be added to your City Tour to Leipzig.

Old City Hall Leipzig © AugustusTours
Leipzig Opera © Oper Leipzig
St. Nicholas Church © Tom Krausz
Kawira Savanne in Leipzig Zoo © Zoo Leipzig