Festivals / Markets / Events, Leipzig
Leipzig’s fairs have been famous for centuries. In DDR times the spring and autumn trade fairs were the main events of the country’s economy. The DDR fairgrounds with the big double M east of the city centre are not in use any more. The new fairground in the suburb of Seehausen on the northern edge of Leipzig has been opened in 1996. Architect Volkwin Marg and his team designed the huge round steel and glass hall. (In case you wonder: the windows are cleaned and polished by a roboter.)
The rectangular water basin in front of the main hall recalls the one in front of Völkerschlachtdenkmal. The footpath across the basin is known as the “Moses Trail”, people are walking through the waters…
Fondest memory: Tip for fair visitors who want to stay conveniently close to the fairground with good public transport but avoid the sky-high hotel prices in downtown Leipzig: Stay in Delitzsch instead .
Delitzsch is a small town right north of the city, direct trains to the fairground take 11 minutes and run twice per hour. Messe tickets are valid on those trains. See my Delitzsch page for more – the little town is far more interesting than you might think.
The biggest pub festival on the continent! Twice a year the city turns to one party mile. More than 130 life bands and about 50,000 party-people are together for one night.
Fondest memory: The whole town is one party. Go whereever you want. The best locations are in the center and Südvorstadt-district.
Don't forget to buy a colored bracelet before you go! You get it at tourist information or on the market square.
Favorite thing: Bierbörse is a large Beerfestival. German brands but also the small house breweries whose beers are not often offered on draught outside their brewing locations are also regular guests at the Bierbörse events. Different bands make the atmosphere boiling.
It has more than 500 year on tradition and is one of Germany's oldest fun fairs. It takes place four times a year at the Cottaweg (Leipzig West). Best place to keep your kids happy!
Fondest memory: The fireworks every Saturday. Don't miss it!