Leipzig Travel Guide

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     many nice cafes and bars, wonderful architecture ... 

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     Dilapidated by socialist-communist neglect 

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     authentic Germany and warm beauty 

Leipzig Things to Do

  • Thomaskirche & Thomanerchor

    The St. Thomas Church is a Lutheran church that is most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a Kapelmeister, and as the current location of his remains. It stands Southwest of the Markt. Originally built around 1212 and it was much altered in later centuries. In the 15th C. it was given the form of a Late Gothic hall-church in...

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  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument of the...

    The "Völkerschlachtdenkmal" is a memorial from the late 19th century dedicated to the memory of those fallen in the battle of Leipzig of 1813 (Napoleonic Wars), termed "Völkerschlacht" (battle of the nations) because French, Russian, German, Prussian, Austrian and Swedish troops were among the combattants. The battle decided that Napoleon had to...

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  • Old City Hall

    The Old Town Hall was built in 1556 and houses a museum of the city's history. The Old Town Hall is the heart of the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum. You may visit the permanent exhibition. Meet Hieronymus Lotter (1497-1580), master builder to the Electors, Mayor of Leipzig and the man who directed the construction of the Altes Rathaus in 1556 on the...

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Leipzig Restaurants

  • Coffe Baum

    Coffe Baum is the second oldest coffee house in Europe after "Café Procope" in Paris! It opened in 1694 by Heinrich Schutze. I wanted to go inside just to check the small coffee museum on the top floor but then we decided to stay and enjoy a coffee here like many famous people the previous 3 centuries (Goethe, Wagner, Schumann etc). Part of the...

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  • Restaurant with German Cuisine

    This place is filled with history, having been built in 1899 and was once just one of many Goseschenke. These pubs specialized in serving Gose, a sour lactic beer that was peculiar to Leipzig and a few surrounding towns. It suffered damage during WWII air attacks but managed to remain open until 1958 and during the last ten years of its existence...

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  • Cafe Riquet-Haus

    The classic Riquet Coffeehouse is visually the most stunning as the building has beautiful art noveau-features and two elephant-head sculptures guard the entrance. Their coffee & cakes are not bad either ! A good place to try the "Leipziger Lerche", a local pastry specialty.

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Leipzig Nightlife

  • Student Clubs / Student Pubs

    Well, this was the only place open on Sunday night. It was empty, but we managed to have good time. The bartender/DJ was senior hippie, and agreed to play some songs we requested. From the website you can find out that this place has been in TOP10 Leipzig bars for 7 years in a row. It also contains the most popular condom automat of Leipzig....

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  • Theater / Opera / Cabaret

    The old opera house in Leipzig was destroyed in WWII and unlike in nearby Dresden it was not reconstructed. A modern opera house was opened in 1960. The best material that was available in those times in East Germany was used for the construction and it shows. Sure, it's the taste of the 1950s ... but still, it's quite nice. I found the acoustics...

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  • 'Drallewatsch'

    Drallewatsch is the bar district of Leipzig. It is located in the heart of the old town. You can find at least fifteen bars in the district and full of people, even in the middle of the week. It is easy to meet locals, have a chat with them and couple of beers. However, at least on Sunday the places got empty after 11pm. We were asking where did...

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Leipzig Transportation

  • Getting There By Train

    The main station at Leipzig is one of the worlds largest railway stations with a length of 298m, 24 platforms and 45m wide arches. Until 1934 the station had a Saxon and Prussian administration. Later, in 1996-97 it was completely rebuilt with a shopping centre and multi-storey car park.

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  • Getting Around By Public Transport

    You can easily walk around the Old Town upon your arrival in Leipzig from the main train station. Most of the main sights/museums are there so you don’t have to worry for public transportation. There is no underground system but if you need a tram there are plenty of them (modern and old) and you can catch them in front of the train station. A...

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  • Facts / General Information

    To say that the Altenberg-Leipzig airport is small is something of an understatement. It currently has only one scheduled service per day via Ryanair - to Stansted, London Although Leipzig has another larger airport, closer to the city - this place provides by far the cheapest option to/from the U.K. It's a very homely little place to pass...

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Leipzig Shopping

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  • Shopping on historic grounds

    This shopping mall is very centrally located, right next to Goerdelerring, and was only inaugurated in 2012. It is comprised of three levels, offering all kinds of shops as well as restaurants and cafés. The following are just a few examples: Adidas (clothes), Depot (house & home), Denns (organic food), DM (cosmetics, food etc.), Intersport, Marc...

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  • Shopping in the Central Station

    In the 1990s the huge Leipzig railroad station, one of the largest in Europe, was completely refurbished and modernized, and an attractive shopping center was created on three levels, just a few meters from the end of the tracks. There are about 140 shops of all sorts, including numerous cafés and bistros.The "Promenden" shopping center was opened...

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  • ACL - Allee Center Leipzig

    The ACL (Allee-Center Leipzig) is located within walking distance of many of its customers from Grünau (district of Leipzig) and is served by public transportation.

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Leipzig Local Customs

  • Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta

    It has been a tradition since ten years that hot air balloon drivers meet in Leipzig for the "Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta". This year (2004) about 140 ballons from seven countries can be admired at the Silbersee, in the south of Leipzig. Highlights are the "Fuchsjagd" (fox hunt), the "Ballonglühen" (glowing of the balloons) and the "Dance...

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  • Your guide for Leipzig

    If you go to Leipzig - hook up with VT member Leipzig. He is a great tour guide, lots of stories to tell, knows the best places for food (he's taking everyone to the Antikhaus...), beer and ice cream. And he knows a lot about the past and present of his city.

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  • How to wash your hands

    I found this funny instruction on "How to wash your hands" in the restroom at the Kiwara Marche restaurant in the Zoo. I've always thought I knew how to wash my hands properly but I could still learn something ... LOLHowever, I am curious why it was only available in English ... do Leipzigers assume that Germans know how to wash their hands? Hm ......

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Leipzig Warnings and Dangers

  • Safe

    As with most German cities, Leipzig is a very safe place. My personal view is that Leipzig is even safer than most, and even the station doesn't appear to attract the usual reprobates that most other cities suffer from. It does have a few crazies and beggars, and there's a small risk of racial abuse from a tiny minority of neo-Nazis, but for the...

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  • Men at Work

    It seemed that there wasn't a single street where there wasn't some sort of construction or renovation going on. This is of course "a good thing" for the city and tourism generally but some pavements and roads were blocked and diversions in place. A few nice views and photographic shots were obscured by scaffolding, but this is just a very minor...

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  • Trains East

    It became a particularly familiar sight, but is every train station in the former East Germany under some sort of reconstruction??? Probably for the forthcoming World Cup I suppose, which probably explains the reason why the stadiums were also being rebuilt???

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Leipzig Tourist Traps

  • Panorama Terasse at the MDR building

    This is the classic panorama terrace on a big building's rooftop. The problem is you may only see one side of the city (as you cannot go on the other side of the terrace, you pay 2 Euro, you don't get any information nor information tables. Take a picture None

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  • Public Transport

    Don't enter public transportations without a valid tricket! If controller find you without an valid ticket they will charge you a penalty payment of € 40.00.Use ticket automats at tram stations. If there isn't any you can purchase tickets in some trams too (you need a 'Geldkarte' to pay). Since beginning of 2002 you cannot buy tickets at the driver...

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  • The Zoo !!!

    Ok, let me try to explain something here ... and let me start from the price: 9 Euro.For this price I must expect a wonderful area, absolutely clean & refurbished ... and of course this was not the case !Fish pavillion was awfully hot & humid inside (i couldn't stay more than 5 minutes), all small lakes were dirty and the over-advertised Pongoland...

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Leipzig What to Pack

  • Leipzig map

    Actually, you don't really need a map in Leipzig. We managed to burn our map (don't ask how it happened), and did not have any problems even after that accident. The center of the city is quite small and there are some tall buildings you can use for finding the place you are going.

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  • What to bring

    According to the climate, May it is the driest and sunniest month in Leipzig. The average maximum temperature is about 20 to 24ýC. At night it can drop down to 10ýC. Nevertheless bring an umbrella and warm clothes as well. .Credit Cards: paying with credit cards in Hotels, big stores, restaurants and boutiques is mostly possible, in pubs or small...

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  • Packing List

    Climate in Leipzig varies over the year..Summer: Most of time warm and sunny - around 25°C (77°F). Sometimes temp can hit 35°C (95°F). Don't forget suntan lotion and sunglasses! Unfortunately, there're also rainy periods! So don't miss umbrella and warm clothes!.Winter: Winter is chilly - temp around freezing point. Sometimes temp can drop down...

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Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

  • Hidden Architectural Gems

    From my room I had a perfect view of the area north of old town that was developed in the late 19th century. In the centre of this area is the Nordplatz, a beautiful square which is dominated by St. Michaelis church. The church was built 1901 - 05 in a mix of historic styles. Since it was November when I visited I couldn't go inside but the church...

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  • Castles Around Leipzig

    Possibly the most famous German castle outside Germany, but virtually unknown inside Germany, Colditz Castle holds a special place in my childhood. Colditz is famous for being the ultimate German Prison Camp, a place that housed the most experienced and expert escapees in the Allied army imprisoned in Germany. The Nazis boasted that the prison was...

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  • Parks

    Leipzig’s largest cemetery is located in the southeast of the city behind Völkerschlachtdenkmal. It was planned in 1886 and the huge park-like cemetery has lots of old trees, graves of famous Leipzigers and old tombstones. The chapels and crematory in the centre form an impressive neo-Romanesque complex.

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Leipzig Sports & Outdoors

  • 1 FC Lokomotive Leipzig

    Noticed there was a game before we left home and it proved too tempting for me. Lokomotive Leipzig were regular competitors in European games pre 1989 and the name was familiar to me, so currently in the Sachsenliga and making their way back to the big time?Enjoyed the game against Dynamo Dresden II (another name from the past?) with a 2-1 home win...

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  • World Cup 2006

    Leipzig was a host city during World Cup 2006 and has one of the most beautiful stadium of Germany. Leipzig's Zentralstadion is rather small compared to the others, but the architecture and the location is great. The stadium is now used by FC Sachsen Leipzig, playing in the Oberliga.

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  • Zentralstadion

    Despite not having a football team worthy of a few thousand supporters, Leipzig has a fantastic modern stadium with a capacity of 44,000 seats. The stadium is a graceful construction, built inside the famous old Lokomotiv Leipzig ground. Literally. The old stadium, which had a massive 100,000 capacity, was basically a hole dug in the ground. The...

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Leipzig Favorites

  • Facts / General Information

    I visited Leipzig in August of 2002 on the way to Karlsruhe where SV BSZS (German Shepherd World dogshow) had to be held. We stayed for a night in Lützen that located 18 km south from Leipzig. We left our Asslan v Haus Schiran in the hotel and drove to Leipzig for an excursion. Leipzig is the largest city by population in the federal state of...

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  • Festivals / Markets / Events

    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...

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  • Monuments / Sights

    Sorry for the picture, my friend was more important than those funny creatures by contemporary sculptor Bernd Göbel. These figures reflect types of the East German society. My friend is Czech. Direction: not far from Augustus Square, on the Grimmaische Strasse

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