Leipzig Travel Guide

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Leipzig Things to Do

  • Passages In The City

    Next to the "Mädlerpassage" probably the most famous of Leipzig`s covered shopping arcades, who sprang up mainly in the late 19th and early 20th century. The name comes from the Speck family, who bought the house in 1815 and converted it into a mall in 1904-1906, with further additions until 1928. Inside, art noveau and contemporary art decorations...

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  • Old City Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Leipzig's Old City Hall was built on the foundations of an earlier town hall in 1556. This building includes a ballroom, which has been used for ,among other things, the royal festivals of Saxon's princes and student balls. It has also been used as a court. Since 1909 the Old City Hall has been Leipzig's Museum of City History. There is a...

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  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument of the...

    We went here on the s-bahn as it is a little out of the centre of Leipzig. The Monument to the Battle of the Nations, Völkerschlachtdenkmal, commemorates the 1813 Battle of Leipzig in which Napoleon and his armies were defeated. The monument was completed in 1913 in time for the 100th anniversary of the battle. It cost 6 million Goldmarks to...

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Leipzig Hotels

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Leipzig Restaurants

  • Coffe Baum

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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 Around By Public Transport

    A while ago a project for improving public transportation in Leipzig and surroundings was started: The main railway station that so far exclusively had dead-end rail tracks was planned to get two tracks for commuter trains running right through the station and the city centre in North-South direction. The only option to build those was to take them...

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  • Getting There By Train

    The most enjoyable way to get to Leipzig is IMO by train. Connections with big cities in Germany are excellent. And the main railway station in Leipzig is one of the most beautiful and best organised one I've ever seen. I hopped on an ICE in Dresden - it took me only an hour to Leipzig Hbf (35 Euro round trip ticket). On the way back I picked an...

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  • Parking / Getting Around By Car

    Our hotel Landhaus Fleischhauer was located in the centre of Lützen. It was a 30-minute drive to the centre of Leipzig (20 km) along the national road B87. We found a free parking in the centre close to the New Town Hall.

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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

  • Trams crossing!

    The tram stop in front of the main railway station is a nightmare to me. It is between two multi-lane roads and while the road crossings have traffic lights, the tram line crossings do not. So you end up walking on green light across the road and then a tram comes out of the blue from right or left, crossing your way just a few centimeters in front...

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  • 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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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 General

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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