Leipzig City Breaks
The city of Leipzig is located in the heart of Germany and is proud of its unique musical heritage. World famous artists such as Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann composed their classical masterpieces here. Thousands of music lovers travel to the city every year in order to walk in the footsteps of famous composers. Yet Leipzig has even more to offer; a multifaceted cultural life, diverse museums and galleries, a high density of pubs and history lies at every turn.
Welcome to the city of Goethe's 'Faust' and Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion'. Besides the city's poetic and musical reputation, Leipzig combines Saxon tradition and high culture with high-tech business progression perfectly. The air of 'Leipzig Liberty' pervades the city at every turn.
Enjoy a stroll through the charming city centre with its enchanting historical buildings. The beautifully compact old centre is full of Renaissance and Baroque churches, street markets, one of Europe's oldest universities and a number of ultra-modern buildings.
This city, rich in tradition, can boast a long history of 1,000 years, during which time much has taken place. This includes the Peaceful Revolution in the autumn of 1989 - an important milestone on the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification. See where the Peaceful Revolution began, toppling the East German regime. Leipzig is a real treat for the senses - a place where music and culture truly thrive.
Suggested Day Trip
Why not take a day trip to Colditz Castle? - This Renaissance castle gained international fame as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II for Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps. It sits in a river valley in an area of rolling hills and farmland, 24 miles south-east of Leipzig and is easily reached by public transport. The trains towards Colditz run daily, about every hour from the Leipzig Hauptbahnhof to Grimma or Grossbothen, where you can then take a bus to Colditz through various little towns.
Did you know?
Leipzig’s role in achieving peace during the re-unification of Germany led to it being given the nickname City of Heroes (Stadt der Helden).
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
- Leipzig/Halle Airport: 21km from the city centre; transfer time about 20 min
- Nearest railway station: Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Euro
Valid for one or three days, for individuals or groups, the Leipzig Card is the ideal way to explore the city. It offers free transport, discounts on guided visits, city walks and coach tours, free admission or reduced admission up to 50% in museums, discounts in restaurants, in selected retail shops and other outlets. Prices start from £10pp.
Leipzig is the perfect choice for a day's stroll through boutiques and shops. From A for Antiquarian bookstore to Z for Zoo shop, the city leaves nothing to be desired.
Find the most popular destination for shopping in the pedestrian-orientated city centre.
This Passage offers a selection of luxury shops and boutiques to enchant all shopping enthusiasts.
Welcome to one of the most beautiful shopping centres in Germany. In Europe's biggest terminus station, visitors will find 142 shops on 3 floors offering fashion, food, entertainment electronics and much more.
Restaurant Apels Garten
Visit one of the best restaurants in Leipzig offering regional delicacies.
Visit this popular restaurant from Goethe's masterpiece Faust. The restaurant offers high-quality regional cuisine and international specialities.
Leipzig Opera House
Established in 1693, this is the third-oldest opera in Europe.
Located next to St. Thomas Church, this was home to the Bach family and it is the largest Bach archive and museum in Germany.
The only remaining part of the ancient town fortifications of Leipzig.
Leipzig Main Station
One of the largest stations in the world. Today it is also a shopping centre with shops on three levels.
Europe's oldest concert hall. The Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus have been cultivating classical music for over 250 years.
Every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon you can listen to the famous Boy's Choir at St.Thomas Church.
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church contains Saxony's biggest church organ. Here, none other than Johann Sebastian Bach was inducted into his post as Leipzig's director of music. The church became famous due to the prayers for peace that took place here every Monday, which were the starting point for the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. The church is a symbol of the German Reunification.
Leipzig Zoo is within easy reach of the city centre and is one of the best zoos in Europe. Gondwanaland allows you to see 90 exotic animal species and around 500 different plant and animal species.
Old Town Hall
See the Old City Hall, an outstanding example of German Renaissance architecture. A great number of valuable relics from Leipzig's musical past can be found in the Old City Hall.
Visit this former cotton mill in the up-and-coming Plagwitz district, home to numerous galleries and ateliers, dedicated to the art movement 'New Leipzig School'.
Leipzig attracts its visitors not only during the day but when night falls too. Several lively pub miles in the city centre invite visitors to an unforgettable nightlife experience.
Moritzbastei: If you are looking for nighttime entertainment, the Moritzbastei is the right place to be. This youth and student club is located in the former city bastions and offers a wide range of activities. From dance and concerts to exhibitions, this club has something for everyone.