The restored Gothic St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) is one of Leipzig’s top attractions and it has a rich 800-year history, to say the least: right here, Martin Luther used to lecture, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played the organ in the church, and Richard Wagner was baptised. However, it is most famous for being the church where Johann Sebastian Bach used to serve as a cantor for 27 years. The magnificent building is home to the master composer’s sarcophagus, and is a must visit when being in Leipzig.
Another must-see, the Bach Museum, is devoted to the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach, whose 27 years as cantor and the city’s music director shaped Leipzig’s musical life. Visitors experience sheet music, documents, artworks, musical instruments and furniture, as well as the opportunity to listen to some of Bach’s music in the free-of-charge audio guides.
The museum is a place of warning, commemoration and learning but it has also become established as a much-visited site of political and cultural discourse. The Citizens’ Committee regularly issues invitations at the "Runde Ecke" to discussions, film evenings, lectures and numerous other events.
See animals in their natural habitat at this massive project, branded as the Zoo of the Future, which aims to take visitors on a fantastic trip around the entire globe. Parts have already been finished, while the whole project is expected to be completed within the next three years.
As one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany, Leipzig’s old town hall is well worth a visit. It is located on the market square of the city and, since 1909, not only offers a great shot but also an interesting exhibition about the city’s history from the middle age until our recent and modern time.
If you have a passion for history, a visit to the Völkerschlachtdenkmal is a must. The impressive monument, and Germany’s largest one, was erected in 1913, as a memorial to the 500,000 people who fought and the 120,000 people who lost their lives in the Battle of the Nations exactly 100 years earlier in 1813.
The Market Square is located right in the heart of the city and it is a great way to start off your visit with a look at the Old Town Hall. You will also find fresh vegetables, meat, cheese and other locally produced products during market time on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 5pm.
Belantis is a great theme park where both children and adults can enjoy eight themed worlds and more than 60 attractions. More than half a million children, youngsters and parents come here every year which makes Belantis the number one attraction in the new federal states.
Just outside the Connewitz quarter of Leipzig, you will find this beautiful woods and green spaces which are the home of several different animals. The wild pigs are popular but there are also owls, deer, geese, ducks, bison, moose, and foxes. If you are lucky, you may also see a racoon or a lynx. Besides for the animals, this is also a great place to hike or to go by bicycle.
One of Leipzig’s most famous eateries, the historic Auerbachs Keller, originally was a beer hall with roots dating back to 1538, but today it also serves splendid traditional Saxon food. Literary giant Goethe used to frequent the place for drinks, and immortalised the venue when he used it as the setting for the scene in which Faust dines with the devil. The Auerbachs Keller, and its Barrell Cellar where the scene from Faust has been recreated, is simply a must when in Leipzig.
This restaurant is located on the 27th floor of the Westin Hotels & Resorts and with its 2 Michelin stars, they offer a stylish menu with fresh food compiled by star chef Peter Maria Schnurr. Here, you can enjoy good food while looking out at the sensational view over the city.
Europe’s oldest surviving coffee-house (on the second floor) and restaurant (on the first floor) is a real treat for all coffee lovers and, in addition, some great experience if you are interested in the Arabic, French and Austrian way of life. It opened in 1694, and, since then, has seen a raft of famous people indulging in the hot drink in its rooms, including Wagner, Goethe, Bach and Grieg.
One of the typical venues in Gottschedstrasse, the Luise, features trendy customers, good music and simple food as well as, of course, a wide variety of drinks to get you going. If you wake up with a hangover on Saturday, why not come back to the scene of the crime for the lovely breakfast buffet, served only on Saturday mornings.
This pub and brewery is housed in what was once Leipzig’s main train station. It became a brewpub in 1999, when the derelict building was sold, and now serves a flurry of German beers as well as different forms of the local Gose beer, including Regenschirm – which is a cocktail mixing Gose with cumin liqueur and that dates back to the 19th century.
This is a popular venue that provides an upstairs music/stage venue, hip décor in the downstairs bar area, and outside street seating where you can sip a cocktail. The bar attracts a mixed crowed of people reflecting the chilled out atmosphere. When in town, check out the schedule and see if any gigs catch your fancy.
The main railway station is a modern shopping mall where you will find a wide selection of shops that will fulfil every desire. Here you can shop for well-known brands such as EDC, Buffalo, Only, Gin Tonic and Mustang. In addition, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants where you can rest.
Secret Closet offers individual and high quality up-to-date fashion from Scandinavia. Here you will find brands such as Day Birger et Mikkelsen, mbyM, Soulmade, Frk.Lisberg, House of Cases and Foreign Affairs to name a few. This is a boutique where you can shop in a cosy and pleasant atmosphere.
With over 200 shops, you will definitely find what you are looking for here at Nova Eventis. Besides shopping, there is an ice rink and an impressive Kinderland (a playground for kids). If you are feeling tired after all the shopping, better have a relaxing time at one of the cafes or restaurants inside. Across the road, you will even find an IKEA.
Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Leipzig is charming in every season, so the best time to visit depends on the travel occasion and one's interests: in spring, parks such as the Auenwald begin to bloom, while from May until September, bars and restaurants open spaces are still ready to be enjoyed. From October on, however, Leipzig is dominated by rain that only slowly transforms into proper snow - make sure to enjoy it during the Christmas market season, in late November and December.
Leipzig-Halle Airport is located 18 km from Leipzig city centre. Getting to and from the airport is easy with the Airport Express railway service, which runs every half an hour, taking visitors to the city centre in only 14 minutes. Taxis are available outside Terminal B and outside Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, and they will take you to or from the airport in about 30 minutes as well.
Mobilitätszentrum am Hauptbahnhof Willy-Brandt-Platz, Leipzig Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm. Sat 8am-4pm Boasting one of Germany’s largest tramline network, with no less than 15 routes, as well as 3 suburban railway services and more than 30 bus lines, getting around Leipzig is a piece of cake. Weekly travel cards, group and family tickets are available and can be bought at every ticket station or in the bus itself.
Guten Tag Apotheke Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, Leipzig +49 341 1406080 Opening hours: Mo-Fri 6:30am-9pm. Sat 8:30am-9pm. Sat 10am-6pm Different pharmacies are open around the clock on different days of the week. To find out which pharmacy is open on a particular night, visit the pharmacy nearest to you. It will have a note in the window or on the door listing the address of the emergency pharmacy, or Notdienst. The pharmacy emergency section in the local newspapers also have a list. Note: You might have to ring a bell for attention out of hours, and that there is an additional charge for night and weekend services.