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Leipzig

Discover Saxony’s edgy and creative side

Leipzig is a city full of surprises. Urban and edgy, but also a traditional city of trade fairs and home to some of the world’s most famous classical composers. It would be easy to label this Saxon city one way or the other but to get to know the real Leipzig, you’ll have to immerse yourself in its wonderful mix of culture and inventive spirit that shapes the city and attracts many artists and creative folk. Add to that a long and eventful history and you have the perfect combination for a city break of many surprises.

„My Leipzig will I praise! A little Paris, one that cultivates its people. ”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

From above

The viewing platform of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations offers a phenomenal panoramic view of Leipzig and the surrounding countryside.

© Giulio Groebert

From below

Access the famous vaults beneath the city via the pretty Mädler Passage shopping arcade to find Auerbach's Cellar restaurant, closely connected to Germany’s most famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and his greatest work, Faust.

© Holger Stein Fotografie

From the water

Explore Leipzig’s Plagwitz neighbourhood by boat to experience the special atmosphere of this former industrial quarter with its old factory sites, now much loved by artists and creative people.

© Greg Snell

Creative places & events

  • On the grounds of Spinnerei Leipzig, a former cotton mill, artists have set up shop and visitors can explore over 100 exhibition spaces and studios as well as leading galleries of contemporary art.

  • The GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts is one of Europe's leading museums of design, featuring changing exhibitions on arts and crafts, design, photography and architecture.

  • G2 Kunsthalle shows works from the private collection of art collector and entrepreneur Steffen Hildebrand with a focus on contemporary Leipzig painting including upcoming but also renowned artists such as Neo Rauch.

  • Kunstkraftwerk, a huge former power station, is all about learning and discovery, with international exhibitions, symposia, readings, concerts, parties and food and drink on site.

  • The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, short DOK, attracts visitors from all over the world. It is one of the leading festivals for documentaries and animated films and unique in combining these two genres.

  • In recent years, the Highfield Festival has become one of the most important indie rock festivals around.

Going out, Leipzig style

Here's a very special German word for you: Drallewatsch – in Saxon dialect describing the act of going out and having a good time (loosely translated) –is the name of a collection of small streets in Leipzig’s centre which are synonymous for a multitude of night-time options.

There are over 30 restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from and you should definitely take some time to explore them, particularly in the summer months when everything happens al fresco. Eat and drink against the background of beautiful historic buildings from the Renaissance, baroque and turn of the 20th century periods – good times guaranteed.


The Drallewatsch area includes:

  • Große Fleischergasse
  • Kleine Fleischergasse 
  • Klostergasse 
  • Barfußgässchen 

Leipzig for culture buffs

  • Leipzig Opera has a history of more than 300 years as a municipal opera. Its outstanding international reputation is closely connected with the world-famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, renowned soloists, an award-winning choir and the Leipzig Ballet.

  • The Bach Archive and the associated Bach Museum attracts visitors with a permanent exhibition that provides fascinating insights into the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach.

  • At Musikalische Komödie, tradition meets entertainment: The operettas and musicals theatre is part of Leipzig Opera and is considered one of the few pure operetta and musical houses in the world.

  • History lovers should head to the Leipzig Museum of City History in the city’s old town. There’s also a special children’s museum in a neighbouring building on Böttchergäßchen.

  • Leipzig’s Museum der bildenden Künste is a fine art museum presenting a range of masterworks from the 15th to the 21st century.

„Oh, how I always envy Leipzig for its music!”
Clara Schumann
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months of construction it took and no more to build the city’s splendid Renaissance Old Town Hall in 1557.

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bridges can be crossed in Leipzig, more than in Venice!

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platforms make Leipzig Central Station Europe's largest

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