Leipzig is unique. With a history going back almost 1,000 years, this metropolis in Saxony can boast more than a few claims to fame - as a city of music, of commerce, of heroes, as the site of the Peaceful Revolution, as Little Paris, Athens on the River Pleisse, and the Venice of the North.
Whatever your whim, Leipzig has something for you. Music and art lovers will delight in the huge selection of cultural highlights to choose from. And then there's the coffee-house culture sitting side by side with the city's old pubs and restaurants, the lovely historical courtyards and winding arcades of shops, the wide range of free time and leisure activities on offer, not to forget the varied and lively night-life – an ideal way to top off a pleasant day.
It is impossible to go far in this city without crossing the path of one of its many famous personalities and creative geniuses, whose numbers include Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.
There are many interesting places in Leipzig's magnificently restored centre which are easy to reach on foot. Architectural styles from a variety of epochs stand alongside each other – for example, the Renaissance façade of the Old City Hall and the late Baroque interior of St. Nicholas Church. Then, in the Mädler Passage the stylish boutiques and cafés blend harmoniously into the authentic atmosphere of an early 20th-century trade fair exhibition building. In the basement there is Auerbachs Keller, a wine bar and restaurant made famous in Goethe's Faust, which today serves up fine local food and drinks.
There are around 1,400 cafés, bars and restaurants in the town overall, offering every culinary style from African to South-East Asian, from haute cuisine
to good plain cooking, and of course many local Saxon specialities. Food lovers rave about the Leipziger Allerlei
(a vegetable dish) and Leipziger Quarkkeulchen
(a sweet potato cake), and a glass of Gose
, the local beer, is definitely worth a try. And Leipzig by night is an experience not to be missed.