Holidays in Leipzig: 10 Tips for a Short Get Away

The kids have been on their long summer holidays since July. You’ve already spent the last few weeks relaxing at home – and now you’ve run out of ideas to kill time? No holiday booked? No problem! There are plenty of opportunities for recreation in Leipzig and the region. With our 10 tips you will definitely enjoy your short holiday in Leipzig.

Parks in Leipzig
Tracking nature at Leipzig Zoo
Culture for the whole family
High up on the Mockau climbing tower
Adventures in the region
Water fun in Leipzig
Cool down – outdoor pools in Leipzig
Cycling in the region
Over the river and through the woods: Hiking in the region
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Parks in Leipzig

Grab a blanket and enjoy the evening sun in Leipzig’s parks! © Robin Kunz

Relaxation in nature is closer than you might think. Leipzig has more than 20 beautiful densely wooded parks. Whichever part of the city you’re staying in, there is always a bit of green around. Grab your picnic blanket, relax and watch the clouds float by. The most beautiful locations and everything you need for a perfect picnic can be found in our picnic blog. For example, in the Palm Garden you will find the peace and quiet you need to read a book. The lively Clara Zetkin Park invites you to barbecue with friends. You can of course also let off steam by slacklining, playing frisbee or the like. Find out on our blog which of Leipzig’s most beautiful parks suits you best.

Or are you looking for something smaller but at least as green? Then why not go and visit the University of Leipzig’s Botanical Garden. There are around 10,000 different plant species to be admired over 3.5 hectares of the oldest botanical garden in Germany. The Botanical Garden is also home to a variety of interesting events throughout the summer.

Tracking Nature at Leipzig Zoo

Discovery Tour! Discover Gondwanaland and its Inhabitants. © Philipp Kirschner

Would you prefer South America, Asia, Africa or the entire rainforest? All of the above! At the Leipzig Zoo, you don’t have to choose. You take a trip around the world right in the heart of Leipzig. The Gondwanaland whisks you away to the jungle world across an area of 16,500 square metres. It is home to approximately 500 different tropical plant and about 200 animal species. Beware, you can easily break a sweat here. The air humidity under the dome is high and it reaches around 25 degrees. How about a trip to Asia? Then visit the Ganesha Mandir elephant temple and watch the elephants during bath time. There is always something new to discover at the Leipzig Zoo. Psst: During school holiday events, little explorers can go on a big zoo safari and be taken to fascinating fairytale worlds at the puppet theatre.

Culture for the Whole Family

Always worth a visit! The Stadtgeschichtliche Museum. © Philipp Kirschner

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Leipzig’s Museums during the school holidays: perhaps not the most obvious thing for the little ones. However, the Unikatum Children’s Museum’sschool holiday programme is really creative! Exciting workshops and creative activities provide entertainment almost daily. Make summer holidays fun!

High up on the Mockau Climbing Tower

Kletterfelsen (climbing rock) K4: Different levels of difficulty mean you can’t get bored! © Robin Kunz

During the summer holidays you have plenty of time to do sports and try new things. Climbing fans can get their money’s worth at the Mockau climbing tower. In the past, the large tower was a water reservoir to supply Mockau with water. It is now home to a climbing wall. Up you go, safe and sound. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can also do without the rope – there are also bouldering walls in the climbing hall. The Kletterfelsen K4 in the west of Leipzig also offers you an unforgettable climbing experience and has a special feature: It was built out of concrete slabs from demolished GDR high-rise buildings in Grünau. Find out where else you can climb in Leipzig on our climbing blog

Adventures in the Region

Roller coasters for the whole family: Kids aged 4 years and older can ride in the "Cobra of Amun Ra". ©BELANTIS
Roller coasters for the whole family: Kids aged 4 years and older can ride in the “Cobra of Amun Ra”. ©BELANTIS

Action and fun for the whole family can be found in East Germany’s largest theme park, BELANTIS. The park is located in the Leipzig New Lake District near Lake Cospuden. There you can discover eight thematic worlds: Schloss BELANTIS (Castle), Tal der Pharaonen (Pharaohs’ Valley), Land der Grafen (Land of the Lords), Insel der Ritter (Knights’ Island), Küste der Entdecker (Explorers’ Cove), Strand der Götter (The Beach of the Gods), Prärie der Indianer (Indian Prairie) und das Reich der Sonnentempel (Kingdom of the Temples of the Sun). Attention adrenalin junkies! At BELANTIS you can prove your courage on HURACAN, plunging you into the depths at a 95° incline. The “Cobra of Amun Ra” is a rollercoaster for the whole family and even the youngest children can take a ride. Kids aged four and older are allowed to take part.

Fans of technology and history will find happiness just a stone’s throw away. In the Mining and Technology Park you can experience why and how the New Lake District became what it is today. Impressive steel giants form the authentic backdrop in which you can find out about the production cycle of opencast lignite mining. Leipzig’s past and present at your fingertips.

Water Fun in Leipzig

Leipzig can also be explored on the water! © Philipp Kirschner

Cooling down in summer is good. Leipzig has many waterways where you can take a refreshing dip. Among other things, you can rent canoes, dragon boats or stand-up paddling boards in the city harbour and explore the Karl Heine Canal. If you are looking for a real paradise, a canoe trip along the Elstermühlgraben passing through the Floodplain Forest to the Cospuden Lake might be something for you. Are you not so much of a water fan? No problem! The city harbour also offers beach volleyball, beach vibes guaranteed!

Looking for even more of a beach feeling without having to go to the sea? It couldn’t be easier! The beach and the ideal place to cool off are practically on your doorstep. Leipzig New Lake District consists of about 20 lakes. Today you can bathe in the flooded open-cast mining pits where lignite was once mined. The most famous lakes are the aforementioned Lake Cospuden, Lake Kulkwitz and Lake Markkleeberg. It almost feels like swimming in the Caribbean, the water is so crystal clear. Well then, let’s jump in!

If you’ve had enough of swimming, then a trip on one of the excursion boats is perfect for you. TheMS Santa Barbara will take you across Lake Zwenkau. Travel with the New Lake District passenger ferry company to Lake Markleeberg and Lake Störmthal. There’s a lot to discover in Leipzig’s New Lake District, it’s definitely worth staying there for a few days. You can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at Lake Hain and spend the night in one of the 20 new holiday flats directly on the bay. In the Lake Park in Auenhain you can also look directly across the water of Lake Markkleeberg at dusk. On our website you will find suitable accommodation for your trip


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The more adventurous of us will certainly get their money’s worth! The Markkleeberg Canoe Park was built as part of Leipzig’s 2012 Olympic bid and is one of the most modern white water facilities in Europe. Try white water rafting. You don’t need any previous knowledge, since the guides will help you and provide you with a wetsuit on site.

The Wibit – the large water fun park on 1400m² – from All-on-Sea is no less challenging and extremely fun. It cannot be described, and must simply be experienced.

Cool Down – Outdoor Pools in Leipzig

The Schreberbad invites you to swim, splash and relax. © Robin Kunz- Fotografie

If the lake is too cool, too sunny or too far away for you, you’ll be thrilled by one of the outdoor pools in Leipzig. The Schreberbad is the oldest bathing facility still in use and still has a lot to offer. In addition to a paddling pool, a swimmer’s pool and a non-swimmer’s pool, there are volleyball courts and ping-pong tables, among other things, to provide entertainment outside of the cool water. Those who like it more natural and entirely free of chlorine and chemicals should visit the Ökobad Lindenthal.

Cycling in the Region

Ready, Set, Go! Explore Leipzig and the region by bike. © Christian-Hüller-Fotografie
Ready, Set, Go! Explore Leipzig and the region by bike. © Christian-Hüller-Fotografie

Get going! Leipzig and the region can be perfectly explored by bike. If you don’t own one, you can rent one from nextbike and return it at many locations throughout the city. One of the most popular tours is the New Lake District Route, which leads you along nine of the lakes to numerous bathing spots – so don’t forget your swimming trunks! You can take an extended tour on the Mulde Bike Trail throughsmall romantic towns with their medieval villages and historic manor houses. From Grimma, the most beautiful of central Germany’s old town centres, to Wurzen, the oldest castle in Germany, it’s a comfortable two hours’ bike ride. Along the way, Trebsen Castle offers hearty delicacies from the castle kitchen. Fancy some more great bike rides? We have put together the most beautiful cycle routes in and around Leipzig.

Over the River and Through the Woods: Hiking in the Region

You can enjoy great views during a hike in the Saxon Burgenland. © Wolfgang Siesing
You can enjoy great views during a hike in the Saxon Burgenland. © Wolfgang Siesing

You don’t have to drive all the way to the Alps to go hiking. There are also beautiful mountains and hiking trails in Saxony. The Leipzig Region is perfect for an excursion. Northeast of Leipzig, the idyllic Dahlener and Dübener Heiden, in the east the Wermsdorf Forest with its numerous ponds and the wild and romantic river landscapes along the Mulde and Elbe always invite you to take a leisurely tour. When hiking in Saxony’s Burgenland, it’s hard not to run out of breath with all the impressive castles, palaces and cultural treasures.

Leipzig Card

Want to be mobile and save entrance fees ? Then the Leipzig Card is just right for you!

Use the holidays to discover Leipzig! TheLeipzig Card makes it very easy. Whether for one or three days, or for singles or a group. The Leipzig Card gives you free travel on all tram, bus and S-Bahn lines as well as local trains (RE, RB, MRB) in the Central German Transport Association’s tariff zone 110. You can also save up to 50 per cent in museums, at cultural events and in restaurants and cafés. If you want to explore the surrounding area, then get the Leipzig Regio Card and take a trip to the Leipzig New Lake District.

We want you to have an unforgettable holiday in Leipzig!

Still have questions? Then get in touch with us!

Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0)341/7014-260

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