View from the Fockeberg over the Leipzig skyline with the City Tower and the Wintergartenhochhaus as well as the New Town Hall in the picture, Lookout points in Leipzig, Sights, Green Leipzig, Parks

Lookout Points in Leipzig and the Region

The world always looks a little different from above. That’s exactly why lookout points are always a must when travelling – and that of course goes for your trip to Leipzig, too. So that you know exactly where you can enjoy the best view, today we’ll be giving you a brief overview of the lookout points in Leipzig and the region.

Fockeberg
Wackelturm
Bistumshöhe
St. Nicholas Church
City Tower
New City Hall
Monument to the Battle of the Nations

Fockeberg

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The Fockeberg in Leipzig’s Südvorstadt is a lone hill surrounded by the otherwise flat Leipzig city area. Right on the corner of Fockestraße and Hardenbergstraße there is a path leading to “the summit”. As Leipzig’s landscape is otherwise mostly flat, you can probably imagine that the small mountain there did not occur naturally. While originally being used as a rubble mound for debris from the Second World War, the former meadow quickly became a 40-metre elevation. The former waste dump was landscaped in the 1980s. Today, sculptures line an approximately 850-metre-long path leading to the top. Having reached the top of the Fockeberg, you can take a breather on a bench and enjoy the exceptionally beautiful view from the peak. Located in the city centre and yet surrounded by greenery, it offers a very unique view of Leipzig’s city skyline. And it’s totally free.

Wackelturm

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Wackelturm (wobbling tower) sounds like an adventure, doesn’t it? And it is, but only in strong winds. ;-) The Wackelturm in Leipzig’s Rosental is hidden in the Leipzig floodplain forest. If you use Maps to find “Marienweg Leipzig”, you should not have any problems finding it. The Wackelturm can only be reached on foot; you can take thenumber 10 tram to the stop “Mückenschlösschen” – from there it’s about a 1.5 km walk. It is however a wonderful path, taking you through Leipzig’s green lungs – the Auwald (a floodplain forest). An architecturally fascinating building awaits you once you arrive. The Wackelturm is a steel structure about 20 m high. By the way, the lookout tower in the Rosental is not officially called “Wackelturm”, but this is rather something of a nickname, although it is no coincidence. The slightest gust makes the tower vibrate. Not only do you get a great view over Leipzig’s skyline, you also get a little adrenaline rush.

Bistumshöhe

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While we’re on the topic of steel vantage points, the Bistumshöhein the south of Leipzig is another must. Located right on Leipzig’s most popular lake – Lake Cospuden – the Bistumshöhe offers a magnificent view across the Leipzig New Lake District. There are 180 steps and 35 metres to climb. There’s a lower viewing level at a height of 12 metres if you don’t have a head for heights. But the view from the top is definitely worth it. You can enjoy a wonderful view over Lake Cospuden from Bistumshöhe and look out towards Lake Zwenkau for an overview of the former open-cast mining area that was the basis of today’s Leipzig New Lake District. And in case you’re wondering what that pyramid on the horizon is, it’s not an optical illusion. The BELANTIS amusement park is home to the largest pyramid in Europe, which can also be seen from the Bistumshöhe. Incidentally the term “Bistumshöhe”, or “diocesan high ground”, can be traced back to ancient times. The spot is said to have once belonged to the diocese of Merseburg.

St. Nicholas Church

View from the steeple of the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig to the St. Nicholas Church Square and the City Tower at dusk, Viewpoints in Leipzig, History, Peaceful Revolution
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The St. Nicholas Church is one of the most extraordinary churches you will ever enter – that I can promise you. The interior of the late gothic church was designed in a classicist style. However, inside the church, it does not look like you might imagine a “classical church”. The church is dressed in pastel shades of pink and mint green. Inside the church, the white columns, which are modelled on palm branches are a real highlight. The St. Nicholas Church is one of the most historic places in Leipzig. This is where in 1989 the prayers for peace culminated in the Peaceful Revolution that led to the reunification of Germany.

The St. Nicholas Church is located in the heart of Leipzig’s city centre. A particularly exclusive view over Leipzig’s rooftops awaits you from the top of the St. Nicholas Church Tower. You can marvel at this view each Saturday at 2 pm. This is when public tower tours take place. You can pay the fee of €2.50 directly at the book table in the entrance area of the church. It is worth being extra punctual here since the tower tour is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Please note: guided tours are currently not taking place due to the Corona situation. Please also check the church website for more information.

City Tower

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If you wish to start right in the very heart of Leipzig and take in the highest view at the same time, you should make your way to the City Tower on Augustusplatz in Leipzig. The City Tower, which today occupies a prominent position in Leipzig’s skyline and resembles an open book, was completed in 1972 and was back then actually the tallest building in Germany. The building was originally part of Leipzig University and has earned the affectionate nicknames of “Wisdom Tooth” and “Uni Giant” from its students. Today, the city skyscraper is not only home to numerous offices (we at Leipzig Travel also enjoy the view from here every day), but also to the highest restaurant in central Germany.

At Panorama Tower – Plate of Art, you can enjoy a special gourmet treat above the roofs of Leipzig, before climbing up to the top floors of the skyscraper. The viewing platform at 142 metres offers a panoramic view of Leipzig. When the weather is nice, you can see Lake Cospuden to the south and Halle/Leipzig Airport to the north. Admission to the platform costs €4. Particularly nice: the small kiosk on the platform serves cool drinks in summer, and in winter you can enjoy a mulled wine above the rooftops of the city. Note: The Panorama Tower is currently closed due to the Corona situation.

New City Hall

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The City Hall Tower also greets travellers right from the city centre. At just under 115 metres high, the tower is the tallest town hall tower in Germany. (Yes, Leipzig holds quite a few records ;-)) On Mondays to Fridays at 2 pm, you can usually climb the 250 steps from the 4th floor of the City Hall right to the tip of the tower. We say “usually”, since these tours are unfortunately not taking place at the moment due to Corona. But postponed is not the same as cancelled! Put this spot at the top of your sightseeing list, because the view from the City Hall Tower is quite impressive, and not something you see every day. The meeting point is always in the lower Wandelhalle of the New City Hall. It will cost €3 for an adult, and €1.50 for children and concessions.

Monument to the Battle of the Nations

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Not the highest, but certainly the most beautiful in the world. Fondly dubbed “Völki” by the people of Leipzig, this landmark has been an integral part of the city’s skyline for over 200 years. Weighing in at300 thousand tons, the Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig is to this day the largest monument in Europe. But what about the Eiffel Tower? The Eiffel Tower in Paris may be taller, but it is not considered a monument. ;-)

The Monument to the Battle of the Nations is not to be missed on your trip to Leipzig. For one, the history of the monument is absolutely fascinating and you simply have to see the impressive architecture for yourself. And if you needed another reason, the view over Leipzig from the Monument to the Battle of the Nations is breathtaking. From up here, you can get a real impression of just how green Leipzig is. Admission is free for children up to 6 years, adults pay €8, concessions €6. Every Thursday at 2 pm there is a public guided tour of the monument. The 68 metre high platform can be reached by lift – though athletic types can also take the stairs. The top platform is not currently open to visitors. But it’s certainly worth a trip!

Still have questions? Then get in touch with us!

Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0)341/7014-260
E-mail: info@ltm-leipzig.de

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Christin war bis 2021 Online Marketing Managerin im Online-Team von Leipzig Travel. Sie ist heimlicher (mehr oder weniger) Instagram-Junkie, #Hashtagfan und könnte sich keine bessere Stadt zum Leben vorstellen. Sie liebt es, sich auf die Spuren des Verborgenen Leipzigs zu begeben, auf dem Stand-Up-Paddle-Board über die Leipziger Seen zu schippern und entdeckt als Vollblut-Mama immer wieder Neues für Familien in Leipzig. Zoo-Koala Oobi Ooobi wird ebenso regelmäßig besucht wie ihre Lieblingseisdiele Braker's in Connewitz.

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