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10 Reasons to Travel to Leipzig

Bach, Wagner and the St. Thomas Choir

Leipzig is not only the music capital of Germany but also one of the most significant cities of music anywhere in Europe. Many important composers, such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Robert Schumann lived and worked in Leipzig. Richard Wagner was born here and began his musical education in Leipzig. The Leipzig Music Trail, which leads past all the composers' residences and workplaces, goes right through the city centre. We also warmly recommend that music fans visit the Leipzig Opera. The building is not only visually an absolute eye-catcher but also offers a varied and diverse programme. The Gewandhaus on the opposite side of the square is an equally breathtaking building and the home of the Gewandhausorchester. And when talking about music in Leipzig, the St. Thomas Boys Choir must certainly be mentioned! As one of the oldest choirs in the world, it is also famous because it used to be conducted by Bach himself. It performs in Leipzig several times a week. For an experience that will leave you with goosebumps, be sure to hear the choir sing in St. Thomas Church.

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Eventful History

The history of the city of Leipzig is long and impressive. For anyone who wishes to trace the history of Leipzig during their stay in the city, we recommend a visit to the Museum of City History where various information is collected and archived as well as being presented in exhibits and collections. Leipzig is also known as the City of the Peaceful Revolution. The demonstration by 70,000 citizens on 9 October 1989 is widely regarded as a major reason for the collapse of East Germany's socialist dictatorship. The Memorial Museum in the "Round Corner" (Stasi Museum) is the former regional office of the Stasi (East German secret police) and at the permanent exhibition, you can still see today how they used to work there. The Forum of Contemporary History also shows supporting exhibits documenting the reunification process, among other things. There is plenty to discover for anyone with an interest in history!

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City of Trade Fairs

Known as the Trade Fair City, Leipzig is the venue for a large number of trade fairs focusing on every topic imaginable. Leipzig offers a total of five exhibition halls with over 111,000 m² indoor and 70,000 m² outdoor exhibition space. The city is also home to the Congress Center Leipzig, one of the most modern venues in Europe for congresses and meetings. These impressive statistics are accompanied by steadily increasing visitor interest in projects such as the Leipzig Book Fair.

Endless Leisure Opportunities

Besides the many cultural opportunities, there are also plenty of other ways to spend your leisure time in Leipzig. The best shopping can be found primarily in the city centre where the arcades and courtyards offer a charming atmosphere for wandering around the shops. Stop by the Mädler Passage (arcade), where you can also find Auerbachs Keller. Speck's Hofand the Höfe am Brühl boulevard are also worth a visit. Anyone visiting Leipzig with their family should be sure to pay a visit to Leipzig Zoo , one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe. It is home to elephants, giraffes and penguins, among other animals. On the outskirts of Leipzig is the Belantis theme park, which guarantees an exciting day of fun, games and adventure on the perfect family outing.

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Impressive Buildings

If Leipzig is famous for one thing, it's the city's beautiful buildings. Countless architectural masterpieces rise up into the Leipzig sky. A noteworthy example is the Monument to the Battle of the Nations. It is one of Europe's largest monuments at 91 metres high and covering an area of four hectares. It is also worth taking a look at the New City Hall with its 114-metre tower, making it the tallest city hall tower anywhere in Germany. The churches of the city are also an impressive sight. Any visit to Leipzig should at least include brief visits to St. Thomas Church and St. Nicholas Church. Anyone who is prepared to climb the steps of either of the church towers is guaranteed to be rewarded with a beautiful view over the city.

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Creative Young Leipzig

They are artistic, productive, and full of ideas: more and more young people are coming to Leipzig to give free rein to their creativity and realise their ideas. One part of the emerging urban scene can definitely be found in Plagwitz. Also known as the modern artist quarter, it seems to magically draw in students, artists and entrepreneurs. Countless galleries and exhibits can now be found on the premises of the Old Cotton Mill (Baumwollspinnerei). Renovated apartment buildings and old architectural monuments are also part of the repertoire of this creative, emerging quarter. We say you've only really seen Leipzig if you have strolled through our beautiful Plagwitz!

Leipzig Loves Art

Take note, art lovers! In case you didn't already know, Leipzig is among Germany's art meccas. Whether you want to follow the traces of the art scene in the Spinnerei, the Kunstkraftwerk or the Tapetenwerk or prefer to visit the old masters in the Museum of Fine Arts, the city offers many opportunities and supports a multitude of projects with targeted funding for the arts.

On your next visit, we suggest you stop by the GRASSI museums. At the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, the Leipzig Museum of Ethnography and the GRASSI Museum for Musical Instruments, you can gain insights into all kinds of topics. Our tip: consider a visit to the permanent exhibitions, where admission has been completely free of charge since 1 January 2024.

Do you enjoy music and want to find out more about why Leipzig is known as theCity of Music? Then we warmly recommend visiting the Leipzig Mendelssohn House and the Schumann House.

The Leipzig Mendelssohn House celebrates the works and creations of the famous musician Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy during his time in Leipzig with displays on all three floors. Among other things, you can see a recreation of his former residence. If you are lucky, you will also have a chance to enjoy one of the wonderful live concerts. Check out the event calendar in advance to ensure you don't miss anything.

Then there is the Schumann House, which welcomes you into the rooms of the famous musical couple, Robert and Clara Schumann. With the motto "Welcome to the Schumanns' Home", a sound room with a sound installation and an audio guide will lead you through the house and the exhibition. The Schumann House also regularly hosts concerts for music enthusiasts and anyone else who is interested. It's well worth taking a look at the event calendar.

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Experiencing Nature in and Around Leipzig

Green spaces in a big city? It's possible in Leipzig! Almost no other city has as much nature to offer. Parks, rivers, lakes – it's all right here in Leipzig. In the city centre, for example, you can stroll through Johanna Park, which in turn connects to Clara Zetkin Park. Or take a walk along the White Elster River which flows through the southwestern part of the city. In the summer, we particularly recommend a visit to the Leipzig New Lake District. There is nowhere better to relax when the weather is warm than on the beaches at Lake Cospuden, Lake Markkleeberg or Lake Kulkwitz. Or perhaps you'd like to explore Leipzig via its many waterways such as the Karl Heine Canal? Whether by canoe or rowing boat, exploration by water gives you the opportunity to discover impressive city landscapes, bridges and other industrial architecture from a completely new perspective. A truly unique experience!

The City That Never Sleeps

Sleeping the night away? Not in Leipzig! Just as in every other large city, the nightlife plays an important role here too. Young people in particular appreciate the many clubs, bars and events. The pubs of the Drallewatsch pub district, also called "barefoot alley" (Barfußgässchen)as well as Gottschedstrasse and Karl Liebknecht Strasse, lovingly known as Karli are especially popular. Later, locals often head to theMoritzbastei, one of the largest student clubs in Germany. An evening spent there after work can easily last into the early hours of the morning.

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Hidden Leipzig

Besides the many well-known locations, there are also some spots in Leipzig that only insiders know about. These magical locations, buildings, restaurants, streets and much more all reflect Leipzig's unique urban flair.

If you want to go exploring off the beaten track in Leipzig, you should take a look at Hidden Leipzig! Here, you will find secret spots away from the classic tourist centres that may be unknown even to some Leipzigers themselves.
Hopefully, we were able to offer enough inspiration and information to interest you in our wonderful city. See you soon!

If you have any more questions, please get in touch with us!

Leipzig Tourismus and Marketing GmbH
Social Media Editor
Tel.: +49 (0)341 7104-340
Email: social.media@ltm-leipzig.de


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