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6 Tips for a Rainy Day in Leipzig

1. Museums

The classic thing to do on a rainy day may be obvious but it's certainly not outdated. When the weather in Leipzig is dreary, it's the perfect time to take a closer look around the city's museums . Even those who don't think of themselves as museum fans will find something to capture their interest among the enormous selection of topics and different types of exhibits on display in Leipzig's museums.

For example, how about a visit to the Old Masters in the Museum of Fine Arts? Or perhaps you'd prefer to follow the traces of society and culture in the Grassi Museum of Ethnology ? The Kunstkraftwerk in Leipzig's former heating plant offers a centre for digital and contemporary art. Would you like to find out more about the history of Leipzig? Then stop by the Museum of City History or learn something about our city's eventful past in the Memorial Museum in the "Round Corner" (Stasi Museum) .

In the Panometer, you can experience a constantly changing series of 360° panoramic exhibits by Yadegar Asisi. With the current exhibition, "NEW YORK 9/11 - War in Times of Peace", the artist aims to remind visitors of what happened on September 11 and the events that followed.

With all these options, it could rain for days and you would certainly never get bored. Of course, all these museums are also worth a visit even when the sun is shining!

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2. Cabaret

Leipzig has a strong tradition of variety shows and cabaret, with numerous traditional stages where visitors are welcome to come and enjoy political satire, comedy, musical shows and societal observations. It has one of the most active cabaret scenes in Germany with the Krystallpalast VarietéLeipziger Pfeffermühle, academixer, SanftwutCentral Kabarett and countless other options, that guarantee you can simply laugh away the miserable wet weather. With regularly changing programmes and shows, the spectrum is endless and will certainly give you a fun day indoors while the rain drips down outside.

It's worth noting that the Krystallpalast Varieté, formerly one of the most renowned and innovative variety shows in Europe, is offering an extravagant dinner show in the historic Spiegelpalast at Wilhelm-Leuscher-Platz during the Christmas period. It already starts on 11 November 2023 and is entitled "GANS GANZ ANDERS" (A very different kind of goose). Tickets will go fast, so make sure you get yours soon!

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3. Indoor Shopping

Are you looking forward to extensive window shopping or a full-blown shopping spree in Leipzig city centre, but don't want to trudge from shop to shop in the rain with wet feet? We have a solution for you!

 Leipzig Central Station offers a special kind of shopping experience. Leipzig not only has the largest terminus railway station in Europe but also offers over 142 shops and restaurants at the Central Station PROMENADEN shopping centre. We aren't the only ones who appreciate the immense variety of fashion, food, home electronics and comprehensive services available there. The centre welcomes an average of 70,000 visitors each day. For travellers to (or making a stop in) Leipzig, the Central Station offers a gigantic shoppers' paradise that makes the station a popular meeting place for locals and a beloved travel destination for visitors from all over Germany. Strolling around the shops and sampling the culinary delights available on three floors is a great way to spend the day!
The network of Leipzig arcades is not only an architectural jewel that reflects the history of this trade fair city, but it also offers wonderful opportunities for indoor shopping. Stroll through the magnificent arcades and allow the fantastic selection of goods and window displays to take you back to the times of the first trade fairs and send you into a shopping frenzy. A shopping experience à la Leipzig is guaranteed. If you also would like to learn more about the history and significance of the Leipzig arcades, we recommend you take part in a guided arcade tour!
The Brühl boulevard combines a modern 4-star shopping centre with more traditional elements. The current shopping centre in the heart of the city was built on the site of the old warehouse and has, of course, retained its distinctive "tin can" facade. More than 100 shops, a loyalty programme with brilliant discounts and special services (like lockers and a sky football lounge) make for a first-class shopping experience. Plenty of cool new shops await you, but you can also take care of your weekly grocery shopping or stop in for a bite at any of the many and varied food service options. Our highlight: If you arrive by car, you can take advantage of the centre's multi-storey car park with 820 spaces to stay dry even during a cloudburst. 

Located right on the market square, you will find the fashion & lifestyle department store Breuninger. Every shopping trip is a unique experience here. With the latest products in fashion, beauty and lifestyle you will be equipped with the latest trendsetting styles.
Between the central German cities of Leipzig and Halle, you will find the Halle Leipzig The Style Outlets. Built in the style of a historic market hall, the centre is home to over 80 brands offering permanent discounts of up to 70%. An absolute dream for trendsetters!

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4. Cinemas and Theatres

What could be better on a rainy day than sinking down into a comfy red velvet chair and immersing yourself in another world for the evening? Let yourself be enchanted by the funny, sad, exciting or adventurous stories on view in one of Leipzig's unique movie palaces. How about trying one of the arcade cinemas, for example, where the mixed sweet and salty aroma of popcorn wafts through the sacred halls of film? Or a visit to the Reginapalast Cinema to cosy up with a romantic on-screen love story? 

Red velvet seats and entertainment out of the rain are also available at our city's theatres.  The range of stage art in Leipzig is incredibly varied, whether you pay a visit to the Theater der Jungen Welt (theatre for children and young people), to Schauspiel Leipzig or to the LOFFT theatre, you are sure to be astounded by all the culture and entertainment the city has to offer.

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5. Escaping the Weather

For all those of you who love puzzles, riddles and adventures, there is another exciting indoor experience to be had in Leipzig at the escape rooms. You will need plenty of skill and teamwork to escape in less than 60 minutes from a room packed full of puzzles. It will take a real team effort to solve them all! 

Live escape games are the perfect adventure for rainy days. Take a look at our blog post about Leipzig's escape rooms. It will definitely put you in the mood for a puzzle adventure!

6. Classic All-Weather Activities in Leipzig

There are numerous must-do’s in Leipzig that you don't need to take off your list just because it's raining. TheMonument to the Battle of the Nations and FORUM 1813, is just as impressive under grey skies as when the sun is shining. If you admire the enormous monument from the interior, your feet will stay dry too.

How about also visiting St. Thomas Church or St. Nicholas Church? Both sacred buildings are world-famous witnesses to Leipzig's history. Impressive not only historically, but also visually!

Were you looking forward to taking in the view from the City Tower but don't want to venture out onto the viewing platform in the wind and rain? No problem! The Panorama Tower Restaurant "Plate of Art" on the 29th floor beckons with delicious food and a lovely atmosphere (view included).

The Oper Leipzig and the Gewandhaus should certainly not be left off your Leipzig checklist. What is more, they are the perfect places to escape the rain and immerse yourself in beautiful music and breathtaking opera.

Even your visit to Leipzig Zoo doesn't have to be cancelled. If you find yourself in a downpour, you can visit the largest tropical greenhouse in the world, Gondwanaland, and admire the natural wonders of three continents.

For more Leipzig highlights, take a look at our Leipzig Top 10.

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We hope you have found plenty of wonderful inspiration for making the most of a rainy day in Leipzig. For anyone who thought to bring their wellies and an umbrella, dancing in the rain is also a great way to make sure the dismal weather doesn't ruin your good mood. Whatever you have planned, we wish you lots of fun and a lovely time!

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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