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The 10 best photo spots in Leipzig

A trip to Leipzig without photo memories? Unimaginable! The city has so many beautiful places and impressive buildings. We went off the beaten track in Leipzig to compile a list of the 10 best photo spots so you can fully capture the variety this stunningly attractive city has to offer.

1. Buntgarnwerke (coloured yarn production plants)

The "Buntgarnwerke" is a former industrial site for yarn production in western Leipzig in the district of Plagwitz. Originally, this Saxon wool yarn factory had more than two thousand employees and is now the largest industrial monument from the Wilhelminian Era. At the start of the 20th century, it underwent conversion to create 48 flats. Only the clinker facade with its typical red-brick architecture and decorative light natural stone structure remains as a reminder of the original use of the building and therefore often ends up in front of the lens of many a (amateur) photographer. The bridge on the second level, which connects the buildings on either side of the White Elster River, is also a popular subject of photos.

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2. Könneritz Bridge

 Könneritz Bridge was originally built in 1869 as a wooden bridge to connect the growing industrial district of Plagwitz with Schleußig. However, in 1899 the wooden structure across the White Elster River was replaced by today's iron construction. The bridge is now one of the city's technical monuments and particularly popular with photographers thanks to its truss girders and arched constructions in combination with the riveted iron supports. It therefore fully deserves to be counted among the 10 best photo spots in Leipzig.

3. Aurelienstraße

If you are walking along Aurelienstrasse and would like to cross over to the other side of the Karl-Heine Canal,  you can use the colourful little pedestrian bridge. The bridge is a real eye-catcher, especially for photo shoots. From there, you will have a great view of the König-Albert Bridge with its mix of architectural historicism and modernity. It has three  stone arches and was originally built in 1874 under the direction of Dr Karl Heine before being refurbished by the City of Leipzig in 2010. Today, the bridge is still a popular spot for photos in western Leipzig.

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4. Bridges in Johanna Park

 Johanna Park in the western part of Leipzig City Centre used to belong to Willhelm Seyfferth, who was a Leipzig banker. He had the park laid out in an English style as designed by Lennée and named it after his eldest daughter Johanna, who died young. Upon his death, Seyffert bequeathed the park to the City of Leipzig under the condition that its original layout would be preserved forever.

The centre of the landscape at Johanna Park features two bridges that connect a small island in the middle of the lake with the surrounding area. The bridges are particularly popular for wedding photo shoots, for example. We recommend that you look towards the bridges from the shore of the lake to experience a magnificent view of the City Tower and the New City Hall.

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5. Straße des 18. Oktober

The Strasse des 18 Oktober was named in memory of the day the Allies won the Battle of the Nations against Napoleon in 1813. This famous road runs from the bayerischer Platz (Bavarian Square) to the Monument to the Battle of the Nations and continues on from Windmuehlen Strasse. If you walk along as far as the slight bend, which is roughly level with Semmelweißstrasse, you will have a perfect view looking northwest to the New City Hall. Beyond the bend, it is easy to see the Monument to the Battle of the Nations from the pavement and take photos. From just this one spot, you will have a unique view of two Leipzig highlights, doubly justifying the Strasse des 18 Oktober as one of the best places to take photos in Leipzig.

6. Palmengarten Weir

The Palmengarten Weir is also known as the Upper Elster Weir and is located in the west of Leipzig. At the  Palmengarten which is at the southern end of the Elster Basin, you will find the Weir Bridge of the Palmengarten Weir. This is where the waters from the Alte Elster River, the Elster Floodplain and the River Elster itself flow together and under the Weir Bridge into the Elster Basin

The Weir is a monument of engineering and is constructed symmetrically. The bridge is covered in granite and the three little stone huts on of the bridge are topped with  red hipped roofs. The distinctive appearance of the Palmengarten Weir ensures it is popular with photographers interested in architecture. You can experience a particularly enchanting atmosphere at the Palmengarten Weir when twilight falls and the Weir Bridge is lit up by lanterns.

7. Scheibenholz Racecourse

The Scheibenholz Racecourse opened in 1867 and covers an area of 30 hectares in Leipzig's Südvorstadt district. The wooden seating gallery was built in 1907 by the architect Otto Paul Burghardt. It seats 900 and underwent renovations from 2010 to 2012. The distinctive double towers were preserved and remain a real eye-catcher  at the racecourse today. The metal sign with its weathered  vintage look is also a great photo opportunity. Overall, you will find the historical architecture and extensive grounds here very impressive with some beautiful photo spots.

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8. City Tunnel

The underground City Tunnel connects the North and the South of the city via the S-Bahn and runs right through Leipzig City Centre. It is over 3 km long with several individually designed stations.

An especially attractive feature for lovers of architecture is the S-Bahn stop at the Bayerischer Bahnhof (Bavarian Railway Station). Built in a modern style and 140 metres long, it has coloured struts connecting the walls alongside the stairs and escalators at the northern exit leading to the Bayerischer Bahnhof. Whether you wish to shoot a photo of the unique architecture itself or prefer to take the opportunity to capture a perfect urban Instagram picture, the City Tunnel stop at the Bayerischer Bahnhof is certainly an outstanding location.

Another impressive underground S-Bahn stop is at Wilhelm-Leuschner Platz. Its transparent design ensures it is flooded with light along a length of 140 metres without giving travellers the feeling of being in an underground station. Of course, it is entirely up to you to decide how to best photograph this amazing spot in Leipzig.

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9. Arena am Panometer

This former gasometer constructed from bricks now serves as an open air location for various events. The arena is right next to the Leipzig Panometer in the Südvorstadt district of the city. Oversized 360° panorama pictures have been on display there since 2003. While you are visiting, don't forget to look upwards! The arena was built in an industrial style and now only the open roof construction remains. This means that the various events held there can take place in the open air but still be protected from the wind.

The building is 24 metres high and 47 metres across  with room for up to 500 people. This makes the arena the perfect place to experience Leipzig's industrial culture close up or enjoy an open-air performance in the summer . It's also a great photo spot between the Leipzig Südvorstadt and Connewitz districts.

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10. Staircase of the Oper Leipzig

Do you love magnificent architecture? Then Oper Leipzig is the place to go! Besides the amazing opera performances and the Leipzig Ballet, there is plenty to explore off the stage as well. The staircase at the Oper Leipzig is particularly impressive, with its red carpetthat gives visitors a sense of being royalty just for a short moment and creates an exclusive atmosphere. The way the staircase is built also provides a unique view when looking over the bannisters.

We recommend you take the time to see one of the many opera performances while you are in Leipzig - or join a guided tour through this ornate building, where you will be able to take some great photos.

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Additional tip for photo spots in Leipzig: View of Leipzig and its surrounding region

 The Westin Leipzig is one of the highest buildings in Leipzig at 96.8 metres. In the FALCO gourmet restaurant on the 27th floor, you can savour unique flavours while enjoying a magnificent view over Leipzig City Centre. There are also excellent views from the hotel roof terrace at INNSiDE by Meliá in the Bar Cabana, which is open to the public. At FELIX, in the former main post office building, which was opened in 1964 and refurbished in 2018, you can also enjoy a unique view of Augustusplatz from the roof terrace.

The 153-metre high Fockeberg, officially known as "Trümmerkippe Bauernwiesen" (wreckage hill in the farmer's meadows) is also an idyllic lookout point. In the North of Leipzig, the Bismarck Tower Lützschena Stahmeln is 31 metres high, making it the highest lookout point with a superb view over the city.

If you would like some amazing photos to remember your time in Leipzig but are not very experienced in using your camera, lens and other equipment, we have the ultimate recommendation for you! Come and try the "Blaue Stunde" photography course, where photographers from "Fotoexperten 24" will show you how to create unforgettable pictures. The course is in the evenings and looks at our beautiful city of Leipzig in a very special light.

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You can findmore cool ideas and places to visit off the beaten track in our Leipzig Secret Tips

If you have already found your very own favourite photo spot and want to let the world know about it, then please reveal your tip for the best Leipzig photo spot in the comments or get in touch with us!

Leipzig Tourism and Marketing GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0)341 7104-340
Email: info@ltm-leipzig.de


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