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Regional products

in and around Leipzig

Leipzig is a city of creative individuals that produces talent, art and products – and it's not always about painting, sculpture and photographic art. In and around Leipzig, unique local products are also made by craftspeople creating art and foods. The work of skilled craftspeople is and remains something very special.

This is where you get to meet the people behind the products and observe the process of making the things that are sold. You can meet the creative minds of the Leipzig art and food crafts scene and look over their shoulders as they work as well as discovering their passion and hearing their very personal stories. Local products also make unforgettable souvenirs that will always remind you of your visit to the Leipzig region.

Made in Leipzig and the Region

The selected regional products featured on this page are characterised by being unique in their nature, manufacture or components. Genuine, Unique Leipzig Originals! Many of the featured craftspeople are shaping and preserving our region's traditions. Of particular interest to visitors to Leipzig: Numerous ateliers and cottage industries invite you to take part in guided tours, presentations, hands-on activities and workshops. This means you can experience the handmade craft and food products at first hand!

Local Artisanal Food Products

Leipziger Lerche pastry delicacies from the Kleinert Bakery

In the state known as 'Coffee Saxony', coffee is a permanent cultural fixture alongside delicious desserts and cakes.

The best-known sweet pastry is theLeipziger Lerche − a shortcrust pastry basket filled with a dab of jam and marzipan and decorated with the typical pastry cross. The term 'Leipziger Lerche' has been protected since 2004 and may only be used by authorised companies. So if you read "Original Leipziger Lerche", you can be confident you are buying the real thing.

Lerche pastries from the Kleinert Bakery are highly recommended. Here the Leipzig baking tradition has been kept alive from as early as 1950. By all means, ask about the history behind the Leipziger Lerche during your visit to the bakery − you'll be amazed!

Do you fancy something savoury?

Then it's good to know that criteria such as sustainability, animal welfare and quality are observed by the cottage industries listed here for their animal products. You can visit them to reassure yourself of how fish, meat and dairy products are created with passion and care. It will give you an insight into sustainable, ecological animal husbandry, for example. You can also try the delicious products straight away: Full-bodied cheese specialities from the Bennewitz farm dairy, unparalleled goat milk and meat products from the Caprinenhof and delicious goose meat and goose liver specialities at the Eskildsen Goose Farm kitchen. Or perhaps you would prefer exquisite fresh or smoked Wermsdorf fish?

Sweet and savoury products from local producers can be found at the Kern and Stein Delicatessen – chutneys, juices, mustard and oils – beautifully wrapped as small or large gifts at your request.

And now for something special for your gourmet palate: How about some truffles from the Leipzig region? At the Eilenburg Truffle Hunters, you can find unique specialities which you can buy from the shop or feast on during a gourmet evening.

Spirits and Beer: Tradition Meets Zeitgeist

Those who have read Goethe's Faust will know that wine has always flowed readily in the bars of Leipzig. What Mephisto failed to mention, however, were the beers and spirits that are still served today. Beer enthusiasts visiting Leipzig and the surrounding region have come to just the right place. So has anyone looking for a 'liquid' gift for family and friends. A beverage that is perfectly at home on modern craft beer shelves thanks to its ingredients is Leipzig Gose. The top-fermented beer with added salt and coriander may not be a Leipzig invention, but it has had a permanent home here since the 18th century. It is brewed and served in the Bayerischer Bahnhof and the Gosenschenke 'Ohne Bedenken', among other places. However, you can also find classic breweries in and around Leipzig. These brew unique and exceptional beers using modern brewing methods and traditional ingredients. In Leipzig, you can enjoy the art of brewing in the Leipzig Ratskeller, for example.

However, much stronger drinks are to be had at the  Wilhelm Horn Spirits Manufactory. In addition to the traditional Allaschherbal and aronia berry liqueurs,gins and aperitifs are also produced here. Lovers of fine brandy and liqueurs should also make it a top priority to visit the small but wonderful Fuchs Spirituosen Manufactory in Delitzsch. Owner Thilo Fuchs produces the herbal speciality Naumann-Bitter here using a recipe from 1927.

Local Arts and Crafts Products

For a Beautiful Home

Decorative objects and everyday items can give every home a special atmosphere. To make your own four walls even more cosy with a unique design, you could add a handmade product from Leipzig that will always remind you of your visit. Claudia Biehne makes unique creations and intricate lamps out of 'white gold' at her porcelain studio under the motto 'everyday luxury'. At Flora Metaphorica, you will find exceptional pictures and tiles featuring wonderful dried flowers, artistically incorporated by Tina Altus. From garden accessories to serving trays and jewellery, Andrea Hiller creates unmistakeable mosaic objects at hillerei Mosaik.

"We've created pots and plates since the year fifteen and forty-eight": The pottery town of Kohren-Sahlis is home to the oldest pottery in Germany. At Arnold Pottery, you can find fashionable designs as well as the much-loved white ceramics with blue dots. Schmiede Widdermann makes unusual artistic and everyday objects. The blacksmiths work freestyle here, so every item is unique – from steel garden fireballs and iron frying pans to delicate jewellery made from precious metals.

At Eskildsen Goose Farm, the top-quality pillows and duvets made in the bedding workshop and individually designed on request will ensure you stay cosy and warm at home.

You Only Hear Good Things Coming From Leipzig

Leipzig is a city of music – renowned worldwide and steeped in tradition. The famous Gewandhausorchester looks back on over 275 years of history, for example. In a city with such a strong musical spirit, lots of instruments are needed. There are still instrument makers in the area that skillfully craft them by hand.

Violins, violas and cellos with a unique sound are made at Klaus Ludwig Clement Geigenbau ­− Fine String Instruments. It is interesting to note that right next door, you can find the oldest music publisher in Leipzig, the FriedrichHofmeister Musikverlag. Brass instruments such as tubas, flugel horns and trumpets are all made at Instrumentenbau Vogt. The future owner of an instrument has the opportunity to be involved in testing and designing it, thus making each one unique. The workshop is open to customers who would like to watch instruments being built.

Natural pleasures for your body

Colours – fragrances – skincare – a little holiday for your body and soul. Various small cottage industries in and around Leipzig have set themselves precisely this goal – to pamper their customers with high-quality, natural cosmetics. Lavender fragrances, essential oils, soaps and creams for your face and body can all be purchased at the ointment workshop Beti Lue. Salbenmanufaktur. If you wish, you can take a course and boil your own soap or create bath pralines. In the lovely little artisan shop, you can also find everything ready-made to take home.

Wooden Toys for all Ages

Holz Liebe is a brand that not only includes the name of the family behind the company but also what the brand stands for: Passion for the product and the material as well as a love of detail. The Liebe family has been making toys, dolls' furniture and miniatures from wood for over 30 years. Their guiding principle is that any large object can be recreated on a scale of 1:12. So in addition to cube mosaics, stacking pyramids, miniature workshops and shops, you can also find all kinds of "tiny treasures" in the workshop such as picture frames the size of postage stamps, mini pencils and even working tricycles in miniature. These are all handmade from Leipzig Floodplain Forest wood.

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