Leipzig City Break for Culture Lovers

The Top Sights on a Short Holiday for Two

Do you love art and culture? Then your next city break in Germany should take you to Leipzig! Leipzig is pure culture!

Countless museums and cultural institutions await you here. No matter what you are interested in, whether it be history, music, art, theatre or architecture – Leipzig's cultural landscape is so extensive and varied that you'll be faced with the following decision before your visit: "What do we want to see first and what the next time?".

Do you love art and culture? Then your next city break in Germany should take you to Leipzig! Leipzig is pure culture!

Countless museums and cultural institutions await you here. No matter what you are interested in, whether it be history, music, art, theatre or architecture – Leipzig's cultural landscape is so extensive and varied that you'll be faced with the following decision before your visit: "What do we want to see first and what the next time?".

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Leipzig – Where Music Sets the Tone

Few cities offer as many world famous musical institutions as Leipzig. Our city is characterised by its musical history and the famous composers who have worked here. Johann Sebastian Bach conducted the St. Thomas Choir for 27 years, Richard Wagner was born here and discovered his musical vocation, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy revolutionised the art of conducting and Clara Schumann enchanted audiences at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in her early youth. Her legacy and that of many other musicians lives on in Leipzig to this day, whether at the Gewandhaus Orchestra's grand concerts, on the stage at Leipzig Opera, at the Bach Festival and Klassik airleben, or in the preserved organs in the region and at the annual BurgenLandKlänge. One thing is certain: Leipzig is the right city for an outstanding cultural trip!

World famous musical institutions

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Museums and artistic spaces

It is not just the performing arts that shape our city – Leipzig is also a stronghold for the visual arts, with the "Leipzig School" and the "New Leipzig School" producing some international names such as Neo Rauch. The many galleries, studios and exhibitions make a cultural trip to Leipzig an artistic treat.
Speaking of visual arts: With countless museums on art, history, ethnology, music, nature and much more, a holiday in Leipzig is guaranteed to be educational!

Theatre and cabaret in Leipzig

"To be or not to be" – this world-famous question from Shakespeare's Hamlet is familiar to most. But in Leipzig the question is rather, where should you be! Since there are so many theatres in the city, it is not easy to decide which one to visit in the evening. We'll help you out by showing you the theatres and stages in Leipzig that are always worth a visit!

"To be or not to be" – this world-famous question from Shakespeare's Hamlet is familiar to most. But in Leipzig the question is rather, where should you be! Since there are so many theatres in the city, it is not easy to decide which one to visit in the evening. We'll help you out by showing you the theatres and stages in Leipzig that are always worth a visit!

”I praise my Leipzig! It is a small Paris that educates its people.“
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Faust I

Restaurants and Cafes in Leipzig and the region

A cultural trip to Leipzig can become the perfect city break if you choose the right dining options: From the historically and culturally significant atmosphere of Auerbachs Keller or Barthels Hof to modern gourmet cuisine above the rooftops of the city in the FALCO or the Panorama Tower restaurants – Leipzig has just the right dining venue to round off your visit!

Did you know . . .

. . . where the name "Blümchen-Kaffee" (flowery coffee) comes from and that Leipzig has a centuries-old coffee tradition?

The inhabitants of the Free State are not jokingly called the "Coffee Saxons" for nothing! The invigorating hot drink has always played an important role in Saxony, and especially in Leipzig, where the first German "coffee house ordinance" was passed. It is for this reason that people used to be outraged and still are today by coffee that is too weak or made from substitute coffee. This is known as "Blümchen-Kaffee" or the Saxon term "Plempe". To put it more precisely, the coffee is so weak that you can see the little flowers painted on the bottom of the cup through the drink. The term "Schwerter-Kaffee" (sword coffee) was also common, because you can see the crossed blue swords on the bottom of the original Meissen porcelain cups.

You can still find many cafes today that keep Leipzig's coffee house culture alive – and would not dream of serving "Blümchen-Kaffee".

Barthels Hof

Leipzig

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Guesthouse and Gose Brewery Bayerischer Bahnhof

Leipzig

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Ratskeller der Stadt Leipzig (Council Celler of the City)

Leipzig

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Panorama Tower Restaurant

Leipzig

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Restaurant Weinstock

Leipzig

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Zills Tunnel

Leipzig

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Leipzig's Living History

Leipzig was first mentioned in 1015, and can thus look back on over 1000 years of history. The city was significantly shaped by its unique location – Leipzig served as a crossroads of the two important trade routes Via Regia and Via Imperii and was thus the perfect location for markets and fairs. It was the trade fair privileges granted in 1497 that finally gave the city its status as a trade fair city.

The city's turbulent history can still be felt and experienced today. The heritage of the trade fair era is reflected in the unique architecture of the courtyards and passages, which still invite visitors to enjoy a special shopping experience to this day. Leipzig's most famous landmark commemorates the Battle of the Nations in 1813. The effects of industrialisation can be seen in the architecture of western Leipzig, and the city's annual Festival of Lights commemorates the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, which sparked a transformation throughout Europe.

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