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View over the Leipzig Rosental which brings with it the magical image of the city's skyline in the twilight with the City Hochhaus, the New City Hall and the Wintergartenhochhaus, nature, green Leipzig, excursions in Leipzig, sights
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Leipzig for nature lovers

Experience nature in Leipzig and the surrounding region

Auwald Floodplain Forest, the Rosental, parks, Botanical Gardens, "Wildpark" (wildlife park), waterways, the New Lake District – the list of Leipzig's excursions for nature lovers is long and lush! On this page we help you to beat your way through the "Leipzig Jungle". By that we don't mean the urban jungle, but rather the plentiful green oases in Leipzig awaiting your discovery.

Whether you are on foot, by bicycle or on the water – hardly any other city gives you the feeling of enjoying a time-out in nature while remaining in the heart of the city. This is most impressively illustrated by a bird's eye view. The viewing platformsof the City Hochhaus skyscraper and the Monument to the Battle of the Nations are ideal places for sweeping views over Leipzig. For other opportunities to get a bird's-eye view, try a small excursion to Rosental or southern Leipzig, where the "Wackelturm" (Wobbly Tower) and Fockeberg (wreckage hill near Fockestraße) offer great views. From here you can marvel at the largest forested floodplain area in Central Europe, which runs directly through Leipzig's city centre. If you're keen for a hike, check out our blog article "Raus ins Grüne" ("Out into the Countryside"). In it, we describe five of our favourite hiking routes.

To experience an unexpectedly green perspective on Leipzig, you can try a boat tour on Leipzig's waterways. Natural, wild riverbanks and an exceptionally diverse array of flora and fauna will warm the cockles of your nature-loving heart. 

Tips: To discover the most green space on a time crunch, rent a bicycle and experience Leipzig's Green Ring. For longer stays, don't miss the Leipzig New Lake District, and for all exotic nature lovers, the Gondwanaland tropics hall in the Leipzig Zoo is a must-see.

On nature's trail

The Monument to the Battle of the Nations and the Forum 1813 museum in the sunshine with a cyclist in the foreground, sights in Leipzig, architecture, history, Battle of the Nations
© Philipp Kirschner
A rhinocerous enjoys a licking stone at feeding time in Leipzig zoo, animal park, recreational venue, excursion, family
A rhincerous is licking a snack. © LTM
Three otters in their enclosure in Leipzig's wildlife park, animal park, recreational venue, families, excursion
Three otters in the wildlife park. © LTM
Mooring point on the bank of Karl Heine Canal with Philippuskirche in the background, leisure in Leipzig, nature enthusiasts, water sport, activities, boat rental, canoeing, green Leipzig
© Philipp Kirschner
View from the "Wackelturm" on the Rosental and Leipzig's skyline with the City Hochhaus in the middle, landmarks, panorama tower, lookout point
© Philipp Kirschner

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