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Leipzig’s overnight stays peak at 3.6 million in 2019

2019 has been another record breaking year in a row for the tourism industry in Leipzig. The city registered 1.929.694 arrivals (+5.1 per cent) and 3.602.857 overnight stays (+6.7 per cent) last year. These numbers conclude the successful decade Leipzig has witnessed since 2010.  

The largest growth was generated among German travellers. In comparison to 2018, overnight stays from Germany increased by 8.3 per cent reaching 3.070.287 in 2019. With a total of 1.670.046, arrivals performed equally gratifying topping the 2018 figures by 6.6 per cent. This counts for roughly 85 per cent of all overnights. Most visited were the months June (295.000 overnights) and October (293.862 overnights).

The top 10 international markets were:

United States

47.159 overnights (- 4.4%)


33.860 overnights (+ 8.4%)


38.790 overnights (- 5.5%)


20.407 overnights (+ 13.4%)


38.315 overnights (- 8.0%)


19.836 overnights (- 10,4%)


37.438 overnights (+ 0.1%)

   Czech Republic

18.932 overnights (+ 27.5%)

United Kingdom

35.996 overnights (- 11.7%)


16.523 overnights (- 3.2%)


Despite a slight decrease of -1.8 per cent in international overnights compared to 2018, the five-year development (2015-2019) shows a double digit growth of 25.3 per cent. The summer months June (59.909), July (59.295) and August (53.807) performed best in 2019.

Volker Bremer, CEO of Leipzig Tourism and Marketing (LTM) GmbH, is delighted about the new guest record: “Our extensive marketing activities in Germany and abroad, as well as Leipzig’s cultural institutions like the Gewandhausorchester, Leipzig Opera, St. Thomas Boys Choir and the many diverse museums have played a major role in attracting more guests once again. We will continue to rely on the successful cooperation with the Leipzig Fair (Leipziger Messe GmbH) and the congress initiative ‘do-it-at-leipzig.de’.“

Taken the 2.1 million overnight stays in the region into account, the destination LEIPZIG REGION reached a total of 5.7 million overnights in 2019, which is a share of 27.6 per cent in Saxony. With a plus of 4.7 per cent among hotel beds in 2019 (19.823 as of 12/2019), the positive trend is also visible in the accommodation sector. On average, visitors spent 1.9 days in the city contributing to an occupancy rate of 67.2 per cent (hotels with 25 ≤ rooms).

Volker Bremer is optimistic for the future: “City trips are still trending in Germany and Leipzig is an up-and-coming destination. Besides, being located only a one-hour train ride away from Berlin and the capital’s global flight connections, Leipzig is easily reachable. The recent ranking on the prestigious New York Times “52 Places to Go” list is a great example of the city’s reputation. We are working to expand this positive image by intensifying PR, creative project co-operation as well as maintaining our close cooperation with the German National Tourist Board (GNTB). We therefore expect further growth in 2020 and 2021. From 2022, we seek to reach 4 million.”

Source: Saxony State Office of Statistics