Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.
Karl-Heine-CanalLeipzig by waterIn the middle of the 19th century, industrial magnate Carl Heine gifted Leipzig a network of waterways that reached as far as Cospuden Lake on the outskirts of the city. The best course of action is to hire a canoe from one of the boat hires and set off on your own to explore historic Leipzig's industrial architecture of the "Gründerzeit" by water. Alternatively, gondolas are available for hire, and there are excursions on multi-person boats (guided tour included) for those who would rather someone else did the work.Bootsverleih Leipziger Eck (boat hire)
Schleussiger Weg 2a
+49 163 2 64 20 03
St. Nicholas ChurchChurch of the Peaceful RevolutionThe 12th century Church of St. Nicholas is another historically important house of God. In 1989, the world focused on this three-naved, late-Gothic construction when it became the starting point for the "Peaceful Revolution" in the GDR. Peace prayer services are still held here today.Nikolaikirchhof 3
+49 341 12 45 380
Battle of Nations Monument & Southern CemeteryLandmarks of the cityIn 1813 Leipzig was the setting for the decisive battle between France under Napoleon Bonaparte and the alliance of Austria, Prussia, Russia and Sweden. One hundred years after the war, the monument to the Battle of Nations was erected to the southeast of Leipzig and became the landmark of the city. At a height of 91 metres, "Völki" is one of the biggest monuments in Europe. Active visitors climb the 364 steps of the monument, and are rewarded with breathtaking views over the city and the surrounding area.Strasse des 18. Oktober 100
+49 341 2 41 68 70
Church of St. ThomasIn Bach's spiritThe Church of St. Thomas is known as the domain and final resting place of Johannes Sebastian Bach, whose tombstone can still be seen in the nave today. Martin Luther was another famous person who was associated with this church, making it a magnet to this day for anyone wishing to attend a church service, listen to a concert with the famous St. Thomas Choir, or simply to experience the spirit of a 13th century church.Thomaskirchhof 18
+49 341 222 240
Clara-Zetkin-ParkBreathe deeply in the heart of the cityTogether with Leipzig's Auenwald Forest, the Clara Zetkin Park forms the continuous "Green Belt" that traverses the city. Concert and film performances take place here in summer, and the park is also extremely popular with BBQ-fans.Anton-Bruckner-Allee 11
+49 341 1230
Karl-Liebknecht-StrasseA different kind of shoppingPeople who like browsing through little shops as well as the big fashion stores will love the Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse. Little boutiques, an excellent range of organic shops, Bike-Department-Ost as the cycle shop of choice and the deli strip with friendly, almost traditional shops far from the mainstream, are to be found between the city centre and the Kurt-Eisner-Strasse. And dotted amongst them: little cafés and restaurants for those in need of some fortification.
Petersstrasse and Grimmaische StrasseThe shopping streetsJust as the Via Regia and Via Imperii trade routes crossed here 500 years ago, sometimes making Leipzig the most important trade fair city in the world, so do the Petersstrasse and Grimmaische Strasse today. With so many shops in the heart of the city, no shopping wish is left unfulfilled. Peek & Cloppenburg, Zara, Breuninger, Esprit, S.Oliver, H&M – brands and labels are seen here at their very best, turning the two streets into a veritable shopping catwalk, and complemented by bookshops, cafés, well-known department stores and exclusive local retailers.
Goethe Schokoladen-Taler-ManufakturHandmade chocolateHow lovely to find a place where you can surrender to passion – your passion for chocolate, that is. The Goethe Schokoladentaler chocolate shop at the heart of Leipzig actually makes much, much more. Visitors are welcome to watch the expert confectioner as she makes lovely chocolates and truffles – as well as more unusual items such as ladies' shoes made of cocoa paste.Markt 11 -15 / Market Gallery
+49 341 268 94 49
PassagesTraditional and modernLeipzig has a fabulous system of passages that was created mainly in the boom years of the "Gründerzeit". Today, the 24 passages and courtyards contain a wide range of fabulous and exclusive little shops: delicatessens and fashion boutiques, but also cabarets, bookshops and small restaurants. The best known of these passages are the Mädlerpassage, the Königspassage, the Strohsack and Specks Hof.
Museum of Fine ArtsArt en blocEven the building is a work of art: materials such as exposed concrete, wood, shell limestone and glass contrast within the glass cube that is itself mostly glass. Alternating exhibitions of works from the 15th to the 21st centuries are presented on its 7000 m², with artists ranging from Lucas Cranach the Younger and Max Klinger to Bernhard Heisig and Neo Rauch.Katharinenstrasse 10
+49 341 216 99 0
Grassi MuseumThree under one roofLeipzig's Grassi Museum on the Johannisplatz is a striking Art Deco building that is just as impressive on the outside as what lies behind its walls. After all, it is home to a total of three museums: the Ethnography Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts and the Musical Instruments Museum. With its landscaped courtyards, adjoining Old Cemetery and friendly café, the area offers a highly satisfactory museum experience.Johannisplatz 5–11
+49 0 341 22 29 100
Forum of Contemporary HistoryPast and present of the republicsThe Forum of Contemporary History is a museum that addresses German contemporary history from the end of WWII to the present day, and specifically daily life in the German Democratic Republic. Its 2000 m² house more than 3000 photos, documents, objects and other media that transform the forum into a place of living remembrance. There are also regular changing exhibitions that complement and extend the permanent exhibition.Grimmaische Strasse 6
+49 341 22 200
GewandhausWorld-famous soundsPassion for music has been an integral part of life in in Leipzig for centuries. Few will be surprised that the city with the Gewandhaus orchestra has one of the most renowned orchestras in the world. Major conductors such as Kurt Masur, and since 2005 Ricardo Chailly, have raised their batons in the large hall (capacity 1900) for works by Mahler, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Beethoven and several more. Many international artists also perform at the Gewandhaus, enriching the programme that offers up to 800 performances a year.Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
+49 341 1270280
Krystallpalast VarietéArtistry, humour and culinary delightsBe amazed, be enchanted - and be delighted by the culinary delights at the venerable Krystallpalast Varieté in the city. Enjoy the fabulous dining in the comfortable "Spiegelsaal" ("Hall of Mirrors") at the Varieté as you watch the breathtaking performances by international artistes or laugh at the antics of the entertaining comedians. A visit to the Krystallpalast guarantees a memorable evening.Magazingasse 4
+49 341 14 06 60