Welcome to Leipzig!


Skyline in the evening.Photo: Michael Bader


On this page, we provide some useful information on Leipzig, its sights and cultural highlights. Have a look and explore Leipzig.
It has much to offer. A history going back a thousand years, historic and important buildings, theaters, museums, galleries, and an awesome nightlife. Leipzig has a flair that is rich in contrast and combines tradition and history with young and student lifestyle.


General Information

Getting Around in Leipzig

Let us begin with some general information on how you can get around in Leipzig. Most of the attractions can be reached on foot, once you are in the inner city. If you need to travel longer distances you should use the public transport system or rent a bike!

Public Transport

The tram network in Leipzig consists of 13 lines on an over 218 km long network. You can reach nearly every point in the city using one of the tram lines. Your EuroVis badge is a valid ticket during the EuroVis Week in the zone 110, which covers most of the city. An alternative for tourists is the Leipzig Card, which allows you to use the public transport and provides discount at several attractions and tours and stores. You can plan your trip easily by using the electronic timetable, available here.

Important: Day and Night Service

  • The day service usually starts at about 4:30-5:00 and ends about 0:00 to 1:00 o'clock. Trams directing to the city center usually drive more often and longer, but not later than 1:00 o'clock in the night.
  • The night service is run by buses and the main railway station is the central staation for all lines.

Bike Rental Service

An interesting alternative to the public transport is to use the rental bike service. There are many bike stations across the city and renting a bike is easy and cost-effective. You need to register
online or via an iOS/Android app. Once registered, you can rent the bike you see by scanning the QR code on the bike or by calling the telephone number printed on each bike. Easy isn't it?

Tours

If you want to enjoy all the beautiful and impressive sights Leipzig has to offer you can take one of the bus tours, bicycle tours or one of the many tours on foot. You can even take a tour in the "Offener Leipziger", a Cabrio-Tram.

Bus Tours

The Bus Tours nearly always start in the city center, directly opposite of the main railway station in the Richard-Wagner-Straße", corner Goethestraße. Usually, you will find someone there who sells you the tickets. You have the choice between several bus services there (Royal London Bus, Leipzig Erleben). The "Leipzig Erleben" Service also provides additional tours with Cabrio-Bus, Old-Timer Bus and several other. Check out their website for further details.

Bicycle Tours

The bicycle tours are usually done for groups. You can contact them on their website to arrange a tour.

On Foot

The Tours on food are especially interesting for German visitors, since the tour guides speak the typical Leipzig dialect. Check out the Leipzig Erleben website for a list of tours and further information. English tours are available too. Please ask at the Leipzig Tourist Info (see below).

Cabrio-Tram & other Interesting Tours

  • The Cabrio-Tram Tour Information: LVB Extratouren
  • Stadtkarawane: get to know the people in Leipzig. This is interesting for german-speaking visitors as you visit different people at their homes during this tour.

Leipzig Tourist Info

Map to the tourist office.

You can get a lot of additional information, maps and tour information at the Leipzig Tourist Office. Check it out online or use their official map to get there directly.


Restaurants, Bars, and Nightlife

Drallewatsch im Barfussgässchen.KarLi, station "Hohestraße"Gottschedstraße, Bars.

Photos: Michael Bader, Andreas Schmidt, Andreas Schmidt

Leipzig has a vivid nightlife, many restaurants suitable for every budget, coffeehouses, bars, clubs and so on. We have prepared a small overview and selection of possible things to do after an interesting day at the EuroVis. Check it out here.



Art, Culture, and History

Here you will find a small excerpt of possibilities you have when interested in art, culture, history and stagecraft. In the next sections, we give you a very short overview on important places and how you can reach them.

Music - Opera, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Sommersaal

Opera at night, crowded with people listening to Johann-Sebastian Bach.Gewandhaus Orchestra Building at night.Small but beautiful concert hall.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt, Andreas Schmidt, Martin Klindtworth

If you enjoy classical music, Leipzig is your place to be, especially during June 14 to 23 - The Bachfest. During this time, Leipzig is in Johann-Sebastian-Bach fever. Visit the small and large, old and modern concert halls in the city center. Enjoy several exhibitions and guided tours through the history of Baroque Music. If you are interested, have a look at the Bachfest website and the website of the museum of city history.

Tip: You can join the large Bach night events on the Augustusplatz for free.

Besides Bach you can check out Richard Wagner's Nibelungenlied in the Opera house or one of many other smaller music events.

Tip: Check our Nightlife-Page for a comprehensive overview where you can spend your nights in Leipzig.

Historic Buildings and Museum

Thomaskirche and the Bachmuseum

Thomaskirche from the back.Statue of Bach at the Thomaskirche.The world-famous Thomanerchor.

Photos: Thomas Dieckmann, Andreas Schmidt, Dirk Brzoska

The St. Thomas Church is was the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked. Today, the St. Thomas Church is the home of the world-famous Thomanerchor and the current location of Bach's remains. The Church is just about a five minutes walk from the hotels in the city center. The Bachmuseum, situated next to the church presents the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family.

Goethe and Schiller

Auerbachs Keller - Wine Tavern.Schillerhaus.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

Although Johann Sebastian Bach will be the most present historic person you will encounter during your stay in. Leipzig was home, birth-place, and place of work for many other important persons of literature, art and music.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe studied law in Leipzig and the Auerbachs Keller in Leipzig got world-famous in his most celebrated drama, Faust. If you want to feel back in the time, where Faust has ridden a barrel of wine, check out the historic restaurant and wine tavern. The Auerbachs Keller is situated inside the Mädler Passage, near the market square.

If you are interested in the place where Friedrich Schiller wrote the first version of the Ode to Joy, have a look at the Schillerhaus. You can reach the Schillerhaus by tram, line 4, station "Menckestraße".

Nikolaikirche

Nikolaikirhce - The place where the peaceful repellion against the GDR regime began.Nikolaikirche inside.Nikolaikirche inside - have a look at the ceiling.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt, Krausz, Dirk Brzoska

In the heart of Leipzig, you can find the over 800 years old Nikolai church. The Nikolai Church became a symbol of peace and revolution in 1989, where the peaceful Monday demonstrations against the communist rule began, which finally have led to the fall of the East-German dictatorship.

Runde Ecke - The Stasi Museum

Runde Ecke - former Stasi Headquarter.Runde Ecke - Former Stasi Headquarter is now a museum.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

The Stasi was the East-German Ministry for State Security. It was the symbol for oppression and observation in the former GDR. The former Stasi Building now hosts the Museum "Runde Ecke" and shows you the Stasi's function, methods and history.

Völkerschlachtdenkmal

The monument of the battle of the nations.The monuments remembrance hall.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

The Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to the Battle of the Nations) was erected at Napoleon's outpost during the battle of the nations in October 1813. It remembers the over 120,000 wounded and dead soldiers during this battle. Its impressive size and overwhelming interior, makes it a must-see sight in Leipzig. You can reach it easily by tram, lines 2 and 15, station "Völkerschlachtdenkmal".

Deutsche Bücherei, Buchmuseum - Museum on Books and Writing

German National Library.German National Library - Lesesaal.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

The German national library is a huge archive for every book which has ever been written since 1913 in German language. Especially interesting is the German museum of Books and Writing. You can get there using tram lines 2 and 16, station "Deutsche Nationalbiblithek".

Art

Grassimuseum.Museum der bildenden Künste.Alte Baumwollspinnerei.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

If you are interested in arts, check out one of the large museums in Leipzig, like the Grassi Museum and the Museum der bildenden Künste. If you are interested in alternative art and life-style, you should have a look at the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei (old cotton mill) and Westwerk.

Stagecraft

Schauspielhaus Leipzig.Schauspielhaus Leipzig.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt, Rolf Arnold

In Leipzig you can find a huge variety of theaters. Young, classical, or alternative; its you choice. Some theater to mention are:

Kabarett Sanftwut.Kabarett Leipziger Funzel.Kabarett Leipziger Funzel.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt, Andreas Schmidt, Lachmesse e.V. - Notbohm

Especially interesting are the many Kabarett Theaters (satirical political/society-critical acting) Leipzig is famous for. They are especially interesting for those of you who speak German, as they usually give their acting in the typical dialect of Leipzig and Saxony. Nearly all of them are situated in the inner city and can be reached on food. Some of them are:

... And so much More

Leipzig has to offer so much for every taste. Just walk around in the city center, take a bus tour or explore the city by tram. You should check out tourism websites like TripAdvisor, Leipzig Wikipedia site.



Fun and Relaxing

After all the interesting talks during the EuroVis or your tour through Leipzig, you can enjoy the relaxing side of Leipzig. Have a look!

Relaxing in the parks of Leipzig

JohannaparkClara-Zetkin ParkThe Auwald - Leipzig's typical kind of forrest

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

Leipzig is green! We have many small and large parks in Leipzig, where you can enjoy a warm summer evening. The largest parks are the Zooschaufenster, Clara-Zetkin-Park, Johannapark and Palmengarten. The Zooschaufenster park is on the back-side of the Zoo. From there, you can see giraffes and zebras. This is why it is called Zooschaufenster (zoo showcase). You can reach it by tram, line 12, station "Zoo".

The other, before-mentioned parks are neighboured and can be reached by tram, line 1 and 2, station "Klingerweg". Once there, you see all the green around you. You cannot miss it.

You can use Google Maps to orient yourself:

Cospudener See - The "New-Sea-Land" in the south of Leipzig

The beach at the Cospudener Sea.Cospuden Harbour.Evening at the Cospudener Sea

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

In the south of Leipzig, you will find several seas. Most of them where former open-mining pits and where flooded after the mining operations where shut down in the 90's. The most famous of them is the Cospudener See. There, you can enjoy some food and drinks at the harbour or a Bratwurst on the beach. Many citizens of Leipzig enjoy the warm summer sun there.

Due to road construction, you can currently not reach the sea using public transport. The best way to get there is using a rented bike. Just follow the route the internet-routing service of your choice provides.

Leipzig's water streets

The Weiße Elster.The Weiße Elster.Karl Heine Kanal

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

Leipzig has many small rivers, canals, and creeks. They are interconnected and allow you to travel through Leipzig only by boat. You will see Leipzig from a very different perspective. Either rent your own canoe or enjoy a ride on one of the many small motorboat tours. You can even have a gondola tour and feel like in Venice. By the way, Leipzig has 457 bridges ... Venice has "only" 400.

Right at these rivers, you find several restaurants and bars, where you can relax. Take the tram line 14, station "Nonnenstraße" and walk down the street called "Nonnenstraße". Alternatively, you can take tram lines 1 or 2, station "Holbeinstraße" and walk down the street called "Holbeinstraße".

You can rent a boat here:

At the Bootsverleih Herold , you can also take motorboat tours and the Italian Restaurant Da Vito offers gondola tours. You can use tram line 14, station "Nonnenstraße" or lines 1,2, station "Holbeinstraße" to get to the Gondola Restaurant.

Zoo

Zoo Entrance.Zoo Entrance.Gondwanaland.

Photos: Andreas Schmidt

The Leipzig Zoo is one of the most famous Zoos in Germany and definitely worth a visit. It combines historic buildings with modern, adequate animal housing. A new attraction in the Zoo is Gondwanaland. Entering Gondwanaland will appeal to all of your senses as you come into close contact with the tropical rainforest of Africa, Asia and South America. Under a covered area (larger than two football pitches) there are 90 exotic animal species and approx. 500 different plant and animal species. Follow our jungle paths or treetop trail and drift along in a boat on the jungle river Gamanile. You can reach the Zoo by tram, line 12, station "Zoo".