What to see
A stroll through the city is the best way to explore Leipzig: the "Völkerschlachtdenkmal",the largest memorial on the European continent, the coffee house "Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum", Europe´s second oldest café still in service, and the medieval "Thomaskirche (St. Thomas´Church)" are all within walking distance or can be easily reached by public transport (free use for our guests).
None other than "Hieronymus Lotter", Leipzig’s 16th century mayor and architect of Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), will take you on a walking tour through the city. Or go for an educating yet enjoyable tour guided by the medieval "Nachtwächter" (night watchman). You can discover Leipzig by night on a "moonlit tour". These and many other interesting packages can be booked via the tourist centre "Treffpunkt Leipzig".
After many years of makeshift arrangements, the "Museum der Bildenden Künste (Museum of Visual Arts)" has finally found a new home at Sachsenplatz – a modern architectural marvel which houses Germany’s second largest civic art collection. Frequent touring exhibitions complement the permanent exhibition.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Museum of Visual Arts, interesting exhibitions await you in the historical "Altes Rathaus" (Old Town Hall) and the modern "Stadtgeschichtliches Museum (Museum of City History)
Families will enjoy a visit to the new leisure park "Belantis" or the "Leipziger Zoo" with the world’s largest ape park and many animal kids. Insiders take a boat trip on the Karl-Heine-Kanal or relax at Lake Cospudener See with Leipzig’s longest beach. If the weather is less inviting, visit "Sachsentherme" an indoor water park with a sauna complex of more than 1500 sqm."The Zeitgeschichtliches Forum (Forum of Contemporary History)" offers an impressive insight into Leipzig’s role during socialist rule, the peaceful revolution of 1989 and the time of German reunification has finally found a new home at Sachsenplatz – a modern architectural marvel which houses Germany’s second largest civic art collection. Frequent touring exhibitions complement the permanent exhibition.
Leipzig is the perfect place to go on a shopping spree – as becomes obvious when you arrive at the central station, which hosts a large and elegant shopping centre. The mall "Nova Eventis" is even larger and offers a grand shopping experience full of events in an ultra-modern setting. If you prefer a more personal and exclusive experience, stroll through one of the numerous passageways in Leipzig’s city centre, especially "Mädler Passage".
Year and again, people of all ages, particularly children, are fascinated by Leipzig´s picturesque Christmas Market with its many tempting sweet stands.
What to do in the evening
Leipzig has a varied and vibrant nightlife – from rather traditional locations, such as the famous Opera House or the internationally renowned concert hall Gewandhaus, to trendy spots like Werk II or Moritzbastei.
Leipzig is also considered to be the secret capital of German stand-up comedy. There are established acts, like "Academixer" or "Leipziger Pfeffermühle" and new private cabarets, like "Funzel" or "Sanftwut".
The music hall "Krystallpalast Varieté" is the successor of the legendary Krystallpalast, opened in 1882 for 15,000 spectators. The new site is much smaller but still evokes a genuine cabaret feeling in an elegant ambience.
Where to go to dinner
We invite you to enjoy elegant Saxon cuisine in our own hotel restaurant "Amoroso". However, there are a large number of excellent restaurants in Leipzig. Some of our recommended favourites are:
- Auerbachs Keller - One of the most famous restaurants in the world thanks to Goethe’s play “Faust”
- Falco - Leipzig’s most exclusive address
- Bayerische Bahnhof - Try an original Leipzig “Gose”, the regional beer speciality, in a unique rustic ambience
- Stadtpfeiffer - Michelin star-rated haute cuisine
- Panorama Restaurant - "celestial delights" 100 m above the ground: enjoy a great view over Leipzig