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10 Must See Things in Leipzig


Leipzig is one almost fairytale town, which often goes unnoticed by tourists who visit Germany, more interested in more popular centers such as Berlin, Cologne or Munich. Elegant and rich in culture, Leipzig instead offers numerous attractions, such as monuments, university campuses and large parks. The city is also connected not only to some illustrious personalities (for the world of music, how not to mention Bach) but also to certain literary legends: the tavern where Mephistopheles took Faust to have a beer with the university is Auerbachs Keller in Leipzig. City of music, fairs and Christmas markets: let's discover together the 10 things to see in Leipzig.



Index

  1. Monument of the Battle of the Nations
  2. Church of St. Nicholas
  3. Auerbachs Keller
  4. Old Town Hall
  5. Church of St. Thomas
  6. Grassi Museum
  7. Naschmarkt and Mädlerpassage
  8. University of Leipzig
  9. Neues Gewandhaus
  10. Botanical Garden
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Monument of the Battle of the Nations

For a real dive into the modern history of Europe, go just outside the center of Leipzig, where this imperious monument stands that celebrates the battle that proved decisive in the war of liberation against Napoleon. It is a 91 meters high building with a characteristic tower shape. It features a staircase, formed by 364 steps, which leads at the top of the terrace (you can also get there via an elevator). The monument recalls the bloody conflict that took place in the fields around Leipzig in 1813, which saw the allies victorious. In memory of these battles Leipzig inaugurated, in 1913, the Monument of the Battle of the Nations and the Russian Memorial Church. At the building there is the FORUM 1813 museum where they can be observed some testimonies on the battle.



  • Address: Straße des 18. Oktober 100
  • from April to October open from 10.00 to 18.00, from November to March open from 10.00 to 16.00
  • full € 8,00, reduced € 6,00

2 - Church of San Nicola

The St. Nicholas Church of Leipzig is a religious building dating from the th century and is dedicated to protector of traders. It is located right in the city center, in an area where the via Regia met, the route from Santiago de Compostela to Moscow, but also the via Imperii, which from Rome reached Szczecin on the Baltic Sea. It was originally built following the Gothic and Romanesque styles, was later rebuilt in a neo-classical style.

  • Address: Nikolaikirchhof 3
  • Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00, Sunday until 16.00
  • Free, free visit

3 - Auerbachs Keller

One of the restaurants most famous in all of Germany is the Auerbachs Keller. It was founded in 1525, it is welcoming and the cuisine is delicious, despite the fact that the place is quite touristy. As already mentioned, Goethe sets here an episode from Faust - Part I, the one where Mephistopheles and Faust have a party and go out astride a barrel. Inside the restaurant you can see this carved scene on a tree trunk in the so-called Goethezimmer: it is said that the writer himself went here when he sought inspiration for his works.


  • Address: Mädlerpassage
  • open every day from 12.00 to 22.00
  • Free, free visit, average prices from € 14,00 to 22,00

4 - Old Town Hall

It was built between 1556 and 1557 by architects Paul Speck and Paul Widermann to replace the gothic style palace in 1554. It has undergone several renovations over the years, the current building is presented with an imposing facade and with the original balconies of the announcements and that of the musicians. The building is located on the market square and is very close to the church of San Tommaso, the old stock exchange and the ancient public weighbridge.


  • Address: Markt 1
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
  • Free, free visit

5 - Church of San Tommaso

Southeast of the Leipzig Market Square is the St. Thomas Church, home of the very famous and homonymous choir. Built in 1212 as an Augustinian house church, it was modified several times and, in the 1539th century, acquired the current appearance of a Saxon-style late Gothic church. Martin Luther preached in this church in and Johann Sebastian Bach, whose remains rest right here, was the director of his choir from the 1723 1750.

  • Address: Thomaskirchhof 18
  • open every day from 9:00 to 18:00
  • Free, free visit

6 - Grassi Museum

Inaugurated in 1874, the Grassi Museum consists of impressive art deco buildings and houses three large internationally renowned museums: the Museum of Applied Arts (the second oldest in Germany), the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Musical Instruments. The latter is the most appreciated by visitors as it includes instruments belonging to periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the th century. You can also participate in practical laboratories and visit rich archives.


  • Address: Johannisplatz 5-11
  • open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00
  • admission € 8,00

7 - Naschmarkt and Mädlerpassage

Behind the old town hall of Leipzig is the Naschmarkt, one quiet little square dating from 1556. On the north side of the square is the "old trading exchange" (Alte Handelsbörse), a Baroque building dating back to 1668, now used to host public events. Opposite the Naschmarkt there is the Mädlerpassage, a commercial gallery really characteristic, one of the oldest and most particular places of exchange in the whole city.


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  • Free, free visit

8 - University of Leipzig

The building that dominates Augustusplatz is a 34-storey building that houses the University of Leipzig, with its panoramic café located 110 meters high. It is about one of the oldest universities (the second oldest in Germany) was in fact founded in 1409 even if, during the Second World War, over 60% of the buildings that compose it were destroyed.

  • Address: Augustusplatz 10
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  • Free, free visit

9 - Neues Gewandhaus

A few steps from the University is the Gewandhaus, the magnificent building it houses the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra. Built in 1981, the concert hall is decorated with numerous paintings by modern artists and is famous for its excellent acoustics.

  • Address: Augustusplatz 8
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  • Free, free visit

10 - Botanical garden

Leipzig Botanical Garden is located at the university, was opened in 1877 as vegetable garden of medicinal plants but was present in the city since 1542. Despite being devastated during World War II, this nine-acre site is home to over 7.000 plant species from Eastern Europe, North and South America and Asia. Visitors can especially appreciate the large greenhouse with tropical and sub-tropical plants from all over the world.

  • Address: Linnéstrasse 1
  • open every day from 9.00 to 16.00
  • access to the outdoor areas is free, the one to the greenhouses and the butterfly house costs € 4,00 full price, € 3,00 reduced
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