What to see in Leipzig and surroundings in 7 days

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In the north-west of Germany, not far from Berlin, Leipzig is a city that often stays off the beaten track of mass tourism. It has always been at the center of Germany's cultural and artistic life, thanks to its museums, art galleries and concert halls, scattered in every corner of the city. A destination that everyone agrees, thanks to its style and activities to do and you will surely love it too.

The city is really located in a strategic position, 190 km from Berlin and 120 km from Dresden. Not to mention the surrounding areas, full of beautiful castles which are absolutely worth a visit, such as Hubertusburg Castle or Moritzburg Castle.

Are you ready to go, even if virtually, with us? Let's find out together what to see in Leipzig and surroundings in 7 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Leipzig
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

For a very first approach to the city, we recommend that you take part in a tour by tourist bus that allows you to see the major sites of interest, discover the historic center through the guidance of an expert and settle in its streets.

There is therefore no better place to start than Augustplatz, the main square of the city. Several seasonal markets, concerts and festivals are held here throughout the year.
Here is the City-Hochhaus, the tallest skyscraper in Leipzig, with a beautiful panoramic terrace on the 29th floor from which to admire the whole city (9: 00-21: 00; weekend 10: 00-20: 00, € 4,00).
After that continue through the streets of the center until you get to Thomaskirche, where there are the remains of the famous Johann Sebastian Bach (9: 00-18: 00, free).

For lunch stop at Auerbachs Keller, one of the most famous restaurants in all of Germany! Founded in 1525, you can eat typical German cuisine (average price per person € 20,00).
Continue the tour with the Nikolaikirche, one of the most important churches in Leipzig (10: 00-18: 00 and Sunday until 16: 00, free).
Then come to Marktplatz, the historic market square. Here is theAltes Rathaus, or Old Town Hall, which houses an elegant ballroom where events, exhibitions and concerts are held (10: 00-18: 00, free).

End the day with a dinner at the PETER PANE Leipzig Burgergrill & Bar, a beautiful, modern and welcoming venue where you can eat excellent burgers and meat dishes (average cost per person € 15,00).
After dinner we recommend you to enjoy a walk through the streets of the illuminated historic center.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 26 min
  • Places visited: Augustplatz (free), City-Hochhaus (€ 4,00), Thomaskirche (free), Nikolaikirche (free), Marktplatz (free), Altes Rathaus (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00
  • Leipzig: Sightseeing Bus and Walking Tour Leipzig: Old Town Guided Tour
  • Lunch at Auerbachs Keller (Get directions), Dinner at PETER PANE Leipzig Burgergrill & Bar (Get directions)

2 day

Visit one of the main museums of the city, the Museum der bildenden Künste (10: 00-18: 00, closed on Mondays, € 10,00, reduced € 8,00) This is the Museum of Fine Arts, with paintings, sculptures and works by artists from the Middle Ages to the present day. The very structure of the museum is something that will immediately strike you: it is in fact a giant museum in the shape of a glass cube.

Stop for lunch near the museum, perhaps at the Romanushof, a place with a beautiful outdoor courtyard, where you can eat traditional German dishes with proposals that often change according to the seasonality of the ingredients (average cost per person € 15,00).
After lunch, continue with the visit of the historic center of Leipzig, reaching the nearby Richard-Wagner-Platz, where there is also the Richard-Wagner Denkmal, monument dedicated to the famous German composer.
Then go back to Marktplatz to reach Naschmarkt, a small square dating back to the 500th century, located just behind the Town Hall. Traditional markets such as flea markets, exhibitions or cultural and musical events are often held here. Opposite is the Mädler-Passage, a large commercial space full of elegant shops, clubs, restaurants and bars. Approximately 140 meters long, this gallery has a decorated glass ceiling and several bronze sculptures (10: 00-18: 00, free).

End the day with a dinner at the Brauhaus an der Thomaskirche, a typical German brewery, where you can enjoy traditional dishes accompanied by excellent beer (average cost € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: Museum der bildenden Künste (€ 8,00), Richard-Wagner-Platz and Richard-Wagner Denkmal (free), Naschmarkt (free), Mädler-Passage (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 38,00
  • 2-hour walking tour of Leipzig's Old Town
  • Lunch at Romanushof (Get directions), Dinner at Brauhaus an der Thomaskirche (Get directions)

3 day

Start with a walk inside theLeipzig University, the second oldest in Germany, founded in 1409. You will immediately be amazed by its particular architecture. It is possible to enter and see it from the inside, obviously without interfering with the lessons and activities of students and teachers.
After the Universià, head to another important museum in the city, the Bach Museum Liepzig (10:00 -18: 00, closed Mondays, € 8,00, reduced € 6,00) dedicated to the famous composer Bach, who was the artistic director of the Thomanerchor for many years. Through interactive exhibits and technology, you will learn more about its history and works.

Stop for lunch at the Thüringer Hof, a place located near the Bach Museum, where you can taste traditional German dishes and excellent beer (average cost per person € 15,00).
After lunch, head towards Zentralstraße, at theHolocaust Memorial, a monument dedicated to all those who lost their lives during the Holocaust. This is a silent place, where you can stop and think even for just 5 minutes.
Then head to the Clara-Zetkin Park, the large green area in the city of Leipzig. It extends for 125 hectares, is full of trees, ponds, paths and benches. Obviously there is no shortage of play areas for children. Immerse yourself in this beautiful green oasis for a few hours, take a walk, relax in the shade of the trees or have a drink in one of the small bars present. And don't forget to leave a note with your wish on the Glücksbaum, the tree of luck!

After visiting the park, return to the historic center and reach Barfußgäßchen, the street where people gather in the evening. It is full of taverns, clubs and even discos. It is in fact also called "Drallewatsch", which in German means "have a lot of fun".
Here stop for dinner at Lerchennest Leipzig, a place located on this street and from above, where you can taste traditional German dishes (average cost per person € 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,6 km / 19 min
  • Places visited: University of Liepzig (free), Bach Museum Liepzig (€ 8,00), Holocaust Memorial (free), Clara-Zetkin Park (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00
  • Leipzig: Bach, Wagner and Thomanerchor
  • Lunch at Thüringer Hof (Get directions), Dinner at Lerchennest Leipzig (Get directions)

4 day

Start discovering your surroundings with deserving Berlin.
It can be reached in just 1 hour and 15 minutes with the direct ICE train to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (from € 22,00).

With little time available, take advantage of the comfortable tourist bus tour that will take you around and discover the attractions of the city in comfort.
Once you exit the station, you will find yourself near the Reichstag, the parliament of Berlin. It is possible to visit the large glass dome and enjoy a beautiful view of the whole city. The visit is free but must be booked in advance on the official website, and make sure you bring your identity document or passport with you, the controls are very strict.
Once the visit is over, head towards one of the undisputed symbols of Berlin, the Brandenburger Tor, and then continue to a place always immersed in silence, the Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas, Holocaust Memorial (find out more about timetables, prices and tips).

Then arrive at Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most famous squares in Berlin, where on the two opposite sides of the square there are the two domes, the Deutscher Dom and the Französischer Dom. Here you have lunch at the BraufactuM Berlin am Hausvogteiplatz (average cost per person € 20,00).
After lunch you cross the Schlossbrücke and arrive in front of another symbol of the city, the Berlin Cathedral, characterized by its green-colored copper domes (find out more about timetables, prices and advice).
Continue along the road, cross the Karl-Liebknecht-Brücke and arrive at Alexander Platz, where the famous Berliner Fernsehturm is located, the television tower. Here you can go up (to avoid the queues, we advise you to buy tickets online) and enjoy a beautiful view of the whole city (€ 11,00, find out more about timetables, prices and advice)

For dinner, stop in Alexander Platz, at The Reed restaurant, where you can dine with a view of the square and the television tower (average cost per person € 20,00).
From Alexander Platz station then take one of the many trains (for example S3, S5, S7 and S9 or RE1, RE2 and RE7) which will take you to Berlin's central station, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, where you will then have to take the train back in Leipzig.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 387 km / 3 h 30 min (by train)
  • Places visited: Reichstag (free), Brandenburger Tor (free), Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (free), Gendarmenmarkt (free), Berlin Cathedral (€ 8,00), Alexander Platz (free), Berliner Fernsehturm (€ 11,00 )
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Berlin: 24 or 48-Hour Bus Tour Ticket Berlin: City Highlights Walking Tour Berlin: TV Tower Tickets
  • Lunch at BraufactuM Berlin am Hausvogteiplatz (Get directions), Dinner at The Reed (Get directions)

5 day

Today we want to take you to the discovery of Dresden and one of the most beautiful castles in the whole of Sassiona. But let's talk about Dresden first. You can easily reach it by direct train IC / ICE in just over 1 hour (€ 17,00).

Departing around 8:00 am, you will be in Dresden no later than 9:30 am, so you can explore the city at your leisure. We advise you to be accompanied by an expert guide on a walking tour so as not to miss anything of the beauty of this city.
Dedicate yourself mainly to the historic center. Located on the Elbe river, for its beauty it is also called "Florence of Elba". Of medieval origin, unfortunately 75% of the historic center was destroyed during the Second World War. Neumarkt is the main square of the city, where the Frauenkirche church stands (10: 00-12: 00/13: 00-18: 00, free).
Then head to it Zwinger, the main cultural and tourist attraction of the city, an incredible Baroque architectural complex (10: 00-18: 00, closed Mondays, museum € 12,00).

Stop for lunch near the Zwinger, perhaps at the ALEX Dresden am Schloss, a modern place where there are typical German dishes and more international choices (average cost per person € 15,00).
It is time to find out the most spectacular royal residence in all of Saxony, Moritzburg Castle (10: 00-17: 00, € 8,00, reduced € 6,50). Reaching it from the Zwinger area is very simple: you have to take tram 11 from the Am Zwingerteich stop to the Dresden Bahnhof Neustadt stop, where you can take the 477 bus that will take you straight to your destination, the Moritzburg Schloss stop is only 400 meters from the castle .
In Baroque style, it was built between 1723 and 1733 at the behest of Augustus the Strong and is completely surrounded by water.
To return, take bus 477 again to Dresden Bahnhof Neustadt and from there take tram 3, 7, 8 or 11 to reach the historic center again.

End the day with a dinner at DRESDEN 1900 Museumsgastronomie, a restaurant with a very particular interior, where you can eat traditional German dishes (average cost per person € 20,00).
Then go back to the Dresden Hauptbahnhof where you can take the train back to Leipzig.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 277 km / 3 h 42 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Old Town (free), Neumarkt (free), Frauenkirche (free), Zwinger (€ 12,00), Moritzburg Castle (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Dresden: Classic Old Town Tour Dresden: Historic Florence Walking Tour on the Elbe Dresden: City Walking Tour
  • Lunch at ALEX Dresden am Schloss (Get directions), Dinner at DRESDEN 1900 Museumsgastronomie (Get directions)

6 day

Day immersed in nature a few kilometers from Leipzig. We are talking aboutarea of ​​the new lakes, where the localities of Markkleeberg and Cospuden are located. These two towns also give their names to the two lakes that surround them, the Markkleeberger See and the Cospudener See. To reach this area the most convenient way is the S-Bahn 4, 5, 5X and 6 to Markkleeberg station, which from the center of Leipzig will take you directly to Markkleeberg in just 15 minutes.

Then take the S-Bahn and drive to Markkleberg and, once you arrive in the town, the best thing to do is rent a bike, to move freely throughout the area (average cost of bike rental € 5,00 for up to 5 hours, € 10,00 up to 24 hours).
In the morning visit the, go up to the panoramic terrace Crostewitzer Weg and follow the whole long lake reaching the Crostewitzer Höhe.

For lunch, head to Pier I GmbH & Co. KG located on the other lake, the Cospudener See, and enjoy a lunch on the terrace with a beautiful view (average cost per person € 15,00).
And after lunch enjoy this beautiful area, the lake and the Kees'scher Park, located to the north. A day completely immersed in nature.
Once the tour is complete, return to Leipzig again with one of the S-Bahn lines.

End the day in the historic center of Leipzig with a dinner at Leos Brasserie, a restaurant with a modern and welcoming atmosphere, with international dishes (average cost per person € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 31,4 km / 1 h 48 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Markkleeberg (free), Cospuden (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Lunch at Pier I GmbH & Co. KG (Get directions), Dinner at Leos Brasserie (Get directions)

7 day

Start the day with a visit to one of the most important mus of the city: Grassi Museum of Applied Arts (10: 00-18: 00, closed on Mondays, € 8,00, reduced € 5,50). It houses three internationally renowned museums: the Museum of Applied Arts, it is the second oldest in all of Germany, the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Musical Instruments. There are many things to see, so we recommend that you dedicate a whole morning to it. The structure itself is a true work of art: magnificent art deco buildings.

Once the visit is over, stop for a quick lunch at Orig. Thüringer Rostbratwurstgrill, where you can eat excellent bratwurst and grilled burgers (average cost per person € 10,00).
Then reach the second stage of the day with the tram line 15, which will take you to the Leipzig Botanical Gardens (9: 00-16: 00, free; greenhouses and the butterfly house € 4,00). Belonging to the university, the garden was inaugurated in 1877, but its origin dates back to 1542. Here you can find out everything about plants and flowers, thanks to the presence of 7.000 specimens.
Once the visit is over, take tram 15 and return to the historic center, where you can spend the last hours of the day, perhaps returning to see the places you liked the most for one last time.

And finish with a dinner at Ratskeller der Stadt Leipzig, a place with an old-time setting and excellent Saxon dishes (average cost per person € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 43 min
  • Places visited: Grassi Museum of Applied Arts (€ 8,00), Botanical Gardens (€ 4,00), historic center (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Leipzig: 3-Hour Sightseeing and Food Tour
  • Lunch at Orig. Thüringer Rostbratwurstgrill (Get directions), Dinner at Ratskeller der Stadt Leipzig (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Leipzig

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Although not one of the most visited destinations in Germany, Leipzig it really offers many choices to those who decide to visit it, both as regards stays, both for clubs and restaurants in which to stop and eat. There is in fact a good offer of hotels, from affordable to higher prices, from small b & bs to luxury hotels. With a few small tricks, you can experience a beautiful low cost holiday.

  • starting from € 90,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Leipzig: 1,5-hour historical walking tour Leipzig: guided tour and city sightseeing Leipzig: 70-minute sightseeing boat cruise on a speedboat
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 570,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Leipzig: from April to October, when temperatures are more pleasant, with an average of 26 °. If you don't fear the cold, December is a beautiful time for the holiday season - find out more
  • served by the Leipzig / Halle airport, which is about 20 kilometers from the city center, which you can easily reach by train in about 15 minutes (ticket cost € 3,30). Alternatively, you can take a taxi, outside terminal B, and you will reach your hotel in an average time of 30 minutes (average cost of the ride € 30,00)
  • the best area to stay is the Zentrum, the historic center, where the main tourist attractions are located and you can move mainly on foot. If you want to stay in more modern districts, we recommend Plagwitz and Südvorstadt, respectively south-east and south of the center.
  • Getting around: Leipzig city center is easily explored on foot, as it is not very extensive and all attractions are close by. To reach more distant points you can rely on the tram network which consists of 13 lines (hourly ticket cost € 2,60, for short routes it is possible to buy the one from € 1,90, up to a maximum of four stops)
  • Recommended cards and passes: Leipzig Card, includes free use of public transport during the duration of the pass, free or 50% discount in many museums, discounts for admissions to festivals, concerts and shows, 20% discount on bus tours and walking tour of the city, discounts in selected restaurants

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