What to see in Leipzig in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Innovative, colorful, Leipzig is Germany's new trendy destination, ideal for lovers of the artistic avant-garde and the design. But it is not only this: Leipzig is also a historical and musical center, a witness to life in East Germany and home of the well-known composer Sebastian Bach.
Let's go to the discovery of the new Berlin in a weekend, between experimentation and tradition.


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, St. Nicholas church, Bildenden Kunste museum, Marktplatz, Altes Rathaus, Alte Waage, Alte Handelsbörse

The first day is dedicated to the historic center of the city, which can be covered on foot. Let's start with a tasty breakfast at Cafe Riquet, dating back to the early twentieth century, to begin to breathe the atmosphere of the past that will characterize the day. There is really spoiled for choice among the many cakes proposed, we will be able to get by with about € 5,00 each.
A few steps from the café we find the Church of St. Nicholas (free entry), one of the most important in the city, where it is possible to admire the stratification of styles that took place over the centuries, starting from the Romanesque of the XII century, passing through the Gothic style of the central body up to the eighteenth-century tower. The church also occupies an important role in contemporary history, as starting point of the Peaceful Revolution which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
After the church we move five hundred meters north to the Museum of Fine Arts, or Museum der Bildenden Kunste. In fact, the museum hosts vast art collections, which start from the Middle Ages to reach the present day, but has a contemporary design: the structure was built in 2004, on the remains of the old museum demolished by the British Air Force in 1943. The visit costs € 10,00.
Following the visit to the museum we finally enter the Marktplatz, the large square where the Christmas markets are held in December. Dominating it is first of all the Renaissance architecture of the old Town Hall, or theAltes Rathaus. Inside it is possible to visit the clock tower and a civic museum on the history of the city at a cost of € 6,00.
Remaining still in the square, it is possible to admire the facade of the Alte Waage, the Renaissance public weighbridge, partially rebuilt after the damage suffered in the Second World War.
Behind the old town hall, in Naschmarkt square, stands theAlte Handelsbörse, the old stock exchange palace in the Baroque style. Unfortunately, this building also suffered serious damage during the war, so what we see is a reconstruction, following which it was used as a cultural space.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, church of San Tommaso, Bach museum

The ideal lunch break can only be Auerbachs Keller, a historic restaurant in the shopping arcade Mädlerpassage, located at the south end of the square. The pub occupies the premises of a th century wine shop and was made famous by the Goethe's Faust, becoming a must for anyone visiting Leipzig. The menu offers typical dishes of German cuisine, but there is no shortage of vegan and vegetarian alternatives, for an average of € 25,00 per person. After lunch we dedicate some time to the gallery itself, both to admire its architecture and for a bit of shopping.
Leaving the Mädlerpassage we still remain in the historic center: a few steps from the tunnel we find the church of San Tommaso (free admission), a Gothic-style Lutheran place of worship famous for hosting composer Sebastian Bach as kantor. Even today, the remains of the famous musician rest in the building. Right next to the church there is a museum dedicated to Bach open until 18:00, at a cost of € 8,00, a must for music lovers.

3 - Evening: Augustusplatz, Gewandhaus, university, dinner, City-Hochhaus

We now move to the east of the Marktplatz with a walk of a few minutes to reach Augustusplatz, where the concert hall overlooks Gewandhaus e the university of Leipzig. Both places of interest actually mark the exit from the historic center, being buildings with a modern design and large windows. On the opposite side of the square from the Gewandhaus we also find the Opera House, dating back to the 1956.
On the corner of the concert hall and the university stands the Panorama Tower o City-Hochhaus, the tallest skyscraper in Leipzig from which you can admire the city panorama. On the twenty-ninth floor there is the restaurant where we recommend you stop for dinner enjoying the spectacular view. To access the panoramic terrace on the thirtieth floor, also open in the evening, it will be necessary to pay a ticket of € 3,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,6 km / 31 min
  • Places visited: St. Nicholas church, Bildenden Kunste museum, Marktplatz, Altes Rathaus, Alte Waage, Alte Handelsbörse, St. Thomas church, Bach museum, Augustusplatz, Gewandhaus, university, City-Hochhaus.
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  • Breakfast at Cafe Riquet (Get directions), Lunch at Auerbachs Keller (Get directions), Dinner at Panorama Tower (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: breakfast, Reichsgerichtsgebäude, St. Peter's basilica, botanical gardens, Völkerschlachtdenkmal

The second morning we move south of the center. Traveling Riemannstraße we come across the old seat of the supreme court active until 1945, the Reichsgerichtsgebäude (external only, free), whose architecture is reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance ones.
We then stop for a sweet breakfast (about € 5,00) at Magic Waffle. Then we come to the imposing Basilica of Saint Peter (free admission) in neo-Gothic style, concluding the visits to places of worship in the city. Continuing south we arrive at the botanical gardens, with their vast display of local and tropical plants and the peculiar butterfly greenhouse. Entrance to the gardens is free, except for the area reserved for butterflies (€ 4,00).
From the gardens we travel a couple of km to the south, by tram or on foot, and we arrive at Panometer, a building previously used for gas storage and currently converted to exhibition space where it is possible to admire a suggestive 360 ​​° panoramic exposure of the Titanic wreck. We keep the entrance ticket, because we will need it in the afternoon to visit the Kunstkraftwerk (€ 15,50 for both attractions). We close in the morning by going to Völkerschlachtdenkmal, reachable by tram (line 9), the monument to the Battle of the Nations (free) which marked the defeat of Napoleon and caused his retreat.

2 - Afternoon: lunch, Spinnerei, Kunstkraftwerk

We have lunch in the park near the monument from Schnittstelle1845, for a quick and cheap meal (€ 12,00 approximately) before taking the tram or bike and moving to the west of the city, to discover the neighborhood Plagwitz, formerly a territory of industries, now converted into artistic spaces. They are especially worth a visit Spinnerei, the largest former cotton mill in the world which today houses art galleries and studios of creatives such as painters, artisans and directors. Another very interesting converted factory is here Kunstkraftwerk, formerly a power station and now an exhibition space peculiar, in which we will be able to take advantage of the combined ticket previously purchased at the Panometer.

3 - Evening: dinner, Plagwitz, Karl-Heine straße

In the evening we still stay to enjoy the artistic atmosphere of Plagwitz and we head specifically in the famous Karl-Heine straße to dine at Casablanca, a place with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes (€ 15,00 approximately).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 18,1 km / 3 h 46 min
  • Places visited: Reichsgerichtsgebäude, St. Peter's Basilica, botanical gardens, Völkerschlachtdenkmal, Spinnerei, Kunstkraftwerk, Plagwitz, Karl-Heine straße.
  • Breakfast at Magic Waffle (Get directions), Lunch at Schnittstelle1845 (Get directions), Dinner at Casablanca (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: breakfast, zoo, Gohlis

For the last morning in the city we move north of the center. We stop for breakfast at Bagel Brothers (€ 6,00 on average) and dedicate the morning to Leipzig zoo (€ 10,00) and to the more than eight hundred species it hosts. After this immersion in nature we continue north and arrive at the district of Gohlis, previously a small town then absorbed by the city in 1890. Gohlis retains the typical Saxon architecture, an almost fairytale setting with sloping boobs and buildings dating back to the eighteenth century.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Friedrich Schiller's house, Gohlis castle

For lunch we stop at Ohne Bedenken, a typical German brewery with outdoor tables where we will be able to have lunch with € 15,00. Not far from the brewery we find the home of composer Friedrich Schiller, currently hosting a museum, but which we recommend to see only from the outside. In Gohlis there is also a castle, now used as a concert and exhibition hall. We recommend that you consult the program before arriving in Leipzig, but if the program is not stimulating, the building with its Rococo architecture is worth at least a visit from the outside.

3 - Evening: dinner, Südvorstadt, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße

For the last evening we move south of the center a Südvorstadt, one of the trendiest districts of Leipzig. Here too, as in Plagwitz, the city has reinvented itself, adapting spaces destined for demolition in clubs, cafes and theaters. We cross the famous Karl-Liebknecht-Straße and we have dinner at the Noels Ballroom for a burger to be enjoyed under a ceiling covered in whiskey bottles about € 10,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,9 km / 2 h 4 min
  • Places visited: zoo, Friedrich Schiller's house, Gohlis castle, Südvorstadt, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße.
  • Leipzig: Discover the city at night
  • Breakfast at Bagel Brothers (Get Directions), Lunch at Ohne Bedenken (Get Directions), Dinner at Noels Ballroom (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Leipzig cost

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  • Costs to eat: about € 50,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 60,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 10,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 250,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 35,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Leipzig: from € 380,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Leipzig: the city has a continental climate and does not reach extreme temperatures in either summer or winter, making it enjoyable all year round. In the cold months, the minimum temperatures settle around -2 ° C, while in the cold months the maximums do not exceed 26 ° C. For sun lovers, the period May-September is preferable, but we recommend the month of December for the traditional Christmas markets with local dishes and crafts, skating rinks and live shows - find out more
  • Leipzig / Halle airport is about 20 km from the city center, reachable by train with a journey of only 15 minutes, departing every hour at a cost of € 3,30. The station is directly below the airport, making travel extremely easy. However, direct flights from Italy are reduced, and it will often be necessary to stop in Munich or Frankfurt. Leipzig is about an hour from the capital Berlin, so it is possible to combine the two destinations in one trip.
    Flights starting from € 147,00 -
  • staying in the center (Zentrum) you are certainly close to the main historical attractions, however to get to know modern Leipzig we suggest the districts of Plagwitz and Südvorstadt, respectively south-east and south of the center, to enjoy the avant-garde atmospheres and save on the final cost.
    Hotel and b & b starting from € 250,00 per room -
  • Getting around: it is crossed by a tramway network made up of 13 lines. The hourly ticket costs € 2,60, but for short journeys it is possible to purchase a reduced version for € 1,90 (maximum four stops). For the more sporty, Leipzig is equipped with cycle paths that allow you to reach all the key points of the city

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