The most beautiful destinations in Leipzig

In the rankings of travel guides, Leipzig regularly lands in the top ten. No wonder: The city has a high quality of life and many excursion destinations for the spring to offer. We present the most beautiful ones in the city and its surroundings!

  • Note: Please check the city’s website to see if the opening hours listed in the article are current. We update this article continuously, but something can change quickly due to Corona.

Sightseeing (Leipzig City)

In the city center of Leipzig you will find cultural hints and traces of history at every corner. With the following tips you will go on a great discovery tour to the sights.

#1 City-Hochhaus Leipzig

The City-Hochhaus is also nicknamed “Uniriese” and “Zahn” (tooth) by the people of Leipzig. A visit to the observation deck should definitely be on your to-do list for excursions in Leipzig. If you are willing to spend 4 euros for the elevator to the 31st floor, you will be rewarded with a magnificent all-round view of the Saxon metropolis.

  • Tip: The Panorama Restaurant in the City-Hochhaus offers daily business lunches between 12:00 and 14:30; a full menu is available for 13 euros

Opening hours:

Mon – Thu: 09:00 – 22:00 hrs.
Fri + Sat: 09:00 – 22:30
Sun: 09:00 – 13:30 h

#2 Leipzig Old Town

Feast in the famous Auerbachs Keller or stroll on the Alter Markt: Leipzig’s Old Town is one of Germany’s most beautiful city centers for good reason, making it one of the most attractive destinations for a day out. Numerous arcades invite you to explore, and the spacious Augustusplatz square is home to the opera house, Gewandhaus and Mendelbrunnen fountain. Next to it is the new campus building, which is also worth a visit (at least).

#3 St. Thomas Church

The St. Thomas Church in the city center looks back on a long tradition: the composer Johann Sebastian worked here. For 800 years, it has also been home to the world-famous St. Thomas Choir. At the end of the 19th century, the interior of the church was renovated in the neo-Gothic style, and after the German-German division, it was completely restored and repaired.

Both the stained glass windows and the architecture as a whole and the Bach organ, which was added at the turn of the millennium, invite you to visit the church. Those who find the time should definitely attend one of the concerts.

Opening hours:

Daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

#4 Leipzig Zoo

Leipzig Zoo is considered one of the most species-rich in Europe, and the start of the 2022 season was heralded by the second birthday of a male koala. Founder’s Garden, Gondwana Land, Pongoland: for the animal diversity on the 27-hectare site you should take enough time, ideally a whole day. Discover exotic animals from Africa, South America, Asia and don’t miss the dino tour either.

Opening hours:

January – March 20:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

March 21 – April 30:
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

May 1 – September 30:
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

October 1 – October 31:
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

November 1 – December 31:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

December 24 (Christmas Eve):
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

December 31 (New Year’s Eve):
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

#5 Monument to the Battle of the Nations

This imposing monument commemorates the Battle of the Nations of 1813, which raged for three days in Leipzig at the time. The monument was inaugurated on October 18, 1913 and is open to the public. Especially recommended is the wide view from the observation deck, but you should bring some stamina for the 500 steps up. Weighing 300,000 tons and standing 91 meters tall, the Monument to the Battle of the Nations is one of the most impressive cultural buildings in Europe and should be on any list of places to visit.

Opening hours:

April – October:
daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

November – March:
daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Excursions in nature (Leipzig city & surrounding area)

Leipzig has a lot of nature to offer both in the city and in the nearby surroundings. All excursion destinations can be easily reached by bike or public transport.

#1 Lake Cospuden

Affectionately called “Cossi” by the people of Leipzig, Lake Cospuden is one of the three large lakes of the Leipzig Neuseenlandschaft. It was created from the hole of a discontinued open-cast lignite mine. Every year, more than 600,000 visitors come to the lake to swim, surf or enjoy the evening sunset in one of the maritime restaurants on the promenade.

  • Tip: Lake Cospuden also has a canal connection. Rent a canoe in the center of Leipzig and head for the “Cossi” as an excursion highlight!

#2 Lake Markkleeberg

Lake Markkleeberg emerged from the former open-cast lignite mine Espenhain. For over 20 years, the lake has attracted Leipzig residents and tourists alike. Surrounded by nature, the Auenhain beach with a length of 500 meters invites you to soak up the sun. Those who like it a little more active should stop by the water sports beach, where catamaran, sailing and windsurfing courses can be taken. The circular route around the lake can be easily explored by bike or on foot.

#3 Lake Störmthal

Very close to Lake Markkleeberg is Lake Störmthal, which focuses on a highly modern flair and water sports. The lake as an excursion, sports and recreation destination is comparatively young, having been opened for municipal use in 2014. But it quickly found fans: in 2018, Lake Störmthal won the “Your Favorite Lake” award, closely followed, by the way, by Lake Markkleeberg in second place. If you want to see the charm of the lake for yourself, be sure to also visit the Lagovida sailing harbor and book a ride on the “MS Störmthal”.

#4 Auwald

Leipzig’s green lung invites you to walk and bathe in the forest. Wood anemones, wild garlic, perennials and grasses feel at home on the nutrient-rich soils with au-clay. In the past, the floodplain forest was regularly flooded by the Elster, Pleiße and Luppe rivers, but over the centuries man knew how to prevent this by building. Today the floodplain forest is a popular recreation area for the people of Leipzig.

#5 Neue Luppe / Lützschena Castle Park

A special highlight awaits hikers and cyclists a little way outside Leipzig. Head to the Red Bull Arena and from there to the Elsterbecken. Now follow the wide path in a northerly direction, which leads you further and further along the Neue Luppe into nature. Follow the path further, past allotments and forests, to discover one of the most beautiful historical parks in Germany in the Lütuzschena Castle Park. And of course, the nearby Lützschena Castle is also a real eye-catcher.

Conclusion

With its architectural and cultural sights, “Little Paris,” as Goethe once called Leipzig, is an exciting and thrilling city that invites sightseeing. For recreation, stays at one of the magnificent lakes or in the forests are recommended. We wish you a lot of fun while discovering the destinations and surroundings!

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