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is the largest city in the German federal state of Saxony, with a population
of approximately 500,000. It is the industrial centre of the region and
a major cultural center, offering interesting sights, shopping possibilities
and lively nightlife.
First documented in 1015,
and endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, the city of Leipzig
has fundamentally shaped the history of Saxony and of Germany. Leipzig
has always been known as a place of commerce and still has a large trade
Leipzig acquired the nickname
Kleines Paris ("Little Paris") in the 18th century, when it became a center
of a classical literary movement under the leadership of German scholar
and writer Johann Christoph Gottsched.
The city is also the home
of the Nicolaikirche (Church of St. Nicolai or Nicholas) - the starting
point of peaceful demonstrations against the communist regime which led
to German Unification. The collapse of communism hit Leipzig's economy
very heavily, but it is now on the mend.
Attractions and things
Old Town Hall - Leipzig's
Old Town Hall was built in 1556 in the Renaissance style and remains one
of Germany's largest. Located on the pretty main square of the city, it's
a good orientation point. The Old City Hall was built 1556 by Hieronymus
Lotter on basements of two Patrician houses. It is a beautiful Renaissance
style building, 90 metres long with arcades (1906 - 09), six gables and
a tower. In the 18th century the tower was enlarged and it received a Baroque
spire. Till 1904 the Old City Hall was home of the city administration.
Then it became home of the city museum. Most impressive is the huge
Banquetting Hall with Renaissance interior (open fireplaces). I was surprised
by the many fine works of medieval religious art: altars, paintings, wood-carved
sculptures etc. Most of them were saved from churches which were deconstructed
in Leipzig's surrounding. Very impressive are the rooms with interior from
old Patrician houses. I also liked the treasure chamber (steep and narrow
staircase!). Entrance fee is 2.50 Euro. This Renaissance building
was erected in just nine month in 1556/57 under the direction of the architect
Hieronymus Lotter. The municipal government moved into the New Town Hall
in the year 1909. If you have a bit luck you are allowed to visit the cellar
of the building. Here you find the chamber of torture and the jail.
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City Hall: Leipzig's Renaissance City hall. Contains a museum of city
history which possesses the original of the only confirmed painting of
Bach produced in his lifetime. Also contains interesting information regarding
the public executions that previously took place in the market in front
of the city hall. The most famous execution was that of Woyzeck later made
famous by the Büchner play and the opera of Alban Berg. The
interior of the Old City Hall (built in 1556) was far more interesting
of the outside view for me, however charming the latter may be. Inside
there's an interesting museum covering the history of Leipzig from the
very beginnings (in 12th century) till our days. One of the most touristy
places of the whole city.
Auerbach's Keller - this
pub has been around since medieval times - opened in 1525 it is among the
oldest continuously operated pubs in Germany. The barrel cellar has been
the background to a scene in one of Germany's most famous plays, "Faust"
by Goethe. The master of German literature himself used to drink his wine
here, and the rooms are frequently the set for a live, around-the-city
re-enactment of the play. (on the expensive side)
- Every year in mid December there is a Christmas Market in the Old Market
Square in front of the Old Town Hall. Booths are set up selling gifts,
food and gluewein (a spiced heated wine). There are also carolers and Christmas
Leipzig Zoo - The Leipzig
Zoo is one of the largest and best known in Germany. It has a very long
tradition, is currently undergoing a major re-design. Already finished
constructions include the new elephants' enclosure, with a swimming pool
where you can watch the elephants bathing from under the water level, the
monkey house and a open-plan, safari-style Africa landscape.
Botanical Garden in Leipzig
- This botanical garden belongs to Leipzig University. It's the oldest
one in Germany and one of the first in the world.
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Applied Arts and
Museum of Ethnology both under Grassi Museum.
Schiller House, Mendelssohn
House, Schumann House All used to live and create in Leipzig. Mendelssohn's
concert hall, the Gewandhaus is still active today near Leipzig's market
St. Thomas Church and Bach
Museum - The church where Bach worked for most of his life hosts a
museum to the greatest German composer of all times. This is also where
Bach himself is buried
Museum at the Round Corner
- An interesting museum documenting the Stasi (DDR secret police)
headquarters in Leipzig. Very interesting (and free!) if you can understand
German, but there is not much English inside.
A huge monument commemorating the Battle of Leipzig in the Napoleonic Wars,
a major defeat for Napoleon. It was later expanded to its present monsterous
proportions. A must see!
Hauptbahnhof - impressive
at 26 platforms, with the most expensive station toilets in Western Europe,
at €1.10 a tinkle
The Mendelssohn Music College
nature museum, filled with all kinds of taxidermy creatures. Only 2 Euro.
FEATURED HOTELS, SAXONY, GERMANY
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Comfort Hotel Messe Leipzig
Experience the comfortable
accommodation blended with a warm hospitality and unsurpassed service at
the ACHAT Hotel Messe Leipzig. Situated in the north of Leipzig in
the district Wiederitzsch, this property is close to the new Fair, motorway
A14 and the Leipzig Airport. Designed for your comfort and convenience,
the 100 comfortable accommodation units are well-appointed and come with
all the contemporary amenities. Guests can relish delicious cuisine
in an elegant setting of the on-site restaurant. The cosy bar is an ideal
place to unwind with an exotic drink after a busy day. The Metropark
Service Apartment Shanghai provides meeting and banquet facilities to organise
business meetings or any type of social events.
Situated in the heart of
Leipzig, the Fuerstenhof Hotel is at a walkable distance from all the town
centre's attractions. The hotel is just a kilometre from the city centres
as well as the train station, while the airport is 20 kilometres away.
Tastefully furnished, the 92 guestrooms and suites feature all the modern
conveniences that any traveller would expect from a hotel of this category.
Physically challenged guests can make use of the facilities provided for
their comfort. The hotel boasts one of the most elegant and fashionable
restaurants in the town that offer an excellent international cuisine for
you to feast on.
Inn Garden Court Hotel Leipzig City Centre
Located in the heart of
Leipzig, the Holiday Inn Garden Court Hotel is situated next to the central
railway station. With direct bus and tram connections, the hotel is only
20 minutes from the exhibition fairgrounds and 30 minutes from the airport.
The property has 115 bedrooms, all of which have been tastefully decorated
and carefully designed to ensure that your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable
as possible. In the hotel's restaurant guests can enjoy a variety
of delicacies in a relaxed setting, while the lounge bar is ideal for combining
business and pleasure.
The Westin Leipzig is a
business-friendly hotel located in Leipzig, close to Leipzig Zoo, Leipzig's
Old Town Hall, and Stadtisches Kaufhaus. Additional points of interest
include Leipzig University and Gewandhaus. Dining options at The Westin
Leipzig include 5 restaurants and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health
club, a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full-service health
spa has massage/treatment rooms and beauty services. Wireless Internet
access is available in public areas. Business services, concierge services,
tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance are available. Additional property
amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. This is a
Vivaldi Hotel Leipzig
Located 3 kilometres from
the city centre, Top Vivaldi Hotel Leipzig lies between the main station
and fairground Neue Messe. The hotel is also close to Eutritzscher Zentrum
Tram Station. The rooms at Top Vivaldi are bright and well-equipped
with essential elements to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Guests can enjoy a rich buffet breakfast served at the hotel, every morning.
The in-house restaurant serves a good selection of delicacies for you to
relish while the bar offers a variety of drinks to gratify your dining