Lovers of historic buildings are sure to get their money’s worth in Leipzig. The city’s impressive churches feature spectacular architecture that amazes and astonishes visitors – and there are many other captivating buildings besides. Parks throughout the city are ideal spots for a little relaxation.
Attractions in Leipzig
The Monument to the Battle of Nations is Leipzig’s best known landmark. Lovingly dubbed “Völki” by locals, it commemorates Napoleon’s defeat at Leipzig in 1813. The 91m masterpiece is set behind an artificial lake representing tears for the fallen soldiers. Visitors who make the climb to the viewing platform are rewarded with stunning panoramic views over Leipzig.
Altes & Neues Rathaus
Leipzig boasts two beautiful town halls. The facade of the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) is truly eye-catching and highly detailed, with the historic ballroom a must-see. The Neues Rathaus is a record-holder: it’s the largest building of its type in Germany and also boasts the country’s tallest town hall tower, providing great views over the city.
A true fairy-tale palace! Designed as the summer palace of a Leipzig alderman, it was only completed after his death. The Gohlis Palace has been kept in excellent condition to this day, and continues to pull in crowds of visitors with its unique charm. Visit one of the Palace’s cultural events – well worth a trip!
As the city’s largest church, St Nicholas Church is one of Leipzig’s best-known landmarks. Prayers for peace have been held here every Monday since 1982, and played a key role in the “peaceful revolution” which led to the fall of the former East Germany. Join a public tour to learn more about the building’s design, interior and history.
You simply have to see St Thomas Church, the oldest in the city. Over the years, the building has been renovated several times, creating a masterpiece incorporating a variety of architectural influences. Particular highlights include the interior arches and ornate windows in the southern section.
The grandiose St Peter Church is situated on Gaudigplatz to the south of the city centre. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the church is one of the most important sacred buildings in Germany. The expansive nave hosts religious services and is a regular venue for a wide range of first-class events. The baptistry is a particular highlight.
The viewing platform of Leipzig’s City-Hochhaus skyscraper – locally nicknamed the “wisdom tooth” or “steep tooth” – provides breathtaking views across the entire city. Where do its tooth-themed monikers come from? The building’s modern shape includes slightly concave sides and a tall peak.
The symmetrical design and pompous, ornate facade make the Old Stock Exchange a popular tourist attraction in Leipzig. The upper floor features a large ballroom which often hosts musical and literary events. Take a look, as it is well worth a visit!
You don’t need to walk far in Leipzig to find a glorious residential palace in the Baroque style. Situated at the heart of the city centre, the style and sheer size of the Romanushaus made it an extraordinary sight when it was built. Its ornate facade with various artistic elements continues to captivate visitors to this day.
Clara Zetkin Park
Clara Zetkin Park
Leipzig’s largest park is a popular meeting spot for locals and tourists alike, who like to lay out on the meadows or wander in the peaceful, natural surroundings whenever the weather permits. In the summer months, the park’s bandstand hosts a variety of concerts and open air events. The neighbouring Johannapark is also well worth a visit.
This sprawling landscape garden is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Rosentalhügel, a small hill further into the park, also features a popular viewing tower with wonderful views over the surrounding landscape. A viewing window allows park visitors to watch animals in the neighbouring zoom, which is a real highlight for kids.
These gardens are situated around two kilometres from the city centre, directly beside the Clara Zetkin Park. When the Palmengarten first opened in 1899, only people from upper classes of society were allowed in its grounds. Today, though, anyone can visit for more than your usual walk in the park.