Enjoy the ultimate weekend in Leipzig
Due to Covid-19, some of these attractions may not be open. Please check with the relevant organisations before making travel plans.
Owing to its enviable cultural and musical heritage, Leipzig has for many years been popular with travellers from all over the world.
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease and the weather starts to improve, there’s been no better time to discover what this German jewel has to offer.
Discover the real Leipzig
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in all that the ‘real Leipzig’ has to offer, it makes sense to start in the historical old town. The Altes Rathaus, or Old City Hall, is one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. Built in 1556, the City Hall has been home to the Museum of City History since 1909, and it is to be found in the centre of the old town, where it dominates the Leipzig Markt (Leipzig Market Square).
If you decide to make a visit to the city in the month of December, you’ll be in for a treat: the Leipzig Markt has long been a bustling centre of commerce, and it hosts one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in Germany, with well over 200 stalls to explore. The city’s Easter market also takes place here every year.
A short walk away from the Leipzig Markt, you’ll come across the beautiful 12th-century St Thomas Church (Thomaskirche). It’s here that you start to immerse yourself in the city’s musical heritage: Bach served as the church’s choirmaster in the 18th century, and his tomb is to be found in the Church’s Nave.
Leipzig’s museums: our top 3 picks
Leipzig’s Museum der Bildenden Künste (Fine Art Museum) offers a world-class collection spanning from the 15th century to the present day, with artworks by Monet and Munch. We advise spending between two to three hours in this museum, which is housed in a modernist glass cube structure, in order to gain a good appreciation of its extensive collection.
In a city that owes much to Johann Sebastian Bach, it makes sense to visit the museum dedicated to his memory. The Bach Museum allows users to view the composer’s original manuscripts, and interactive musical displays are used to bring the great man’s work to life.
Bringing us closer to the present day is the fascinating Museum in der Runde Ecke (Museum in the Round Corner), in which visitors can learn about the sinister operations of the secret police in Communist East Germany.
The best shopping in Leipzig
The Mädler-Passage shopping arcade, with its wonderful glass roofing, is one of the best places to go shopping in Leipzig, offering a diverse range of specialist shops, high-end boutiques, bars and restaurants.
Located in the basement of this historic passage is Auerbachs Keller, which owes its status as Leipzig’s best-known restaurant to its mention in Goethe’s masterpiece Faust.
Now’s the perfect time to take that weekend trip to Leipzig
If you’re looking for an adventure after months spent indoors, now’s the perfect time to get away from it all with a weekend trip to Leipzig.