Owing to its enviable cultural and musical heritage, Leipzig has for many years been popular with travellers from all over the world.
As 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.