The Best Sights in Leipzig in Winter 2020/21
Once the home of legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Leipzig is a town of history and charm. Known for its markets and fairs since the Middle Ages, and with many old- established publishing houses and libraries, this beautiful city of culture is well worth a visit.
Delighted to give you inspiration of things to see and do whilst you are in Leipzig over the winter months in 2020/21, we’ve provided a countdown of our favourite things to do in Leipzig this winter. Experience all that Leipzig has to offer with its rich history, architecture, cultural cuisine and arts scene. All within easy reach of your residence at Capri by Fraser Leipzig.
St. Thomas Church
Famous for having Johann Sebastian Bach as their cantor between 1723 and 1750, this 13th- century Gothic church is remarkable in its architecture and history in equal measure. It has also been Bach’s burial place since 1950: you can find his ledger stone on the floor of the choir, and see a statue in his honour outside. Come to hear the world-ranked choir on weekends, and take a tour of the Baroque tower, on Sundays.
This monument to the Battle of Leipzig is a lasting piece of Wilhelmine architecture. The battle took place in 1813 (bringing about one of Napoleon’s final defeats) against an alliance of armies from Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden. The monument was inaugurated on the battle’s centenary in 1913 and is still one of the tallest war monuments in Europe at 91 metres. Well worth visiting on your trip to Leipzig.
Whenever you visit Leipzig the chances are that something will be happening on the market square. Their world-famous Christmas market is located here, where you’ll find an enormous Saxon spruce amid hundreds of stalls, as well as weekly produce markets. The square’s architecture is a blend of old and new: framed by the Old Town Hall and the 16th-century Alte Waag building (this housed the city scales, and for centuries was the hub of Leipzig’s trade fairs).
The Altes Rathaus is considered to be one of Germany’s best examples of Renaissance architecture, and is embellished with gables, mullioned windows and a tower that is slightly offset to the left. Situated in the Old Town, under the building’s ground floor arcades house all kinds of restaurants, and has housed the Leipzig city museum since 1909. From a complete historical model of Leipzig in the monumental Festsaal, remnants of the city hall’s former dungeon, decoration from the destroyed St John’s Church, and Roman artefacts - this district has something for everyone.
More Sights to See:
We couldn’t list them all, but here are a few more of our favourite places to visit in Winter:
▪ St. Nicholas Church
▪ Zeitgeschichtliches Forum
▪ Leipzig Panometer
▪ Mädlerpassage (a plush walkway through speciality shops)
▪ Panorama Tower
▪ Auerbach’s Cellar (to dine like Goethe)
▪ Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
▪ Café Riquet
▪ Karl-Liebknecht-Straße (for a stroll through a street more art than walkway)
Where to stay in Leipzig this Winter?
Here at Capri by Fraser Leipzig, we have serviced apartments that give the feeling of living like a local with the comfort of a hotel. Choose from serviced studio apartments that have the perfect mixture of luxury and city living, or live it up in serviced one-bedroom apartment; ideal for putting your feet up after a day exploring the city.