Undiscovered Destinations: Backpacking Leipzig, Germany

Nicknamed “little Paris” by former resident Goethe, the city of Leipzig is an Eastern Germany gem often overlooked by backpackers making a bee-line straight for the bustle of Berlin. But don‘t be mistaken, Leipzig is a steady pulse in the beat of Germany’s heart, bringing alive German history, culture, and commerce since the 11th century. Book your hostel in Leipzig with Gomio.com and experience German history, culture, and art plus try a original German beer at one of the oldest bars in Germany.

Undiscovered Destinations: Backpacking Leipzig, Germany

A center of trade from the start, Leipzig also grew into a cultural center with influential names like Goethe and Bach, as well as a center of the German liberal movement, and the birth place of the first, organized protests against the communist regime which ultimately culminated in the 1989 fall of the Berlin wall. Today, Leipzig still has the spirit, motion, and pride that impassioned the political revolution, except now, all of that energy is being put toward its own evolution, toward continuing Leipzig’s legacy as a forward-thinking hub of art and culture with a young population and lively city life.

What to do in Leipzig?

There is a surprising, and somewhat eclectic, variety of things to do in Leipzig, most of the attractions bearing titles like “the oldest” or “the first,” reflecting Leipzig’s character as a city of ingenuity and creativity.

Hostels in Leipzig – Where to sleep in Leipzig?

1. Sleepy Lion Hostel Leipzig

The Lonely Planet said about the Sleepy Lion Hostel Leipzig “this playful hostel is the best deal in the center of tow”. Sleepy Lion provides you with information and help to discover the city of Leipzig, free Wi-Fi, cheap drinks etc. and that 24hours and 7 days a week!

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Sleepy Lion Hostel Leipzig, Top Hostels Leipzig

2. Central Globetrotter Hostel Leipzig

The Central Globetrotter Hostel next to Leipzig main station features a fully equipped guest kitchen, free WiFi and quiet yard in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Central Globetrotter Hostel Leipzig, Comfort Hostel Leipzig


Leipziger Messe – Leipzig Trade Fair

The double “M” logo of the Leipzig Trade Fair (ger.: Leipziger Messe) marks the entrance to one of the oldest commercial trade fairs in the world.  Today, you can stop by to visit shops, supermarkets, events, and skating, and home for the second largest book fair in Germany, held every March, attracting almost 164,000 visitors last year. Compare the difference between the Leipzig New Fair, complete with five exhibition halls that is a new take on the medieval tradition.

Leipzig Trade Fair - Source: wikipedia.org

Nikolaikirche – St. Nicholas Church

Leipzig’s largest church, Nikolaikirche (engl: St. Nicholas Church) is also historic for being the starting point for the peaceful revolutions that lead to the destruction of the Berlin Wall.

St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig

Old Town Hall and City Sites

Ramble the Renaissance-style buildings, or take a boat, canoe, or kayak trip around Leipzig’s lakes to see the city from a surprisingly picturesque perspective. Fun fact about this city: Did you know that Leipzig has more bridges than Venice?

Monument of the Battle of Nations – Völkerschlachtdenkmal

Monument of the Battle of Nations in Leipzig - VölkerschlachtdenkmalThe largest monument in Europe that commemorates the allied defeat of Napoleon, backpackers can trek to the top of this massive statue to get breathtaking views of the countryside.  The Monument of the Battle of Nations – in German “Völkerschlachtdenkmal” – is also the location for several social events, concerts, and even an annual bath tub race, the “regates de baquet.”

Culture and Arts in Leipzig

Asisi Panometer

If you’re looking for something unique, the Asisi Panometer offers the world’s largest 360 degree panorama.  With past themes like Mount Everest and ancient Rome, and the current theme as the Amazon Rainforest, stand on the raised, center platform to gawk at the spectacular, mystical recreations that will leave you in awe and wonder.  The light and sound effects, coupled with the towering amalgam of paint and photographic images, make you truly feel a part of the scene.

Asisi Panometer - Backpacking Leipzig

University of Leipzig Botanical Garden

Explore the magic of the gardens that are the oldest in Germany, as well as one of the first botanical gardens in the world.

Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta

Held in late July, there’s always something enchanting about watching hot air balloons take off, strung like paper lanterns in the sky.  Come for the shows and sights, or splurge for a unique opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride for yourself, and see Germany from an amazing view.

German Beer in Leipzig

Yes, for Germany, “beer” gets its own category within a culture that can’t help but enjoy a good brew!

Honky Tonk Pub Festival

Enjoy your beer by backpacking LeipzigYou know what is great? Staying in a Hostel, meeting people, and hit the road! But here is one thing you will enjoy by backpacking Leipzig. Book your hostel in Leipzig and take part in the largest pub crawl in Europe and dive head-first into trying all of the pubs and bars that Leipzig has to offer.

Auerbachs Keller

One of Germany’s oldest taverns dating back to the middle ages, this important pub, restaurant, and wine cellar holds its own flash of fame for being referenced in Goethe’s play Faust. Can’t get much more authentic than that!

There are many more wonders of Leipzig that are not included on this list and remain undiscovered to the everyday tourist.  A relic of the past, and a promise for the future, Leipzig offers backpackers a bridge between both old and modern-day Germany, and an interesting view into how the two have created the German culture of today.

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