It is Leipzig’s 1000 anniversary this year. What better reason to share some insights into this city and bring you the best of it? The city is located in the east of Germany and has undergone a great construction process throughout the past years. It is also a cheap and ideal city for backpackers and the capital city Berlin is easily reachable if you decide to do a day trip. Now, here are 7 things you should at least do and see when in historic Leipzig.
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This is a memorial for the people who died in the course of the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. Ninety-one meters high and containing 364 steps, the ascent is worth it for you will have a stunning view on the city. It’s located a little outside of Leipzig but a historic place you should put on the list.
2. Auerbachs Keller
This is one of the oldest restaurants in Leipzig. It’s located right downtown and separated in two parts, namely the wine bar and the so-called Big Cellar. The famous German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe dedicated one scene called “Auerbach’s Cellar in Leipzig” his beloved Leipzig. Go here for a historic lunch or dinner or simply a glass of wine for a touch of former times.
3. Museum Runde Ecke (Round Corner)
It’s a must when in Leipzig as it best tells the “Stasi” history during the times when Germany was separated in East and West. It’s free; a guided tour, which I recommend, costs you 4 Euros. If you’re a student, it’s only 3 Euros. You will get an insight into the surveillance apparatus of the German Democratic Republic, their surveillance tools and you will learn more about measures taken against the people you were criticizing the regime or trying to leave republic. Be prepared for a goosebumps-experience.
4. Asisi Panometer
To be found in a a former gasometer, the 1:1 panorama picture by Yadegar Asisi stunningly displays the city in 1813 during the battle of Leipzig. It is an impressive piece of art that comes to life due to its size. It’s the world’s biggest panorama. Additional sound effects and lighting transfers you back to the time of the battle – the most horrific incident in the history of Leipzig. It costs 11.50 Euros for adults; you have to pay 10 Euros if you’re a student. It’s definitely worth the visit.
5. Bach Museum:
Especially in the 17th and 19th century, Leipzig has been the center of art, literature, education, trade and classical music. Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most renowned German composers having lived in the 17th and 18th century. He lived In Leipzig for a few years and this is also where he died. The Bach Museum offers interesting details about his life, challenges and greatest musical works.
6. Contemporary History Museum
Since it’s a ‘contemporary’ history museum, exhibitions are constantly being changed and modified. You will learn more about dictatorship, the Soviet Union and the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), for instance. You’ll go through history – the good and bad – and will have the chance to understand historic occurrences. It’s a great interactive museum explaining German / European history by using various types of material. I definitely recommend this museum.
7. Karlie & Drallewatsch Pub Distric
If you’re looking for a bar to finish off your day over a pint, then look no further. The Karlie – short for Karl-Liebknecht-Straße – features a great number of pubs and bars of any kind. It’s a very lively street where you will meet many young people and generally a lot of students. Another option is the Drallewatsch Pub District with the “Barfußgässchen”, for instance. Drallewatsch is Saxon and means “to experience something”. In this area, you will find an estimated number of 30 restaurants, bars, pubs and cafés. There’s certainly something for everyone.
Summary 7 Things To Do in Leipzig
Here you go. Leipzig is an underestimated city – it’s what I had to realize myself – and has much to offer. Culture, history, entertainment – you’ll find it all. It’s a charming city that has 1000 years of history to tell. It’s a little more than an hour by train from Berlin. Why don’t you go experience this city for yourself?