Leipzig is another large German city with a famous name that doesn’t have as much to offer travelers as some less-famous cities. There is no shortage of history in this former-East German city, but it doesn’t have the same appeal as nearby Dresden or Berlin. Leipzig is a business city and is often visited for its trade fairs, but there is also a large university in town that helps add life to the city.
What To Do
The Old Town hall dates back to the mid 16th Century and is one of Germany’s largest. This Renaissance building sits on the main city square and contains a museum and is open for tours. Auerbach’s Keller is a famous bar that opened in 1525 and is one of the oldest continually operated bars in Germany.
Johann Sebastian Bach is one of Leipzig’s many famous former residents and there is a museum dedicated to his time here set in a baroque house. Tours are given, but mainly in German. The Stasi Museum is the former headquarters of the Secret Police and inside are displays about their surveillance techniques and many interesting photos.
Many people will arrive in Leipzig by train since it’s so close to Berlin and Dresden, but the city does have its own airport. You can book a flight into Leipzig/Halle Airport (code: LEJ) and it does have frequent flights from cities within the region, but if you are coming from further away it’s usually better to book a flight into Berlin and take the train. The Leipzig airport is on the train line so getting into the center is easy and fairly cheap.
Where To Stay
There are a few hostels in Leipzig and of course many hotels in Leipzig as well. This is a business city and with its trade fairs it can get really crowded at unusual times of the year. And it’s usually busy during the peak summer periods as well so it pays to plan ahead if you know the dates you’ll want.