Things to do in
Leipzig

With diverse architecture, vivid street art, and rich musical history, this German city has culture in spades.

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Leipzig: 70-Minute Motorboat Canal Sightseeing Cruise

1. Leipzig: 70-Minute Motorboat Canal Sightseeing Cruise

Begin your tour at the picturesque city harbor of Leipzig with its famous beach bar. Relax on board a motorboat as you embark on a sightseeing tour of Leipzig's historical and modern sights along the waterside. See the villa of the famous publishing Baedeker family who is well-known among travelers around the globe. Continue to the Palmengartenwehr, a vital part of Leipzig's public flood protection facilities. Head to the western territories, enjoy a brief moment of silence, and admire the nature surrounding the area. Admire the architecture of the textile factories of the Buntgarnwerke, a former yarn mill building built in the late 19th century. It is one of the largest Wilhelminian-era industrial sites in Germany. Making your way to the Karl Heine Canals, you will explore one of the most beautiful canals in Leipzig, meandering through the old industrial district of Plagwitz. Karl Heine, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and industrial pioneer played a key role in the urban development of Leipzig’s western areas. See the striking Stelzenhaus at the last stop of the tour before heading back to the harbor where you'll enjoy a cold drink at the beach bar. The harbor is perfectly located if you wish to explore further sights of Leipzig after the motorboat tour.

Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Tour with Night Watchman Bremme

2. Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Tour with Night Watchman Bremme

The night watchman tour led by the night watchman Bremme® is one of the most popular tours of the old town of Leipzig. This historical figure is now a permanent feature of Leipzig’s nocturnal cityscape. In the late hours, the night watchman lights his lantern and leads you on a path through secluded places and dark alleys, past the most beautiful sights in Leipzig. If the hustle and bustle quietens down, your guide – in historical costume – will share exciting and curious stories from Leipzig’s past. Hear interesting stories about famous celebrities including Goethe, Schiller, and the infamous Mayor Romanus. During the tour, take a look at the Nikolaikirchhof, the Alte Nikolaischule, the old town hall, and the market with the old stock exchange.

Combo Tour in Leipzig: Guided City Tour & City Sightseeing

3. Combo Tour in Leipzig: Guided City Tour & City Sightseeing

Experience during this unique tour through Leipzig the most important sights and the most beautiful places of downtown which can only be discovered on foot, as well as the most well-known areas of the city and highlights. Our certified tour guide awaits you in the heart of the city at the new Katharinum (Tourist Information) to take you on an entertaining and informative tour which begins with a stroll through downtown. In addition to the famous Nikolai Church, the beautiful Specks Hof Passage, the small Snack Market and the market with Old Rathaus, you can expect landmarks of the city like the Mädler Passage with the Auerachs Cellar, Barthels Hof and the Thomas Church. After about an hour it continues in an air-conditioned tour bus to the highlights of Leipzig located outside of the city ring. In the exlusive Gohlis quarter two cultural sites draw the attention of visitors: an architectural jewel is the Gohlis castle, which was constructed as the bourgeois summer residence in the middle of the 18th Century. Very close by is the Schiller House, a modest farm house in which Friedrich Schiller lived in 1785 for several months and worked on "Ode to Joy". through the exclusive Waldstraßen Quarter and past the Red Bull Arena we arrive in the constantly-changing Plagwitz city section, with canals, galleries and lofts. Cosy in green and with impressive villas the music district begins. The Federal Administrative Court is operating since 2002 in the impressive building of the former Reich Court. The way leads through the lively southern suburb past the popular Panometer to one of the well-known sites in Leipzig, the Battle of Nations Monument. The return trip to the city via the Old Market, the German Square and past the Bavarian Train Station leads to the Augustusplatz, where our tour ends. Three significant cultural institutions which decisively determine the image of the city are located here: the New Concert Hall, the University and the Opera.

Leipzig: 13-Stop Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Ticket

4. Leipzig: 13-Stop Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Ticket

Experience Leipzig aboard a blue and yellow double-decker bus which offers you the best all-round views accompanied by certified tour guides. Immerse yourself in Saxon cosiness as you experience the most beautiful and impressive places in Leipzig throughout an entertaining 1.5-hour city tour. Passing the zoo, which is worth seeing not just for the younger guests, you will continue to the Saxon Rococo architecture of the Gohliser Schlößchen. You'll then travel through the Waldstraßenviertel, one of the largest and best-preserved European Wilhelminian style quarters, before progressing on to the Red Bull Arena. Later, pass the Thomas Church and new town hall before crossing the music district with the Federal Administrative Court. Experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Old Fair and the MDR site, as well as the opulence of the Battle of Nations Monument and the Panometer. In addition to the legendary pubs and shopping streets, you will be shown the cultural highlights for music and theater lovers with the Opera and Gewandhaus. Take a deep breath while visiting the Plagwitz climate district, and enjoy the little Venice of Leipzig with its numerous waterways.

Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour through Leipzig with Walking Tour

5. Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour through Leipzig with Walking Tour

Get to know the city of Leipzig on this relaxed tour in red double-decker buses featuring the city's famous 'Messemännchen' mascot. This roughly 90-minute city tour takes you to Leipzig's most interesting sights, spaced out across 13 different stops. At any point, you can hop off at any of the stations, and hop back on whenever you'd like. The buses ride in regular, short intervals, so that you can stop or start at your own pace. The main meeting point for beginning or ending the tour is on Richard-Wagner-Straße. If you choose a day ticket, you will receive a free 45-minute guided tour in addition to the 90-minute city tour. The guided tours take place from March until the beginning of the Christmas Markets. You don't need to give prior notice to take part in the guided tours; simply come to the meeting point on Richard-Wagner Straße, across from the Central Train Station/East Hall. You will be led by professional tour guides who introduce you to Leipzig's sights in an entertaining way. Stops: • Richard-Wagner-Straße 2, across from the Central Train Station/East Hall: Central Train Station, Winter Garden Skyscraper, Old City • Zoo/Gondwanaland • Schiller House Leipzig, Menckestraße 42: Schiller House, Gohliser Castles, Gosen Tavern, Chocolate Palace • Gohliser Castle, Poetenweg 26-27 , Gosen Tavern • Schiller House Leipzig, Menckestraße 42: Schiller House, Chocolate Palace • Waldstraßenknolle, Feuerbachstraße, on the corner of Max-Planck-Straße: Waldstraßen Quarter, Rosental with zoo display window, Sport Forum • Cityharbor Leipzig, Schreberstraße 20, Change your tour to the boat (extra charge) • Capa House, Jahnallee 61, Palm Garden, Rockers Café “Tankbar” • Federal Administrative Court, library “Albertina” • Eisfichte Coffee, Fichtestraße 66, on the corner of Altenburger Straße: MDR premises, Panometer • Battle of the Nations Monument with Southern Cemetery, Old Market • Bavarian Station, Old Train Station (Restaurant) • Augustusplatz: Concert Hall, Panorama Tower, University Campus, Leipzig Opera, access to the pedestrian zone

Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

6. Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

On this exciting walking tour you’ll discover interesting facts about Leipzig. Learn why the Central Train Station was made up of two halves, hear the interesting story about the fountains, discover how Greenlanders end up in Leipzig, and find out what is interesting about Shakespeare’s stockings. This tour is ideal for visitors who want to discover the city in an entertaining way. During the tour you’ll see the Opera House, the Gewandhaus concert hall, the university, the Mädler Passage, the Old Town Hall, and St. Thomas Church. Along the way your tour guide will recount anecdotes and legends from the city’s history.

Gruseltour Leipzig: A Haunted Guided Tour

7. Gruseltour Leipzig: A Haunted Guided Tour

Spend 1.5 hours experiencing the haunted side of Leipzig on a guided walking tour. Enter a world of grisly legends, creepy secrets of the past and goose-bump-inducing events. Discover why Leipzig was such an important destination for those who believed in ghosts. Hear about a city bustling with gravediggers who would bury people alive. Your guide will also tell you about the so-called evilest man that ever lived, who, when he visited this beautiful city, left a bad impression on Leipzig that lingers until today. The secrets of the past will be revealed to you and your guide will introduce you to the demons of the night in Leipzig.

Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

8. Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

Experience incredible tranquility and nature idyll on this relaxing river cruise from Leipzig into the riverside forest. Discover the unique biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the beautiful Leipzig floodplain forest. Hop on an electric motorboat, starting at the boathouse and travel across the flood bed along the Pleiße, away from the street noise of the big city. Discover a forest rich in a wide variety of animal and plant species.  Take advantage of the many shady ancient oaks on the shore on warm sunny days. End at the boathouse where you can continue to explore the Leipzig floodplain forest on foot.

Leipzig: 2-Hour Canal and Harbor Cruise

9. Leipzig: 2-Hour Canal and Harbor Cruise

Cruise up the Karl-Heine-Kanal in its full length to Lindenauer Harbour, taking in the architecture of Leipzig's historic buildings along the way. Learn the significance of the city's historical sites while viewing them from a unique perspective.  See the villa of the famous Baedeker family whose publishing business is well known among travelers around the globe. Continue to the Palmengartenwehr, a vital part of Leipzig's public flood protection facilities. Head to the western territories and enjoy a brief moment of silence in a natural area. Admire the architecture of the textile factories of the Buntgarnwerke, a former yarn mill built in the late 19th century and one of the largest Wilhelminian-era industrial sites in Germany. Meandering through the Karl Heine Canals, explore one of the most interesting areas of Leipzig, the old industrial district of Plagwitz. Karl Heine, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and industrial pioneer, played a key role in the urban development of Leipzig’s western areas. See the striking Stelzenhaus and the Lindenauer Harbour at the last stop of the tour before heading back to the city harbor where you can enjoy a cold drink at the beach bar.  The harbor is perfectly located if you wish to continue exploring Leipzig after the motorboat tour.

Leipzig: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour in German

10. Leipzig: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour in German

Enjoy a guided walking tour through the city of Leipzig. Explore the famous sights of Leipzig's city center in a short amount of time. See the Augustus Square with the opera house, the famous Gewandhaus concert hall and the Nikolai Church, which was at the center of events around German Reunification in 1989. Walk through the modern Specks Hof arcade to the Naschmarkt Square and the Old Exchange. Directly opposite is the Mädler arcade and a bit further you find the historic restaurant Auerbachs Keller. See the Old Town Hall at the market square, one of the most beautiful renaissance buildings in Germany. Continue your tour and visit the tavern Barthels Hof. Enjoy the atmosphere on the most well-known street in Leipzig ‒ the so-called Barfußgässchen ‒ which is characterized by a variety of restaurants and pubs. The last highlight of this tour is the St. Thomas Church, home to the globally renowned St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig.

Frequently asked questions about Leipzig

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit Leipzig?

    Although you can visit all year round and still see the sights, the weather in the summer months is great, making it a perfect holiday destination to get some sun and culture!

  • How many nights?

    With plenty to see and do, three night would be the perfect amount of time to get to know the city. Or, why not combine it with a trip to Berlin and stay a night or two in each city?

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Leipzig doesn't get too warm, making the summer months, when the sun is out longer, the perfect time for a visit!

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What people are saying about Leipzig

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6,669 reviews

You know Leipzig from different stays? Some of our group thought so too... But wrong! We took part in this event with a super guide. We received entertaining historical and architectural insights into corners of downtown Leipzig that even participants who already knew Leipzig quite well had never seen. Our guide was really great - you could really tell that he had a lot of fun showing these sides/corners of Leipzig! Of course, this fun spread to the entire group.

We had a perfect day with our guide Pedro! Pedro picked us up at the train station in Leipzig on time and was able to entertain us throughout the tour with his knowledge of the region (Pedro comes from the Ore Mountains!). The highlights of the tour were lunch with a view of the entire Ore Mountains and a visit to the mine in Annaberg-Buchholz. We would book a tour with Pedro again at any time and can recommend it to everyone!

Highly recommended, whether you are a tourist or a resident of Leipzig. Our Mr. Bremme told exciting anecdotes from historic Leipzig without flooding us with boring dates. I too (although I've lived here for 10 years) was able to discover interesting new things in the alleys, passages and courtyards of Leipzig's city centre.

We walked around Leipzig learning about the story of the food and the places we were walking by. I loved the stories the guide told us and the food we had. Also ITs an amazing price for what you get :)

He did a very good job, told us some very nice stories about what it must have been like back in the day.