Leipzig travel guide

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You're Going to Love Leipzig

A place where cathedrals echo with the gorgeous harmonies of J.S. Bach, modern art spaces open every week, and elegant passageways are full of intriguing stores, Leipzig is one of Germany (and Europe's) most exciting cities.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Leipzig

1. Its Fabulous Classical Music Heritage

Leipzig has had a large impact on global culture thanks to famous sons like J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and Richard Wagner. Annual festivals commemorate all three musical geniuses.

2. Artistic Riches from All Eras

See wondrous paintings from the 15th to the 20th centuries at the Museum of Fine Arts, or dive into modern galleries like Spinnerei - home to the New Leipzig School.

3. Plenty of Other Museums

Aside from the galleries, Leipzig hosts other must-see attractions, like the stuffed creatures at the Naturkundemuseum and the quirky Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum - Europe's oldest coffee house.

4. Shop in Beautiful Covered Passageways

Central Leipzig is criss-crossed by covered arcades like Mädler-Passage and Jägerhof-Passage, where shopping is a magical experience.

5. Get Out to Gorgeous Lakes and Stunning Cities

Within a few miles of Leipzig, you'll find some breathtaking scenery, particularly near Kulkwitzer See (where you'll also encounter swimming beaches). The baroque city of Halle is also just a short drive away.

Where to Eat in Leipzig

Check out foodie highlights like Auerbachs Keller (which dates back to 1525), and Cafe Puschkin on Karli (Karl-Liebknecht Strasse) - the city's best street to grab a beer. Expect meals to come to around EUR20-25 per head.

When to visit Leipzig

Leipzig in February
Estimated hotel price
£28
1 night at 3-star hotel
Leipzig in February
Estimated hotel price
£28
1 night at 3-star hotel

Generally, the city's music festivals start around March and run through the summer, so visit them if you want to catch a concert. Otherwise, there's no bad time to visit.

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How to Get to Leipzig

Plane

Most people fly into Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ), which is 15 miles northwest of the center of town. From there, take the train into Leipzig for EUR4.

Train

Leipzig's mammoth Hauptbahnhof has connections to all corners of Germany, as well as Prague and Vienna. Berlin is only 80 minutes away.

Car

Take the A9 from Berlin, the A14 from Dresden, or the A5 then the A4 if you are driving from Frankfurt.

Bus

Flixbus and Eurolines provide bus connections to most German cities, offering a cheaper alternative to the train.

Airports near Leipzig

Airlines serving Leipzig

United Airlines
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KLM
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Air France
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Iberia
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Air Canada
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Austrian Airlines
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Ryanair
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Brussels Airlines
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Finnair
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LOT
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Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in Leipzig

High-class accommodation options in Leipzig include the opulent Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof and the Radisson Blu.

Popular neighbourhoods in Leipzig

Zentrum - the heart of Leipzig and home to most of the museums and galleries, Zentrum features the city's iconic shopping arcades and the main city market.

Musikviertel - what other city has a "music district"? This upscale area south of the center is home to many great bars and restaurants like Killiwilly, an excellent Irish pub.

Zentrum-Ost - just east of the center, Zentrum-Ost is more diverse and a good place to grab a bite to eat, with places like Zunftkeller and Chinas Welt.

Most popular hotel in Leipzig by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Leipzig

Most booked hotels in Leipzig

Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof Leipzig
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£155+
H4 Hotel Leipzig
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
£69+
Intercityhotel Leipzig
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£66+
pentahotel Leipzig
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£93+
Royal International Leipzig
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
£72+
Novum Hotel Aviva Leipzig Neue Messe
Good (6.1, Good reviews)
£40+
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How to Get Around Leipzig

Public Transportation

Trams and S-Bahn trains are run by LVB and charge EUR2.50 for a single ticket.

Taxi

Taxis in Leipzig should charge no more than EUR3.50 for the flag drop, followed by around EUR2.50 per mile.

Car

You can rent a car from companies like Hertz, Europcar, and Avis for around EUR15-20 per day.

The Cost of Living in Leipzig

Shopping Streets

Zentrum is the city's shopping hub. The passageways are the most atmospheric places to shop (and host a Passagenfest every fall), but Augustusplatz also hosts regular markets, including a Christmas spectacular.

Groceries and Other

Leipzig's supermarket selection includes REWE and Lidl, and 12 eggs should cost around EUR1.50.

Cheap meal
£7.34
A pair of jeans
£71.71
Single public transport ticket
£2.39
Cappuccino
£2.19