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Goethe, at his “Faust” masterpiece, named Leipzig a “little Paris”. Whether this title is justifiable or not, only those who have travelled to Leipzig can tell. Though there are others who claim this is not entirely true; whoever searches for cheap air tickets to Leipzig and visits this city of Saxony, immediately acknowledges that Leipzig outruns the French capital in terms of beauty, fun and vanity. The most dynamic city in Eastern Germany, Leipzig is closely related to personalities like Johan Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. A vast wealth of historical and cultural heritage, a lively music and arts scene and an intelligent, kind and warm population will make your stay in Leipzig unforgettable. Book your accommodation in one of the cheap hotels in Leipzig – after all it’s one of Germany’s most budget-friendly destinations – and have a first-hand experience of what everyone seems to be talking about!
Leipzig was settled around 7 centuries ago by Slavonic-Serbians who named the region “Lipzi” and devoted themselves to the development of trade. By the 15th century, Leipzig had already grown into a major trade port, while in the 19th century it owned an established publishing industry, monopolising the German book trade.
The University of Leipzig, founded in 1409, has traditionally been a pole of attraction for notable figures of philosophy and culture. Legendary personalities like Friedrich Nietzsche, Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr von Leibnitz, Goethe and Bach have also left their mark on the city, one way or another.
Modern Leipzig is a lively and joyful city, with much and more to offer to visitors. Operas, museums, galleries and theatres, nightlife, delicious food and endless choices, Leipzig is a small but truly fascinating travel destination; maybe you should consider it for your next city break!
The airport of Leipzig (Flughafen Leipzig/Halle) is located 18 kilometres away from the city centre and can be reached by railway, bus and taxi.
Getting around Leipzig
You can get around Leipzig by tramway, railway and bus. Fares start at 1.90€ and minimum taxi fare costs 2.10€.
As you walk around the historic centre of Leipzig and lose your way among all those quaint colourful streets, you’ll notice the Art Nouveau passes Leipzig is so proud of. The Mädlerpassage, Goethe’s favourite, is undoubtedly the most attractive and impressive of them all.
When you see the statue of Goethe, touch his foot! Don’t hesitate, it’s supposed to bring you luck!
The Old City Hall of Leipzig (Alte Rathaus) is a beautiful Renaissance building with passages and arches, built in 1556. Today it houses the Leipzig Museum of City History and tells the story of the city, through different temporary exhibitions.
You’ll come across the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) just a few steps ahead, at the Burhplatz square. Its monumental size and 108-metre-high tower and its Neo-Baroque style will make it impossible for you to miss it.
Leipzig is a city with a great wealth of museums and you should really allow a part of your time to visit some of them:
- The Museum of Fine Arts (Museum der Bildenden Künste) is housed in a cutting-edge cubic building made of glass and houses excellent collections of art spanning from the 15th century to modern times
The Grassimuseum is part of the University of Leipzig and includes three museums:
- the Museum of Museum of Musical Instruments (Musikinstrumenten-Museum), with various collections of musical instruments from the last five centuries and rare sound documents
- the Museum of Ethnography (Museum für Völkerkunde) that takes visitors to a virtual trip around the different cultures of the world and
- the Museum of Applied Arts (Museum für Angewandte Kunst), where you can find excellent collections of art, furniture, porcelains and Art Nouveau pottery works.
You couldn’t leave Leipzig without paying a visit to the Cathedral of St. Thomas (Thomaskirche), the Gothic jewel of the city centre.
German composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach had worked as a chanter in Thomaskirche for 27 years, from 1723 since the very end of his life!
For those of you interested in more information on Bach and his relations with the church, you can visit the adjacent museum.The official language of Leipzig is German.