Located in the heart of Eastern Germany, Leipzig offers its visitors a wide variety of things to do. Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony. Saxony is known as an innovative region of inventors and innovators.
In addition, the wider area around Leipzig hosts much of Germany’s cultural heritage. As an old university city, Leipzig offers art, music, cultural events, and its annual book fair.
Leipzig was the town of many famous persons, such as scientist Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, composer Richard Wagner, socialist Karl Liebknecht, composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and nobel price winning physics researcher Werner Heisenberg.
What to do
- The city center is quite nice, especially the passages
- Go visit the Völkerschlachtdenkmal! It will remind you of some of your meetings
- If you want to enjoy some live music in a nice atmosphere you should visit the Moritzbastei. They also offer some good food there as well.
- Leipzig is a city with water. Those of you who have good sea legs should seize the opportunity to see the city from a different perspective.
- If you are more an adventurer than an explorer you might prefer a rafting trip.
- For those of you, who decide to skip some boring conference talks to have more time to enjoy the city we recommend a visit to the Bistumshöhe which offers a nice view of Leipzig. Furthermore, you will probably also enjoy a visit to the Neuseenland.
Where to stay
- The Novotel is located right in the city centre and offers a discount for public service employees.
- The public transport system isn’t the fastest option, but you can use it to get to pretty much anywhere in the city.
- If the weather is good enough we encourage you to rent a bike. The hills around Leipzig are not that steep and you don’t need to be an athlete to get where you want.
Where to eat
- Eat in the city center. There are so many options that you should be able to get a proper meal.
- At the market place (right in the city centre) you can find the local brewery “Brauhaus-Thomaskirche”, where you can enjoy local food and beer.
- If you prefer to go to an Irish Pub, Killiwilly is the place to be.
- If your mind is set on Italian food you should try the “Don Giovanni”. It’s located outside of the city center, but the food is worth the travel.
What to bring home
- Local Beer. The Ur-Krostitzer a bitter but smooth Pilsener is brewed in this region since 1534.
- Another infamous beer of this region is the Sternburg-Bier.
- Cookies: Leipziger Lerche is a famous speciality of Leipzig.