15 Best Places And Things To Do in Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is probably Saxony’s coolest city – it’s young and vibrant and has been proclaimed the ‘New Berlin’. A playground for nomadic creatives who are looking for cheap rent, roomy studios and similar energy to the quickly gentrifying German capital, it’s also a city steeped in history, having played an instrumental part in bringing down the Berlin Wall. With modern architectural gems, a wide array of spots for music enthusiasts and plenty of museums and galleries to explore, a trip to Leipzig can quickly fill up with a wealth of sites. Here are the 15 must-visit attractions to see in Leipzig.

Nikolaikirche Leipzig

Nikolaikirche is famous for playing an instrumental part in the nonviolent movement that led to the downfall of the Berlin Wall. The church hosted ‘peace prayers’ as early as 1982, to show solidarity against the East German government and empower the city’s citizens to confront injustices brought by the Wall.

Old Town Hall


The Old Town Hall in Leipzig is both a stunning architectural landmark and a museum exploring the town’s history from the Middle Ages to the present day. The building is considered one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany, and its position facing the large market square make it a wonderful place to sit and people watch.

Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig


Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig showcases the best in art with rolling exhibitions and an impressive permanent collection. Centrally located, this modernist glass cubed building houses an impressive collection of world-class painting from the 15th century to today, including works by Caspar David Friedrich, Munch and Monet.


Distillery is one of the oldest techno clubs in what was once East Germany. This club’s doors have been open for over 20 years, drawing in an unpretentious, music-centric crowd. With well-priced drinks and occasional DJ stars, including Ellen Allien and Carl Craig, Distillery is one of Germany’s best techno clubs.

Museum in der ‘Runden Ecke’


Museum in der ‘Runden Ecke’, also known as the Stasi Museum in Leipzig, delves into GDR history. Housed in the former East German police headquarters, also known as the Stasi, this chilling and archival exhibition explores what life was like behind the Iron Curtain.

Monument to the Battle of the Nations


Leipzig was once site to an epic battle in 1813, that led to the decisive victory of Prussian, Austrian and Russian forces over Napoleon’s army. Centuries later, the Monument to the Battle of the Nations was built in honour of this bloody battle. An impressive 91 meters high, the sombre shrine has a distinctive Gothic look, and atop the colossal site are sweeping city views that are well worth the trek up.

Panorama Tower

Panorama Tower, also known as City-Hochhaus, is the place to go for expansive and impressive city views. Visitors can ride the elevator to the 29th floor for a small fee for a look over Leipzig’s skyline, or dine in the modern, high-quality restaurant.


Augustusplatz is home to some of Leipzig’s most impressive architectural sights, with buildings that span the past century. The square was originally built in 1785; however, its original aesthetic was heavily destroyed in World War II.

Mädler Passage

Mädler Passage is one of few completely preserved shopping arcades in Germany. Seamlessly combining the grandeur of historical architecture and the modernity needed for a functional shopping mall, Mädler Passage is steeped in history.

Leipzig Zoo

The Leipzig Zoo offers an exciting break from the surrounding urban landscape. Spanning across 27 hectares, it is home to over 850 different species. The zoo is renowned for several of its features, including the world’s largest indoor rainforest atrium.


Panometer in Leipzig is a gallery that showcases the marriage of a giant 360° painting and a gasometer, or giant gas tank. The unique concept was thought up by Berlin-based artist Yagergar Asisi, who uses paper, pencil and computers to create awe-inspiring scenes drawn from nature or history.

Conne Island

Conne Island is a self-governed cultural centre in Connewitz, Leipzig’s headquarters for alternative lifestyles. It hosts concerts of all kinds, from indie and pop shows to experimental, hardcore, and metal gigs. It also throws some of the most interesting house, techno, and drum N bass events in town. There is also a skate park and picnic area on site.



The Bach-Museum presents the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The interactive museum delves into all things Bach, letting visitors listen to Baroque instruments, treat their ears to compositions he wrote and peruse rare original manuscripts.

St Thomas Church Leipzig

St Thomas Church is one of two houses of worship in Leipzig; it also home to the St Thomas choir, or Thomanerchor, which was established in 1212 and was once let by Bach. The impressive church can be explored and remains a site for musical creativity.

Alte Börse


The Alte Börse, or the Old Stock Exchange at Naschmarkt, is Leipzig‘s oldest Baroque building. It has served as a gathering place for 200 years and was originally built by merchants in 1678. Here, auctions were held, money was exchanged, as the site was a mecca of business. Today, the Alte Börse is used for concerts, readings and theatre performances.