Sights in Leipzig

Monument to the Battle of the Nations


The 91 meter high Monument to the Battle of the Nations is one of the most famous sights in Leipzig. It commemorates the Battle of the Nations in 1813 and was inaugurated in 1913. From the observation deck you have an excellent view of Leipzig in good weather. There is an elevator from the crypt to the viewing walkway (narrow, circular viewing platform with a wall about chest high. The rest of the way to the top viewing platform can only be reached by stairs(!). By train: From the station Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz with Streetcar: 2 + 15 or 8 + 15 or 11 + 15 until station: Völkerschlachtdenkmal

    Inner city

    In the city center you can find around the Old Town Hall (picture) the Mädler-Passage with Auerbachs Keller (picture), the Naschmarkt with cafes and the Leipzig Market Square. From the Market Square you come to the Barfußgässchen where you can find various bars, pubs and restaurants. Under the market square used to be the Leipzig Fair, which was later moved to the fairgrounds. Today, here is the S-Bahn stop: S-Bahnhof Markt from here you can, for example, directly to the Monument to the Battle of the Nations take (S2 or S3). Description: From us to the city center.

    Südvorstadt (South Suburb)

    Southwest of the New City Hall, Apel's garden is followed by the beautiful Johannapark (picture) followed by the Clara-Zetkin Park, which invite you to take a walk in good weather. Alternatively, you can take Harkortstrasse past the Federal Administrative Court either right through Beethovenstrasse into the music district or turn onto "Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse" into Südvorstadt with its many bars and cafes (in walking direction left via "Strasse des 17. Juni").

    The music district is an old Wilhelminian quarter. Across the bridge of Beethovenstrasse the Bibliotheca Albertina follows the Federal Administrative Court. Opposite the Albertina used to be the 2. Leipzig Gewandhaus, today the Humanities Center of the University of Leipzig is located here. Via Beethovenstrasse and the adjacent traffic circle you also get to Clara-Zetkin-Park maybe for a coffee in the Music Pavilion (11 min walk from the Federal Administrative Court, or continue across Sachsenbrücke towards Klingerweg and explore Leipzig's waterways by boat (24 min walk, with beautiful path through the park).


    Karl-Liebknecht Strasse offers a pleasant flair with its wide sidewalks and the outdoor seating of bars and cafes. If you have walked as described, start at the height stop Münzgasse best on foot to the south, otherwise go two stops to Südplatz (with the 10 Lößnig or 11 Markkleeberg) and are then where most of the cafes and restaurants are.

    Plagwitz and waterways

    Leipzig's waterways can be explored by guided boat trip with motor or by muscle power with paddle boats. When at some point the Connection of the Leipzig-Saale near Leuna is made into the Saale, you can paddle from Leipzig to Hamburg.

    One arm of the Weissen-Elster is the Karl-Heine-Kanal, named after the industrialist of the same name who created the Plagwitz district in the 19th century. It runs through the Plagwitz district to the Lindenau city harbor. Formerly an industrial area, Plagwitz is now a livable neighborhood whose bars and cafes attract, for example, on Karl-Heine-Str. By train: From the station Münzgasse Streetcar 10 + 14 and 11 + 14/ or Station: Südplatz with 10 +14 to Felsenkeller station (directly on Karl-Heine-Str.).

    Zoo and Gondwanaland

    Leipzig has a beautiful Zoo, which is one of the most species-rich in Europe. Since 2011, Gondwanaland, the largest tropical hall in Europe, exists as part of the Leipzig Zoo (Great White Dome), Way from us to the zoo

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