Sights in Leipzig
The location of this city,
the crossroads of several important trade routes, accounts for its
international reputation as "Little Paris", a name that Leipzig has
bestowed upon itself in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner. Today, the
city of Leipzig displays a unique flair and is livelier than ever. It
attracts visitors with its extremely pedestrian-friendly,
straightforward inner city with its passageways and thoroughfares
leading to shopping venues of all kinds, inspiring people with a wealth
of worthwhile museums and collections and fascinating not least due to
its exciting nightlife.
Our tip: Visit
"Auerbachs Keller", the second oldest guesthouse in Leipzig, which
achieved world fame thanks to Goethe's drama "Faust".
Gewandhaus Orchestra and Gewandhaus Concert Hall
Classical music has been
encouraged and developed in Leipzig for some 250 years and the
Gewandhaus Orchestra has achieved international fame, in the same way
as the Gewandhaus itself. The orchestra plays during the shows at the
opera house and at the performances of the Bach cantatas together with
the resident choir at St. Thomas' Church.
Leipzig Opera House
The Opera House consists of
opera, musical comedy and the Leipzig Ballet company and it is the
third largest civic music theatre in Europe. Important soloists, the
Gewandhaus Orchestra, a superb choir and the ballet company are well
practiced in captivating international audiences and contribute
unequivocally to the reputation of the Gewandhaus.
The term Panometer was born
the amalgamation of the words panorama and gasometer: behind the brick
facade of a converted gas storage unit, visitors will find the largest
panorama painting in the world at present. From the 27th March 2009,
guests can marvel at the 360° panoramic painting "Amazonia" and be
transported into the world of the Brazilian rain forest.
City of Reunification and Change
Leipzig was the starting
point of the peaceful revolution of 1989, which then spread across the
whole of former East Germany. Discover the original sites and settings
for the revolution such as Augustusplatz, St. Nicholas' Church, the
Museum at the "Runden Ecke" (Round Corner) and the Promenadenring.
Monument to the Battle of the Nations
monument was erected at its historical site to mark the centenary of
the Battle of the Nations. From 16th to the 19th of October 1813, the
Napoleonic Army fought against Swedish, Austrian, Prussian and Russian
troops and eventually succumbed to their might. 500 steps lead up to
the viewing platform, which rests at a height of 91 metres. Savour the
views from the largest monumental construction in Europe and admire the
many statues and reliefs which adorn the skyline.
The city's most popular
leisure facility is one of the oldest and most diverse zoos in the
world: Leipzig Zoo. Visitors, both young and old, can
undertake a journey
of discovery through the
themed areas such as Africa, Asia, South America, the founder's garden
with its aquarium and insectarium, Pongoland - the world of the great
apes - and Gondwanaland, a tropical enclosure.