Things to do in

Leipzig

With diverse architecture, vivid street art, and rich musical history, this German city has culture in spades.

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  • Leipzig: 70-Minute Motorboat Canal Sightseeing Cruise

    1. Leipzig: 70-Minute Motorboat Canal Sightseeing Cruise

    Begin your tour at the picturesque city harbor of Leipzig with its famous beach bar. Relax on board of a motorboat as you embark on a 70-minute sightseeing tour of Leipzig's historical and modern sights along the waterside. See the villa of the famous publishing Baedeker family who is well-known among travelers around the globe. Continue to the Palmengartenwehr, a vital part of Leipzig's public flood protection facilities. Head to the western territories, enjoy a brief moment of silence and admire the nature surrounding the area. Admire the architecture of the textile factories of the Buntgarnwerke, a former yarn mill building built in the late 19th century. It is one of the largest Wilhelminian-era industrial sites in Germany. Making our way to the Karl Heine Canals, you will explore one of the most beautiful canals in Leipzig, meandering through the old industrial d...

    Sehr empfehlenswert- bequem und informativ. Ramon war unser Capitan, hat alles toll erzählt. Wir haben etwas über Geschichte der Stadt gehört und dazu hat er uns viele praktische Infos über Leipzig gegeben. Man kann sich was zu trinken auf dem Boot kaufen.

  • Gruseltour Leipzig: A Haunted Guided Tour

    2. Gruseltour Leipzig: A Haunted Guided Tour

    Spend 1.5 hours experiencing the haunted side of Leipzig on a guided walking tour. Enter a world of grisly legends, creepy secrets of the past and goose-bump-inducing events. Discover why Leipzig was such an important destination for those who believed in ghosts. Hear about a city bustling with gravediggers who would bury people alive. Your guide will also tell you about the so-called evilest man that ever lived, who, when he visited this beautiful city, left a bad impression on Leipzig that lingers until today. The secrets of the past will be revealed to you and your guide will introduce you to the demons of the night in Leipzig.

    It was a fantastic way to go through Leipzig's history and the city itself! There were special effects as well that made the tour even more exciting. Our guide was super cool and we felt instantly welcomed and had a great evening. Nothing to complain! Everybody who wants to know more about Leipzig's dark secrets and long history should join this tour, highly recommend it.

  • Combo Tour in Leipzig: Guided City Tour & City Sightseeing

    3. Combo Tour in Leipzig: Guided City Tour & City Sightseeing

    Experience during this unique tour through Leipzig the most important sights and the most beautiful places of downtown which can only be discovered on foot, as well as the most well-known areas of the city and highlights. Our certified tour guide awaits you in the heart of the city at the new Katharinum (Tourist Information) to take you on an entertaining and informative tour which begins with a stroll through downtown. In addition to the famous Nikolai Church, the beautiful Specks Hof Passage, the small Snack Market and the market with Old Rathaus, you can expect landmarks of the city like the Mädler Passage with the Auerachs Cellar, Barthels Hof and the Thomas Church. After about an hour it continues in an air-conditioned tour bus to the highlights of Leipzig located outside of the city ring. In the exlusive Gohlis quarter two cultural sites draw the attention of visitors: an archite...

    Our guide Sylvia was excellent and very fluent in English. We thoroughly enjoyed both the walking tour of the old city and the bus tour of surrounding suburbs to learn much more about the origins of Leipzig.

  • Leipzig: Old Town Guided Tour

    4. Leipzig: Old Town Guided Tour

    Meet your guide then set off on your sightseeing tour through Leipzig’s historical Old Town district. Start with a visit to St. Thomas Church, where the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach once worked. Continue the tour to the Zum Arabischen Coffeebaum next, one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe. From here, admire the magnificent bay windows at the popular Barthels Hof. Later, stroll through the bustling market where you can mingle with the locals going about their day. Pass by the magnificent Renaissance Town Hall as well as the historic Auerbachs Keller, the second oldest restaurant in Leipzig. There’s also time to stop at the Naschmarkt before ending the tour with a wander through some of Leipzig’s most charming passages and courtyards.

  • Leipzig: 3-Hour City Canoe Tour

    5. Leipzig: 3-Hour City Canoe Tour

    Begin at the picturesque city harbor, Stadthafen Leipzig. There, you'll meet your licensed guide who will make sure you’re totally prepped for the tour, briefing you on paddling techniques and safety procedures. Pass the magnificent villa of publishing family, Baedeker, onto the Palmengartenwehr, which is not only a technological monument but an important facet of Leipzig’s public flood protection facilities. Paddle past the city’s largest park and the 1867 racecourse Scheibenholz. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Tina Dietze on the water — the world and Olympic kayaking champion, who is based at the Olympic Training Center Leipzig. Continuing, you’ll reach the Leipzig Canoe-Club, home to the canoe world champion Franz Anton. Before cruising onto the neighboring stream that guides you back to the city, take a minute to relax at the cosy port and then head back through Leipzig’s imposing hi...

  • Leipzig: Scavenger Hunt through City Center in German

    6. Leipzig: Scavenger Hunt through City Center in German

    Explore Leipzig city center in a unique way with a scavenger hunt in German. You will find 11 sealed and numbered envelopes in the city game box. In these envelopes are the challenges, which have to be solved. You receive clear directions and make your way through Leipzig's city center on foot. Solve the riddles and discover the next stop for your tour. The solution to the riddles is always the number of the next envelope. Prior to solving the riddles you don't know the order in which the envelopes for the scavenger hunt/city tour have to be opened. You will also receive detailed information about the history and today's use of each of the sights during the tour. You decide yourself when you want to start your scavenger hunt through Leipzig's city center and how long you want to stay at each site. Stroll through the city at your own pace and experience a an interesting and extraordina...

  • Leipzig: 3-Hour Sightseeing and Food Tour

    7. Leipzig: 3-Hour Sightseeing and Food Tour

    Take a tour of Leipzig and get to know the city through its food. Delight in a pinch of culture, smell the scent of fresh coffee, and be charmed by the tunes of talented street musicians while seeing the city's sights.  Stops on this tour include visits to Thomas and Nikolai churches, the market square, and detours through Leipzig's numerous arcades and interior oases. While in the arcades experience Leipzig's 500-year-old trade history that's accumulated a diverse array of influences on the city's food. During the tour try local foods at five to six different tasting stations.

  • Leipzig: Individual Trabi Tour with Guide

    8. Leipzig: Individual Trabi Tour with Guide

    Experience a piece of pure nostalgia and discover Leipzig's inner city behind the wheel of a Trabi. Let a professional and entertaining guide lead the way and tell you interesting stories. The tour follows a path past the Monument to the Battle of the Nations, the old fairgrounds, into the southern part of the city, to the Gohliser Schlösschen and the Sportforum. See the city's most beautiful and important sights. The tour can be tailored to your individual interests. Sit at the wheel of a genuine Trabi, one of the most famous symbols of the DDR, and drive down the beautiful and storied streets of Leipzig.

    We enjoyed driving through the city and getting to know places and corners of the city with significance background. Driving the car for the first time needs a lot of concentration, so the one driving couldn’t focus much on the tour rather just following instructions on directions and the driving itself. So the tour information would be more for the passengers. But enjoying the drive of course for the driver. The organizers where very friendly and everything from getting the car and delivering it went very smooth.

  • Leipzig: Scavenger Hunt for Families & School Kids (German)

    9. Leipzig: Scavenger Hunt for Families & School Kids (German)

    Discover the center of Leipzig on a special tour and explore the sights of the city in a playful way. The compact version of the City Game will lead you to the most famous sights of this colorful and lively city. Start the City Scavenger Hunt at Leipzig train station and make your way to the opera and the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus. A puzzle will also await you at the City Skyscraper, where you will have the oppportunity to see the city from above (entrance fee not included). Take a break from the Scavenger Hunt City Tour Leipzig whenever you feel like it, to take a closer look at a tourist attraction, for example. Take a stroll through the Mädler Passage or marvel at the Thomaskirche from inside. See the Old City Hall at Market Square, pass the Old Stock Exchange and make your way to the historic Auerbachs Keller, where even the famous poet Goethe dined in his day. The City Game Box wi...

  • Leipzig: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    10. Leipzig: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    See Leipzig through a local's eyes as you explore the top highlights of the city, including its different neighborhoods and peaceful parks on this 3-hour guided bike tour. Cycle along on quiet roads and green paths through the city center, pass through vast parks, and admire Wilhelminian style residential quarters. Listen to stories and anecdotes from your expert guide. Glide along quiet side streets, and carefree cycle lanes, making stops at the most important points along the route. This tour includes: •Stadthafen (city harbor) •City center including the Old Town Hall and the Market Place(Altes Rathaus) •St. Thomas Church with J.S. Bach monument •New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) •Musikviertel with Federal Administrative Court •City parks •Plagwitz and Schleußig •Red Bull Arena •Rosental Park •Zoo (no entrance) •Historical Waldstraßenviertel

Frequently asked questions about Leipzig

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit Leipzig?

    Although you can visit all year round and still see the sights, the weather in the summer months is great, making it a perfect holiday destination to get some sun and culture!

  • How many nights?

    With plenty to see and do, three night would be the perfect amount of time to get to know the city. Or, why not combine it with a trip to Berlin and stay a night or two in each city?

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Leipzig doesn't get too warm, making the summer months, when the sun is out longer, the perfect time for a visit!

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What people are saying about Leipzig

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,746 reviews

We enjoyed driving through the city and getting to know places and corners of the city with significance background. Driving the car for the first time needs a lot of concentration, so the one driving couldn’t focus much on the tour rather just following instructions on directions and the driving itself. So the tour information would be more for the passengers. But enjoying the drive of course for the driver. The organizers where very friendly and everything from getting the car and delivering it went very smooth.

Come down, switch off and just enjoy! After 3 days of city trip and expired feet, this boat tour was a wonderful end. We learned a lot of interesting things about the nice captain of the Johann Sebastian Bach, that was the name of our boat. Thanks very much

Very informative and entertaining boat tour, where you have a completely different view of Leipzig and learn a lot of new things about the city. Our captain was great! Thank you very much, it was fun.

We were very satisfied, saw and heard a lot about Leipzig and had fun at the same time. We wish the young team all the best in the realization of your ideas, MfG Fam. Wolfert

An incredibly great experience! The technology was amazing and the support from the guide was great. We will come back in any case.