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Leipzig: Motorboat Canal Sightseeing Cruise

1. Leipzig: Motorboat Canal Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise along the winding canals of Leipzig and admire the city views from the water. Watch the history of Leipzig unfold as you pass important districts, including Plagwitz and Palmengartenwehr. Begin your tour at the picturesque city harbor of Leipzig with its famous beach bar. Relax on board a motorboat as you embark on a 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 your way to the Karl Heine Canals, you will explore one of the most beautiful canals in Leipzig, meandering through the old industrial district of Plagwitz. Karl Heine, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and industrial pioneer played a key role in the urban development of Leipzig’s western areas. See the striking Stelzenhaus at the last stop of the tour before heading back to the harbor where you'll enjoy a cold drink at the beach bar. The harbor is perfectly located if you wish to explore further sights of Leipzig after the motorboat tour.

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.

Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

3. Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

Experience incredible tranquility and nature idyll on this relaxing river cruise from Leipzig into the riverside forest. Discover the unique biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the beautiful Leipzig floodplain forest. Hop on an electric motorboat, starting at the boathouse and travel across the flood bed along the Pleiße, away from the street noise of the big city. Discover a forest rich in a wide variety of animal and plant species.  Take advantage of the many shady ancient oaks on the shore on warm sunny days. End at the boathouse where you can continue to explore the Leipzig floodplain forest on foot.

Leipzig: 360° Panorama NEW YORK 9/11 Exhibition Ticket

4. Leipzig: 360° Panorama NEW YORK 9/11 Exhibition Ticket

Experience “NEW YORK 9/11 – War in Times of Peace” the latest 360° panorama presented by artist Yadegar Asisi at the Leipzig Panometer. This highly topical work of art will transport you back to the attacks of September 11, and illustrate the impact they had around the world. Follow a chronological journey through the past 20 years since that fateful day. Five installations visualize some of the less visible consequences: the suffering caused in war-torn Middle Eastern countries, the huge follow-up costs of the war on terror, and the fates of the refugees and witnesses. At the end of these installations, you'll encounter the 32-meter-high NEW YORK 9/11 panorama setting the scene of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, at 08:41, five minutes before the attacks took place. In the knowledge of the tragedies that followed, you'll find this starting point rife with tension as you stand in the midst of the morning bustle of multicultural Manhattan, a seemingly utopian snapshot. The panorama artwork is accompanied by authentic background sounds and music by the composer Eric Babak, who has composed the respective panorama soundtracks since the first panorama, EVEREST 8848. “NEW YORK 9/11 – War in Times of Peace“ is the fourth anti-war project by Yadegar Asisi and continues his examination of the world with a particular focus on the wars of modern times.

Leipzig: 13-Stop Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Ticket

5. Leipzig: 13-Stop Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Ticket

Experience Leipzig aboard a blue and yellow double-decker bus which offers you the best all-round views accompanied by certified tour guides. Immerse yourself in Saxon cosiness as you experience the most beautiful and impressive places in Leipzig throughout an entertaining 1.5-hour city tour. Passing the zoo, which is worth seeing not just for the younger guests, you will continue to the Saxon Rococo architecture of the Gohliser Schlößchen. You'll then travel through the Waldstraßenviertel, one of the largest and best-preserved European Wilhelminian style quarters, before progressing on to the Red Bull Arena. Later, pass the Thomas Church and new town hall before crossing the music district with the Federal Administrative Court. Experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Old Fair and the MDR site, as well as the opulence of the Battle of Nations Monument and the Panometer. In addition to the legendary pubs and shopping streets, you will be shown the cultural highlights for music and theater lovers with the Opera and Gewandhaus. Take a deep breath while visiting the Plagwitz climate district, and enjoy the little Venice of Leipzig with its numerous waterways.

Leipzig: Karl-Heine-Canal 2-Hour Canoe Tour

6. Leipzig: Karl-Heine-Canal 2-Hour Canoe Tour

Begin your tour at the picturesque Stadthafen Leipzig. After meeting your guide and receiving a thorough safety briefing, you’ll be off and paddling with confidence down the lush, tree-lined Karl-Heine-Canal. As you meander down the canal, pass the magnificent Baedeker Villa, owned by publishing magnates. Float by the Palmengartenwehr, a nearly 100-year-old flood control barrier. Continue through the city, drifting through Clara-Zetkin-Park, the largest in the city, before passing the Buntgarnwerke, one of the biggest industrial monuments in Germany. If you’re lucky, you may even pass by legendary Olympic kayaker Tina Dietze, who trains at the Olympic Training Center Leipzig. After cruising down the neighborhood streams that lead you back into the city, you’ll find yourself back at Stadthafen Leipzig, in perfect time for a drink or snack at the sprawling beach bar.

Leipzig: Motorboat Sightseeing Cruise

7. Leipzig: Motorboat Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise along the waterways of Leipzig and admire the city views from the water aboard a motorboat. Sail the Karl-Heine Canal, travel through Plagwitz and Schleußig, and see historical buildings along the way. Begin at the Scheibenholz racecourse (not at the wildlife park) and ride to the White Elster, along Germany's first mail order business and the Wilhelminian industrial buildings in Plagwitz. Leave the White Elster and sail the Karl-Heine Canal. Past the former riverboat, you'll then turn around at the stilt house and drive past the starting point, past the palm garden weir, into the Elstermühlgraben. The turning point there is the Marschnerstraße or the city harbor/Schreberbad (Depending on the water level).

Leipzig: 3-Hour City Canoe Tour

8. 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 historic industrial buildings to Stadthafen Leipzig. Enjoy a beer at the bar and watch the canoes and paddlers drift through the water at the end of your magical tour.

1.5-Hour Historical Tour of Leipzig with Costumed Guide

9. 1.5-Hour Historical Tour of Leipzig with Costumed Guide

No matter whether you immerse yourself in the nocturnal Leipzig of the cordial executioner's wife Helma, the patented cleaner Pauline or the affable Leipzig Lola, the "poor sinner's sip" on the way will do you good to easily digest the naked facts of the past and present. As a singer in the Leipzig of the golden 20s, Lola knows a lot about the "big business in the evening" - after all, Leipzig had 46 brothels and 220 relevant massage salons at that time. But Pauline is also aware of the wishes of merchants and trade fair guests for a successful trading day. She watches the small sins in the city (also fashion sins of celebrities) very closely and catches many a gossip under her mighty hat. In the days of Helma, the executioner's wife, Leipzig was a stronghold of drunkenness, gluttony and above all fornication at night. She was very close to the action and today she openly talks about the unbelievable.

Leipzig: Guided Tour of the Southern Cemetery

10. Leipzig: Guided Tour of the Southern Cemetery

The Leipzig South Cemetery, consecrated in 1886, is one of the most important cemeteries in Europe in terms of culture and art history. The extremely impressive area monument unites the ingenious park creation of Lenné's pupil Otto Wittenberg, around 500 important works of funerary art, the largest European cemetery building, and also the largest columbarium north of the Alps. At 82 hectares, the Südfriedhof is the largest cemetery in Leipzig. It is located in the south of Leipzig in the vicinity of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations and, alongside the Ohlsdorf Cemetery in Hamburg and the Südwestkirchhof in Stahnsdorf near Berlin is one of the largest park-like cemeteries in Germany.

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What people are saying about Leipzig

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 287 reviews

The tour was extremely interesting and entertaining, the nature of the descriptions and the knowledge of the tour guide was very stimulating and exciting.

Great natural landscape, good explanations and still plenty of time to experience and enjoy the landscape in peace

Highly recommended, the trip was great fun and very informative. We'll definitely do it again. thumbs up

A very relaxed tour. Also highly recommended in warm weather. Very decelerating!!!

It was a very pleasant fun tour with the two guides Lisa and Thomas. We recommend.