Located 185 km away from Berlin, Leipzig is the largest city in German federal state of Saxony. This splendid city has a great importance through not just European history also it had a great role in the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Leipzig has a great flat sightseeing but also has great forests and lakes. More than 200km of waterways surround Leipzig! Also, the city center is not that big which makes it super easy to explore the city on foot. You can reach the city from Leipzig/Halle Airport, by train or by bus. So here is your guide to Leipzig!
The first stop, Old Town Hall was built in 1556 and it is one of the largest squares of Germany. The Old Town Hall has a wonderful Renaissance styled 90 meters long with arcades, six gables, and a tower. After becoming home of the city, you can find the treasure chamber, the chamber of torture and the jail and lots of paintings of Bach! The interior will mesmerize you. There's also a museum covering the history of Leipzig from 12th century till today. And the coolest part is; the entry is only 2,50 Euro!
More than 500 composers like Bach, Schumann, and Mendelssohn, Leipzig is the home to amazing maestros over the centuries. Especially Bach has a great importance in here. The great maestro is resting in peace in the St. Thomas Church. This neo-Gothic interior and the stained-glass church are where he worked as choirmaster until his death in 1750. There is also Bach Museum in the church. The museum organizes the Bach Festival each year in late May/early June. In the entry of the church, the statue of Johann Sebastian Bach stands with its grace.
Museum Der Bildenden Künste or Museum of Fine Arts features paintings from the 15th century till today and it housed in a glass cube. You can find paintings of Claude Monet, Caspar David Friedrich, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Max Beckman, Max Klinger and many more! The entry is 5 Euros.
In the Torhaus Dölitz, you can find several exhibitions of pewter figures in historically-themed dioramas, the exhibitions always change so it's better to get information beforehand. The entry is 3 Euros.
Völkerschlachtdenkmal or Monument to the Battle of the Nations is the biggest monument in Europe, commemorating the Battle of Leipzig in the Napoleonic Wars. This important war combined Prussian, Austrian, and Russian forces defeated Napoleon while losing 100,000 lives. This 91-meter high monument opens on April till October from 10am–6pm, on November till March from 10am–4pm. It is 6 Euros for adults and 4 Euros for students.
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek is the national library of Germany which collects works published in Germany or in German. The main building has a large reading room which is an amazing place to worth visit! You can arrive the national library with Tram 16 to Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and it's open on Monday till Friday from 8am–10pm and on Saturday from 9am–6pm.
Don't forget to check out Leipziger Buchmesse or Leipzig Book Fair late March.
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