Altes Rathaus

The Renaissance town hall was built in 1556 by Hieronymus Lotter, the mayor of Leipzig an building contractor. The building was designed by architect Paul Speck. The baroque copper dome was added later. Inside there is a ballroom and the council chamber. 

Alte Handelsbörse

In 1678 the merchants of Leipzig merged to built a trading hall. The Alte Handelsbörse (old exchange building) was completed in 1687. The early Baroque building is now used as a prestigious event hall.  

Thomaskirche

The Thomas Church is not an architectural pearl, it is special for other reasons. Johann Sebastian Bach worked here and the church is home of the famous Thomanerchor Boys Choir. 

Mädler Passage

Theodor Kösser build the luxurios shopping arcade for Anton Mädler in 1914. The existing world-famous wine restaurant "Auerbachs Keller" was skilfully integrated into the new complex. During GDR times the Mädler Passage was used as exhibition hall. 

Auerbachs Keller

The legendary "Auerbachs Keller" was first mentioned in 1438. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe studied in Leipzig and was a frequent guest in "Auerbachs Cellar". He made the place world famous with his "Faust". At the entrance you can see the statues of "Mephisto and Doctor Faustus" made by the sculptor Mathien Molitor. "Auerbachs Keller" is one of the top sights of Leipzig.  

Riquet Haus

The extravagant art nouveau house, with Asian elements by architect Paul Lange was built in 1909. The elephant heads were the trademark of the former "Riquet" company, which sold cocoa, coffee and tea from Asia. Today the "Riquet Haus" is a coffeehouse.

Neues Rathaus

The "New City Hall" of Leipzig was built by Hugo Licht in 1905. The 114.5 m high city hall tower is the highest of its kind in Germany. The New City Hall, accommodates approximately 600 rooms on a floor space of 10,000 sqm. 

Nikolaikirche

Construction of the evangelical "Nikolai Church" started in 1165. The beginnings were Romanesque, from the 15th century on, the church was built in late Gothic style. In 1989 the "Mondays demonstrations" were launched here, which led to the end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). 

Hauptbahnhof

Leipzig's central station was opened in 1915 as Europe's largest railway station. Although it does not have as many passengers as the stations of Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main or Munich, it is still the largest train station building in Europe.

Opernhaus

The opera has a long tradition in Leipzig, the first Opera house was built in 1693. The opera house built by Langhans in 1868 was destroyed during World War 2. The present building dates back to 1960. 

Bundesverwaltungsgericht

The high court building of architects Hoffmann and Dybwad was completed in 1895. The building of the Federal Administrative Court has been rebovated in 1992. It is very similar to the "Reichstag" in Berlin by Paul Wallot built 1894. 

Karl-Liebknecht Straße

The "KarLi" is the urban heart of the Leipzig. There are countless cafes and restaurants in beautiful houses from the Wilhelminian era. Although much renovation was done, the neighborhood has remained its charm. 

Buntgarnwerke

The "Buntgarnwerke" (Woolfactory) was founded in 1887. The representative "Hochbau West" was built in 1887. The "VEB Buntgarnwerke" was shut down in 1990. Today, high-quality loft apartments and offices are located in the beautiful brick buildings at the river.

Alte Messe Leipzig

Because the exhibition halls in the historic center became too small, a new fair ground was built in 1913. In 1965, the shiny double M was created as trademark of the "Messe Leipzig". In 1996, the fair moved again to a new site in the north of the city. The old fairground buildings "Alte Messe" of socialist times are used for new purposes.

Gohliser Schlösschen

The "Gohliser Schlösschen" in the Leipzig district of Gohlis-Süd was erected as a summer palace by the merchant Johann Caspar Richter. Due to the "Seven Years War" the palace was not finished until 1780. Since the builder died in 1770, he could not use the building himself. In 1793 the palace was transferred to the city of Leipzig. 

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Russische Kirche

The Russian memorial church was erected by the Orthodox community of Leipzig in 1913, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the "Battle of the Nations". There were 130,000 Russians fighting against the army of Napoleon. 22,000 Russian soldiers were killed at the battle. Inside the church there is a 18 m high wall covered with orthodox icons.

Völkerschlachtdenkmal

In 1813 more than 500,000 soldiers from all over Europe fought on this battle field. 120,000 soldiers died here. The "Völkerschlachtdenkmal" (War Monument of the battle of the nations) was erected 100 years after the victory over "Napoleon" and his troops.

Map of sights in Leipzig

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