A weekend break to Leipzig
Leipzig has been dubbed the ‘new Berlin’ after fast becoming one of the coolest and most affordable locations to live in in Germany. It is a city of deep history and has a vast musical background for music lovers being the home of Mendelssohn, Wagner and Bach. And, while music continues to delight its audience, Leipzig has so much to offer its travellers. Many have said that it is quite easy to see the sights over the course of a weekend, but that you should take a little more time if you can, in order to truly see the raw character that the town in filled with and see the less obvious areas that appeal to its returning visitors.
Take in the view
Leipzig is the largest city in the south east of Germany and is home to just over half a million people and can quite easily be explored on foot as the city is found in an area circles by long-destroyed defence towers. Be sure to take in Leipzig’s flat surrounding landscape of forests and lakes from the 29th floor of the Panorama Tower.
See the sights
If you are looking to see as much of Leipzig in the shortest space of time possible, then begin your day at Augustusplatz, where you can take in the sights of the Paulinum and Opera House. Then head along to the east until you reach Grimmaischestrasse and head on to Ritterstrasse where you can see the Neoclassical Church of St Nicholas. In the Naschmarkt you canadmire the Old Stock Exchange and then continue on to the Old Town Hall and Markt Square.
Shopping in Leipzig will certainly not leave you short of cash as it offers great shopping at an even better value. Keep in mind that shops are closed on Sundays and make the most of the one located along the pedestrianised Peterstrasse.
Go on a music trail
With over 500 composers making the city of Leipzig their home in the past, it would be silly to come here and not attend a concert or at least learn a little more about the music that was born in this part of Germany. Take the Leipzig Music Trail and guide yourself around the city to check out the places where the musicians once worked and lived. The tour even comes with information and music installations along the way too.
Take a walk in the park
If you’re after some peace and quiet then be sure to take a walk to the north of the city where you will find Rosental (the Rose Valley), a scenic spot with winding pathways and lawns that are shaded with oak trees.
Before you take the short flight to Leipzig from London Stansted Airport, be sure to check that your EHIC card does not need to be renewed. A European Health Insurance Card is vital should you fall ill whilst on holiday in Europe as it allows you to receive free or significantly discounted treatment.