Center of Leipzig Tour, Leipzig

Those who enjoy exciting places will find plenty of attractions to their liking in the center of Leipzig, such as Brühl and Augustusplatz, where great bargains can be found. Take the following tour to discover the loveliest sites in this part of town.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Center of Leipzig Tour Map

Guide Name: Center of Leipzig Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Leipzig (See other walking tours in Leipzig)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: karenl
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Hauptbahnhof

1) Hauptbahnhof (must see)

Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, at 83,460 square meters, is Europe's largest station and one of Germany's finest railway terminals. It has 24 platforms housed in six trainsheds, a multi-level concourse with towering stone arches and a 293 meter long facade. It sees an average of 150,000 passengers per day, with over 54 million people using Hauptbahnhof each year. Opened in 1915 as a joint terminal for the Saxon State Railways and the Prussian State Railways, it is uniquely designed with two identical domed entrance halls facing the street, one for each company.

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Brühl

2) Brühl (must see)

The Brühl is a street in Leipzig just within the limits of the former city wall. On the corner of the Brühl and Katharinestrasse stands the Romanus house, built for the mayor of Leipzig between 1701 and 1704, and one of the finest baroque buildings remaining in the town. In the late 18th century and early 19th century, the Brühl was part of the Jewish quarter of the city. The Brühl retained Jewish connections into the 20th century. The street was the centre of the World fur trade.

In 1938, under the Nazi government, 'the entire Brühl district changed hands, as fur firms — the pinnacle of Jewish commerce in the city, along with the department stores — were stolen from their owners. Today the street contains a few 19th-century and early 20th-century buildings, most of the remaining buildings being from the third quarter of the 20th century. A notable modern building is the town's Museum der Bildenden Künste (Museum of the visual arts).

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Museum der Bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts)

3) Museum der Bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts) (must see)

The Museum der Bildenden Künste is a museum of fine arts in Leipzig. On 7,000 square meters of display area, 3,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and 60,000 graphical works are shown. It covers artworks from the Late Middle Ages to Modernity. The museum dates back to the founding of the "Leipzig Art Association" by Leipzig art collectors and promoters in 1837, and had set itself the goal of creating an art museum. On 10 December 1848, the association was able to open the "Städtische Museum" in the first public school on the Moritzbastei. There were issued approximately hundred gathered and donated works of (at that time) contemporary art.

In 1937 the Nazis confiscated 394 paintings and prints mainly of Expressionism in the propaganda campaign Degenerate art. In the night of 4 December 1943, the building was destroyed by a British air raid. Much of the inventory had previously been brought to safety. By the mid-1990s, the city decided to give the museum back their own building. On 4 December 2004, exactly 61 years after the destruction of the "Städtische Museum" on Augustusplatz, opened the new museum at the former Sachsenplatz.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm; Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm

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Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum

4) Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum

Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum is one of oldest and most beautiful cafe and restaurants in Europe. With its fantastic coffee and unique aroma and museum on the third floor, it is a great place to visit. The museum features 500 exhibits on the subject of coffee, including cups, mills and everything related to the art of brewing. On the front of the building you can see an amazing sculpture of its name, which means Arab Coffee Tree.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
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Alte Handelsbörse

5) Alte Handelsbörse

Built from 1678 to 1687, Alte Handelsbörse was originally a meeting place for Leipzig merchants to conduct business. Now it is used for chamber concerts. This beautiful two story Renaissance building with Baroque elements is Leipzig's earliest Baroque edifice and the first public building in the town. Located on Naschmarkt square, a statue of Goethe, the famous German writer and poet, stands in front of it.
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Auerbachs Keller

6) Auerbachs Keller

Auerbachs Keller, the best known and second oldest restaurant in Leipzig, is mentioned in Goethe's play, Faust, as the first place Mephistopheles takes Faust on their travels. This wine bar was first mentioned in an historical record from 1438. The restaurant owes much of its fame to Goethe, who frequented Auerbach's Cellar as a student and called it his favorite wine bar. According to legend, alchemist Dr. Johann Georg Faust once rode a wine barrel from the cellar to the street at Auerbach's Cellar, something he could have accomplished only with the help of the devil. This legend is most likely what led Goethe to add the scene in his play.

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Städtisches Kaufhaus

7) Städtisches Kaufhaus

Städtisches Kaufhaus, designed by Rayher, Korber and Müller, was constructed from 1894 to 1901. This piece of land and architectural monument reflects 500 years of Leipzig's history of inner city trading and culture. It assimilates Baroque elements in the municipal library. As Leipzig's Trade Fair Site was newly constructed near the airport, Städtisches Kaufhaus nowadays is home to offices, retail outlets and restaurants. In addition to reconstruction, an underground parking garage and an underground event venue have been built.

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University of Leipzig

8) University of Leipzig

The University of Leipzig is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the second oldest in Germany. It has a long tradition of globally oriented, culturally comparative historical research and tertiary-level teaching. Founded on December 2, 1409 by Frederick I, Elector of Saxony and his brother William II, Margrave of Meissen, it was originally made up of four faculties. In 2009 it celebrated its 600th anniversary, hosting over 300 scientific and cultural lectures and exhibitions. The university is ranked 5th in Germany, 29th in Europe and among the best two hundred in the world by the web-based Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.

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Augustusplatz

9) Augustusplatz (must see)

Augustusplatz, a square located at the east end of the city center, began construction in 1785 as Platz vor dem Grimmaischen Thor, designed by city architect Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe. Renamed Augustusplatz in 1839 after Frederick Augustus, the first king of Saxony, it is the city's largest square and one of the largest in the country. Prior to its bombing in the Second World War, it was one of Germany's most beautiful squares. It is also a central hub for the tram network.

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Walking Tours in Leipzig, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Leipzig

Create Your Own Walk in Leipzig

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leipzig is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Leipzig Religious Sites Tour

Leipzig Religious Sites Tour

Leipzig has a large variety of amazing churches to discover. These architectural masterpieces grace the city's streets and squares. Follow this tour to see Leipzig’s most fascinating and popular religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Religious Buildings of Leipzig Tour

Religious Buildings of Leipzig Tour

The city of Leipzig boasts a great number of impressive, centuries-old churches, designed in various architectural styles – Romanesque, Baroque, Gothic and others. When in Leipzig, use this guide to discover the most beautiful religious buildings. It's truly worth it!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Landmarks of Leipzig Tour

Landmarks of Leipzig Tour

Leipzig is known for its unique traditions, distinctive art and culture and a great number of landmarks that will impress even the most well-traveled visitor. It contains some of the most beautiful examples of the city's history. The following tour will help you discover Leipzig’s most attractive landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Leipzig Nightlife Tour

Leipzig Nightlife Tour

Although Leipzig is known for its association with classical music, this does not mean that it is a sleepy town. It has one of Europe’s most dynamic nightlife scenes, where you can party, enjoy amazing cocktails and great music. Take this tour to explore Leipzig's best nightclubs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Cultural Walk in Leipzig

Cultural Walk in Leipzig

Leipzig is one of the richest and most artistic cities in Europe due to its connection with such famous names as Bach, Goethe and Mendelssohn. The art and cultural scene is shaped by its famous opera and theaters, landmarks, festivals and museums. Take the following tour to explore Leipzig’s most beautiful cultural attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Gohlis District of Leipzig Tour

Gohlis District of Leipzig Tour

The Gohlis district is full of great architectural and cultural attractions. The following tour will lead you to some of the most popular and interesting tourist attractions in this district of Leipzig.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Leipzig for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Leipzig has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Leipzig, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.