City Orientation Walk, Leipzig (Self Guided)

Leipzig is renowned for its traditions, distinctive art and cultural heritage manifested in a number of landmarks fit to impress even the most well-traveled visitor. The city boasts some truly magnificent pieces of architecture; with the help of this orientation walk you should be able to find them with ease and have the best of time in Leipzig.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Germany » Leipzig (See other walking tours in Leipzig)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Author: karenl
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Altes Rathaus

1) Altes Rathaus (must see)

One of Germany’s most important Renaissance town halls, Altes Rathaus, founded in 1557, is one of the city’s most beautiful attractions. Located on the main square, it houses a museum of Leipzig's history. It is worth seeing for its beautiful Renaissance interior and presentations of the city’s history and art.
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Nikolaikirche

2) Nikolaikirche (must see)

The St. Nicholas Church (in German: Nikolaikirche) has long been one of the most famous in Leipzig, and rose to national fame in 1989 with the Monday Demonstrations when it became the centre of peaceful revolt against Communist rule. The church was built around 1165 when Leipzig, also known as St. Nicholas's City, was founded. It is named after St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants and wholesalers, and is situated in the very heart of the city on the intersection of two then important trade roads.

It is built partially in the Romanesque style but was extended and enlarged in the early 16th century with a more Gothic style. In 1794 the interior was remodeled in the neoclassical style. The church has been a Protestant seat since 1539 after the Protestant Reformation, but the Catholic Church is allowed to use it too.

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Augustusplatz

3) 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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Mende Fountain

4) Mende Fountain (must see)

Mende Fountain, which stands in front of Gewandhaus, was built by Adolf Gnauth from 1883 to 1886. Pauline Mende, a rich widow, donated the Neo-Baroque figures and the fountain was named after her. Located on Augustusplatz, it depicts figures from Greek Mythology. Mende Fountain is definitely worth a visit.

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Leipzig Opera House

5) Leipzig Opera House (must see)

The Leipzig Opera traces its establishment to the year 1693, making it the third oldest opera venue in Europe after La Fenice (Venice, Italy) and the Hamburg State Opera (Hamburg, Germany). The Leipzig Opera does not have its own opera orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performs as the orchestra for the opera. During an air raid in the night of December 3, 1943, the theater was destroyed, as were all Leipzig's theatres. Construction of the modern opera house began in 1956. The theatre was inaugurated on October 8, 1960, with a performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

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Leipzig Zoological Park

6) Leipzig Zoological Park (must see)

The Leipzig Zoological Park, opened in 1878 as a private zoo, is one of world's most fascinating and popular zoos. The aquarium, the petting zoo, the large carnivore exhibit and Pongoland, its monkey exhibit, are among its notable attractions. Combining the qualities of old zoo design with modern innovation, it is definitely worth a visit.

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Museum in der Runde Ecke

7) Museum in der Runde Ecke (must see)

The memorial museum in the Round Corner is a former headquarters of the East German Secret Police based in the Leipzig Museum of History. Built in 1913 as an office of the Leipzig Fire Insurance Company, it took its name due to its distinctive shape. Since August 1990 it has hosted a permanent exhibition entitled Stasi-Power and Banality. The museum itself is not large, but the exhibits are informative and extensive. Well worth the visit, you can learn a lot about the GDR secret police here.

Operation hours: Open daily 10 am to 6 pm. The museum is closed on December, 23rd to 26th. Also it is closed on New Years Eve and January, 1st.
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Thomaskirche

8) Thomaskirche (must see)

St. Thomas Church, a Lutheran church, is most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor, and where his remains currently lie. Between 1212 and 1222 the former church became the St. Thomas Monastery of the Augustinian Order. In 1217, Minnesinger Heinrich von Morungen bequeathed a relic of St. Thomas following a trip to India. After several reconstructions, the current late Gothic building was consecrated by Thilo of Trotha, the Bishop of Merseburg, on April 10, 1496.

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Neues Rathaus

9) Neues Rathaus (must see)

Since 1905 Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) has been the seat of Leipzig’s city council. After several plans were rejected, the city was acquired by the Kingdom of Saxony in 1895, the Pleissenburg site to build the new city hall of Leipzig. Several design competitions were held, a condition of which was that the silhouette of the Pleissenburg tower, a known landmark, be preserved. On the southwest facade are five statues by different artists, including Adolf Lehnert and Joseph Magre. Its clock contains the Latin inscription "Mors certa, hora incerta" (Death is certain, the hour uncertain).
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Bundesverwaltungsgericht

10) Bundesverwaltungsgericht (must see)

The Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) is one of Germany’s five federal supreme courts. It is the highest court for most cases of administrative law, mainly disputes between citizens and the state. It hears appeals from Oberverwaltungsgerichte, or the Superior Administrative Courts, which in turn are the courts of appeals for Verwaltungsgerichte. Bundesverwaltungsgericht is located in the former Reichsgericht building.

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Peterskirche

11) Peterskirche (must see)

St. Peter Church, a Lutheran church founded in 1885, was designed by architects Hartel and Lipsius in the Neo-Gothic style. The interior houses many old sculptures of the Apostles and the altar is adorned with carved figures and paintings. The church also possesses the highest tower in the city.
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Petersstraße (Peter Street )

12) Petersstraße (Peter Street )

The Peter Street is a street in the city center of Leipzig . It is one of the many-frequented business streets of East Germany.
The Petersstraße is 366 meters long and connects the market in north-south direction with the Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz . At their southern end were until 1860 the Peterstor and until 1886 the named Peterskirche . To the south on the former Peterstor it was a continuation of the Peterssteinweg.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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 Museums Tour

Leipzig Museums Tour

Leipzig's museums and impressive collections have always played an important role in the city's history and culture. Its significant museums host many unique exhibitions. Take the following tour to discover Leipzig’s best museums.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 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.