Historical Churches (Self Guided), Leipzig

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.
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Historical Churches Map

Guide Name: Historical Churches
Guide Location: Germany » Leipzig (See other walking tours in Leipzig)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Friedenskirche
  • Michaeliskirche
  • Reformierte Kirche
  • Nikolaikirche
  • Thomaskirche
  • Lutherkirche
  • Peterskirche

1) Friedenskirche

While many of the city's attractions are located in the center, a visit to Gohlis, a small village in the countryside, is well worth it. A part of the city since the late 19th century, it is where Friedenskirche can be found. Construction of this Neo-Gothic church began in 1871, designed by architect Hugo Altendorff. The church’s tower offers a great view of the surrounding landscape.

2) Michaeliskirche (must see)

Michaeliskirche in Leipzig is an evangelical church building devoted to Archangel Michael from the time of the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.The church is located at the intersection of several sight axes on the Nordplatz. The orientation in the north-south direction, which is aligned with the orientation of the northern suburbs, is unusual. The cross-shaped nave is on the choir side of chapels surrounded. The central, wide-seated tower in the south of the building rises 70 meters high, making it one of the highest church steeples in the city. The facade is executed in sandstone and carries rich architectural jewelry. Although still part of historicism , the architecture does not follow a clear stylistic program, but combines Renaissance , neo - Gothic ,

The Michaeliskirche has survived the destruction of the war unscathed and is distinguished by the original design of other church buildings of the epoch.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Reformierte Kirche

3) Reformierte Kirche

Reformierte Kirche, founded in 1899, was designed by George and Richard Weidenbach Tschammer in a Neo-Renaissance style. It has a 73 meter tower which was damaged in 1943, postponing its completion until 1969. Nowadays, the church offers concerts, community events and prayer services.

4) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia

5) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Lutherkirche

Located near Johannapark, Luther Church, founded in 1887, was designed in the Gothic style by Julius Zeißig. It has been used as a concert hall, exhibition hall and a meeting place. Named after the originator of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, the church is used sporadically but still attracts many tourists.

7) 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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Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
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Top Religious Buildings

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Gohlis District Tour

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Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
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Leipzig Architectural Jewels

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles