Landmarks of Leipzig Tour, Leipzig

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.
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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Landmarks of Leipzig Tour Map

Guide Name: Landmarks of Leipzig Tour
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: 3.5 km
Author: karenl
Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig

1) Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig

The University Library of Leipzig, established in 1543, is one of Germany’s oldest university libraries. Its extensive historical and special collections are nationally and internationally recognized. The library consists of the main building, Bibliotheca Albertina, and forty branches located near their respective academic institutions. Its current stock consists of 5 million volumes and about 7,700 periodicals. Collections range from important medieval and modern manuscripts to incunabula, papyri, autographs, ostraka and coins.

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2) 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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Neues Rathaus

3) 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).

4) Moritzbastei

The Moritzbastei is the only remaining part of the ancient town fortifications of Leipzig. Today it is widely known as a cultural centre. The Moritzbastei was built as a bastion in between 1551-1554 under the supervision of the mayor Hieronymus Lotter, who was also responsible for Leipzig's Altes Rathaus (old town hall) which is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Germany. After being stormed for the first time in the Thirty Years War, the Moritzbastei lost its military function in the Seven Years War. Henceforth it served as a store for trade goods and workplace for a bell founder and a book printer.

In the period 1796-1834, the first public school was built over the basement of the Moritzbastei. It was the first school in Germany without confessional segregated classes and was destroyed in 1943 during World War II. From 1974 the Moritzbastei was rebuilt under the supervision of the University of Leipzig. More than 30,000 students were engaged in the reconstruction of the bastion, among them the recent Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. From 1982 onwards the Moritzbastei was the official students club of the University of Leipzig.

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Mende Fountain

5) 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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Alter Johannisfriedhof

6) Alter Johannisfriedhof (must see)

Old St. John's Cemetery, an historic cemetery, has been a museum park since the early 20th century. With spacious lawns and trees, it contains many lovely historic tombstones. Famous for its epitaphs, also noteworthy is its variety of design elements and symbols on the gravestones depicting Baroque and classical elements.
Leipzig Bayerischer Bahnhof

7) Leipzig Bayerischer Bahnhof

Bayerischer Bahnhof (Bavarian Station) is Germany's oldest preserved railway station. Built in 1842 for the Leipzig–Hof line by the Saxon-Bavarian Railway Company, it was taken over by the Royal Saxon State Railways and operated as the Saxon-Bavarian State Railways. The station was closed in 2001 for the construction of the city tunnel. Expected to reopen in 2012, upon completion of the tunnel, it will then be connected to the Leipzig S-Bahn system.

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.
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
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
Center of Leipzig Tour

Center of Leipzig Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 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
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 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.