Leipzig Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Leipzig

Anyone who wants to delve into Leipzig's interesting history should see its collection of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. The city has many impressive historic monuments and contemporary constructions by world famous architects. Take this tour to discover Leipzig’s most amazing architecture.
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Leipzig Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Leipzig Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Germany » Leipzig (See other walking tours in Leipzig)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Romanus House
  • Fregehaus
  • Alte Waage
  • Altes Rathaus
  • Riquet House
  • Specks Hof
  • Nikolaikirche
  • Kroch-Hochhaus
  • City-Hochhaus
Romanus House

1) Romanus House

Located on the road to Bruehl, the history of the Romanus House dates back to 1703. Named after owner Conrad Romanus, with an ornate facade, it is one of the finest Baroque buildings still standing. Today, this building represents a milestone in Saxon Baroque architecture and is well worth visiting.

2) Fregehaus

Fregehaus is a baroque building in the center of Leipzig. Initially it was built in Renaissance style, and was rebuilt in its actual form by architect Johann Gregor Fuchs in 1706. The name of the house comes from the banker Christian Gottlob Frege II, who acquired it in 1782. The house was renovated between 1980 and 1986 and nowadays houses a hotel.
Alte Waage

3) Alte Waage

Located on the north side of Market Square, the Old Weighing House, was built in 1555 by Hieronymus Lotter, at the same time as the Town Hall. It was the center of activity during trade fairs, as the revenue from weighing charges was a source of money for the city.
Altes Rathaus

4) 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.
Riquet House

5) Riquet House

Also known as the “House with the Elephants,” Riquet House’s architecture is a mix of Art Nouveau and oriental styles. Built at the turn of the 20th century, it housed an oriental trading company which imported goods from China and Japan. Now a restaurant, wine cellars and a cafe, it serves homemade goodies with an historical ambiance. The entrance attracts attention with its beautiful roof and two elephant heads.
Specks Hof

6) Specks Hof

The interior of Specks Hof, built between 1909 and 1929, is a mix of Art Nouveau and modern elements, with beautiful figures symbolizing themes from Greek mythology. Nowadays, it houses restaurants, offices, shops and art galleries. Be sure not to miss the three atria, one of the most amazing features of this passage arcade.

7) 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

8) Kroch-Hochhaus

Built in 1928 by the Jewish family Kroch, Kroch-Hochhaus was Leipzig's first steel high-rise structure. Its main feature is the belfry, a design reminiscent of the watchtower in Venice. The bell, rung by two bronze men with hammers, tolls every fifteen minutes and has become a landmark. Across the top of the building are the words "omnia vincit labor" which translates from Latin as "work overcomes all."

9) City-Hochhaus

City-Hochhaus (literally: City High-rise), at a height of 142.5 metres, is the tallest building in the city of Leipzig, and the tallest multistory building erected in the former East Germany. It was designed by architect Hermann Henselmann in the shape of an open book, and built between 1968 and 1972. It followed Henselmann's idea to cap central places in cities with a prominent tower, such as the Jen-Tower in Jena and Fernsehturm in Berlin. It was originally part of the University of Leipzig campus at Augustusplatz, was sold by the state government of Saxony and is now owned by the U.S. investment bank Merrill Lynch.

The building was completely renovated between 1999 and 2002, when it lost its aluminium sheathing which was replaced by grey granite. The offices are now rented to private tenants including the public broadcaster MDR, the European Energy Exchange and the Panorama restaurant. The roof is equipped with a viewing platform. The building is nicknamed in vernacular as "Weisheitszahn" (wisdom tooth) due to its form or after its previous function as "Uniriese" (university giant).
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

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 or 3.4 Miles
Gohlis District Tour

Gohlis District 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: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Leipzig Introduction Walking Tour

Leipzig Introduction Walking Tour

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: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

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 or 2 Miles
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 or 1.4 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

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 or 3 Miles