Leipzig: New City Hall with Ratskeller at sunset ©Leipzig Tourismus und Merketing GmbH (Philipp Kirschner)

Inspiring Germany

A city of sport with a musical past

The people of Leipzig played a crucial role in the fall of the Berlin Wall, with their Monday demonstrations. Today, sports and culture define the area once frequented by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Football has a long tradition in Leipzig. The German Football Association was founded here in 1900. Much younger, though, is the top team at the RasenBallsport Leipzig club – RB Leipzig for short – founded in 2009. In just seven years, they have risen to the top national league. Aside from football, Leipzig has long been a city of sports, which you can learn more about at one of the 22 stations along the official "Sport Route."

The centre of revolution

Leipzig isn't only known for its sports success. Of significant importance is the Nikolaikirche, where the Monday prayers began in 1982. These would later grow into the Monday demonstrations. These contributed to the Peaceful Revolution in 1989, which eventually led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Just as unforgettable as this historic event is the imposing Battle of the Nations Monument, which commemorates the Battle of Leipzig and is considered a symbol of unity and resistance. Don't miss a trip to the viewing platform, which offers a wonderful view over the city.

From Bach to Gothic

The Thomaskirche, on the other hand, is a focal point for classical music: in the 18th century, influential German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was choirmaster there. The church is home to the famous Thomanerchor boys' choir. It's no wonder that in this city of culture, much revolves around music: beside the Thomaskirche is the Bach Museum, where visitors can marvel at the composer's handwritten original works. Not far away, , opposite Leipzig Opera, the Gewandhaus concert hall serves as home to the orchestra of the same name. In the foyer, feast your eyes on the largest ceiling painting in Europe, sprawling across more than 700 square metres. Leipzig is also modern: electronic music lovers live it up in techno clubs, while black-clad goths celebrate the yearly Wave-Gotik-Treffen every Pentecost.

Pub crawls and alternative culture

Things are also lively in the nightlife district in the city centre: streets like the Barfussgässchen bustle with people moving between the many restaurants and bars. The same is true around the Marktplatz, with its arcades and the Altes Rathaus,where part of the city's history museum is housed. Plenty of boutiques, second-hand shops, cafes, restaurants and venues of alternative culture can be found in Karl-Heine-Strasse, in Plagwitz or near Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse in the southern suburbs.

A colourful specialty: "Leipziger Allerlei"

A must-try item on the menu is "Leipziger Allerlei," a dish made with peas, carrots and other vegetables, served alongside semolina dumplings and either cooked crayfish tail. Try it with Leipziger Gose ale speciality or a glass of well-chilled Allasch. This high-percentage caraway-seed liqueur has been produced in Leipzig for around 200 years.

Neuseenland: fun on the water

Stretching south of the city is the Leipzig Neuseenland, where visitors can take a casual stroll along the water or go white-water rafting. Kids love the Belantis theme park and its thrilling rides.