More than one and a half million tourists visit the city of Leipzig every year. The city offers a remarkable mixture of history, culture and architecture. A variety of shopping opportunities as well as a lively gastronomic and cultural scene make the city centre so attractive. Numerous events attract their visitors.
Leipzig is only a few kilometres away from Wehlitz, and the historic city centre can be reached from Schkeuditz in just 12 minutes by S-Bahn. A tram line to Leipzig and regional buses offer further connections. Leipzig is the largest city in the Free State of Saxony and the ninth largest in Germany. Currently there are about 581,000 inhabitants living here. The entire conurbation around Leipzig and Halle is home to just over a million people.
Place of citizens and commerce
Located at the intersection of the two medieval long-distance routes via regia and via imperii, Leipzig has been an important trading centre and one of Germany's most traditional trade fair venues since it was founded. The oldest German long-distance railway connected Leipzig with the Saxon state capital Dresden in 1839. Opened in 1915, Leipzig's main railway station, Europe's largest terminus station, is today a popular shopping centre with a railway siding.
Compact city centre
Although Leipzig's urban area extends to almost 300 square kilometres, the historic Old Town has remained a city of short distances. Called the "Innenstadt" (inner city) by the people of Leipzig, it covers an area of 800 x 600 metres. A good two dozen passages connect the courtyards of the trading houses in the heart of the city. The most magnificent is certainly the Mädlerpassage, which was built in 1912 according to the Milanese model. It also gained fame through the restaurant "Auerbachs Keller", a venue in Goethe's drama "Faust".
"I come to Leipzig, to a place where you can see the whole world in miniature."
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 - 1781)
Lot of discovery tours
The close cooperation of historical and modern buildings still characterises the cityscape today. One of Leipzig's most famous sights is the Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to the Battle of the Nations). It was inaugurated on the occasion of the anniversary of the Battle against Napoleon in 1813. With a height of 91 metres, it is one of the largest monument buildings in Europe. The viewing platform is very popular with the numerous visitors. After the ascent through the monumental building you can enjoy the view over Leipzig and the region.
Something for everyone
Whether trade fair city, book city, cultural city: Leipzig has many titles and designations. They stand for a rich history and a lively mixture of the different areas of life. There is a lot to discover, there is something interesting and worth seeing for almost every taste. The city, with its historic centre, has remained clearly laid out. And in the immediate vicinity of urban bustle, extensive parks offer places for relaxation.