The most interesting and beautiful places in Leipzig
You can find information on the University of Leipzig as well as five chosen sights in the city. Clicking on the names of the sights will redirect you to appropriate websites. The map shows all the sights described in this overview.
University of Leipzig
The University of Leipzig was founded in 1409 by German students and professors who withdrew from the University of Prague when Wenceslas IV, king of Bohemia, turned that four-nation university over to the Czechs.
Monument to the Battle of the Nations
From October 16-19, 1813, Leipzig was the site of the Battle of the Nations. One year after the devastating battle, the poet Ernst Moritz Arndt had the idea of creating a memorial to honor the fallen. In 1913, the Monument to the Battle of the Nations was dedicated as a national monument.
Old city hall
The Old Town Hall can truly be said to live up to its name - the cornerstone was laid in the year 1556. Since 1909, and still today, it has served as the Museum of City History. The building includes a ballroom, which is 53 meters (174 ft.) long. It has been used in the past for the royal festivals of Saxon's princes, patrician weddings, craftwork festivals, and student balls. Court proceedings have also been carried out there.
New city hall
The New Town Hall, seat of Leipzig's municipal government since 1905, ranks as one of the most important municipal halls in all of Germany. Constructed in historicist style, the monumental structure is characterized by its artistic interior design and its opulently ornamental façade.
St. Nicholas Church
In 1165, after Leipzig was granted a city charter and market rights, the St. Nicholas church was erected. In 2015, the church will celebrate its 850th anniversary.
St. Thomas Church
St. Thomas Church is, after St. Nicholas Church, the second central church in the city centre. The church is 76 metres (249 ft.) long. The nave is 50 metres (164 ft.) long, 25 metres (82 ft.) wide and 18 metres (59 ft.) high. The church tower is 68 metres (223 ft.) tall. Tower tours are held from April through the end of November.
For more information about the sights and an overview of the city, you are welcome to visit the linked websites and watch a short video on the city tour or take part in a 360-degree Leipzig kayak tour.