The Leipzig Rundown
Leipzig is a small industrial city located in Saxony, Germany, that is surrounded by several lakes. The New York Times ranked it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2010. This city is the hometown of Johann Sebastian Bach and his renovated Bach Museum.
If you find yourself in Leipzig in May or June, make sure to check out the Bach Festival of music. Lovers of art should plan to spend the day at Spinnerei, which was once the largest cotton mill in Europe. Immerse yourself in the more than 10 art galleries, various exhibits, restaurants, theatres and even a dance troop. Animal lovers will be glad to know that Leipzig is home to one of the largest zoos in the world with the largest selection of species. Those who enjoy parks will find the 27-hectare (67-acre) Belantis Amusement Park a fun place to go. It is a place of fun for the family with rides that have mythological themes, pirate acts, knight tournaments and much more. If you are looking for some grown-up fun, book a guided Drallewatsch tour. Drallewatsch is an old Saxony expression meaning to have fun and go out to dance and party. After a night of partying grab a cup of Joe, get some lunch and even learn some Leipzig history at Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum, a cafe, restaurant and museum all in one. If you find yourself in Leipzig during the Christmas season, make sure you get a chance to visit the largest freestanding Advent Calendar in the world. Leipzig is a great vacation spot any time of the year with a great assortment of things to do, see and learn.
When To Go
Leipzig has a fairly moderate climate. This means it’s a great travel destination any time of the year. Summertime in Leipzig is a great time to travel because the average temperature is 18°C (65°F). The funny thing is that the summer season is also the rainy season in Leipzig. July is the wettest month with about 15 days of rain, sleet, hail and snow.
- December through February: Daily average -3 to 3°C (27-37ºF)
- March through May: Daily average 8°C (47ºF)
- June through September: Daily average 18°C (65ºF) October: Daily average 13°C (56ºF)
- November: Daily average 7°C (45ºF)
Visitors will fly into Leipzig by way of the Leipzig-Halle Airport. A train leaves the airport headed to the city every 30 minutes. Leipzig has an excellent road infrastructure and is connected to the Autobahn highway. Leipzig is home to Hauptbahnhof, Europe’s largest railway station, which has a shopping mall. Local transportation is mostly provided by a tram system. Leipzig also has a decent taxi network. You can flag one down or find one ready and waiting at various locations in the city. Using a car in the city can be cumbersome, and you are charged a nice parking fee.
- By air: Leipzig-Halle Airport
- By train: Hauptbahnhof, largest railway station in Europe
- Local transportation: Extensive tram infrastructure
Saxony, Germany's big city is a major destination in the country, with over half a million people and a long line of terrific attractions to explore. A notable center of arts and culture, Leipzig offers historic architecture, a lively music scene and superb museums.
As the place where Johann Sebastian Bach was choir director from 1723 until his death in 1750, St. Thomas Church is a major landmark in Leipzig and dates back to the late 15th century. Auerbachs Keller is a restaurant unlike any other, with roots that began as early as 1438 and a host of famous clients that includes a young Goethe. Altes Rathaus is a city hall par excellence, with a great museum on Leipzig. The Leipzig Zoo, opera house and Botanical Garden are among the best in Germany and all deserve a visit. Those who time their visit to the city with Bachfest, Stadtfest or the notable Christmas market are in for a treat.
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Leipzig has a continental climate, with four distinct seasons.
- Winter (December to February) -3-3°C
- Spring (March to May) 0-18°C
- Summer (June to September) 9-23°C
- Fall (October to November) 2-13°C
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