Leipzig Compact

A City Stroll - Starting at the Tourist Information

A walking tour through the city center with one of our certified guides is the best way to discover the most famous sights of Leipzig’s city center in a short time. Walking through the modern Speck’s Hof passage we first reach the St. Nicholas Church with its churchyard, which was the focus of events in fall 1989. We go on to the Augustusplatz with...

The Times and Tales

This tour offers witty anecdotes and legends out of Leipzig’s history. Do you know the reason why the Central Train Station was made up of two halves? Or do you know the spicy story that is behind the Mendebrunnen fountain? Guess why Bach’s coat pocket is turned inside out! And how does a Greenlander get to Leipzig? What is the term “Kaffeesachse”...


Architecture, History and Religion

Peaceful Revolution - The Fall of 89 in Leipzig

In 1982, when the first idealists came together in St. Nicholas to pray for peace, no one expected these gatherings to be the beginning of a never before seen revolution: the peaceful protesters of the Monday demonstrations went down in history.Our tour will take you to the hot spots of the events of the fall of 1989; e.g. St. Nicholas Church,...

Leipzig's Courtyards and Palaces - The Architecture of Leipzig as a Trade Fair City

Over the centuries the trade fair events shaped the architecture of the historical city center. There were these typical passage court yards, where the merchants offered their goods for sale. We would like to show you, how and why they started to build a new type of trade fair pavilion at the end of the 19th century so there is a special new...

Following Luther’s Footsteps through Leipzig

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” (Martin Luther) Leipzig – a city of Luther? You will be able to answer this question if you join us in the search for traces of Luther and Bach, following the Luther Trail. According...

Jewish Life in Leipzig

About 80 years ago the Jewish religious community of Leipzig totaled nearly 13,000 members, the sixth largest in all of Germany. The Jewish citizens actively took part in trade and business and hence contributed to the growth of the city and enriched its social and cultural life.But starting 1933, and especially after the “Night of Broken...

Passages, Buildings, Trade – A Walking Tour through Our Arcades

Today the renovated trade fair buildings of the late 19th and early 20th century boast a second intimate network of pathways through the inner city of Leipzig that put the today’s modern shopping malls to shame. And we will show you the prettiest short cuts and the shortest detours in our “Little Paris”. During the walking tour you will see the...

Leipzig’s New Face – The Historic City Center through the Ages

The topics of this tour are buildings that have been recently constructed, renovated and especially the ones in the city center that have undergone elaborate historical refurbishment. Comparing the buildings now with old pictures you will notice some major changes over the last 20 years. How did these buildings and places look before World War II...


Leipzig – A City of Music

World Famous City of Music - A Walk on the Leipzig Music Trail

Whether you are interested in Johann Sebastian Bach, who assumed office as organist and choirmaster of the world famous boys’ choir of St. Thomas Church or Georg Philipp Telemann who achieved success as a composer in Leipzig, or possibly Robert Schumann, who fell in love with Clara Wieck here, or Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy who worked as orchestra...

Visiting the Bach Family – A Tour with Bach’s Wife, Anna Magdalena

With his Archive, Museum and the Bach Festival, you will always be confronted with the name of Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig. When Bach assumed the office as organist and choirmaster of the world famous boys’ choir of St. Thomas Church in 1723, his constantly growing family moved to Leipzig, too. On this tour Bach’s second wife Anna Magdalena...

Following Mendelssohn’s Footsteps on the Music Trail

Follow us on the trail of the great composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. We start at tourist information. On our way to the Mendelssohn statue near the St. Thomas church we will pass the Coffebaum café and restaurant, where well-known personalities such as Schumann, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Liszt, Mahler and many others were guests. The old Bach...


Leipzig – A City of Literature

The Literary Leipzig

Leipzig looks back on a proud literary tradition. We trace the footsteps of numerous poets and writers who, at one time or another, lived in Leipzig, a view of both past and present notables. The first to be recorded in the 13th century if not the first to appear was the minstrel Heinrich von Morungen, who lived in the Thomas Convent; and both...


Leipzig at Night

Leipzig at Night

The face of the city changes in the evening. The museums and shops close their doors for the night. The cabaret theatres and pubs fill with people, Allasch and Gose go down easily, and the night owls come out. Leipzig’s nights are long. Our guides will tell you stories that could not be told in the light of day and will let you in on a few...