The characterization of Leipzig in Goethe’s Faust as, “a little Paris” is perhaps partly true, with its laid back populace of 500,000. Leipzig is fun and has understated importance in Germany. Its role as a business and transportation center is significant and its trade-fair culture, old and renowned, is still going strong.
The largest city in Saxony with a large network of rivers running throughout, Leipzig has been home to a great number of cultural giants, hosting the likes of Bach, Wagner, Mendelssohn and Goethe, and one of the world’s top classical bands and oldest Boy's Choir continue to dominate the music scene as it once did.
Leipzig is also an excellent place for shopping, and its cultural activities will keep the visitor occupied for at least a few days. As a university town, the nightlife is throbbing and is quickly becoming a youth magnet for those wishing to experience vibrancy akin to the Berlin of old.
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Leipzig’s relationship with music inspired a great many historical buildings that can be seen today. The Gewandhaus Concert Hall, for instance, is home to the Gewandhaus Orchestra, founded in 1743. It was led for many years by eminent conductor Kurt Masur, a key player in the peaceful revolution in 1989 that protested the communist regime and began the fall of communism.
Thomaskirche, the church where Bach played the organ, is certainly worth a visit. Bach wrote the St. Mathew Passion and other works while serving here from 1723 until his death in 1750. There are other musical monuments as well, such as the Schumann House where Robert and Clara started their marriage or the Mendelssohn House where Felix lived and is buried. Across the street is the Bach Museum, with many coffee shops where you might want to stop for a slice of cake.
And alongside all this is Leipzig’s Old City Hall, one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance town halls in Germany and Waldstrassenviertel, a unique district of listed buildings from the late 19th century Wilhelminian era.
Using a car hire in Leipzig
Leipzig is well connected by a number of Autobahns, the German highways, so getting in and out with a Leipzig car rental is no problem. The city has been an important link between eastern and western Germany for many years, and is a perfect place from which to strike out into the countryside or on to other major cities in the area.
Tourism is fairly concentrated in the center of the city, with medieval fortifications stacked alongside a ring road. For families, the Leipzig Zoo is a popular draw and for grownups, the Opera House is a big hit. For soccer fans, RB Leipzig plays at the Central Stadium is a memorable experience. Whereas horticulturalists will love the Botanical Gardens that were established around 500 years ago.
Colditz, with its famous castle, is close by to Leipzig and makes for an interesting day trip. And with Berlin just three hours north and Dresden to the south, there is so much to see in this part of the world, and a car rental Leipzig can help you uncover some of the many mysteries just waiting to be discovered.