Lake Zwenkau, like many others in the area, was created due to flooding because of a Lignite mine. The lake is a great holiday destination for local families and tourists alike. There is a small golden sand beach where you can enjoy your day, nestled comfortably within the shade of your sun chair while reading a book. You can also go for a nice swim in the lake. The water body was filled in the late 2015 and is now completely accessible.
Established in 1856 on the insistence of city Lawyer Carl Heine, Karl Heine Kanal is an artificial water body running across the length of the city. The most prominent feature of the canal is that as many as 15 bridges that connect different streets span it. Each bridge has a different name and the canal itself is a major cultural and historical monument in the city and is strictly under preservation.
the Gewandhaus is truly a gorgeous concert hall that is a lovely architectural landmark and provides amazing entertainment in the form of concerts. First built in 1781, it was later rebuilt in 1981. Make sure you allow time on your tour of the city to see it lit up at night. The real highlight is the music emanating from inside, for the acoustics are truly top-notch. Kurt Masur used to be synonymous with the building. Its halls also house an impressive organ and are well worth a visit.
The Zeitgeschichtliches Forum is a free museum in the center of Leipzig. Its permanent exhibition deals with the GDR, the former state of East Germany. The exhibition presents the history of the state from its formation until the fall of the Berlin Wall with a focus on political oppression as well as everyday life for its citizens. There are also temporary exhibitions that deal with a wide range of historical themes. Not all of the information is presented in English, but visitors can request a translation of the text at the information desk.
Inaugurated in 2004, the August Horch Museum Zwickau beautifully narrates the history of automobiles in Zwickau. Zwickau has been the home of automobile giants like Audi and Horch, hence a museum dedicated to cars should not come as a surprise to anyone, but the content of the museum surely does. This is a perfect place to get kids along so that, they too can get a feel of how cars have developed and evolved over the years. The vintage collection of cars housed inside the August Horch Museum Zwickau will surely take you back into humble times. A visit to Zwickau is incomplete without a visit to the August Horch Museum.
Located along the outskirts of Leipzig is the magnificent Kulkwitzer See or the “Kulki” as it is more popularly known. The lake is a small water body but due to the superior quality of water and the stunning greenery, it is considered one of the best areas for under water diving and even swimming in all of Europe. The lake is easily accessible by road and train and they conduct regular water courses, have boat rentals, and nice lake-side inn for bed and breakfast etc.
Dating back to the early 20th Century, the Botanischer Erlebnisgarten Altenburg is a lovely place for botany lovers. It is open everyday except for Mondays and houses a collection of over 3,000 plants of different species. The garden is extremely well maintained and is a wonderful experience for its visitors. For more information about the Botanischer Erlebnisgarten Altenburg, please visit the website.
Residenzschloss Altenburg is the former ducal home from the Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg. The Festsaal is a massive ballroom and is about eight meters (26.25 feet) in height. Originally built between 1730 to 1734, it was damaged by a fire in 1864. It was rebuilt in its Baroque design with impressive ceiling paintings, marble columns and ornate decoration. It is available on rent for various events.
Built in 1455, Schloss Altenburg was the former home of Dukes of Saxe-Altenburg. Located in the city center, the castle currently houses the Museum for playing cards and hosts several cultural concerts. The castle is full of beautiful structural elements such as a royal ballroom, an elegant church hall and a beautiful gothic-style church filled with intricate artwork. The castle also has an iconic Romanesque-tower that was built in 1000. Other notable features include the Junkerei, the Waschhaus and the Renaissance-style Torhaus.
Extensive collection of playing cards as well as a card-making workshop from 1600; history of castle.
The Schlosskirche is a 15th-century structure that is a must on your itinerary. The beautiful walkway leads you to a piece of Gothic architecture that has made quite a mark in the local history. Originally a residence of the Dukes, the grands castle comprises a festival hall, a church hall and other such palatial components. Once burned in a fire, the church was later restored and is now preserved and treasured through the centuries. The church is blessed with a wonderful organ that has been restored and fixed to conduct intimidating organ concerts.