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 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.
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.
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.
Wide-open lawns and an abundance of trees make this park an ideal place to spend quality time and breathe in some fresh air. The many well-maintained trails here provide a sanctuary for joggers who long to escape the busy downtown street and the park's open-air stage and music pavilion provide the perfect setting for fans to enjoy concerts and performances hosted here on a regular basis.
Cospudener See is and artificially created lake situated just south of Leipzig. It's especially popular in the summer because of the surrounding sandy beaches and grassy meadows. The track that circles the lake also makes it perfect for cycling and inline skating. On the east side of the lake there is a small marina where you can rent boats, kayaks and even cycle rickshaws. There are several bars and restaurants by the marina as well as a few kiosks dotted along the beach. To get a great view of the entire lake and the surrounding area you can climb to the top of the viewing tower on the south side of the lake.
In the middle of Leipzig's pub district stands a memorial to the synagogue destroyed by the Nazis in 1938.
Experience your daily life in the form of art and craft at the G2 Artspace in Leipzig. The museum is dedicated to bringing in the forefront some younger artists and their artwork. Each and every piece depicts a conversation that the photo will have with the person seeing it. You will love the ambiance and if you do not understand something, you can always talk to the guides and they will help you understand and also show you the latest exhibitions.
The history of the Thomaskirche is filled with famous names. Martin Luther preached here in the 16th century, J.S. Bach was once choirmaster here and the world-famous Thomanerchor choir can still be heard here every week. Architecturally speaking, the church is distinguished by an unusually steep roof and displays a mixture of Roman, Gothic and more modern styles. The church has been so wonderfully restored that one can never guess its age, as it stands strong throughout many centuries.
The literal translation of pfeffermuhle is peppermill, the under-appreciated, often overlooked kitchen appliance that adds a zesty and necessary flavor to food. Why, you may ask, would a theater be named after this item? It's because the ensemble isn't afraid to grind out the truth for the audience. Some of the shows deal with political subject matter but from a humorous angle.
Bachdenkmal am Thomaskirchhof is a towering statue of the Johann Sebastian Bach, a prestigious Thomaskantor. Standing tall, the objective of Bachdenkmal am Thomaskirchhof is to commemorate him and this landmark is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city. This lively bronze statue was built by Scharenberg and was designed by the architect Bishop.