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.
You can't miss this wonderful building in the heart of Leipzig, as the Old Town Hall is in the middle of the market place. The first plans for building the Town Hall as it stands now were made in 1555. Although it was badly damaged in World War II, you can once again go for a stroll in the Town Hall's colonnade on account of the restoration work in the 1950s. The hall also houses the fascinating Leipzig City History Museum, where you can learn all about the city's glorious past.
Schille Theaterhaus, nestled in central Leipzig, is one of the well-known theaters in Leipzig. This well-maintained venue can accommodate a huge audience comfortably. The seating arrangement is quite smartly planned; any seat in the audience will give you a great view of the stage. The performances here are truly breathtaking. One must buy a ticket for at least one show, to witness what German theater is all about.
Schlosshof Glauchau is one of the popular concert venues in the city. This ancient castle offers ample space and a historic feel, convenient for local festivals and celebrations.
Ev.-Luth. Kirche Liebertwolkwitz always emphasizes on the word of God. This church have services everyday, with choir rehearsals which always has a peaceful effect on every church-goer.
Built in 1140, this Romanesque church is a must visit when in the city. The architecture is a fine example of its time.
The Archive Bürgerbewegung is run by an independent society committed to documenting the citizens’ movement that led to the peaceful revolution in Leipzig shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall. There is a small exhibition which focuses on the movement and the background political propaganda in the media at the time. The archive includes photos, newspapers, sound and video documentation and other material. The archive is a useful resource for those with an interest in this area of history, and the staff will be happy to answer any questions or assist you in locating specific material in the archive. -Laura Kenny
The city acclaimed for its classical music heritage has yet another site where individuals can soak up secular compositions - the Nathanaelgemeinde Kirche. This Lutheran church holds mass on a daily basis, as well as a number of concerts and benefits, many of which are performed by the church's parishioners themselves. Nathanaelgemeinde Kirche is tucked away just off of Lindenauer Markt and boasts a beautifully restored sanctuary with original stained glass pieces. An evangelical kindergarten was also added to the church complex in July 2010 and provides space a modern for up to 77 children. - Sarah Saurette