What You Can Do if Only Have 3 Hours in Leipzig, Germany

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Leipzig, a smallish industrial city located just 150 kilometers south of Berlin in the former East Germany, isn’t a city I knew anything about until I visited last week.

Now that I’ve been, I recommend a visit - even if you only have three hours.

Why??

Because even though Leipzig is an industrial city, it’s a super livable city; in fact it was rated at one point as the most livable city in all of Germany, and may still hold that title. It’s energetic, youthful, vibrant, colourful, creative and musical. It’s also extremely walkable – and there seem to be as many bikes as there are cars. Getting around via public transit is also a snap. The food scene is excellent and there’s enough culturally to keep you busy for several days. But chances are you don’t have four or five days, the time I think you need to fully do the city justice.

But perhaps you have three hours – and that would be enough time to ditch your luggage at the railway station – the largest in Europe by the way – and head out on foot.

What I’ve shown in the photos below are images I caught on a three hour, unhurried walk. Pick up a map from the tourist info booth at the train station and ask anyone in the booth for directions to the central area. Then walk where the wind blows you.

"Looking through green space to the Leipzig train station"

Looking through green space to the Leipzig train station

"If these old buildings could talk"

If these old buildings could talk

"Run down buildings are actually few and far between in the core of Leipzig"

Run down buildings are actually few and far between in the core of Leipzig

"Train tracks to the main station in Leipzig"

Train tracks to the main station in Leipzig

"Walking towards the university"

Walking towards the university

"The Opera House in Leipzig"

The Opera House in Leipzig

"The University of Leipzig - with an erollment of about 29,000 students"

The University of Leipzig – with an enrollment of about 29,000 students

"You can feel the buzz and the energy around the University of Leipzig"

You can feel the buzz and the energy around the University of Leipzig

"Fantastic street musicians"

Fantastic street musicians

"Lots of fresh flowers for sale"

Lots of fresh flowers for sale

"Loved the art but don't know the significance of it"

Loved the art but don’t know the significance of it – perhaps a socialist salute?

"Lots of little parks scattered around Leipzig"

Lots of little parks scattered around Leipzig

"cafe in Leipzig"

Make time for a visit to a cafe

"Statue of Johann Sebastian Bach outside of The St. Thomas Church"

Statue of Johann Sebastian Bach outside of the St. Thomas Church

"Inside The St. Thomas Church - home to the St. Thomas Boys Choir and the Cantors dating back to 1254"

Inside The St. Thomas Church – home to the St. Thomas Boys Choir and the Cantors dating back to 1254

"The back side of The St. Thomas Church in Leipzig"

The back side of The St. Thomas Church

"Everywhere you look you will find at least on person riding a bike - but usually many more in Leipzig"

Everywhere you look you will find someone riding a bike

"Yet another peaceful park in Leipzig"

Yet another peaceful park in Leipzig

"I needed a tour guide to tell me the meaning of this plaque"

I needed a tour guide to tell me the meaning of this plaque

"The City - Hochhause, a 36 story skyscraper & the tallest building in Leipzig"

The City – Hochhause, a 36 story skyscraper & the tallest building in Leipzig

"The City-Hochhause was designed in the shape of an open book by Hermann Henselmann"

The City-Hochhaus was designed in the shape of an open book by Hermann Henselmann

"Untimely contemporaries by Bernd Göbel"

Untimely contemporaries by Bernd Göbel

"Richard Wagner - famous composer who I'm told had a habit of skipping out on his rent in Dresden"

Richard Wagner – famous composer who I’m told had a nasty habit of skipping out on his rent when he lived in Dresden

"Coming full circle back to the train station"

Coming full circle back to the train station

"Liked this poster - though unsure of meaning - perhaps roll up your sleeves and get to work ???"

Liked this poster – though unsure of meaning – perhaps roll up your sleeves and get to work ???

"Flower garden across from the train station"

Flower garden across from the train station

"Micheal Fisher's signature art on the Marriott Hotel"

Micheal Fisher’s signature art on the Marriott Hotel

"Close-up of Micheal Fischer's art"

Close-up of Micheal Fischer’s art

"Raining flower petals"

Raining flower petals

"Lilac lined streets in the vicinity of the zoo"

Lilac lined streets in the vicinity of the zoo

"Colourful entrance to this area near the zoological gardens"

Colourful entrance near the zoological gardens

I hope you’re curious about Leipzig now that you’ve seen some photos. I have a lot more to share with you but you’ll have to wait till next week.

Have you been to Leipzig?

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