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5 Things you Probably Didn’t Know About Leipzig, Germany

Recently I had the chance to spend a few days in Leipzig, Germany. I wouldn’t have been able to pinpoint the city on a map of Europe until I started looking at plane schedules.

The bottom line – I knew only one thing about the city, before I showed up. And that was the fact that the Leipzig train station is the largest in Europe – or the largest “head” train station. The only reason I knew this was because I spent some time trying to figure out the train schedule between Leipzig and the Frankfurt Airport.

Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Leipzig.

It’s a magnificent structure inside – and Raildude calls it the most beautiful station in all of Germany. But be warned. You need one Euro to use the washrooms.

"The main train station in Leipzig"

The main train station in Leipzig

  • Leipzig is surrounded by water. Located at the confluence of three rivers – the Parthe, Pleisse and the White Elster, it’s also home to many small rivers and canals that are connected so you can get around parts of Leipzig by boat. In addition former open pit mines have been flooded to create a number of seas including the most famous one – the Cospudener See. Interestingly Leipzig has more bridges than Venice – 457 versus 400 in Venice.
"One of Leipzig's canals"

One of Leipzig’s canals – Photo credit

  • The peaceful revolution – that eventually brought down the Berlin Wall, started in Leipzig on September 4, 1989 at the St. Nicholas Church. This year it’s the 25th anniversary of the revolution and lots of celebrations have been planned.
"St. Nicholas Church - where the Peaceful Revolution started"

St. Nicholas Church – where the Peaceful Revolution started

  • Leipzig has been called Europe’s new hipster capital – and with that statement the city got a new nicknameHypezig. The fact that the city is still affordable – compared to Munich where one reporter states that you’d have to sell a kidney to pay rent is part of the appeal. Culturally, though the city has a lot going for it – with lots of art, amazing music and the conversion of old buildings into art spaces. The food scene too is moving along and I can personally recommend the part food, part walking tour with Eat theWorld.com.
"Our guide Dorothea from Eat the World.com"

Our guide Dorothea from Eat the World.com

"Cupcakes from Minastique in Leipzig"

Cupcakes from Minastique

  • One third of Leipzig is covered by green parks and forests. I noticed this within minutes of leaving the train station when I heard birdsong in an oasis of green. One look at a map of Leipzig, and you’ll see what a role the parks play in the city. That’s probably part of the reason that the city has been ranked the most livable city in Germany.
"Green space within sight of the train station"

Green space within sight of the train station

Leipzig was a very pleasant surprise and really I’ve just scratched the surface of the city. Other posts you might enjoy reading about Leipzig are listed below.

What’s your favourite city in Germany?

Leigh McAdam


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  • Jackie Smith says:

    We just ‘visited’ Germany and I use that term loosely. We flew from Seattle to Istanbul via Frankfurt and back via Munich on Lufthansa. We spent a couple hours at the Frankfurt airport and had such a tight connection in Munich we jogged from one plane to the other. The countryside that we saw on approaches and takeoffs made us think it may be time to go back for longer than hours or minutes. This post makes that desire to return even stronger.

  • Andrew says:

    I didn’t know any of those facts about Leipzig, Leigh, so it’s been a very interesting post for me. I’ve enjoyed viewing the photo series, too, and I’m particularly drawn to the first photo with that striking piece of architecture, and the contrast provided by the tram.

    To answer the question, I’d go for Berlin. It would be a logical starting point for me, as I haven’t yet been to Germany.

    • @Andrew Leipzig was a total delight – and not what I expected at all. Berlin has been on my wish list for a very long time and I hope to get there soon. Dresden was also a delight.

  • Agness says:

    Great timing! I am flying to Dusseldorf in 8 weeks and I’m going to spend most of my summer in Germany. I’ve already added Leipzig to my list of cities I must explore and knowing it’s Europe’s new hipster capital makes me wanna see it so bad! Can’t wait. And these cupcakes…. Omomomomo!

  • Honestly, I’ve never heard of Leipzig until you went there and started posting about it :) Who knew it was so interesting and beautiful. Great things to know and the fact that it’s considered the most livable just makes me want to visit even more. I’ve only been to Munich and the surrounding Bavarian region and loved it.

    • @Mary I had heard the name before I visited but that was it. That’s one of teh things I like about travel blogs is that you do learn about places you otherwise would never have heard of before.

  • Muza-chan says:

    Interesting article :)

  • Jörg says:

    If I may add a little bit :)
    The main story behind Leipzig is that it was once germanys intellectual centre with a big economic impact (4th biggest city in 1930 as well). During the 19th century Leipzig was by far the biggest book publishing city in the german speaking world and It also housed the largest trade fairs of central europe being called germany’s “trade fair city” and “city of books”. This gradually collapsed first after WWII and then even more after the fall of the wall. So after 1990 this was a city with a huge heritage, grand architecture from these times and little to no economy. This enabled a flair of cheap and creative living resulting, 20 years later, in todays hipster status…

    • @Jorg Thank you so much for your insight. I’m very happy you stopped by. I do wonder how gentrified Leipzig will end up getting over time. Leipzig seems to be able to reinvent itself – and I was certainly impressed with what I saw.

  • elaine schoch says:

    It’s always fun to discover a new place you weren’t expecting – and cupcakes. ;)

    • @Elaine I never associate Germany and cupcakes so they were a real treat. The city itself was an unexpected delight – and just wish I’d had a few more days to fully explore it.

  • My favorite city in Germany was Dresden, but now , after reading your post, I think to visit Leipzig to compare.

    • @Victor I loved them both and if push came to shove I’d have a hard time choosing my favourite. I had such a great day on the bike in Dresden that it makes me want to explore a whole lot more of Germany.

  • Rachel says:

    I’ve heard lots of good things about Leipzig recently, like you said, I think it’s an up and coming hipster destination. The culture scene there looks brilliant.

    • @Rachel I know Berlin usually wins in the cultural arena but there’s a lot of creativity and interesting projects happening in Leipzig. I do hope you get a chance to visit.

  • Becky Markovitz says:

    I’m glad I found this! I had no idea I was living in Germany’s most livable city! Were you able to book the Eat the World tour in English? I tried to go this winter while the Christmas Markets were open, and they were only offering German tours. Maybe I should try again!

  • Jacob says:

    I’m not a fan of any of the media you mentioned on the bottom of your website and have no active profile. So I’m asking the question here. Hope you don’t mind answering: How big is the group that you normally travel with?

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