Flights to Leipzig
Leipzig is the largest city in the German state of Saxony. It’s an interesting place for tourists as there’s both new and historic architecture to see, along with plenty of culture, parks and gardens.
Flights to Leipzig come to the Leipzig/Halle Airport (airport code: LEJ), which is located in the nearby town of Schkeuditz. There is an express train between Leipzig and the airport for easy access. You can get a one-stop flight to Leipzig from South Africa with either Lufthansa or South African Airways, both of which connect in Munich. You can also get a one-stop flight to Leipzig with British Midland, but they transfer in Frankfurt instead.
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The Tourist Attractions of Leipzig:
Leipzig City Hall
In Leipzig you can see both the old and the new city halls, both of which are impressive in their own ways. The Old City Hall (known in German as Altes Rathaus) was built in 1556 in the Renaissance style and this large building is still today one of the largest of its kind in Germany. The building was used by the town council for hundreds of years until 1904, and they moved shortly afterwards into the New Town Hall. Today the Old Town Hall has a museum of Leipzig’s history inside. The Old Town Hall is located on the main square of Leipzig.
The New Town Hall is certainly newer than the old, but it too can be classed as an historic building! It has beautiful architecture too and was built on the site where there once stood Pleissenburg Castle.
St Thomas Church
The beautiful St Thomas Church is the most famous church in Leipzig, not just because it looks pretty, but because this is where the remains of Johann Sebastian Bach lie. Bach worked in this church in Leipzig as a cantor, between 1723 until his death in 1750, and there is a statue of him outside.
Monument to the Battle of the Nations
Another of Leipzig’s major landmarks is the tallest monument in Europe. The Monument to the Battle of the Nations stands 91 metres high and is a monument to the Battle of Leipzig that took place in 1813. The battle is also known as the Battle of the Nations because it involved so many soldiers from so many different countries, and was the largest battle in Europe prior to the First World War.
The monument has 500 steps that visitors can climb up to the viewing platform, and from here you get spectacular views over Leipzig and the surrounds.
Leipzig Botanical Garden
The oldest botanical garden in Germany, and one of the oldest in the world is the Leipzig Botanical Garden. It dates back to at least 1542 but has been contained within several different sites during that time. Today there are over 7000 species from all over the world, including alpine, tropical and sub tropical species, plus a butterfly house.
Leipzig Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in Germany with over 500 different species represented in the 2,000 or so animals housed here. The zoo has the world’s largest primates facility and has bred large numbers of carnivores.
When Should You Visit?:
Although there’s rainfall across the year the best time to visit Leipzig for sightseeing would be during the summer months. It’s warm, but usually never gets too hot here, with average highs around the low 20’s C. Winters, from November to March are cool to cold, and with the wet weather this isn’t a good time to visit Leipzig.