Berlin, Cologne and Munich may draw more crowds, but there are plenty of hidden gems to discover in Leipzig – one of Germany’s most liveable cities. Nicknamed ‘Hypezig’ due its great nightlife, plus a thriving art and music scene, it’s also easy on the eye with its beautiful old buildings, three rivers and many bridges. Follow the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach at St Thomas Church, ponder art in the Museum der bildenden Künste and dance to techno in the infamous Distillery nightclub – here’s our round up of the best places to spend your time while in the city.
Leipzig’s Monument to the Battle of the Nations was erected in 1913, in celebration of 100 years since Napoleon’s defeat and retreat from Germany. Standing at 91m tall, you can climb 500 stairs to the top where a splendid view of the city awaits. Inside, there is also an abundance of historical information regarding the 1813 battle that finally excised Napoleon from the city. Hitler himself was known to frequent the towering structure, and he even housed his meetings in the city here. It was one of the final strongholds in the city left when the Allies captured Leipzig at the end of the war.
Natasha Holt contributed additional reporting to this article.