Leipzig has a great deal to offer and a walking tour through the centre is the best way to discover the most famous sights of the city and the development of Saxony’s economic hub.
13:45 Bus shuttle from Congress Center Leipzig to Westin Hotel
14:05 Pick-up at Welcome Desk, Westin Hotel
Welcome by our English-speaking tour guide and start of the tour. We will discover the numerous facets of Leipzig’s 1000 year history.
The tour starts from the crossroads of Via Regia and Via Imperii, the oldest roads in Leipzig, on to the church ‘Nikolaikirche’ where the city was founded. Continue on to the University of Leipzig (founded in 1409) and the former trade fair building ‘Städtisches Kaufhaus’ through which the city got its Empire Trade Fair Privilege from the Emperor Maximilian. These sights and the famous passages provide an insight into the city’s past.
15:00 Visit the ‘Auerbachs Keller’, one of the city’s oldest and most popular wine cellars and a favorite of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. You will get a short guided tour through the historical wine cellar with its old wine barrels and the main cellar. Afterwards you are invited to enjoy a little coffee break and try the famous Mephisto cake.*
16:15 Visit of the ‘Zeitgeschichtliches Forum’ museum.
During a guided tour you can experience the more recent history of Leipzig, Saxony and Germany.
17:00 Walk across market square.
On the way back to the hotel you will cross the market square where you will see the old city hall, the ‘Alte Waage’ and the culturally and historically significant ‘Königshaus’ mansion. You continue the tour through Hainstraße which was mentioned in Fontaine's literary works and where you find the Hotel de Pologne. Going ahead, you pass the Richard-Wagner-Platz, named after the famous composer and Löhrstraße from where you get back to your hotel.
17:30 End of the tour at Westin Hotel.
* Coffee break is included in the price.