Where to stay in Leipzig

Traveling to northeast Germany soon? Find the Leipzig accommodation that’s right for you with our short guide to the city’s neighborhoods.

Bruised by the bombardments of the Second World War, the city of Leipzig was initially abandoned after the fall of the Wall. At the end of the 1990s, Leipzig regained its status as a dynamic university city. Today, it’s an essential stopover for a weekend in Germany.

Located 2h30 south of Berlin, Leipzig is a paradise for lovers of trendy places, history and music. Leipzig is one of the most popular destinations for young people looking for a change from Berlin. With a population of 540,000, Leipzig has yet to rival the capital in terms of style. As the face of a cultural scene, Leipzig offers some excellent music programming every year, and is home to leading museums such as the Grassi and the Bach.

Ready for an unforgettable weekend in Germany? Here’s our guide to where to stay in Leipzig.

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Downtown

Where to stay in Leipzig? Go to the heart of the city. The center is a must, and allows you to visit Leipzig’s most important sights on foot. Don’t miss the MarketPlatz and the Madler Passage, an arcade reminiscent of the Galerie Vivienne in Paris. The city center is also beloved for its shows, concerts, bars and lively streets. You’ll also find most of the city’s museums here, which you can visit in their entirety on a Leipzig City Tour. In contrast to the western and southern districts, the city center is one of Leipzig’s quietest areas. It’s also the best served.

Plagwitz, the trendy district

Plagwitz, Leipzig

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An industrial district in the 20th century, Plagwitz is today Leipzig’s trendy district. It revolves around the Spinnerei, a former cotton mill transformed into an artists’ haven in the early 2000s. You can even sleep in one of its four lofts. Galleries, trendy restaurants for Sunday lunch, trendy cafés, cinemas… Plagwitz is a haven for culture lovers, and is home to numerous works of street art, the history of which is recounted during guided tours. With a wide range of accommodation on offer, you’ll have no trouble finding accommodation in Leipzig in this district. Prices are quite reasonable.

Gottschedstraße, the theater district

Opéra, Leipzig

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Where to stay in Leipzig and enjoy the city’s lively bars and nightlife? The Gottschedstraße district, nicknamed the « theater district », is known as the home of the city’s student bars. Young travelers can meet up for a drink after a busy day. In Gottschedstraße, don’t miss the Maga Pon bar, a former laundrette from the 90s.

Heading south to Karl Liebnecht Strasse

The Karl Liebnecht Strasse district is a good alternative for accommodation in Leipzig. Also known as « Karli » by its inhabitants, this street is located 20 minutes south of the city center. It’s also a stone’s throw from the famous Panometer Museum, an astonishing place designed by architect Yadegar Asisi. The museum exhibits exceptional panoramas created by the artist using data collected during his travels. You’ll be able to admire the Titanic at a depth of 3800 meters, or discover the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.