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Leipzig should be on your bucket list. Why? Because this city is cool, dynamic and has so many different things to offer- from historic monuments, to cool art experiences, a great restaurant and bar scene and so much more. Rumor has it, that a lot of people from Berlin are moving to Leipzig cause the city is hip and upcoming- and especially so much more affordable.
Leipzig was one of those places that I didn’t really had on my radar, nor knew much about it prior to this trip.
Benjamin Diedering, the founder and mastermind behind BDX MEDIA reached out to me inviting me to a content creator weekend that he organized together with Vienna House Leipzig and LTM GmbH. I didn’t have to think about it for long and said yes to it right away. I was really excited to finally visit Leipzig and see for myself what this city actually has to offer. Plus this would be a great chance to connect with other content creators, network and capture some nice images and videos.
Are you considering visiting Leipzig yourself?
This guide will give you some ideas how to spend a fun weekend in Leipzig:
Where to stay?
Vienna House Leipzig is a modern design hotel in the heart of Leipzig and in close proximity to all the sights, shops and restaurants. A perfect base for your city trip to Leipzig. It is opposite the central station and therefore easy to reach if you are arriving with public transport. It also has a parking garage directly under the hotel if you are planning to get there by car.
What strikes right away when entering Vienna House Leipzig is the unique design of the lobby- keep your eyes open for all the beautiful details they thought of. For example one thing that I found really cute was the fact that they have a little plant station next to the elevator, where you can choose from a variety of different plants that you can take up to your room to decorate it with and to keep you „company“. Perks are also their free bike hire, wifi and breakfast.
The rooms are spacious and come with all the amenities you need. For families they have a special family room that even has a bubble bath- how fun.
The breakfast in the morning should also not be missed- they put up a big buffet with everything your heart might desire: fresh fruit, lots of egg dishes, cold cuts, bread, fresh croissant and more.
The friendly and welcoming staff made sure that we had a memorable stay at the Vienna House Leipzig.
Things to do
Visit Porsche Leipzig and go on a driving experience
Porsche Leipzig offers something very special that will make the heart of any car fan beat faster. Here in Leipzig you can actually test out their cars and see what they are capable off. They have a racing track where you get to drive different cars from their range from Porsche and see how fast they can go and how much power they have. You can also go on a loop with a professional race driver.
On their off road track you can test the Porsche Cayenne under extreme conditions, drive the car over gravel, through water and up some extremely steep hills. Both driving experiences are very different and extremely fun. I might have fallen in love with the Porsche 911. A girl can dream 😉
Explore the canals of Leipzig
This was one part of the city that really surprised me as I didn’t know Leipzig has such a quaint canal system. Come to the Karl-Heine-Kanal and discover Leipzig from the water by either hiring a Stand Up Paddle or a kayak or go on a guided boat tour like we did. There is a lot to discover along those waterways from beautiful houses to nature and our knowledgable guide pointed out a lot of interesting facts about the city.
Stadium tour of the Red Bull Arena or come see a football game
I have never been inside a football stadium before and have only followed the games on TV. One ‘surprise experience’ during our Leipzig visit was a private tour of the Red Bull Arena- the home of ‘Die Rote Bullen’. For a relatively new team, they have proven to be very successful and went up to the first division in no time, one of there biggest successes was making it to the half finals of Champions League this year.
The Red Bull Arena was opened in June 2010 and currently holds over 44.000 people. Our tour of the stadium started right were the players usually arrive with their team bus, we made our ways to the changing rooms and from there the doors to the football pitch opened. This experience was guided with VR googles giving us a very cool and real experience of how a game day would look like from a players point of view. We then got to walk around the stadium for a bit and ended our visit with a little shoot out. The grand price was two VIP tickets for one of their games in the Red Bull Arena. I was pretty close, but unfortunately didn’t get to take the big price home. Better luck next time 🙂
If you like football, you should definitely check their game schedule or visit the stadium as part of a guided tour.
Lunch at Dankbar Kaffee Leipzig
From all this sightseeing, you sure must be hungry. Time for coffee and some brunch. Dankbar Kaffee Leipzig is situated in a former butcher shop and offers delicious coffee and cake, a good selections of breakfast items and a changing lunch menu in a cozy setting. In the evening you can come her for cocktails and wines as well.
During your Leipzig city trip, you should take some time to visit this impressive monument in the South East of the city. The easiest way to get there is by taking the tram line 15 or 2 to the stop “Völkerschlachtdenkmal”.
The monument has been built in remembrance of the Battle of the Nations in 1813 where Napoleon was beaten. This ended his run of conquest in Europe . With is height of 91 m, the Völerschlachtdenkmal is one of tallest landmarks in Europe.
Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig is a digital art museum that spreads out over 2000 square meters. I personally loved the Van Gogh experience, where his works come to life in the form of an immersive light show projected on the walls by 24 beamers and accompanied by music. Truly magical.
In the area of the museum there is also a lot of art works to discover: sculptures, murals and so on- keep your eyes open.
On a nice warm day the Cospudener See is the perfect place to be. It is only 6 km out of the city center and attracts a lot of visitors who enjoy water sports, cycling or inline skating. The 2 km long sand beach is perfect for lounging and there are a few great restaurants and bars. End your day with food and drinks on the deck of the restaurant Cossis. It offers a magnificent view over the Cospudener lake and harbor and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Their menu features healthy bowls, burgers and grilled fish and meat and some delicious cocktails and lemonades. We had the venue to ourselves and got to end an eventful weekend in Leipzig with one of the most picture perfect sunsets I have ever seen, a yummy BBQ and lots of good talks with new friends.
To sum it up
This weekend in Leipzig has proven once again, that sometimes you need to look beyond horizons and discover some of the lesser known places. You will be surprised what treasures you can find in the city of Leipzig and surrounding areas. Leipzig really surprised us and we got a great taste of all the things you can do here and will certainly be back to explore more of the city.
A big thank you goes out to BDX Media, Travel Leipzig, Vienna House Leipzig and all their other partners who made this great weekend possible. Thanks so much for having me there.
Thank you also to the talented team of BDX MEDIA for letting me use your images for this blogpost.