Culture and leisure
Culture and leisure in Leipzig
Something for everyone
In addition to optimal research and teaching conditions, the university city of Leipzig has a lot to offer culturally. Whether you are interested in the theatre, concerts, cabaret, museums, cinema or sport, Leipzig has a vast and varied programme for each.
Leipzig’s reputation as a world-class city of culture is based on a long tradition: Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner, Goethe, Schiller and Nietzsche all lived and worked in Leipzig. The Gewandhaus Concert Hall and its orchestra has embodied the musical side of the city for over 250 years and has made it world famous. Every year thousands of music fans come to Leipzig to attend the international festivals, such as the Bach Festival, the Leipzig Jazz Days or the Wave Gothic Festival. And no other city stages so many cabarets and fringe theatre productions. The Leipzig Lachmesse, Germany’s biggest international cabaret and fringe theatre festival, takes place every year in the trade fair mecca. The art scene is equally lively: many museums, galleries and art exhibitions in the “Leipzig School” city are open to art lovers.
Leipzig and the surrounding area also provides many opportunities to relax and enjoy nature: the Leipziger Neuseenland (Leipzig New Lake District) is a giant nature reserve and greenbelt recreation area just outside the city gates. It also contains the biggest amusement park in East Germany, BELANTIS. But the city itself also has many green areas: there are numerous parks to relax in, such as the Rosenthal or the Clara-Zetkin Park, the riverside forest – the biggest continuous inner-city area of woodland in Europe – or a canoe trip on Leipzig’s canals.