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Weekend Breaks to Leipzig

Planning a short break to Leipzig? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Leipzig. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Leipzig. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

St. Thomas Church

Thomaskirchhof 18, near Marktplatz. This church was built here, on the site of a 13th century monastery and its high pitched roof dates back to 1496. Johann Sebastian Bach, Leipzig's most famous resident, was cantor at the church from 1723 until his death in 1750.

Mozart and Mendelssohn also performed in the church, and Wagner was christened in the church in 1813.

The church is open every day from 09h00 - 18h00. Admission is free.

Leipzig Zoo

Pfaffendorfer-Strasse 29, take Tram 20 or 24. The Leipzig zoo was founded in 1878 and is internationally known for its efforts to help conserve endangered species. The zoo has transformed itself into one of the best zoos in the world, all the animals are kept in natural environments as close to their natural habitats as possible. The zoo has a lion's savannah; a tiger taiga; an African savannah; as well as the world's largest zoo facility for anthropoids. The zoo also houses the biggest aquarium in Germany outside of Berlin. The zoo is open daily, from March to November 09h00 - 17h00; April 09h00 - 18h00; and May to October 09h00 - 19h00. Admission is $10.80 for adults; $8.40 for students; $6 for children; and free for children under 4.

Hotel Furstenhof

Trondlinring 8, take Tram 15. This is the top hotel in Leipzig and is housed in a historic 18th century building. The interior is decorated in a neoclassical theme, as it would've been originally. The hotel offers a range of facilities, including a restaurant; 2 bars; swimming pool; health club; Jacuzzi; sauna; room service; and babysitting. the stylish and comfortable rooms have TV; minibar; telephone; safe; hair dryer; and a full bathroom.

For further information visit: www.arabellasheraton.com or email: fuerstenhof.leipzig@arabellasheraton.com

Museum der Bildenden Kunste

Grimmaische Strasse 1-7, take Tram 4; 8; 10; 11; 15; or 20. The museum is housed in a building constructed in 1888 and became a museum in 1952. There are 2,500 paintings and sculptures housed in the museum, including works by Durer; Rubens; Rembrandt; Rodin; and van Eyck. The museum is open Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday from 10h00 - 18h00; and Wednesday from 13h00 - 21h30. Admission is $4.80 for adults; $3 for students and children 4 - 14; and free for children under 4.

Auerbachs Keller

Grimmaischestrasse 2-4, near the Marktplatz. This is the most famous and best restaurant in Leipzig, with a cellar that dates back to 1530 and 16th century murals representing the Faust legend. They serve a wide range of regional dishes of Saxony, such as filet of veal; beef; or saddle of lamb, prepared with special sauces and served with seasonal vegetables. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 11h30 - 24h00. Reservations are recommended as the restaurant tends to get very busy.

Altes Rathaus

Markt 1, take Tram 4 or 6. The Town Hall was built in the 16th century and stands on the 12th century Renaissance Markt. It was damaged during the Second World War, and was painstakingly restored. Inside the Town Hall there is the Museum of City History, which houses exhibitions pertaining to the city's cultural and political history. The Town Hall is open Tuesday from 14h00 - 20h00 and Wednesday to Sunday from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $3.60 for adults; $2.40 for students and children 6 - 18; and children under 6 are free.

Museum of Musical Instruments

Thomaskirchhof 20, take Tram 4; 6; 15; or 20. This museum is a must see for anyone interested in classical music. The museum has numerous musical instruments on exhibition, including Italian; German; and French treasures from the 16th to the 19th centuries. they also host performances from time to time, with the musicians playing the historical instruments. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 11h00 - 17h00. Admission is $#.60 for adults; $1.80 for students and children 4 - 14; and children under 4 are free.

For more information visit: www.uni-leipzig.de/~mim

Museum in der Runden Ecke

Dittrichring 24, north of Thomaskirche. This is one of Leipzig's newest museums and is housed in the former headquarters of the Stasi, the East German Ministry for State Security. Exhibitions on display in the museum show how the Stasi operated within eastern Germany. The exhibitions also show how the local people tried to throw off the Communist regime and end Stasi terror. This is a very interesting museum and shows how controlling people can go too far. The museum is open every day from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $3.60 for adults; and $2.40 for students and children.

For more information visit: www.runde-ecke-leipzig.de

Clara Zetkin Park

Karl-Tauchnitzstr, near the historical centre of town. This is one of the most popular and largest park in Leipzig. The beautiful green park has many attractions, including ponds; fountains; lawns; playgrounds; open air cafes and beer gardens; as well as an open air stage. This is a great place for the whole family to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Bach Museum

Thomaskirchhof 15-16, take Tram 21. This is the reconstructed Bose House, which is located right by the Thomaskirche. It used to be the home of the Bach family and now houses the biggest Bach archives in Germany, with many mementos from Bach's.

The museum consists of a research institute; a library; a museum; and an events department.

Guided tours are also available daily from 10h00 - 16h00.

The museum is open everyday from 10h00 - 17h00. Admission $3.60 for adults; $2.40 for students and children 4 - 14; and children under 4 are free.

For more information visit: www.bach-leipzig.de/

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Leipzig Zoo - Cultural Attraction

Visit the Leipzig Zoo and have a great time. The animals are kept in a very natural way. See also the world's largest primate facility. More information at http://www.zoo-leipzig.de/index.php?lang=2

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