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The Westin Leipzig
Gerberstrasse 15 · Leipzig04105 · Germany  • Phone: +49 341 988 0 • Fax: +49 341 988 1229
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Vibrant and full of inspiration: Leipzig, city of music, culture and trade fairs

Inspiration which reaches the soul, special experiences from which you can draw strength - you can breathe freely in Leipzig. Business and cultural activities can be pleasantly combined here. Recharge your batteries, for example, during a world-class concert at the Gewandhaus concert hall of Leipzig. The internationally renowned Gewandhaus Orchestra, whose history reaches as far back as the 15th century, is the largest professional orchestra in the world. Be enchanted and inspired by the classical and contemporary music. The imposing building of the Gewandhaus on Augustplatz Square is also an architectural milestone. The futuristic, imposing architecture is beyond bold, displaying the distant future of construction design. The acoustics here are unparalleled worldwide. The multi-award-winning opera house, located opposite the Gewandhaus, offers you another opportunity to spend an unforgettable musical evening. The Leipzig Opera House Ensemble consistently earns world-wide respect for its sensational performances and avant-garde productions. From spectacular Wagner operas to captivating ballet performances, you can look forward to splendid musical events.

Boost your energy, stimulate your senses and enjoy nature - regain your strength and take in the invigorating surroundings while jogging. A selection of excellent jogging paths, for example in the nearby wild and romantic Rosentalpark, is waiting to be discovered. The park is located only a few minutes from The Westin Hotel Leipzig. In addition, our Running Concierge is available as a jogging partner and to assist you in planning jogging routes through the beautiful parks of Leipzig. Get to know the Saxon metropolis with its many interesting sights from a new perspective through our RunWESTINTM programme. If you prefer to find your own way, we are happy to offer you a New Balance certified jogging map. You can also enjoy exploring this green city by bike. Our staff at the reception are happy to help you hire one of the bicycles available right in front of the hotel.

Treat yourself to a spot of shopping in the grand Mädler Passage. It links the Königshaus Passage with the Messehof Passage and is unique for its compelling architecture. Alongside the Auerbach Cellar in the basement, made famous by Goethe's "Faust", select boutiques and shops can be found here which emphasize the noble character of the glass-ceiling passageway. Immerse yourself in the activity of shoppers or take a pleasant stroll to one of the cosy cafés in the enchanting atmosphere of the Mädler Passage and feel all your senses revived.

Leipzig is a city steeped in history with many interesting sights. A great place to experience Leipzig from an outside perspective is at the mighty Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to the Battle of the Nations) which towers above the city. The monument, with its 90-metre tower, was inaugurated in 1913 on the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig against Napoleon's troops. In order to match the immensity of the structure and its immense importance, an area totalling 80,000 m² was designed and built around the memorial. Today, the monument is very popular, in particular because of the tranquil and distant views which it offers.

Leipzig's historical relevance lies not only in the distant past: Leipzig also played an important role for all of Germany in recent times. Towards the end of the summer of 1989, the famous peaceful demonstrations with more than 100,000 people occurred in Leipzig and had a crucial role to play in the fall of the Socialist Unity Party. The peaceful revolution began here: this is where "We are the people!" was chanted again and again - the sentence which heralded the end of the GDR. The people of Leipzig are still proud of this history today, proud that they initiated a bloodless revolution and decisively directed it. See the traces of these impressive events at their sites, for example at the "Runde Ecke" Museum, a memorial which was the seat of the Leipzig district headquarters of the Stasi secret police for 40 years.

In the immediate vicinity of our hotel you can also visit one of the most popular zoos in Europe, which bears the lovely nickname "Zoo of the Future". Over a spacious area of 27 hectares, guests can immerse themselves in the fascinating habitats of Africa, Asia and South America. One attraction is the world's largest great ape complex, named Pongoland: a project in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Here researchers carry out behavioural observations of the apes, often before the eyes of visitors. A further highlight is the Gondwanaland, a plot of primeval forest in the middle of Leipzig. In this tropical world, a one-of-a-kind concept in Europe, visitors will be able to fully experience the feeling of a "tropical rainforest" eco-system.

Distances to sights in the city:

  • Gewandhaus Concert Hall: 1.2 km
  • Opera Leipzig: 1.2 km
  • Museum of Fine Arts: 0.7 km
  • Maedler Passage and Auerbachs Keller: 1.0 km
  • Nikolai Church: 0.9 km
  • St. Thomas Church: 1.1 km
  • Main train station and shopping mall: 0.3 km
  • Monument to the Battle of the Nations: 3.7 km
  • Rosental Park: 0.3 km
  • Old Town Hall: 0.9 km
  • Mendelssohn-House: 1.4 km
  • Panometer: 4.5 km

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