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Maedlerpassage

ABOVE: The Auerbachs Keller restaurant is beneath the Mädlerpassage, one of Leipzig's nearly three dozen glass-roofed shopping arcades. INSET BELOW: The Hotel Fürstenhof, the Holiday Inn Garden Court, Auerbachs Keller, and Coffe Baum.

Hotels

Hotel Fuerstenhof LeipzigLeipzig has more than 100 hotels, pensions, and guesthouses, ranging from luxury properties such as the Hotel Fürstenhof to the inexpensive Central Globetrotting Hostel (both of which are in the city center). The local tourist office, Leipzig Tourism und Marketing GmbH, has a booking form on its Web site, or you can phone +49 (0)341 7104-255 for help with reservations.

Holiday Inn Garden Court City Centre LeipzigOur booking partner, Venere, represents a number of hotels in Leipzig. Most are outside the city center, but one--the 115-room, reasonably-priced Holiday Inn Garden Court Leipzig City Centre (inset photo) is conveniently located next to the Hauptbahnhof or main railroad station, with a modern cherrywood decor and a fitness center. (Venere is a hotel consolidator, and its discount rates are usually lower than published hotel rates.)

Tips:

  • If possible, stay in Mitte, or the city center. Most of Leipzig's attractions are in or within walking distance of the center, and it's more convenient to stay in the heart of town or near the railroad station than to commute from the outskirts.

  • Leipzig Tourism und Marketing GmbH has a variety of packages that combine a hotel stay with concerts, meals, tours or exhibitions, etc. Availability varies by season; check the tourist office's Web site or phone the accommodations line (see above) for current offers.

Restaurants and nightlife

Auerbachs KellerYou won't have any trouble finding a place to eat or drink in Leipzig: The city center has several outstanding restaurants with historical connections, such as the nearly 500-year-old Auerbachs Keller (where the Devil rode a cask in Goethe's Faust) and Gasthaus Barthels Hof, which serves Saxon cuisine and other specialties in a restored building and courtyard where merchants held "sample fairs" in the late 19th Century. Or, for a change of pace, try the Restaurant "SteakTrain" in the Park Hotel Leipzig, which serves American food in a steakhouse disguised as a vintage dining car.

Zum Arabischen Coffe BaumCoffeehouses are another Leipzig tradition, and Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum is one of the oldest continually-operated coffeehouse in Europe. (If you don't read German, see Google Translate's English-language version of the Coffe Baum's history, which will open in a new browser window.)

For more information on Leipzig's estimated 1,400 restaurants and pubs (including some 500 in the city center), see the Dine and Dance section of the tourist office's Web site.

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