Leipzig Germany

It’s getting closer to the weekend and you wouldn’t mind planning a short stay-cation someplace else? You want to experience something new and not yet another expensive and overrated German city? Then I would definitely recommend visiting Leipzig!

Capital cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich or Frankfurt don’t stand a chance against Leipzig in terms of its cost-effectiveness and unique vibe. Unlike the bigger players, Leipzig isn’t overcrowded and offers practically the same attractions. Here you can still find famous works of art, fine dining options, and shopping– without the crowds!


The airport had an open-space concept that was free of hurried business travellers and long queues. The trains arrived ahead of schedule and were not packed with people struggling to find a seat. It felt big enough with fun things to do but small enough to feel home-y. A breath of fresh air to say the least.

Working In Leipzig

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to work in in the Leipzig trivago office with a few of my favorite colleagues. “Working in” allows trivago employees to work in another office location (offices are spread across Europe with locations such as Mallorca or Amsterdam) for up to one month. While we didn’t stay the whole month, we had the chance to experience the best of Leipzig in just the 5 days we were there.

Leipzig trivago office
When travelling to Leipzig in winter, visiting the Leipzig Christmas Market in the historical city center is a must! I was amazed by how beautifully the stands were decorated and the stunning Renaissance architecture all around. There is nothing better to set the mood for Christmas than a snowy German Christmas market!
Our group enjoyed some retail therapy as well. I mean, what’s a girl’s trip without a day of shopping!? There were plenty of clothing shops nearby such as Zara, Scotch & Soda and Mango.

Day Trip to Dresden

We wanted to make the most of our stay in Sachsen and decided to make a short trip to Dresden. The ticket prices were less than 30 euros (round trip with the Deutsche Bahn) and it took only an hour to get there! Our tip: take advantage of the Sachsen ticket when traveling as a group, this will cut travel costs in half! It’s totally worth it. Upon arriving, we warmed up with hot mugs of Glühwein (you can even keep the mug as a souvenir) while we planned our day out.
Our first stop was the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault). I felt like a princess when visiting the “Green Vault”, housing the largest collection of treasures in Europe. This giant jewelry box offers visitors a peek at many precious gems dating thousands of years back.
Dresden Germany

Next, we made our way over to the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister (art gallery) and Frauenkirche (church of our Lady). The art gallery immediately catches the eye with its picturesque facade. Here’s where previous leaders such as Augustus ll the Strong (then King of Poland) and the Duke of Modena started a fast-growing painting collection, with works stemming from all over the globe. Nowadays the gallery displays houses about 750 paintings.

What fascinates me the most about Europe is the history behind the city and its buildings. More often than not, there is more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. Take for instance the Frauenkirche. The church was destroyed during World War II and the remaining ruins were left for 50 years as a war memorial. Frauenkirche was later rebuilt after the reunification of Germany in 1994 and now serves as a Lutheran church. Original construction dates back as far as the 11th century. Roughly 45% of the Frauenkirche comprises of the original stone material-pretty impressive! Other landmarks visited in Dresden include the Procession of Princes and the Royal Palace.

Frauenkirche Dresden
We would have loved to visit the Dresden Christmas market (rated as one of the best in Germany), it was not yet open the weekend we were there-sadly. I can only imagine how beautiful it must look on a snowy winter evening, as Dresden is by far one of Germany’s prettiest cities. Between the many historical monuments and fairytale Christmas markets, a weekend trip to Leipzig and Dresden will leave you feeling enchanted! If you’re in the area during summer, be sure to add Saxon Switzerland National Park to your list. Perfect for nature lovers.
So have we convinced you to travel to Leipzig and/or Dresden yet? Let us know in the comments! We would love to hear from you! 🙂

An American living and working in Dusseldorf, Germany. If you couldn't tell already, I spend most of my free time cooking, travelling or writing about either of the two. Thanks for stopping by!

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