Heading to Leipzig on business?

Leipzig is known as a centre of German history, the home of Faust, Bach and the developments that led to the end of communism.

Leipzig is known as a centre of German history, the home of Faust, Bach and the developments that led to the end of communism. Despite suffering in the aftermath of reunification, Leipzig has become an important economic and trading centre in Europe and the home of many manufacturing and software companies - BMW and Porsche manufacture here. If you’re here on business, you’ve hit the jackpot for quaint cafes and streets filled with history and beautiful architecture. Why not take full advantage of the precious few hours away from the meeting room to relax and get inspired in the city? Your productivity will thank you.

Where to stay:

Conichi and Pentahotel have partnered up to offer the ultimate hotel experience for business travelers in Leipzig. You can check in, check out and organise everything (minus the booking!) from your smartphone - even your room key is provided through the app. This gives you an extra 15 minutes in bed on check-out day and tonnes of spare time in the evenings to explore the city. The hotel itself is modern but not sterile - there’s a lounge, bar, pool and sauna all for your use. It’s within walking distance of the central station and the heart of the city with all its attractions. The beautiful old buildings of Nikolaikirche and the town museum are just a short walk away.

What to eat:

A visit to the Riquet coffee house is almost compulsory on a trip to Leipzig. You can’t miss the decorative elephant heads above the door and the elephant theme continues inside with little sculptures dotted throughout the cosy lower and upper floors. If you’ve got time, this is the perfect place for breakfast while watching the world go by in the heart of town.

Auerbachs Keller is another local classic for traditional German food - the tavern is famous for being frequented by Goethe during his student days and the inspiration for a scene in Faust. The earliest records of the bar existing date back to 1438, so its atmosphere is full of history and intrigue. Make a reservation, especially with a large group of colleagues or clients, as it’s a popular spot.

If you’d prefer to go off the beaten track, we recommend Imperii restaurant and bar for trying amazing cocktails you didn’t even know existed and a great dinner menu. As with all the food spots listed here, it’s just a few streets away from the Pentahotel and right in the centre so easily accessible.

What to see:

Mädler passage, where Auerbachs Keller is located, is filled with high-end shops with everything your heart could desire. But this is no ordinary mall - the classical-inspired architecture with columns and beautifully carved doorways makes this a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you’re a fan of architecture, history or shopping there is something for you here.

If you’re taking a break in the city centre, check out St Thomas’ Church. It’s full of fascinating and famous history and combines the original 12th-century architecture with gothic elements. Bach, Mozart and Wagner have all played their music in this church, and Bach’s remains are buried here. This is a great way to incorporate some culture into your business trip!

Leipzig is a quaint old city full of culture and streets straight out of a fairytale. Take full advantage of the extra time you would have spent filling out forms at the hotel front desk that we’ve given back to you - click here to download the app in preparation for your next trip.