Planning a Football Trip to Leipzig
Planning a Football Trip to Leipzig? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Football Trip to Leipzig – How to get to Leipzig & How to get around
Football Trip to Leipzig – Fly to Leipzig
There are no direct flights from the UK to Leipzig, return flights via Dusseldorf or Stuttgart can be had from London, Manchester, Birmingham for less than £150 or via Palma Majorca from Leeds.
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Directions from the Airport
Leipzig Halle Airport has the luxury of having its own train station (Leipzig/Halle Flughafen), here you can take the S-Bahn (S5 and S5X) and the Intercity train (IC) to the main railway stations (Hbf) of Leipzig and Halle. Traveling with the S-Bahn is cheapest. Moreover, the S-Bahn runs more frequently than the train, at least from and to Leipzig. Every 30 minutes S-Bahn S5 or S5X departs in the direction of Leipzig, every 60 minutes you can travel to Halle with S-Bahn S5.
The journey time with the S-Bahn is 13 minutes to Leipzig Hbf and 15 minutes to Halle (Saale) Hbf. The stop before the main railway station Leipzig Hauptbahnhof is Leipzig Messe, the stop after is Leipzig Markt (city centre).
Tickets cost the same for both destinations: € 4.60 for adults and € 2.70 for children from 6 to 13 years
Taxis from the Airport
The travel time to Leipzig’s city centre is approx. 40 minutes and to Halle’s city centre is approx. 30 minutes. The taxi stand can be found in front of Terminal B. A taxi to Leipzig will cost at least € 40, if you want to take the taxi to Halle you’ll pay around € 50.
Football Trip to Leipzig – Travel By Train
Train tickets from Berlin to Leipzig Hbf start at €13.60 one-way for a Standard Class ticket. The average journey time by train between Berlin and Leipzig Hbf is 1 hour and 23 minutes, with around 25 trains per day, 18 of them direct.
Train tickets from London to Leipzig start at €69.90 one-way for a Standard Class ticket. The average journey time by train between London and Leipzig is 13 hours and 38 minutes, with around 12 trains per day. The fastest journey time by train from London to Leipzig is 8 hours and 54 minutes. No, there are no direct train services from London to Leipzig. Travelling from London to Leipzig by train will require a minimum of 2 changes. The first train is around 7am and last 8pm.
Football Trip to Leipzig – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 8 and 9 hours to drive to Leipzig from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways
Football Trip to Leipzig – Travel Around Leipzig
Thanks to the compact layout of the city, getting around Leipzig is best done on foot. Most of the major sightseeing attractions can be found in close proximity to each other. Leipzig’s public transportation system relies first and foremost on its large and wide-reaching tram network, which, with thirteen separate tram lines, covers a total of 218 km of roadway. Additionally, there are 61 bus lines, which primarily serve the city districts.
Football Trip to Leipzig – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Leipzig – The Stadiums
Zentralstadion is the largest football stadium in the former East Germany. In 1956, the first Zentralstadion opened, at the time it was one of the biggest stadiums in Europe being able to hold 100,000 spectators. Various Leipzig football teams used the venue as a home stadium, including VfB Leipzig (precursor to 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig) at various points in the 20th century (including large-scale European matches in the 1970s and domestic football in the 1990s). However, over the years it fell into disuse and was costing the city too much to maintain. In 1997, the city of Leipzig decided to build a new stadium within the old stadium, a modern state of the art stadium only for football. The new stadium was built from December 2000 till March 2004.
The Zentralstadion was the only stadium in the former East Germany to host games in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It hosted four group matches and a round of 16 game in the tournament. A year earlier, it was also one of the venues for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and hosted three matches of the tournament, including the third-place match. From 2005 to 2007, the Zentralstadion was host of the German League Cup final.
Bruno-Plache-Stadion is a multi-use stadium in Leipzig, Germany. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Lokomotive Leipzig. Fans only call it “das Bruno” (the Bruno). The stadium has a capacity of 15,600 people, but it is only accredited for 7,000 people at the moment. It was built in 1922. When it was opened, it was the largest stadium owned by a club in Germany, with a proposed capacity of over 40,000 people. After the Second World War, the stadium was home to SC Rotation Leipzig, until 1990. In 1992, the German Football Association prohibited games to be held for the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga due to security requirements not being met. Since 2004, football matches are being held again at the stadium, which is now the home ground of 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig. The city of Leipzig has full ownership of the stadium.
Football Trip to Leipzig – Getting to the Stadium
Zentralstadion – The 2-kilometre walk from the centre of Leipzing and the station should not take longer than 20 to 30 minutes.
Alternatively, you can take tram 3, 7, or 15 from the main railway station (Leipzig Hbf), which will bring you to the stadium in only 7 minutes. Get off at stop Sportforum.
Bruno-Plache-Stadion – A number 15 tram gets you here from the station, located just past the 1813 Battle of Leipzig memorial.
Football Trip to Leipzig – Getting Tickets
Football Trip to Leipzig – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Germany can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Germany page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Leipzig – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Leipzig – Where to stay
Stay in the centre
Football Trip to Leipzig – What else to see & do
The German city of Leipzig has been attracting visitors for centuries – once thanks to its reputation as a centre of trade, today for its historic charm. Thought to have been founded a staggering 1,000 years ago, the city is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Located 93 miles (150km) south of Berlin, Leipzig boasts an impressive musical scene having once welcomed famous composers such as Schumann and Mendelssohn.
Visitors to the city will find several impressive buildings and monuments all within walking distance of one another. Take a trip to the home of the Leipzig orchestra at the Gewandhaus concert hall and then on to the stunning Town Hall (Rathaus), which takes pride of place in the Market Square in the centre of the city. It is also recommended to dedicate a bit of time to marvel at some of the beautiful places of worship such as St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) and St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche).
Visitors looking to escape the city’s charming hustle and bustle should consider a trip to the Botanical Gardens. The gardens, which are open every day, offer visitors the chance to take in a vast array of different plant species. Ideal for taking a relaxed walk through in the afternoons, the Botanical Gardens are free of charge and well worth a visit for those with green fingers!
Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum is the most famous coffee shop in the city and was once a meeting point for poets, composers and philosophers. The café is an excellent opportunity to refuel on coffee, hot chocolate and mouth-watering pastries.
Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum is the most famous one and was once a meeting point for poets, composers and philosophers. The café is an excellent opportunity to refuel on coffee, hot chocolate and mouth-watering pastries.
Take in Leipzig’s flat surroundings, the forests and lakes, from the rooftop observation deck on the 29th floor of the Panorama Tower at Augustus platz 9 (00 49 341 7100590; panorama -leipzig.de; opening hours vary; entry €3)
Step of the Century sculpture by Wolfgang Mattheuer. This controversial depiction of a deformed man taking an elongated stride symbolises two regimes that dominated eastern Germany: the outstretched arm of the Nazis and the clenched fist of the Communists
Zeitgeschictliches Forum ( Forum of contemporary history, Grimmaische Straße 6) – The forum charts the history of GDR from division in 1961 to the fall of the wall in 1989 right through to the post reunification blues. It’s a fascinating insight into what life was like behind the wall. Highlights here include series of short films capturing key moments like the faces of Berliners in shock & tears as the wall went up in ’61 and also the euphoric mood of the city after the wall came down. Cracking place. Best of all, it’s free to enter
Colditz a former renaissance palace turned WW2 Prisoner of War camp which now has been partly converted into a youth hostel. From the Leipzig Hauptbahnhof jump on the bus no 690. It is a scenic 1 hour 22 minute ride and costs approx €6. . There’s a museum you can visit which details life of prisoners in Colditz and their stories of escape plus you can view some of the tools used in the escape attempts- from Douglas of Midlothian soup tins to knives
Football Trip to Leipzig – Where to Drink
Bayerischer Bahnhof Pub in south Leipzig. The locale is set in a historical, reconstructed train station and is known for the home-brew called Gose, a slightly sour-salty-tasting and top-fermented beer
Moritzbastei (Universitätsstraße 9 )on the citycentre University campus is a-bit-of-everything kind of place situated in an old castle where you can laze, drink beer in the sun, in the evenings dance as much or as little as you like to music ranging from blues to samba or dark wave , go to concerts or watch live football & films ( in German only) for free.
Gosenschenke Ohne Bedenken built in 1899 in the suburb of Gohlis at a time when Leipzig was expanding rapidly in size. The interior has been restored to something akin to its original state and is stuffed full with Gose memorabilia in the form of old advertisements and bottles. The style is similar to that of traditional beerhalls throughout Germany in its comfortable, uncomplicated design. For those intimidated by the sourness of straight Gose, a selection of Gose cocktails are available.
Sinfonie Located on the eastern edge of the city centre, it’s a corner pub of a decent size, mostly done out in a modern, trendy way. The beer selection, especially in the spread of different styles, is most unusual for the city
Brauhaus an der Thomaskirche The Brauhaus is wonderfully schizophrenic. Most of it is a rustic Italian restaurant, where old bits of wooden farming kack are draped around the walls. This forms the large section to the right of the entrance and there is another bit in this style behind the bar rambling back towards the kitchen. To your left on entering, is a much smaller area of high tables and stools. It’s sandwiched between the tackily rural bar counter (oh no, it’s got a little tiled roof) and the copper brewing vessels
Barthels Hof, in a courtyard just off the Markt, has a long history stretching back to 1497. The current buildings date from 1750 and it reopened, after extensive renovation, in January 1997. In its current state, it’s a whole complex containing a bar, restaurant and wine cellar.
The Barfußgässchen is famous and popular as a restaurant mile and is a hive of activity. Founded in 1996 by a dozen Leipzig restaurateurs, today traditional restaurants alternate with fashionable bars, making something suitable for all tastes to be found. The alley is popularly known as “Drallewatsch” – an Old Saxon word, meaning to amble from bar to bar and experience something
Football Trip to Leipzig – Where to Drink
The Auerbachs Keller was already widely popular by the 16th century; its depiction in Goethe’s Faust brought it to international fame. End the day with a sumptuous dinner in the vaulted cellar or in one of the traditional rooms upstairs. Reservations are recommended.
Thüringer Hof. The good old-fashioned German food already lured Martin Luther and German composer Johann Sebastian Bach in with traditional Thuringian and Franconian recipes that haven’t changed much throughout the centuries. The menu includes regional specialties such as Thuringian potato soup with sausage, or marinated beef with raisin sauce and dumplings. For dessert, order Quarkkeulchen, pancakes made of mashed potatoes and quark cheese, served with vanilla ice cream and applesauce. Address: Burgstraße 19, 04109 Leipzig
Zille’s Tunnel is well-known for its Saxon dishes and beers. Spread over different floors, you can dine in the cozy Bierstube with its vaulted ceilings and murals, or opt for the elegant Weinstube on the 2nd floor with its stellar wine selection. For a true taste of Leipzig, don’t miss the dish called Leipziger Allerlei, a selection of young vegetables such as carrots, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and asparagus, with morel mushrooms, crayfish tails, and dumplings. Address: Barfußgäßchen 9
Kaiserbad (Karl-Heine-Straße 93), a beer garden and restaurant serving traditional meals such as schnitzel, along with salads and burgers.
Restaurant Weinstock (Markt 7) (00 49 341 14 060606; restaurant-weinstock-leipzig.de) offers a counterbalance to its meat-heavy rivals, with some Eecellent fish dishes. Reckon on £45 per person