WHAT TO SEE

Business Traveller - - SPOTLIGHT ON... LEIPZIG -

For any­one with a lit­tle spare time avail­able to ex­plore, there are three key ar­eas to visit. Leipzig’s his­toric heart, sur­rounded by a ring road jan­gling with trams, is eas­ily walked and busy with street mu­si­cians and stu­dents on bi­cy­cles (Ger­man chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel stud­ied physics here when it was still the GDR). It is par­tic­u­larly known for its 30-odd in­te­rior court­yard ar­cades, some lined with shops, some with quiet cafes.

West of the cen­tre, the re­pur­posed fac­tory dis­trict, Plag­witz, laced with canals that are now given over to leisure boat­ing, is also worth see­ing, par­tic­u­larly along main thor­ough­fare Karl-Heine Strasse, with its feng shui shops and veg­e­tar­ian kebabs. Just south of town is the New Lake­land, where for­mer open-caste coalmines have been con­verted to beach and wa­ter­sport des­ti­na­tions.

In town, busi­ness trav­ellers of­ten fre­quent the Westin’s 27th-floor restau­rant, Falco (falco-leipzig.de), which has two Miche­lin stars. For a real bar­gain busi­ness lunch, how­ever, noth­ing can touch the value of the Panorama Tower restau­rant (panorama-leipzig.de), which of­fers a three-course lunch for a mere € 12 as well as fan­tas­tic views from the 29th floor.

Clock­wise from top: View from Panorama Tower; al fresco din­ing in the city cen­tre; Falco

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