With about 100 resident artists, this sprawling industrial site, which grew around a 19th-century cotton mill, is a hub for contemporary art collectors, dealers and dedicated enthusiasts, although less so for average travellers. Yet, as a larger-than-life landmark in Plagwitz, it is worth snooping around – perhaps you'll find the next Botticelli in a scruffy workshop.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Leipzig attractions

1. Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

2.06 MILES

Contemporary art in all media is the speciality of this gallery, presented in temporary exhibits in a minimalist container-like space and a late-19th…

2. Stasi Museum


In the GDR the walls had ears, as is chillingly documented in this exhibit in the former Leipzig headquarters of the East German secret police (the Stasi)…

3. Bach-Museum Leipzig

2.42 MILES

This interactive museum does more than tell you about the life and accomplishments of Johann Sebastian Bach. Learn how to date a Bach manuscript, listen…

4. Thomaskirche

2.46 MILES

Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor in the Thomaskirche from 1723 until his death in 1750, and his remains lie buried beneath a bronze plate in front…

5. Stadtgeschichtliches Museum

2.59 MILES

Leipzig's beautiful Renaissance town hall is an atmospheric setting to recount the twists and turns of the city's history from its roots as a key medieval…

6. Zeitgeschichtliches Forum


This fascinating, enormous and well-curated exhibit covers the political history of the GDR, from division and dictatorship to fall-of-the-Wall ecstasy…

7. Stadtgeschichtliches Museum - Neubau

2.65 MILES

A modern extension to the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum, the nearby Neubau presents quality temporary exhibits, and is included on the combined ticket …

8. Museum der Bildenden Künste

2.66 MILES

This imposing modernist glass cube is the home of Leipzig's fine art museum and its world-class collection of paintings from the 15th century to today,…