Leipzig's first 'skyscraper', the 11-storey Kroch-Haus is topped by a clock and two muscular bronze sentries, who bash the bell at regular intervals; the motto (in Latin) reads 'Work conquers all'. The first two floors house Leipzig University's small but fascinating collection of Egyptian artefacts, salvaged by German archaeologists from the pyramids over two centuries.

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Nearby Leipzig attractions

1. Augustusplatz

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Massive Augustusplatz may look nondescript at best, and foreboding at worst, but it is actually flanked by some of Leipzig's most famous buildings,…

2. Nikolaikirche

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This church has Romanesque and Gothic roots, but since 1797 has sported a striking neoclassical interior with palm-like pillars and cream-coloured pews…

3. Richard-Wagner-Museum

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This museum documenting Wagner's formative years in Leipzig, opened in his former school in 2013, provides a detailed overview of the composer's…

4. Paulinum

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Looking like an airport terminal devouring a Gothic cathedral, Leipzig University's main building is a boldly postmodern tribute to the 13th-century…

5. Schwanenteich

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This pretty pond surrounded by trees backs onto Leipzig's opera house and is a charming place to wander.

6. Zeitgeschichtliches Forum

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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

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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…

8. Stadtgeschichtliches Museum - Neubau

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