Leipzig has a vast amount of public green spaces. These range from local corners and squares, to gardening allotments, large manicured parks with fountains and small lakes, to wild forests and nature reserves. Within them you’ll find ancient trees, restaurants, rivers, biking trails, a horse racing course, sports facilities, special play areas for kids, and many secret little places to sit and relax. Check out this guide by Leipzig City council (in German).
Leipziger’s spend a lot of their time taking advantage of these beautiful natural spaces. And unlike other cities the parks here are not enclosed or operate with opening and closing hours. So whether it’s sunbathing or tobogganing, canoeing down the Elster or taking a winter stroll, Leipzig’s parks are available at any time and in all seasons. In so many ways, Leipzig’s wonderful parks are a reflection of the city’s down-to-earth character.
Clara park is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Leipzig’s parks. Adjoining and surrounding it are three other green spaces, the Palmengarten, Elster und Pleiße forest, and Johanna park. See our post about this exceptional amenity here.
Probably the prettiest park in Leipzig. Johannapark was laid out in 1881 in the English Garden style complete with duck pond, cute bridges, open lawns and many biking and walking paths.
The southern (Zentrum) end of this large park sits next to the Zoo. The northern ends becomes much less manicured and turns into a wild forest. In the middle is a gorgeous meadow with a lone oak tree.
Kids playgrounds, Leipzig’s best winter tobogganing hill, and lots of rare plant species await visitors to this historical park in the Ost (‘east’).
This curious place is a linear park connecting residents of Reudnitz and Anger-Crottendorf with the Zentrum.
Some parts of Friedenspark (‘Peace park’) used to be an old cemetery. Now it’s a wonderful green space in Zentrum-Südost. There’s a sad memorial to Nazi crimes here. Leipzig’s Botanical Gardens are next door.
[page content last updated July 2013]