Well connected, with great leisure opportunities
The H4 Hotel Leipzig is approximately 8 km east of the city centre, right next to the “Sachsen-Therme” spa and swimming pool, and the “Paunsdorf Center” shopping mall. The “Leipzig Ost” motorway exit to the A14 is less than three minutes away. From here, it is just 10 minutes’ drive to the Neue Messe Leipzig exhibition centre and 20 minutes’ drive to Halle-Leipzig Airport. Leipzig city centre is just half-an hour away on the S-Bahn, or a fifteen-minute drive. Here you will find a densely-packed mix of sights, shopping opportunities and restaurants. In the evening, Leipzig inspires visitors and residents alike with a wide range of cultural activities and a lively nightlife.
The Leipzig Thomaskirche was formerly the domain of Johann Sebastian Bach, and is also famous worldwide because of the “Thomanerchor”, or St. Thomas Choir. The current building replaced two earlier buildings on the same site. It was erected in 1496, and has been renovated and upgraded several times over the years. The church’s exterior is characterised above all by its Renaissance tower. A memorial to J.S. Bach stands in front of the church’s side entrance. The composer is buried in the church. Established in 1212, the Thomanerchor still performs here regularly. You can hear the world-famous boys’ choir in full voice every Friday and Saturday, as well as during Sunday services. It’s just a 20-minute drive from the H4 Hotel Leipzig to the Thomaskirche underground parking.
The “Grassi Museum” is a building complex on Johannisplatz which houses the Ethnography Museum (Museum für Völkerkunde), the Applied Arts Museum (Museum für Angewandte Kunst), and the Musical Instruments Museum (Museum für Musikinstrumente). The name derives from Franz Dominic Grassi, a businessman who left a bequest to the city in 1880, which was used to fund numerous construction projects. This building complex, divided into several courtyards, was constructed between 1925 and 1929. Erected on the site of the former Johannishospital, the complex as well as some of the exhibition spaces are designed in the “Neue Sachlichkeit” (New Objectivity) and “Art Deco” styles. The Alte Johannisfriedhof behind the museum is an oasis of calm within the city. It is just a 20-minute drive from the H4 Hotel Leipzig.
The Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal) in the south-east of the city was inaugurated on 18 October 1913 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig against Napoleon’s troops. At 91 metres, the highly visible landmark is one of the tallest memorials in Europe. On foot, it is approximately 500 steps up to the viewing platform, some of which lead around the dome in narrow passages. Today, two lifts deliver visitors to the middle platform. Some of the monument’s most impressive highlights include the Ruhmeshalle pantheon with its nine-metre high guard statues, the domed ceiling decorated with 324 almost life-sized equestrian figures, and the crypt, which represents a symbolic grave for the 120,000 soldiers killed during the battle. You can drive here in around 15 minutes from the H4 Hotel Leipzig.
Leipzig Zoo and its historic buildings has one of the richest traditions of any zoo in Germany. Over a surface area of approximately 26 hectares, it houses around 900 different species of animal, including Baikal seals and okapi. Extensive renovations of the “zoo of the future” have transformed the park-like grounds into a unique experience. Here you can marvel at the largest great ape facility in the world and Europe’s largest tropical hall, “Gondwana Land”, which is so big you can even enjoy a boat ride. Numerous naturally designed enclosures, imaginative playgrounds, and a range of restaurants round off the ensemble. The zoo is just a 20-minute drive from the H4 Hotel Leipzig.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Leipzig cotton mill in Lindenau was the largest cotton mill in continental Europe. Today, it is famous for providing a creative home to a range of artists, designers and artisans. Within its walls are eleven galleries and the studios of 100 artists, including famous names such as Neo Rauch, Rosa Loy and Tilo Baumgärtel. Also based here are a bicycle factory, a goldsmith, a ceramic workshop and a porcelain factory. It is approximately 30 minutes’ drive to the cotton mill from the H4 Hotel Leipzig, or a 60-minute journey by S-Bahn.