City and culture

Kanutour Innenstadt © LTM A.Schmidt
Kanutour Innenstadt © LTM A.Schmidt
Trails 2 and 7: Through the Water City
 
Trails 2 and 7 take you on the water through Leipzig itself. There are several boat hire centres, enabling visitors to explore the city by canoe or rowing boat. Discover waterfront industrial architecture as well as cultural hotspots like museums, art galleries, clubs, restaurants and cafés. Travelling on the River Pleiße, the Weiße Elster and the Karl Heine Canal by canoe, kayak or LeipzigBoat is a great way to soak up the atmosphere and history of this vibrant city. The fascinating districts of Plagwitz and Schleußig in west Leipzig have evolved from industrial areas into hotbeds of creativity. The Spinnerei Art Centre for example in the borough of Plagwitz used to be a cotton mill, but it’s now home to an unparalleled concentration of studios, international art galleries and exhibitions. If you’re at all interested in art, visiting the Spinnerei is a must. If you’re feeling peckish, moor up at one of the many waterside restaurants and cafes. Trail 2 currently ends at Karl Heine Canal because the link to the Saale–Elster Canal is currently under construction.