Tourism and hospitality
Leipzig remains a top destination - and its popularity with tourists is growing.
In 2016, tourists in Leipzig were able to choose from 122 hotels in Leipzig with a total of 15,185 beds. Hotels' overall occupancy rate was 51.3 percent.
For the eleventh time in succession, 2016 was yet another record year for tourism for Leipzig. With 1,572,073 arrivals (+2.4 percent) and 2,899,393 overnight stays (+2.5 percent), Leipzig enjoyed its best year ever for tourism. The number of foreign tourists rose by 3.7 percent in 2016 to 216,903. Overnight stays by visitors from abroad climbed to 441,687 (+3.9 percent).
Leipzig was an especially popular destination among visitors from the USA (19,681), the UK (19,361), Switzerland (17,645), the Netherlands (16,889) and Austria (16,216).
The average stay in 2016 was 1.8 days.
International cuisine: A mouth-watering choice
In Leipzig, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. There are 2,093 restaurants, bars and cafés with total seating for about 85,000 (including around 14,000 in the city centre and the neighbouring streets). They range from simple bars to gourmet restaurants serving Saxon and international cuisine. When the weather's fine, visitors dine alfresco and watch the world go by thanks to the additional outdoor seating for 18,000.
One typical feature of Leipzig is the various districts of bars and restaurants, such as Drallewatsch starting on the marketplace and continuing along Barfussgässchen, the bistros, bars and cafés in 'theatreland', and Connewitz in south Leipzig. All in all, guests are welcomed by Leipzig's some 9,800 restauranteurs and landlords and their staff.
The oldest part of Leipzig in the area around Barfussgässchen provides an impression of just how compact the architecture in the city centre used to be. Renaissance, baroque and fin-de-siècle buildings nestle cheek by jowl with picturesque spots and winding arcades. Some of Leipzig's restaurants are closely associated with historical celebrities, such as Auerbachs Keller, where part of Goethe's Faust is set, and Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum, which local luminaries like Goethe, Lessing, Wagner, Schumann and many more used to frequent.
Foreign visitors by country of origin
Sources: Statistical Office of the city of Leipzig (2016)