Barbecue/Grill Regulations in Parks and Public Spaces
In summer, what could be nicer than meeting up with friends in one of Leipzig's parks for a barbecue? In general, this is also permissible and possible! However, a few rules and tips will help to ensure that our parks remain beautiful for everyone.
The most important questions about barbecuing in and around Leipzig:
There is no prohibition against barbecuing in Leipzig.
However, there are certain regulations, designed to help to protect the areas being used - particularly the public parks - as well as to avoid creating a nuisance for others. These regulations are part of the "Police Department Policy for Public Safety and Order in the City of Leipzig", and any infringement against them is considered public disorderliness, which may result in a warning or fine.
In Leipzig, there are three designated public locations for barbecuing:
- On Marienweg, at the back of Rosental Park, at the viewing tower (Aussichtsturm)
- On Friesenstraße, behind the grounds of Sports Club Leipzig West (Sportverein Leipzig West)
- On Nonnenweg at Anton-Bruckner-Allee, at the Centre for Wellness Sports (Zentrum für Gesundheitssport)
The "Police Department Policy for Public Safety and Order in the City of Leipzig" states that in public green and recreational areas, all activities which could have a negative impact on the recreational aspect of the area, or could be expected to have a damaging effect on the grounds or other users, are prohibited.
Grills that rest directly on the ground and damage the underlying grass are not permitted. Conventional grills that do not come into direct contact with the ground, such as are commonly available in stores, do not pose a problem.
Please act responsibly according to the fire safety regulations and protection of nature.
Barbecuing is prohibited directly underneath trees or in close proximity to wooded areas (for the protection of trees and birds), in park areas designated for dog walks (Hundewiesen), or in formal gardens. Any activity which would damage the underlying turf is also prohibited (see "What are the regulations?" above).
Open fires are generally prohibited, with the exception of the city's official barbecue and campfire spots.
The City of Leipzig has placed trash receptacles at central locations in park areas, such as in the Johanna Park and in Clara-Zetkin-Park, which allow you to conveniently dispose of the rubbish from your barbecue picnic. In the event that these are already full, please use other garbage receptacles, or take your garbage with you to dispose of at home.
Music-making in Leipzig's parks and green spaces is generally allowed. However, it may not be for commercial purposes, and it must not disturb others. From 10:00pm to 6:00am, no music or other loud noise is permitted in the park.
No. Barbecuing is not permitted at Lake Cospuden, Lake Markkleeberg or the other lakes.
There are, however, exceptions. At Lake Markkleeberg, the company All-on-Sea operates an official barbecue spot, which is available to rent.