Taking into account Leipzig's long tradition as a major commercial and industrial hub, it is almost surprising that the days of industrial heritage are only celebrated for the sixth time. The extensive programme, which also includes the surrounding region, introduces visitors in many ways to Leipzig's industrial past and present.
A total of eight itineraries invite visitors to concentrate on specific topics when exploring the industrial landscape. The ‚Open Gates‘ trail is particularly exciting, providing a glimpse into modern production processes, ranging from a visit to an operating chocolate factory to a guided power plant tour.
In a city like Leipzig, the ‚City of Books and Trade Fairs‘ trail is a must. For instance, the historic collection of the German Museum of Books and Documents tells a lot about scimming screens, watermark rollers, typesetting and stitching machines or ink barrels. In turn, the interplay of different architectural styles – Historism, Art Nouveau, Art Déco, Modernism – reflects the colourful history of Leipzig's Congress Centre. Not least, a visit to the Leipzig Newspaper Printing Plant showcases the cutting-edge newspaper industry.
Further itineraries cover the topics tourism, energy and mobility, museums and collectors, art and architecture as well as economic history and science. These tours include different means of transport. The "Luise" barge, for example, allows visitors to experience industrial heritage sites from the water, while a guided tour on tram number 14 brings them closer to industrial monuments and operating plants as part of a city sightseeing on rails. There are also guided tours for cyclists.
Check the full program here