Leipzig history as a city of trade goes back to the Holy Roman Empire where it sat along two important trade routes, the Via Regia and Via Imperii. Today, trade not only continues in the New Trade Fair (Leipziger Messe), but also in the many beautiful and historic shopping arcades.

    Much of central Leipzig is a car free making it easily accessible by foot. The city boasts a number of historic shopping arcades such as the Mädler Passage, Königshaus Passage and Messehofs Passage, as well as the newly opened Market Galley (Marktgalerie).

    Mädler Passage

    Possible the most beautiful and without doubt the most famous of all shopping arcades in Leipzig is the Mädler Passage. This architecturally stunning arcade was built in 1912 to 1914 and replaced the former "Auerbachs Court," constructed by Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach. It was he who founded the, "Auerbachs Keller" in 1525, the most famous of Leipzig restaurants and which would later play a significant part in German folklore from the writings of Johann Wolfgang Goethe the "faust." You will find a number of luxury boutiques such as Swarovski, Carlo Colucci, Marc O'Polo and many more top brands.

    Auerbachs Cellar
    By the entrance are life-size bronze figures of Faust and Mephistopheles by the Leipzig artist Matthieu Molitor. Johann Wolfgang Goethe often visited Auerbach's Cellar while studying in Leipzig between 1765-1768 and called it his favorite wine bar. Perhaps as a memorial to his young student days he uses the wine bar in the play Faust as the first place Mephistopheles takes Faust on their travels. In the story as Faust passes the bar, he notices some men struggling to move a single large barrel of wine. Faust mocks them and says that one man could do it. So the owner says that the man who could move it out of the cellar would be able to keep it. At that Faust jumps on the barrel and rides it out like a horse.
    Specks Hof - Hansa Haus

    Specks Hof is a beautifully restored historical trade fair palace and the oldest mall in Leipzig. Today a mix of luxury shops and gastronomic restaurants share the space with stunning restored passageways with their Art Deco copper ceilings and chandeliers, fancifully decorated friezes and paintings. You will find boutique shops offering fine jewellery, fashion houses, wine store and a book shop (including English books). Also the excellent Maredo Steakhouse and the coffee and cake shop Cafe Kandler can be found. In the patio of the HansaHaus arcade is the unique Chinese "sound fountain," which makes music by the vibration of water.

    Strohsack Passage

    The Strohsack was first mentioned in 1459 and today is a modern arcade open day and night. The arcade has a unique mix of luxury shops and a choice of restaurants offering food from India, Italy and Korean. It is also the home of the excellent Leipziger Kabarett club and the Sonder Cocktail Bar, and Leipzig's first Whisky Bar.

    Promenaden Hauptbahnof

    The Hauptbahnhof is not only one of the biggest train stations in Europe; it's a great shopping mall as well. With over 140 shops over three floors it is more than a station that you just travel through. The choice of shops range from Mango, Esprit, Hallhuber, Body Shop, Yves Rocher as well as a large selection of restaurants offering a huge choice of international cuisine.


    The Petersbogen Passage is named after the first faculty of the University of Leipzig, which was located here 5oo years ago. The focus in Petersbogen is on fashion and accessories with stores such as Final Cut, Tally Weijl, Mango, Bonita, MICO, Roland shoes. In the basement, there is a supermarket as well as a large chemist's and XENOS home decoration shop. On the upper floor, there is Leipzig's largest cinema, "Cinestar" as well as a casino.

    Market Gallery

    The Marktgalerie opposite the Old Town Hall is one of the city's brand new shopping complexes opened in 2005. It houses a number of fashion shops such as Breuninger fashion store, plus a jeweler store, sushi restaurant, chocolatier and shoe shops. The inside of the passage was designed by Norbet Hippler with a clear elegance entwined with a classical modernity and art-deco influences.

    There are many smaller arcades such as the Schrödter Passage, Ritter Passage, Brühl Arcade as well as the shops that can be found in the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus). Other forms of shopping are the antique and flea market held on the first Saturday of the month at Central Station (platform 24), and a range of special market days like the flower and ceramic's market in May.

    In the run-up to Christmas, the Market Square and its neighbouring areas transform into one of the most stunning and largest markets in Germany with over 250 various stalls. Leipzig Christmas Market is the second oldest in Germany, dating back to 1767. A Fairy-Tale Forest and the world's largest free standing advent calendar, open air ice rink, are among the attractions for young and old.