1. Plagwitz, an exciting neighborhood with mixed character and an art center called Spinnerei
2. surprisingly much green space, park, many fountains
3. Paulinum, the ultramodern main building of the Leipzig University
4. cozy restaurants, lovely buildings, and green areas of the Waldstrassenviertel and Bachviertel (districts) in the northwestern part of the city
5. Schleuzig, an atmospheric neighborhood
7. The Leipzig Zoo is very professional.
8. biking along the Karl-Heine Canal in the northern part of Plagwitz
9. Germany's most beautiful main railway station is in Leipzig.
10. the relaxed character of a university city (Goethe in his Faust praised a lot the student milieu in Leipzig.)
11. the Stasi Museum (Gedenkstätte Museum in der "Runden Ecke")
12. many beautifully renovated houses, the competent town planning
1. It is difficult to understand the Saxon dialect, even if you command fluent German.
2. English is not that widely spoken as in the Rhineland or South Germany.
3. Racism and xenophobia (Ausländerhass) are more common in Leipzig than in the west-german cities (though, not as bad as in Dresden)
4. In front of the central station, the pedestrian traffic is a bit risky among the trams.
5. the Eisenbahnstrasse is not pleasant
6. Leipzig is not well accessible by air, as its airport has few international connections.
7. The middle-aged locals mostly make a sour face.
8. groups of young guys who seem to combine football hooliganism with neo-Nazi thinking