Welcome to Reudnitz
Also known as "Detroitnitz", the neighbourhood of Reudnitz in the east of Leipzig has a unique and captivating charm all of its own. Derelict, graffiti-strewn buildings meet a young bar and pub culture, inspiring cultural offers and inventive restaurants. Reudnitz is also becoming increasingly popular as a place to live. Carefully renovated Wilhelminian-style buildings attract artists, students and young professionals who are captivated by this unconventional area and eager to look behind its rough façade. Learn more about this popular up-and-coming quarter and some of its hotspots.
A little bit of history
Formerly an independent municipality, the district of Reudnitz included the village of the same name, which was in the area which surrounds the current Kohlgartenstrasse. Likely first settled by Slavics, the village can trace its roots by to the 11th century. After the end of the Seven Years' War, many wealthy citizens built large country homes around the area, and several famous restaurants, including Kuchengarten, which Goethe visited and included in his Ode an den Kuchenbäcker Hendel (Ode to the cake baker Hendel). Other famous visitors to the area included Napolean Bonaparte, who stayed in one of the country houses in the run up to the Battle of Nations. After World War II, much of Leipzig's historical houses and buildings were destroyed. During the DDR era, apartment blocks for workers' housing were built in Reudnitz. After reunification, commercial complexes took over disused factories, and the old Eilenburg train station was turned into the sprawling Lene-Voigt-Park. Thanks to these extensive restoration and urban development measures, Reudnitz is now one of Leipzig's most popular areas for students, artists, and young professionals.
If you're looking for the mainstream, you have come to the wrong place. In Reudnitz, many things are still unfinished, imperfect, unchanged - and that is exactly what makes it so attractive. There is none of the contourless homogeneity that blights other neighbourhoods; there are still plenty of rough edges. And that applies to both the buildings and their inhabitants. Decommissioned factory sites serve as artists' studios, former shops house pop-up restaurants, enchanting parks make ideal meeting points for underground raves. Let yourself wander, explore the small side streets around Dresdner Strasse, Täubchenweg, and Riebeckstrasse and experience Leipzig from its most authentic side.
No set menu
Reudnitz's gastronomic scene also stands out deliciously unpretentiously from common restaurant chains. Bar Substanz regularly hosts concerts alongside its culinary events, and in summer it opens the doors of its beautiful beer garden, which is as famous as it is popular for its burger creations. In the lovingly decorated Café Bubu, you can enjoy brunch amongst vintage furniture on weekends, or try their vegan tartlets on weekdays. And the pop-up restaurant Gastgeber (EN: "Host") lives up to its name with a different chef on pots and pans every two weeks - new menu included.
Art and culture far from the masses
The Regina Filmpalast offers cinema art of a different kind; immerse yourself in blockbusters or an astonishing variety of independent films, as well as their soft velvet armchairs. The halls are reminiscent of the atmospheric cinemas of the last century and have little in common with today's cinema giants. If (when) the popcorn makes you thirsty, let yourself be guided through the sacred halls of the Sternburg Brewery and get to the bottom of its history and brewing processes (as well as a few glasses). However, if it's laughter you're after, the Clown Museum presents numerous posters, puppets and newspaper articles, and promotes exciting projects such as "Less Smartphone - More Imagination".
Green lungs in Leipzig's east
The magical Lene-Voigt-Park is equally popular with non-Reudnitzers as locals. The seven-hectare green expanse offers numerous sports and leisure facilities such as playgrounds, picnic areas, a football pitch, beach volleyball courts or table tennis tables. In spring and summer people flock here to play, barbecue, and celebrate - often until well after midnight. Other, smaller parks in the area include Reudnitzer Park, Stephaniplatz, Alfred-Frank-Platz, and Cäcilienpark. You won't run out of green spaces in this part of Leipzig!
Reudnitz is certainly not a place to miss. The mostly residential area has attracted a large population of creative youths and young working professionals and families thanks to its status as a trendy, thriving, and unique area of Leipzig. Fancy experiencing Reudnitz up close and personal? Then pay a visit to this incomparable district or take a look at the apartments we have on offer.