Welcome to Südvorstadt
Here art meets pub scene, alternative free spirits meet young families: the southern suburb of Leipzig is as versatile as its inhabitants. On Karl-Liebknecht-, August-Bebel- or Arndtstrasse numerous restaurants, cafés and retailers invite you to linger, marvel and enjoy. Reason enough to take a closer look at the charming quarter.
Leipzig's most popular district
Thanks to its proximity to the city centre as well as to the city's many universities, Südvorstadt is Leipzig's most populous district, with over 25,000 inhabitants. The district's population is mostly young people, and the youthfulness of the area is reflected in the many trendy shops, restaurants and cafes. The centre of the sought-after Südvorstadt is Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse, known among Leipzigers as "KarLi", which runs from the centre-south to Connewitz. Bars, pubs, clubs, but also charming shops and cafés await visitors interested in culture who want to experience Saxony's capital city from its most scenic side in well-preserved Gründzeit buildings. Those who are particularly interested in the nightlife can sip on whiskeys and beers at Killiwilly or swing their hips to electronic rhythms at Absturz.
Leisure in the Südvorstadt
The popular Suedbrause helps out in the morning with a breakfast to cure hangovers, while the Kollektiv provides an authentic GDR atmosphere for diners. Twice a year shop and restaurant owners open their doors for the KarLi Beben street festival, where live music, readings, street performers, and culinary treats delight festival goers from all over. And while the area is home to many clubs, bars, and restaurants, for something truly special, visitors should head to the Distillery. The Distillery is the oldest techno club in East Germany, and is considered one of the most influential techno clubs in the whole country. The Biomare supermarket, which is exclusively located in the Saxon state capital, provides nutritionists with healthy delicacies.
Art and culture
Alongside a flourishing gastronomy and nightlife, Südvorstadt also has a lot to offer culturally. At naTo you can immerse yourself in international independent films, experience modern theatre up close, or take part in workshops and discussions. The Feinkost area, lovingly restored and individually designed by artists and craftsmen, also regularly hosts flea markets, summer cinema screenings and other events. Our tip: house facades embellished by the painter Michael Fischer can be discovered not only in the Südvorstadt, but also beyond and are among Leipzig's most original art attractions.
Nature and recreation
Far away from the busy KarLi you will find plenty of room to breathe in the less turbulent side streets or in the nearby Auwald forest. You can also find the Fockeberg in Südvorstadt, which is now a large hill created from a mountain of rubble from the war. Now the area is a popular place to relax while enjoying a spectacular view over the whole city. You can also participate in special sports on the Fockeberg, such as soap box races and the biannual Fockeberglauf run. Thanks to the excellent transport connections, you can reach the main train station, the numerous green parks of Leipzig, or neighbouring districts in just a few minutes.