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Leipzig: City History Canal Sightseeing Tour on a Motorboat

1. Leipzig: City History Canal Sightseeing Tour on a Motorboat

Cruise along the winding canals of Leipzig and admire the city views from the water on this guided tour. Watch the history of Leipzig unfold as you pass important districts, including Plagwitz and Palmengartenwehr. Begin your tour at the picturesque city harbor of Leipzig with its famous beach bar. Relax on board a motorboat as you embark on a sightseeing tour of Leipzig's historical and modern sights along the waterside. See the villa of the famous publishing Baedeker family who is well-known among travelers around the globe. Continue to the Palmengartenwehr, a vital part of Leipzig's public flood protection facilities. Head to the western territories, enjoy a brief moment of silence, and admire the nature surrounding the area. Admire the architecture of the textile factories of the Buntgarnwerke, a former yarn mill building built in the late 19th century. It is one of the largest Wilhelminian-era industrial sites in Germany. Making your way to the Karl Heine Canals, you will explore one of the most beautiful canals in Leipzig, meandering through the old industrial district of Plagwitz. Karl Heine, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and industrial pioneer played a key role in the urban development of Leipzig’s western areas. See the striking Stelzenhaus at the last stop of the tour before heading back to the harbor where you can enjoy a cold drink at the beach bar. The harbor is perfectly located if you wish to explore further sights of Leipzig after the tour.

Leipzig: Mulled Wine Motorboat Tour

2. Leipzig: Mulled Wine Motorboat Tour

Begin your tour at the picturesque city harbor in Leipzig, with its famous beach bar. Relax on a electric motorboat as you embark on a 60-minute sightseeing tour of Leipzig's historical and modern sights along the waterside. Enjoy a cup of mulled wine to keep you warm. See the villa of the famous publishing Baedeker family who is well-known among travelers around the globe. Continue to the Palmengartenwehr, a vital part of Leipzig's public flood protection facilities. Head to the western territories, enjoy a brief moment of silence, and view the nature surrounding the area. Admire the architecture of the textile factories of the Buntgarnwerke, a former yarn mill building built in the late 19th Century. It is one of the largest Wilhelminian-era industrial sites in Germany. Making your way to the Karl Heine Canals, you will explore one of the most beautiful canals in Leipzig, meandering through the old industrial district of Plagwitz. Karl Heine, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and industrial pioneer, played a key role in the urban development of Leipzig’s western areas. The harbor is perfectly located if you wish to explore the sights of Leipzig further after the motorboat tour.

Leipzig: 3-Hour City Canoe Tour

3. Leipzig: 3-Hour City Canoe Tour

Begin at the picturesque city harbor, Stadthafen Leipzig. There, you'll meet your licensed guide who will make sure you’re totally prepped for the tour, briefing you on paddling techniques and safety procedures. Pass the magnificent villa of publishing family, Baedeker, onto the Palmengartenwehr, which is not only a technological monument but an important facet of Leipzig’s public flood protection facilities. Paddle past the city’s largest park and the 1867 racecourse Scheibenholz. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Tina Dietze on the water — the world and Olympic kayaking champion, who is based at the Olympic Training Center Leipzig. Continuing, you’ll reach the Leipzig Canoe-Club, home to the canoe world champion Franz Anton. Before cruising onto the neighboring stream that guides you back to the city, take a minute to relax at the cosy port and then head back through Leipzig’s imposing historic industrial buildings to Stadthafen Leipzig. Enjoy a beer at the bar and watch the canoes and paddlers drift through the water at the end of your magical tour.

Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

4. Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

Experience incredible tranquility and nature idyll on this relaxing river cruise from Leipzig into the riverside forest. Discover the unique biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the beautiful Leipzig floodplain forest. Hop on an electric motorboat, starting at the boathouse and travel across the flood bed along the Pleiße, away from the street noise of the big city. Discover a forest rich in a wide variety of animal and plant species.  Take advantage of the many shady ancient oaks on the shore on warm sunny days. End at the boathouse where you can continue to explore the Leipzig floodplain forest on foot.

Leipzig: Floodplain Forest & City River Cruise

5. Leipzig: Floodplain Forest & City River Cruise

Set off on a river cruise onboard an electric motorboat to explore the Leipzig floodplain forest. Experience the biodiversity of the flora and fauna and admire the city's industrial heritage. Travel across the flood bed along the Pleiße, away from the street noise of the big city. From there, ride past the newly renovated grandstand of the racecourse at the "Scheibenholz" to the Palmengartenwehr. Leave the Elster flood bed and turn into the Weiße Elster, and see Germany's first mail-order business and the Gründerzeit industrial buildings in Plagwitz. Travel along the Weiße Elster and navigate the Karl-Heine-Canal. Passing the former "Riverboat", turn off at the stilt house and drive back to the starting point at the wildlife park.

Leipzig: 4-Hour City Center to Cospudener See Tour

6. Leipzig: 4-Hour City Center to Cospudener See Tour

After entering Stadthafen Leipzig, your tour will lead you through Elstermühlgraben and Elsterflutbett to the racecourse Scheibenholz. From there, it will continue onward to Pleißeflutbett. Following the watergate Connewitz, you will paddle into Leipziger Auwald, which offers fascinating nature experiences including a beautiful passage of two kilometers along Floßgraben. In addition to the kingfisher (which breeds on the shore), you can marvel at a large amount of fish in the water, from red feathers and tench to carp, pike and catfish. In this clear water you can discover them all. Following your journey passing the forest lake Lauer, the route leads through the landscape park Cospuden, a project of the Expo 2000, and onward to the watergate Cospuden.

Leipzig: Guided Motorboat Sightseeing Cruise

7. Leipzig: Guided Motorboat Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise along the waterways of Leipzig and admire the city views from the water aboard a motorboat. Sail the Karl-Heine Canal, travel through Plagwitz and Schleußig, and see historical buildings along the way. Begin the journey with a ride to the White Elster to see Germany's first mail order business and the Wilhelminian industrial buildings in Plagwitz. Leave the White Elster and sail down the Karl-Heine Canal. Then, turn around at the stilt house and sail past the starting point, along the palm garden weir, and into the Elstermühlgraben. Round off your trip by sailing back to the starting point.

Leipzig: City to Cospudener See 7-Hour Canoe Tour

8. Leipzig: City to Cospudener See 7-Hour Canoe Tour

Beginning at the picturesque city harbor, check out the pretty area before meeting your guide. Your licensed guide will make sure you’re ready for the tour, briefing you on paddling techniques and safety procedures. Pass the magnificent villa of the Baedeker publishing family, and onwards to the Palmengartenwehr, a technological monument and an important facet of Leipzig’s flood protection facilities. Paddle past the city’s largest park and the 1867 racecourse, Scheibenholz. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Tina Dietze on the water — the Olympic kayaking champion based at the Olympic Training Center in Leipzig. Leave the stress of the city behind as you enter the Floßgraben Canal in southern Leipzig, keeping a lookout for the rare kingfisher. Entering the beautiful Cospudener See, enjoy a break at its famous beach before crossing the lake. The final portion of the tour is geared towards those who enjoy faster-flowing waters. Head back through Leipzig’s imposing historic industrial buildings to the original starting point, where your tour will end. Enjoy a beer at the bar and watch the canoes and paddlers drift through the water.

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What people are saying about Leipzig

We really enjoyed the mulled wine motor boat trip despite the outside temperature being only 2 degrees Celsius. Roger had decorated the boat nicely for Christmas. The table was attractively prepared with thermos flasks for mulled wine and punch and gingerbread. His explanations about the history and architecture of Leipzig were very interesting. He answered all questions - also in English - to our complete satisfaction.

Great offer, the price/performance ratio is absolutely okay, I can absolutely recommend this tour. A nice, pleasant boat tour with a very friendly and easy-going "captain", hot mulled wine, children's punch, nibbles and warm blankets included, you can enjoy a great boat trip in a pleasant peace and great landscape. Our guide told history and anecdotes very charmingly. Top experience

Uwe unser Kapitän war super nett, wusste viel Interessantes zu erzählen und hat laut und deutlich gesprochen. Es war eine entspannte Atmosphäre auf dem Boot. Es gab Getränke zu moderaten Preisen aus der Kühlbox, man konnte auch mitgebrachte Getränke trinken. Super Sache.

Nice boat ride with perspective of another side of Leipzig from the water!

Great tour, wonderful scenery and knowledgeable guide. Great experience!