Leipzig, with its rich historical past and present youthful vibe, offers visitors a juxtaposition of the old and the new. Given its deep connection with music greats such as Wagner and Bach, this ancient city continues to attract music lovers in droves. The city is also home to a thriving alternative music scene. Explore the magnificent churches, stately museums and historic residences, and visit the Oper Leipzig, one of the most important opera houses in Germany. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city as you head to the country’s oldest botanical garden or the sprawling zoological garden. A short drive takes you to Markkleeberger See, with the country’s only artificial whitewater slalom course. Food lovers have plenty to be happy about given the local culinary delicacies such as sweet lerchen, leipziger allerlei, a vegetable dish, and quarkkeulchen for dessert. Stop by Auerbachs Keller, a pub that dates back to medieval times, with its barrel cellar, featured as the background in a scene from Goethe’s famous play, Faust!