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Extraordinary event venues in Leipzig

Known far beyond the city’s borders, Leipzig’s rich industrial heritage is appreciated worldwide. Many of Leipzig’s architectural gems from the 19th-century Gründerzeit period have been preserved and nowadays offer unique opportunities for extraordinary events. Where spinning machines once stood and materials were tested, there are now internationally important centres for the arts and culture, where events such as roadshows, corporate parties, conferences and meetings take place in unrivalled settings. Here we present four of these special event venues.

Panometer Leipzig

Historical ambience for concerts, conferences or art installations

The Panometer Leipzig offers a backdrop in a class of its own. Originally built as a gas storage facility – and used as such for almost 70 years – it now serves a very special art form. Since 2003, the artist Yadegar Asisi has been showing his monumental 360-degree panoramas here, providing an insight into different eras of world history. It is no coincidence that the name Panometer is a portmanteau of panorama and gasometer – Asisi presented his first panorama project here. Currently, the exhibition NEW YORK 9/11 – War in Times of Peace conveys an impression of the worldwide effects of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. In the past, the Panometer has provided insights into the beauty of the Brazilian rainforest (“Amazonia”), Leipzig during the Battle of the Nations, and even took visitors on an underwater voyage to the Titanic.
But the Panometer doesn’t just host Asisi’s art installations. It has four event areas ranging in size from 128 to 1290 m², offering enough space for all kinds of events. In addition to trade shows and conferences, the Panometer is also a great place for concerts and presentations. Up to 500 people can fit in the inner circle, the Panometer’s largest area. All spaces are equipped with modern audio systems and wireless internet. The grounds also include the Arena am Panometer, which at 946 m2 provides the ideal setting for open-air experiences ranging from concerts to corporate events. It’s easy to reach the Panometer and the Arena by public transport: a tram stop and a bus stop are just outside. And there are of course parking spaces for visitors.
More facts, figures and contact details for the Panometer Leipzig can be found here

Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig

Unique industrial charm meets an exclusive event atmosphere

The Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig is probably one of the most spectacular buildings of its kind and unlike anything else in Europe. The former heating plant was completely renovated from 2013 onwards and now serves as a powerhouse for high-calibre art exhibitions. The Kunstkraftwerk regards itself as a centre for digital art and contemporary design, offering visitors the opportunity to literally immerse themselves in modern art: paintings whiz past along the walls, changing shapes and colours, while an old mill wheel turns mechanically in circles. Visitors are surrounded by a spectacular variety of forms, some of which they are allowed to touch. Immersive video installations and a wide range of concerts create an atmosphere that can only be experienced here and that can be complemented by events of all kinds.
Once intended to power Leipzig’s trams and later to generate energy for the city, it can now be used for events. With its six conference rooms and a terrace, the Kunstkraftwerk is an exceptional place not just for culture lovers.
With the machine hall, canteens 1 to 3, and the boiler hall, the Kunstkraftwerk offers a comprehensive event package, including the possibility of using a stage as well as professional blackout facilities. What’s more, it is conveniently located: an S-Bahn station and more public transport links are just around the corner.

More facts, figures and contact details for the Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig can be found here

Werk 2

Factory charm and excellent versatility at this former materials testing hall

“Saxony’s largest socio-cultural centre” is characterised by its well over 250 events per year. Fairs, seminars, conferences and corporate events take place here, as do concerts, dance events and exhibitions. Located in the former workers’ district of Connewitz, Werk 2’s architecture harks back to the industrial charm of the 19th century. The former gas meter factory was later a publicly owned materials testing facility in GDR times. Today it is supported by an association that is dedicated to the fusion of culture and industry – as reflected by its name, Kulturfabrik Leipzig, literally ‘Culture Factory Leipzig’.
The characteristic style of Werk 2’s industrial buildings is still alive and well today. This didn’t go unnoticed by television producers: in the mid-1990s a number of programmes, including the ZDF talk show “Doppelpunkt”, were recorded here. What makes this event venue stand out is its versatility. The centrepiece is Hall A, which covers 900 m2 and is bursting with ambience for events. It can easily be adapted to individual concepts, and the Werk 2 team will be happy to assist in working out the room layout and decoration. For smaller events, there’s also Hall D, which has 300 m2 of event space. What’s more, at just five kilometres from the main railway station, Werk 2 can be reached in about twenty minutes by public transport.
More facts, figures and contact details for Werk 2 can be found here

Da Capo

Classic cars inside and a plane on the roof

“Da capo” means “from the beginning” and is a directive for classical musicians to repeat the previous part of music they just played. In Leipzig, however, Da Capo stands above all for a glamorous event venue. Just a stone’s throw from the Karl Heine Canal, it wows guests with its unusual combination of classic car museum and event space. Galas, banquets, presentations: at Da Capo, a whole range of different event formats are possible among the EMWs, Wartburgs and old Mercedes. With its 1520 m², the event hall can seat up to 300 people. Standing receptions are possible for around 500 guests.
What’s more, Da Capo is located in Plagwitz in western Leipzig and has excellent public transport links – there’s a tram stop just outside and the Leipzig-Plagwitz S-Bahn station is just down the road. Inside, the impressive event hall offers modern service technology and an extensive range of catering services. Despite all this, the premises were not originally intended as an event venue or museum. Built in 1895 in the Gründerzeit style, Da Capo initially served as a foundry before the factory building was restored and converted. And this is a venue you won’t be able to miss, because perched on its roof is a piece of aviation history: a 32-tonne, decommissioned GDR Interflug Ilyushin Il-18 from 1960.
More facts, figures and contact details for Da Capo can be found here


Anyone who takes a closer look at Leipzig will not only find a host of former industrial sites, but also attractive and unusual event venues of various sizes and with a range of facilities. The charm of Leipzig’s industrial heritage is recognised all over the world and offers excellent opportunities to stage top-class events. What’s more, all the event venues presented here have one thing in common: they combine historical settings with state-of-the-art conference technology and excellent catering – and all this in a booming city where unforgettable experiences are guaranteed.


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