Leipzig – a city with unmistakable flair
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City of Leipzig
Over the centuries the city of Leipzig and its citizens have made major contributions to the economic and intellectual life in Europe. This special flair of Leipzig can be felt by getting to know its sights. Leipzig attracted famous poets such as Lessing, Klopstock, or Gottsched, and therefore, even the great German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called Leipzig “Little Paris”. In the last hundred years, Leipzig has turned into a city of European dimensions, which has stimulated the development of economy, technology, science and culture. [Source: www.leipzig.de]
All over the world Leipzig is famous for its musicality, mainly deriving from the musicians Bach and Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The St. Thomas Boys Choir, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, many museums and a lively theater scene mark the cultural life of the city. [Source: www.leipzig.de]
In addition, Leipzig offers a great nature in the inner and outer city. Considering the rivers and the newly created lakes (Leipziger Neuseenland) Leipzig is now a respectable water city enabling a rich variety of sport activities. And for those who are tired from all the sights, culture and impressions there are interesting offersin the local bar and restaurant areas like Gottschedstraße, Barfußgässchen and along the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße.
Leipzig as a business location
Located in the middle of Europe and equipped with city status and the right to hold markets since 1165, Leipzig has grown to a major center of trade fair. This development came along with the height periods of Leipzig as a commercial city, which was interrupted mainly due to war.
After German reunification, Leipzig succeeded in becoming an important economic center of Saxony. Major production facilities of Porsche and BMW have been established in Leipzig, as well as companies in the IT sector such as Unister Group and the IT service provider Comparex. Furthermore, the public broadcast network “Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk” and many publisher are located here. Leipzig is also a center of the energy industry with energy suppliers (such as the VNG Verbundnetz Gas AG) and the European Energy Exchange (EEX), the largest energy exchange in Continental Europe.
Over the past few years Leipzig has developed into an important logistics site. In 2006 the online retailer Amazon established a huge logistics center. Moreover, since the establishment of DHL’s European air freight hub the airport Leipzig-Halle has grown into one of the most important freight transshipment centers in Europe.
The city center of Leipzig is full of historical and cultural treasures. The wonderful old town around the market and the city hall from the 16th century, are magnets for tourists and locals, who enjoy the romantic atmosphere. The center is also known for its many characteristic passages and courtyards, which were historically used by merchants.
The University of Leipzig was founded in the year 1409. Thus, Leipzig developed into a center for German law and the publishing industry. Famous Nobel prize laureates have been lecturers at University of Leipzig, e.g. Werner Heisenberg and Gustav Hertz. Some of the most well known students of University of Leipzig are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche and Angela Merkel.
Leipzig is world famous for its fair. It is one of the oldest fairs in the world, dating to the 12th century. The modern day fair site was built in the year 1996. Today the most import fairs are the Leipzig book fair, the industrial fair Intec, the Games Convention, as well as public and touristic fairs.
The first German long distance railway ran from Leipzig to Dresden. The railway station Leipzig Hauptbahnhof opened in the year 1915 and is still the largest terminal station in Europe. Today, the station forms an important cross section between inter-regional and regional railway services. It is now also home to a modern shopping mall.
Leipzig has a prominent opera house from the 17th century.
Together with Gewandhaus orcherstra and Thomanerchor, Leipzig boasts a long-standing musical tradition. Famous musicians and composers such as Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Johann Sebastian Bach have worked in Leipzig.
One of the species-richest zoos in Europe is located in Leipzig.
Founded in the 19th century, today it has become a modern zoological garden with a focus on species-appropriate animal housing. The new tropical building “Gondwanaland” is an attraction for a vast number of tourists every year. It is home for many endangered species.
Part of Leipzig’s turbulent history can be seen at “Völkerschlachtdenkmal” – the Monument to the Battle of the Nations. Near Leipzig, the largest battle in Europe prior World War I took place, which was between Napoleonic France and a coalition of Prussia, Russia, Austria and Sweden. This coalition victory ended Napoleon’s presence in Europe.