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Leipzig is the biggest city in the German federal state of Saxony (Bundesland), with approximately 500,000 habitants. The name is taken from the Slavic word Lipsk (= "A settlement where the linden trees stand").
The city is located at the meeting point of the Rivers Pleiße, White Elster and Parthe. Leipzig is the industrial center of the region and a major cultural center, offering interesting sights, shopping and zinging nightlife.
Leipzig has been a significant influence to European commercial and intellectual life for decades. Its historical shopping arcades, beautifully refurbished, are typical of the architecture in the city center. There are wonderful shops, a lively cultural scene and vivacious bars that stay open very late, all within the same small area. With no compulsory closing time for pubs and restaurants, there is an abundance of possibilities to blow off some steam.
Sites of Interest
The Renaissance Old Town Hall
is where Johann Sebastian Bach signed his contract as cantor of nearby St. Thomas's Church. St. Nicholas's Church became famous during the world in 1989 as the starting point of the "peaceful revolution" that led the way for the reunification of Germany. Guests can follow the Goethe's footsteps to the Auerbachs Keller restaurant.
Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hal is one of the finest buildings of the German Renaissance and home to the Museum of City History. Its banqueting hall is used as a venue for concerts and gala events. Don't miss the council chamber, the 1823 model of the city, the prison cells and Bach's portrait. The extensive structure was built in a period of only nine months in 1556/1557, between two trade fairs.
St. Thomas's Church and St. Nicholas's Church
St. Thomas's is a late-Gothic hall church. The famous St. Thomas's Choir used to perform there and is also where Johann Sebastian Bach is buried. St. Nicholas's, Leipzig's biggest and oldest church, is where the "peace prayers" were held in 1989. Together with St. Thomas's, it is another location where J.S. Bach had his most productive creative period, using his big, four-manual organ. Numerous Bach's important compositions were first performed in St. Thomas's church.
The Battle of Leipzig monument
This is the largest monument in Germany. It has a 91-metre-high viewing deck and was erected to honor the Battle of Leipzig between the allies and Napoleon's troops in 1813. There are plenty of guided tours, choral concerts, outdoor happenings, special exhibitions and an exhibition about the history of the Battle of Leipzig monument in the hall of honor.