Leipzig is the largest city in the German federal state of Saxony, with a population of approximately 531,500 (2013). It is the industrial center of the region and a major cultural center, offering interesting sights, shopping possibilities and lively nightlife. First documented in 1015, and endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, the city of Leipzig has fundamentally shaped the history of Saxony and of Germany. It was founded at the crossing of two ancient trade routes, Via Regia and Via Imperii.
Traces of Leipzig's history are everywhere: the ring of streets around the city center marking the former course of the city wall, the city trade houses, abandoned and repurposed industrial buildings in Plagwitz, small town structures in the outskirts where surrounding towns were incorporated during phases of rapid growth, the battlefields of the Napoleonic wars in the south and southeast of the city, and much, much more.


Old Town Hall. built in 1556 in the Renaissance style and remains one of Germany's largest. The position of the tower follows the ancient ideal of "golden mean". Located on the pretty main square of the city, it is a good orientation point. The Old City Hall was built 1556 by Hieronymus Lotter on basements of two Patrician houses. It is a beautiful Renaissance style building, 90 meters long with arcades (1906–09), six gables and a tower. In the 18th century the tower was enlarged and it received a Baroque spire.

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St. Thomas Church's churchtower is open on weekends only. The church where Bach worked as a cantor from 1723 until his death in 1750. His remains are buried under a bronze epitaph near the altar. The Bach Museum is right next to the church. Nikolaikirche is Leipzig's largest church. Starting point for the peaceful revolution on October 9, 1989, when 600 SED members, who were sent to break up the protest joined the protesters. Russische Gedächtniskirche holds one of the many traces of the Napoleonic wars in and around Leipzig.


Leipzig has several pub districts, one of the most popular being the Drallewatsch, which runs from the Bruehl precinct along Fleischergasse to the New Town Hall. Many of the city’s pubs have beer gardens, which are incredibly popular in the summer. A must for beer lovers when in Leipzig is to try the locally brewed Leipzig Gose, a top-fermented beer that can be enjoyed at the Gose brewery Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof or at the pub Gosenschenke. The people of Leipzig sure know how to party, particularly the city’s university crowd, and there is a wide variety of funky clubs where you can get your knees up and let your hair down.




Stadtisches Kaufhaus is the site of the city's first cloth exchange (Gewandhaus) and later the inaugural concert hall of the Gewandhaus Orchestra.


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