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Leipzig is a large sprawling city, with a population of over 506,000 (in 2006) and the largest city in the
federal state of Saxony. It is situated at the confluence of the Rivers Pleiße, White Elster and Parthe.
Leipzig has a long and varied history, although probably most famous for the famous defeat of
Napoleon's army in 1813 at the 'Battle of the Nations' or 'The Battle of Leipzig' a battle of over half a
million soldiers with Germans fighting on both sides, and considered the biggest battle in European
history before the First World War.

Today Leipzig is well known for its university, its trade fair and conference centres, along with the large
BMW car factory to the north of the city. However many tourists visit Leipzig in search of its Johann
Sebastian Bach heritage and the Thomaskirche (St Thomas' Church) where he served as a director of

The name Leipzig is derived from the Slavic word Lipsk, which means 'settlement where the linden*
trees stand'. * Linden Tree = Lime Tree
Its rather daunting to arrive in Leipzig at your first WGT, to a city of half a million people, going to a festival that is spread across many
venues. However with a little bit of knowledge before you go you can more than double your experience. Getting around Leipzig is
probably the key to having a successful festival, knowing where all the venues are and how long it will take to get between them will
allow you to see and do more.

Without WGT Leipzig is still a fascinating city that is well worth a visit, if you have time then I highly suggest that you explore the city
centre and some of the museums.

A truly dynamic city where you can expect everything from world-class trade fairs and traditional German dining at its best, to
outstanding operas and classical music, Leipzig is also very much a city of culture. Due to its position within the German state of
Saxony, Leipzig has become an important transport hub and as such, has attracted many major organisation, which now operate and
trade within Leipzig city centre.

Leipzig is a city of rivers and retains much of its historic character, being founded around 1,000 years ago. This is particularly apparent
when you pay a visit to the University of Leipzig (home to around 30,000 students), which dates back to the early 15th century and is
amongst the most historic universities in the whole of Europe.

Geographically Leipzig is situated 118m above the sea level  and sits at the top of the Saxony triangle that is formed by the towns of
Zwickau, Chemnitz and (the capital of Saxony) Dresden.

City Tourism and Top Leipzig Sights
Central Leipzig boasts an array of medieval fortifications and is surrounded by a busy ring road. Tourism is always encouraged here
and the city offers a popular discount card scheme, whereby tourists are able to save money when travelling on public transport and
visiting the city's many cultural and tourist attractions. The Leipzig Card is available from the city's tourist information centre, on the
Richard-Wagner Strasse should you be in Leipzig outside of the WGT period.

An extremely tourist friendly city with plenty of sightseeing for everyone, Leipzig has much to offer. Many families particularly enjoy a visit
to Leipzig Zoo (Zoologischer Garten), which is divided into themed areas and boasts an enjoyable safari train and plenty of educational
information. Others may be lucky enough to enjoy a concert at either the Opera House (Opernhaus Leipzig) or the enormous Areaa
Leipzig, while for soccer fans a match at the recently updated Central Stadium (Zentralstadion) will be memorable, especially when the
stadium is full to capacity with 40,000 spectators. Those with a love of horticulture will be sure to enjoy the colours at the Leipzig
Botanical Gardens (Botanischer Gartens), which were first established some 500 years ago.

The bustling Market Square (Markt) is also not to be missed, and is home to Leipzig's historic Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus). Other
notable landmarks in Leipzig include the striking New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), a grand building built in 1905 and boasting around
a staggering 600 rooms. Also look out for the Aussichtsturm tower, the enormous Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof Leipzig), the
beautiful 12th-century Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Cathedral), and also the Völkerschlachtdenkmal War Memorial, the biggest structure
of its kind in the whole of Europe.

For a taste of culture and information about the city's interesting past, Leipzig is home to many impressive museums, together with a
good selection of galleries. Particularly popular is the University of Leipzig's Grassi Museum, which is situated close to the
Augustusplatz and comprises three separate museums, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Museum of Ethnology and the popular
Museum of Musical Instruments. For Egyptian artefacts and information, the Agyptisches Museum der Universitat Leipzig (Museum of
Egyptology) is worth a look, while for city information the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum (Museum of Local History) contains over
200,000 items of local significance. For art lovers visiting Leipzig, both the Museum der Bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts) and
the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Gallery of Contemporary Art) are worth a look.

Visitors staying in Leipzig will find plenty of tourist appeal outside of the city itself. Nearby, the famous town of Colditz is visited by many
tourists, while for families, the neighbouring Belantis Amusement Park and its fast roller coasters offer the perfect day out. Also close to
Leipzig, many further sightseeing opportunities are to be found within the cities of Delitzsch, Merseburg and Zwickau, all of which are
popular excursions in their own right.

More Leipzig Information
  • Country: Germany
  • Location: Federal State of Saxony (Western Saxony)
  • Status: city (largest in state)
  • Area: approximately 115 square miles / 297 square kilometres
  • Population: approximately 510,000
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Time zone: GMT + 1 hour
  • Electricity: 220 Volts AC, 50 Hz - flat two-pin plugs or third round pin are used, adaptors may be necessary in Germany
  • Country dialling code: +49
  • Telephone area code: 0341
  • Religion: numerous Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Protestant churches
  • Average daily Leipzig January temperature: 2°C / 36°F
  • Average daily Leipzig July temperature: 23°C / 73°F
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