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Leipzig is the largest city in the German federal state of Saxony, with a population of approximately 500,000. It is the industrial centre of the region and a major cultural center, offering interesting sights, shopping possibilities and lively nightlife.

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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. Leipzig has always been known as a place of commerce and still has a large trade fair ground.

Leipzig acquired the nickname Kleines Paris ("Little Paris") in the 18th century, when it became a center of a classical literary movement under the leadership of German scholar and writer Johann Christoph Gottsched.

The city is also the home of the Nicolaikirche (Church of St. Nicolai or Nicholas) - the starting point of peaceful demonstrations against the communist regime which led to German Unification. The collapse of communism hit Leipzig's economy very heavily, but it is now on the mend. 

Attractions and things to do:
  • Old Town Hall - Leipzig's Old Town Hall was built in 1556 in the Renaissance style and remains one of Germany's largest. Located on the pretty main square of the city, it's 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 metres long with arcades (1906 - 09), six gables and a tower. In the 18th century the tower was enlarged and it received a Baroque spire. Till 1904 the Old City Hall was home of the city administration. Then it became home of the city museum.  Most impressive is the huge Banquetting Hall with Renaissance interior (open fireplaces). I was surprised by the many fine works of medieval religious art: altars, paintings, wood-carved sculptures etc. Most of them were saved from churches which were deconstructed in Leipzig's surrounding. Very impressive are the rooms with interior from old Patrician houses. I also liked the treasure chamber (steep and narrow staircase!). Entrance fee is 2.50 Euro.  This Renaissance building was erected in just nine month in 1556/57 under the direction of the architect Hieronymus Lotter. The municipal government moved into the New Town Hall in the year 1909. If you have a bit luck you are allowed to visit the cellar of the building. Here you find the chamber of torture and the jail.
Monument to Johann Sebastian Bach Outside St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany
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  • Old City Hall: Leipzig's Renaissance City hall. Contains a museum of city history which possesses the original of the only confirmed painting of Bach produced in his lifetime. Also contains interesting information regarding the public executions that previously took place in the market in front of the city hall. The most famous execution was that of Woyzeck later made famous by the Büchner play and the opera of Alban Berg.  The interior of the Old City Hall (built in 1556) was far more interesting of the outside view for me, however charming the latter may be. Inside there's an interesting museum covering the history of Leipzig from the very beginnings (in 12th century) till our days. One of the most touristy places of the whole city.
  • Auerbach's Keller - this pub has been around since medieval times - opened in 1525 it is among the oldest continuously operated pubs in Germany. The barrel cellar has been the background to a scene in one of Germany's most famous plays, "Faust" by Goethe. The master of German literature himself used to drink his wine here, and the rooms are frequently the set for a live, around-the-city re-enactment of the play. (on the expensive side)
  • Christmas Market  - Every year in mid December there is a Christmas Market in the Old Market Square in front of the Old Town Hall. Booths are set up selling gifts, food and gluewein (a spiced heated wine). There are also carolers and Christmas themed events.
  • Leipzig Zoo - The Leipzig Zoo is one of the largest and best known in Germany. It has a very long tradition, is currently undergoing a major re-design. Already finished constructions include the new elephants' enclosure, with a swimming pool where you can watch the elephants bathing from under the water level, the monkey house and a open-plan, safari-style Africa landscape.
  • Botanical Garden in Leipzig  - This botanical garden belongs to Leipzig University. It's the oldest one in Germany and one of the first in the world.
  • Museum of Fine Arts 
  • Museum of Applied Arts and Museum of Ethnology both under Grassi Museum.
  • Schiller House, Mendelssohn House, Schumann House All used to live and create in Leipzig. Mendelssohn's concert hall, the Gewandhaus is still active today near Leipzig's market place. 
  • St. Thomas Church and Bach Museum - The church where Bach worked for most of his life hosts a museum to the greatest German composer of all times. This is also where Bach himself is buried
  • Museum at the Round Corner  -  An interesting museum documenting the Stasi (DDR secret police) headquarters in Leipzig. Very interesting (and free!) if you can understand German, but there is not much English inside.
  • Voelkerschlachtdenkmal -  A huge monument commemorating the Battle of Leipzig in the Napoleonic Wars, a major defeat for Napoleon. It was later expanded to its present monsterous proportions. A must see! 
  • Hauptbahnhof - impressive at 26 platforms, with the most expensive station toilets in Western Europe, at €1.10 a tinkle 
  • The Mendelssohn Music College 
  • Nikolaikirche 
  • Naturkundemuseum  - The nature museum, filled with all kinds of taxidermy creatures. Only 2 Euro. 
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ACHAT Comfort Hotel Messe Leipzig
Experience the comfortable accommodation blended with a warm hospitality and unsurpassed service at the ACHAT Hotel Messe Leipzig.  Situated in the north of Leipzig in the district Wiederitzsch, this property is close to the new Fair, motorway A14 and the Leipzig Airport.  Designed for your comfort and convenience, the 100 comfortable accommodation units are well-appointed and come with all the contemporary amenities.  Guests can relish delicious cuisine in an elegant setting of the on-site restaurant. The cosy bar is an ideal place to unwind with an exotic drink after a busy day.  The Metropark Service Apartment Shanghai provides meeting and banquet facilities to organise business meetings or any type of social events.
Hotel Fuerstenhof Leipzig
Situated in the heart of Leipzig, the Fuerstenhof Hotel is at a walkable distance from all the town centre's attractions. The hotel is just a kilometre from the city centres as well as the train station, while the airport is 20 kilometres away.  Tastefully furnished, the 92 guestrooms and suites feature all the modern conveniences that any traveller would expect from a hotel of this category. Physically challenged guests can make use of the facilities provided for their comfort.  The hotel boasts one of the most elegant and fashionable restaurants in the town that offer an excellent international cuisine for you to feast on.
Holiday Inn Garden Court Hotel Leipzig City Centre
Located in the heart of Leipzig, the Holiday Inn Garden Court Hotel is situated next to the central railway station. With direct bus and tram connections, the hotel is only 20 minutes from the exhibition fairgrounds and 30 minutes from the airport.  The property has 115 bedrooms, all of which have been tastefully decorated and carefully designed to ensure that your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.  In the hotel's restaurant guests can enjoy a variety of delicacies in a relaxed setting, while the lounge bar is ideal for combining business and pleasure.
The Westin Leipzig
The Westin Leipzig is a business-friendly hotel located in Leipzig, close to Leipzig Zoo, Leipzig's Old Town Hall, and Stadtisches Kaufhaus. Additional points of interest include Leipzig University and Gewandhaus. Dining options at The Westin Leipzig include 5 restaurants and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full-service health spa has massage/treatment rooms and beauty services. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Business services, concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. This is a smoke-free property. 
Top Vivaldi Hotel Leipzig
Located 3 kilometres from the city centre, Top Vivaldi Hotel Leipzig lies between the main station and fairground Neue Messe. The hotel is also close to Eutritzscher Zentrum Tram Station.  The rooms at Top Vivaldi are bright and well-equipped with essential elements to make your stay as comfortable as possible.  Guests can enjoy a rich buffet breakfast served at the hotel, every morning. The in-house restaurant serves a good selection of delicacies for you to relish while the bar offers a variety of drinks to gratify your dining experience.
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