Leipzig is located in the east of Germany, 180 km south of Berlin. You can reach us by plane, car, and train. The city currently has about 500,000 inhabitants, and in the metropolitan region there live about 1.1 Mio people. Leipzig over the centuries has made a rich contribution to the economic and intellectual life of Europe. The city leterally rose up out of the swamp. The name Leipzig derives from the Latin “urbs Libzi”, recorded in the chronicle of Thietmar, the Bishop of Merseburg, in 1015. The word refers to a grove of lime trees, which presumably was a key feature of the area. This was probably the remains of an ancient Teutonic settlement from the time before the migration of the peoples; the lime was sacred to the Teutons. Later two great trade routes intersected here (“via regia” as Road of the Kings and “via imperii” as Imperial Road that lead to a rapid development and the first trading activities. The city grew into one of the most important commercial centers in Germany. Leipzig has fundamentally shaped the history of Germany and Europe. Leipzig has always been known as a place of commerce. The Leipzig Trade Fair, which began in the Middle Ages, is the oldest remaining trade fair in the world. It became an event of international importance. The foundation of the University of Leipzig in 1409 initiated the citys development into a centre of German law and the publishing industry, and towards being a location of the Reichsgericht (High Court), and the German National Library (founded in 1912). Philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, musicians, writers – the city was and is a magnet for intellectuals and artists. To name a few: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kurt Masur, the list is a fine example of the energy and substance the city has to offer. The citys musical tradition is also reflected in the worldwide fame of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the largest orchestra in the world, and the choir of the St. Thomas Church.

The Leipzig region was the arena of the Battle of the Nations, which ended Napoleons run of conquest in Europe, and led to his first exile on Elba. The Leipzig University, celebrates its 600 years and is one of Europes oldest universities. Nobel Prize laureate Werner Heisenberg worked here as a physics professor (from 1927 to 1942), as did Nobel Prize laureates Gustav Ludwig Hertz (physics), Wilhelm Ostwald (chemistry) and Theodor Mommsen (Nobel Prize in literature).

This is just a brief introduction to the City of Leipzig. Please come and enjoy the architectural highlights and the vibrating metropole. Come and visit us.

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