City Profile: Leipzig

Being the largest city in Saxony, Leipzig has earned a reputation of being an important centre for culture and business in Germany. Goethe called Leipzig "a little Paris" when he came to study law at its university. Leipzig has a long and well-known history, including the Battle of the Nations in 1813 and mass demonstrations against the GDR regime which contributed to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.

Monument to the Battle of the Nations

Völkerschlachtdenkmal / Monument to the Battle of the Nations
Das gewaltige Völkerschlachtdenkmal wurde nach 15-jähriger Bauzeit am 18. Oktober 1913 eingeweiht. Mit 91 m Höhe ist es das größte Denkmal Europas. Es steht an jenem Ort, wo 1813 die blutigen Kämpfe gegen Napoleon stattfanden. In der Schlacht fielen rund 125.000 Soldaten. / After a construction period of 15 years the giant Monument to the Battle of Nations was inaugurated on the 18 October 1913. With a height of 91 meters it is Europe´s highest monument. It is located at the place where the famous battle against Napoleon took place in 1813. About 125,000 soldiers died in the battle.© Andreas Schmidt, Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH

Dedicated to the Battle of the Nations from 1813, this gigantic monument with 91 metres of height offers a spectacular view across Leipzig and environs. It stands right in the centre of the former battle field, where Napoleon’s army was defeated by the allied armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden. The monument is widely regarded as one of the best examples of Wilhelmine architecture.

Auerbachs Keller

Leipzig: Auerbachs Keller in der Maedlerpassage, Dr. Faustus Fassritt
"Auerbachs Keller" in der Maedlerpassage: Dr. Faustus Fassritt, die bekannte Szene aus dem Faust I von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Leipzig© picture-alliance/ DUMONT Bildar

Located in the Mädler Passage, the restaurant Auerbachs Keller has attracted visitors since 1530, because it was made famous by Johann Wolfgang Goethe who wrote about it in his masterpiece "Faust". When he was a student, the poet had been to Auerbachs Keller many times. Two bronze figures of Mephisto and Faust outside of the restaurant remind of the scene in the book.



Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig
The Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly conducts a rehearsal with his orchestra in the Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig, Germany, 19 February 2013. The auditorium was dedicated in 1981 and offers a capacity of 1.900 seats. Photo: Jan Woitas© picture-alliance/ ZB

Leipzig Gewandhaus is the city’s popular concert hall that has hosted the Gewandhaus orchestra since 1781. It is the oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world. Gewandhaus stages 250 classical concerts each season and almost 700 events per year, attracting half a million visitors. In addition to the range of concerts, its schedule is also filled with conferences, congresses and programmes of music education.



Kneipe Nato in der Suedvorstadt Leipzigs
Die Kneipe und der Veranstaltungsort "Nato" am Suedplatz an der Karl Liebknecht Strasse (Karli), aufgenommen am 04.10.2013. Foto: Tom Schulze dpa© picture-alliance/ zb

Among many young people, Leipzig’s Südvorstadt (literally: southern suburb) is a very popular area for going out, thanks to its many bars, cafés and restaurants along the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, informally known as "Karli". Little alternative boutiques invite for a leisurely stroll through the street. Südvorstadt is close to parks, the city centre, the university of Leipzig and boasts beautiful old buildings, which make it a very popular neighbourhood.

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