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Leipzig, Germany

East Germany's Leipzig may surprise you with its vitality.

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Leipzig has been home to many musicians and writers in the past, and is embracing the market reforms it helped to usher in.

Leipzig Facts

  • Mass demonstrations against the East German communist regime in Leipzig started the process which led to its fall.
  • Leipzig's importance as a trade fair center goes back centuries.
  • Famous people who've lived and worked in Leipzig: Bach, Goethe, Mendelssohn, Schumann and others.
  • Leipzig and its surroundings form one of the fastest-growing economic regions in Europe.

Leipzig is a gem of a Saxon city that you can explore fully in a day or two. It is an easy 2 hour trip by car or train south of Berlin.

Getting there by Air

Leipzig/Halle airport is 18km from the city center. There is a shuttle bus service to the main train station. It takes about 30 minutes and runs at 30 minute intervals through the business day. A taxi to the city center will cost about 30 Euros.

Leipzig's Train Station

Leipzig's Hauptbanhoff has the most tracks of any railway station in Germany. It's a major transfer point for trains to just about anywhere. The station also features three floors of underground mall, and because it's in a train station, the stores are open until 10 pm. You'll find everything you need here for your journey--from inexpensive sandwiches and pastries to Eddie Bauer outfits.

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Leipzig Tourist Information Office

From the train station walk across the tram-tracks and turn left on the first street, Richard-Wagner-Strauss to pick up a city map.

Where to Stay

Leipzig has been a trade center for centuries, and that presents a problem for tourists. You see, there are several hostels in Leipzig and many four star business hotels. There's nothing much in between. But the abundance of expensive business hotels means that the prices in summer, when there aren't a lot of major trade shows scheduled, can drop into affordability. We were able to get a Sunday room at the Novotel (across from the train station and near the tourist information office) for 52 euros. Normal price at that time was $100 for a double.

A good way to check availability and popularity of hotels is to use a booking engine like Venere, where hotels are user-rated and mapped: See Leipzig Hotels, Germany (book direct)

For those who wish to stay in an apartment or vacation home rental (as we often do), HomeAway offers a selection of Zeipzig Vacation Rentals to choose from.

There are two hostels, the Sleepy Lion and the Central Globetrotter.

Leipzig Layout

Leipzig's main center is pretty much a square, with the market square in the center, now a very pleasant public square lined with cafes. The ring road that circumnavigates the old city replaces the old city walls. Go on to page two for Leipzig attractions, pictures, food and drink, and a fine laundromat.

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