A city with unmistakeable charm

Leipzig is one of the liveliest and most dynamic cities in Germany. Whether as a musical city, trade fair mecca or city of books – Leipzig has been an important European centre for hundreds of years.
Famous poets such as Lessing, Klopstock, Gottsched or Goethe moved here. Philosophers such as Leibniz, Nietzsche and Bloch influence thinking in the city to this day. And Leipzig is especially well known across the world for its musicality, with a long tradition stretching back to the works of Bach and Mendelssohn Bartholdy in particular.
Art, science and culture are still main features of the city, which was founded in 1165, with several thousand academics carrying out research in almost 20 non-university research institutions, at the University and in six other colleges in the city. The “Leipzig School” and the “Baumwollspinnerei” are leaders in the world of art. The St Thomas Boys’ Choir, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the many museums and a lively theatre scene all characterise the cultural life of the city.

After the Peaceful Revolution Leipzig developed into a booming region of East Germany, and is now experiencing a renaissance as the logistics and high-tech centre in the heart of Europe. Present-day Leipzig stands out due to its economic dynamism, its high level of culture, its many green areas within the city and, last but not least, the outstanding quality of life for families, for children and also for the growing number of older people in our society. Taking a walk through the city is very worthwhile.

Source: University of Leipzig 

A commercial city with tradition

Leipzig has a long tradition as a commercial city. Located in central Europe, the city has developed into one of the key trade-fair and industrial locations in Germany.

After German reunification, Leipzig built on this tradition and succeeded in once again becoming one of the most important centres of commerce in the East German states. Large production facilities of Porsche and BMW moved to Leipzig, and companies in the communications and information-technology industries also found the city to be a perfect location: the IT company PC-Ware and the national cable network operator PrimaCom are based in Leipzig, for example. 
The public broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk and many publishing companies have their registered offices here, which has made the city one of the most important media locations yet again. In addition to many smaller film and television productions, one of the biggest German film companies, Kinowelt, is based here. The entire region is also an important centre for the energy industry. Vattenfall operates the Lippendorf power plant south of Leipzig, and not far from there, in Espenhain, is the biggest photovoltaic plant in Europe. Also, the world’s biggest solar power station is currently being developed at a military airport near Leipzig, and the biggest energy exchange in continental Europe, the European Energy Exchange (EEX), is situated in the city. 
Over the past few years, Leipzig has developed into an important logistics centre. In the autumn of 2006, the online mail-order company Amazon opened its second, and so far biggest, German logistics centre here. Moreover, Leipzig Airport is now growing into one of the key freight transshipment centres in the world. For example, the Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL started up its new European air cargo hub here, having previously been located in Brussels. This has made Leipzig one of the three biggest DHL transshipment centres, along with Hong Kong and the US city of ilmington.

Source: University of Leipzig 


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