Visitors to Leipzig notice it instantly: this city is something special. It exudes a passion for art and culture, and at the same time, thanks to its role as a lively business location, is the “secret” capital of Saxony.

This delightful combination is seen in every area of the metropolis. In many parts of the city, magnificent buildings dating back to the Gründerzeit (literally the "Founder Epoch", the economic phase in 19th century Germany and Austria before the great stock market crash of 1873) can still be seen today and they, together with the striking modern architecture, are what make this city so unique.

Classical music is celebrated in the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus and the opera house. The birthplace of the world's first daily newspaper and of publishers such as Brockhaus, Reclam, Baedecker and Kiepenheuer is today the home to Europe's biggest literary festival. In the west of Leipzig, which used to be famous for its cotton spinning industry, an art scene has now developed that is admired by the whole world.

The city's nightlife has just the right offerings for every taste, whether classical music in the concert hall or electronic music in a club. A number of lakes on the outskirts of the city provide welcome relief and variety on summer days when the shade offered by the trees in the large Clara Zetkin Park is no longer quite enough. And what about the people? Well, they are open, liberal, curious, and always wanting to get new things going. So there are lots of reasons for visiting Leipzig and experiencing, and being enchanted by, the city's charm and dynamism.

City Facts

  • Location

    Trade fair city in the metropolitan region of Central Germany

  • Population

    about 550,000

  • Size

    about 297.6 km²

  • Public transport

    very good bus, tram and rail network.

  • Climate

    Moderate climate zone. Over 20°C in summer; temperatures drop to just below freezing between December and January with occasional snow.

  • Best time to visit

    The weather is best between May and September.

  • Good to know

    The local speciality is the "Leipziger Lerche", the "Leipzig lark", a macaroon-like little cake filled with ground almonds and other nuts.

  • Nice to know

    Leipzig is believed to be the oldest trade fair town in Central Europe. The first trade fair took place here as long ago as 1190.

  • Airport

    Leipzig/Halle (Schkeuditz); about 20 km northwest of the city centre.

  • Bus

    The Airport City Liner from Terminal B at the airport to the main railway station takes about 30 minutes.

  • Railway

    The S-Bahn or Intercity goes directly from the rail station at Leipzig/Halle airport to the city centre.

  • Taxi

    Taxi ranks are outside the airport, and it's about 20 minutes to the city centre.