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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

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"Hi there! I will go to Leipzig around october 22! We will go with 50 people from the Amsterdam University. Do you maybe got some tips for a cheap place where we can have dinner with all of us, where they do a discount on big groups? Thanyou Kind Regards, Ipek Ergecen " (posted 10/08/2015)

Auerbach's Keller is set to such a large group and if you are not a la Carle ordered, but the daily menu for all increases, it is also not very expensive, or they may still give an additional discount if you ask in advance when making the reservation. But certainly depends on how they booked on the night are. It is considered Touristentip, is however really a great restaurant. For large groups, therefore, good, otherwise in my opinion a bit too tedious and rather impersonal.
Answer provided by Sarah Herold on 10/09/2015
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"Do I need to book advance train travel from Berlin to Leipzig in June 2016? Bach Festival." (posted 07/25/2015)

No, that's not necessary. You can buy Berlin on the day of travel a ticket at the station or you can also buy a ticket from the conductor IC and pay by credit card.
Answer provided by Wolfgang Götz on 07/26/2015
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No, only if places are to be reserved
Answer provided by Kay Dinjus on 07/26/2015
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You do not have to book in advance. The timetable changes in autumn so you never know if the train you book today wants to go at 2016. But When You book the train before you come here it is better to book a seat number as well. So you are sure That You want to have a seat no matter how many people want to take this train, too
Answer provided by Falko Kleindienst on 07/28/2015
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No you do not have unbending, but it would be better. Best A Few Days Earlier on the Internet.
Answer provided by Lars Schumann on 07/26/2015
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Where to find good quality groceries?

Are there any special local events?

"I already have hotel arrangements in Leipzig from June 6-22, 2015; my main reason is to attend the Bach Festival as well as traveling in the area to visit sites connected with J.S. Bach. Could you tell me the cost of and how to obtain a Bach Festival Card?. What Festival events does the card cover? I am 72. I will be driving and have traveled by car in Germany many times. Thank you. Vince McNally" (posted 01/25/2015)

Hello, I hope that helps you further: information about the program, including download here. Http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/en/bachfest/leipzig-bach-festival-·-12-21-june-2015; there, the prices of the individual events are listed safely. And here describes how you can order the tickets. http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/en/bachfest/tickets Regards Susanne Heyden Empire
Answer provided by Susanne Heydenreich on 01/26/2015
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Tickets can be purchased by phone or on site on the internet. Here is the link to order on the side of the Bach Festival: http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/de/bachfest/kartenbestellungen
Answer provided by Lars Schumann on 01/26/2015
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There is a Festival Pass, where you get 25% discount on the tickets. That there is a ticket for all events, I do not know. For details and festival and ticket orders can be found under the following link: http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/de/bachfest Many greetings from Leipzig Wolfgang Götz
Answer provided by Wolfgang Götz on 01/26/2015
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Hello and thank you for your question. Tickets for the Bach Festival can be purchased here: http://www.eventim.de/bachfest-leipzig-tickets.html?affiliate=EVE&doc=artistPages/tickets&fun=artist&action=tickets&kuid=464871 However, the Bach Festival from 16 to 21 June 2015. More information can be found here: http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/de/bachfest/2015/veranstaltungskalender Many greetings from Leipzig Forest house Knautkleeberg Kay Dinjus
Answer provided by Kay Dinjus on 01/26/2015
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"I am interested in purchasing a BACH FESTIVAL CARD. I have lists of the cost of individual events, but I am interested in purchasing the BACH FESTIVAL CARD that covers many individual musical Bach Festival events. Again, Please advise. Thank you. Vince McNally" (posted 01/26/2015)

Dear Mr. McNally, unfortunately I have no further information. I've also just found out that you can buy tickets for individual concerts and events, but no "map", which includes all or several entries. However, there is a Bach Festival Pass (about 65 euros), which gives the individual tickets 25% discount. Maybe it's worth it yes in sum, if they buy more than one individual tickets. I think a call does not get answered all your questions, but come around. The number (from abroad) can be found here: http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/de/bachfest/kartenbestellungen love GRüße, Elisabeth Radl
Answer provided by Falko Kleindienst on 01/28/2015
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Dear Mr. McNally, the festival pass costs € 62.00. It contains no events scheduled access, but only entitled to acquire the individual tickets with 25% discount. The festival pass and single tickets can be ordered online at the following Web address: http://www.ticketonline.de/tickets.html Shipping is according to my information worldwide within 2-3 days. Best regards Wolfgang Goetz
Answer provided by Wolfgang Götz on 01/28/2015
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The festival pass costs 60 €. It can be purchased by telephone or on the Internet and will entitle the holder to purchase one ticket per event with a discount of 25% on the normal price. It does not apply Concerts of other organizers. No. 2, 16, 23, 67, 82 and 96. The telephone number. from abroad 49-3871-2114191 or www.bachfestleipzig.de Sincerely Gudrun Schäfer
Answer provided by Wolfgang Schäfer on 01/27/2015
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Probably the festival pass is meant by there is a 25% discount on all tickets. Read in the network here: http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/de/bachfest/2015/veranstaltungskalender Mfg SH
Answer provided by Susanne Heydenreich on 01/28/2015
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"I will be arriving in Leipzig about a week before the Bach Festival begins. Would I still be able to obtain good tickets for some of the venues on site? Also, what is the cost of a Festival Pass (25% discount) bought abroad versus on site. Thank you. Vince McNally" (posted 01/27/2015)

Dear Mr. McNally, I think the best way to get good is to order tickets online now. The presale launched in October 2014 so it is not sure if you can still get good cards 1 week in advance. The ticket order can be made online at http://www.ticketonline.de/tickets.html orders are shipped worldwide within 2-3 days. Best regards Wolfgang Götz
Answer provided by Wolfgang Götz on 01/28/2015
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hello, the week before the Bach Festival is trefffen in Leipzig wave gothic, because they do not get more accommodation greetings Jürgen ulm
Answer provided by Jürgen Ulm on 01/27/2015
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Hi, I would now researching for hours. There is a festival telephone number that can be reached inexpensively from abroad, since the customer can ask everything. The also speak English, it is an international festival. http://www.bachfestleipzig.de/de/bachfest/kartenbestellungen
Answer provided by Susanne Heydenreich on 01/28/2015
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If you know which events / concerts you want to go, you have the cards now, after you purchase a festival pass online. Subdivision may be sold out tickets for various events. Accurate information can be obtained, as already reported in www.bachfestleipzig.de/de/bachfest/kartenbestellungen or by calling the Bach Archive 493,871 to 2,114,191. There one speaks English. Opening times Mo-Fr. 8 to 21 clock, Sat 8 to 20 clock and Sunday from 10 to 20 clock. I wish you much success Gudrun Schäfer
Answer provided by Wolfgang Schäfer on 01/28/2015
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"Hello, I want very much to attend two concerts in the Bachfest (and would be traveling from overseas to do so), but the concerts are sold out. Do you know how I could get tickets to sold-out Bachfest concerts? Many thanks for your help!" (posted 03/21/2016)

Unfortunately, I've got no solution. There is still hope of getting to the dinner tickets. But this is no solution for this situation. Otherwise remains only the Internet. MfG A. Bubrowski
Answer provided by Angela Bubrowski on 03/22/2016
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I'm very sorry, but I have no idea where it sucked on. "Black market" are still tickets .... The Bach Festival is internationally extremely popular and booked accordingly early ... but maybe there would be a "Nobel Hotel" an opportunity- if you also descends there. I know that there are many tickets about possibilities, but I'm not sure it Leipzig.
Answer provided by Sarah Herold on 03/22/2016
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Hello, maybe you are lucky on portals like ebay.de. Many greetings from Leipzig Kay Dinjus Forsthaus Knautkleeberg
Answer provided by Kay Dinjus on 03/22/2016
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Hello. Unfortunately, I can not help you here. You might get lucky if the venue itself eg Opera call. Greetings Elisabeth Radl
Answer provided by Falko Kleindienst on 03/22/2016
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Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

"Hi, I am living in Hamburg & want to visit Leipzig for 2 days this weekend with my husband. Could you please suggest what all is worth seeing there? And are 2 days too much for Leipzig? If yes, then should we cover some other nearby city too? Many thanks, Swati Goyal Germany" (posted 07/09/2014)

Hi, we live in Leipzig and the first thing I must say is: 2 days are too few for Leipzig. If you just want to see the inner city it takes about 1 day. That day it would be good to go to the "Völkerschlachtdenkmal" as well, a very impressive giant monument in the east. . Maybe the best way to get to know Leipzig´s city is to get a guided or "hop on and off"- sightseeing tour by bus. Link: http://www.leipzigerstadtrundfahrten.de/stadtrundfahrt/rote-tour/ Such tours can be arranged in the inner city nearby the railway station. The Zoo is very beautiful, but to visit the Zoo takes one day. If the weather is sunny and warm, you should also visit the lakes nearby Leipzig (Markleeberger See, Cospudener See) When my mother was here, we took the bus sightseeing tour, and then we took a water tour to see Leipzig´s wonderful water streets. Links: http://www.elsterboot.de/ or http://www.leipzigdetails.de/bootstour-Leipzig-Details-stadtführungen.html. I hope that this was helpful and if you have any other questions, you can contact me via email: hausverwaltung.leipzig@yahoo.de Many greetings, Lisa Radl
Answer provided by Falko Kleindienst on 07/10/2014
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Hello, 2 days are definitely not too much for Leipzig! Rather too little. Leipzig is a historic city with a 1000-year history. The old city center with many historic buildings, such as St. Thomas's Church, the Nicolai Church (starting point of the demonstrations in 1989), the newly-built St Paul's Church and Gewandhaus Opera and many other places, is worth seeing. Not to mention the People's Battle Monument and much more. Leipzig is a very green city with many city parks and the newly formed Neuseenland (former lignite mining area). There are many guided tours that can take you to visit all the sights. You should contact the Leipzig information office. I hope I could help a little. Leipzig is worth seeing for sure! And I'm not just saying as someone from Leipzig. Regards, Katrin Busch
Answer provided by Katrin Busch on 07/10/2014
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Sites worth seeing are St. Nicholas' Church in Leipzig (starting point of the peaceful revolution), Thomas Church (where Johann Sebastian Bach worked) with the famous St. Thomas Boys Choir, old and new town halls, university and Federal Administrative Court. In addition, of course, the Voelkerschlachtdenkmal, the Russian Church, the German National Library in Leipzig, and of course, the many passages (about 20 in all), including the famous Maedlerpassage with the famous Auerbach Keller, which Goethe has described in Faust. Furthermore, pay a visit to the old trade exchange and the "Arab Coffebaums" 'of the oldest coffee house outside the Arab world with its coffee museum. Visit the Gewandhaus with its famous Gewandhaus Orchestra. In addition, the Leipzig Zoo with the Gondawanaland tropical hall is worth seeing. Many greetings from Leipzig, Wolfgang Goetz
Answer provided by Wolfgang Götz on 07/10/2014
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In the British newspaper "The Guardian" Leipzig was listed as number 1 in the 20 German travel tips. From Helmholtzstr. 1, you are on 15 minutes away from the city center by bus / tram 8/15 (5 min. by foot). Thomas and St. Nicholas' churches, art galleries and museums, and the zoo's new Gondwanaland hall lie in the center of the city. The Pleisse, Parthe, and Elster floodplains and the new mining lakes and parks invite you to take a walk or a stroll along the beach. I recommend the purchase of a Leipzig-card for all traffic routes. I am always impressed by this very beautiful city with Mädlerpassage, Old City Hall, and Old Stock Exchange. I especially like the so-called passage houses with their beautiful courtyards, which allow you to go from one street to another "pass". The railway station of Leipzig is also worth seeing. Also visit to the "Tree Cafe" with its very interesting collection of things ranging from plantings to the coffee cup. Good restaurants are to be found in the "Bartelshof" and around the city. The Battle of the Nations monument is also worth seeing, for those interested. These are just some suggestions. For the best and latest things, take ia look at the official homepage of the city. Leipzig is definitely worth a trip of several days. I hope this information awakens the interest of your customers. Kind regards, Erika Krogmann
Answer provided by Erika Krogmann on 07/10/2014
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"I am planing on moving to Leipzig with my family, i want to do an MBA at the university. I would really appreciate any help on where to live that is safe, close to the university and good schools for my children, and well conected. (I have two kids, an 8 year old boy and a six year old girl) I would be very greatful for any help that you can give me. Also my children and I have german citizenship, but we have never lived in germany, is there somthing special that we should know that will be helpful?" (posted 09/17/2014)

The best districts are in Leipzig Waldstrassenviertel, Bach quarter, Schleußig, Suedvorstadt and center.
Answer provided by Lars Schumann on 09/18/2014
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Hello, in Leipzig, there is the International School - here the Internet address: www.intschool-leipzig.com. In Leipzig there are many neighborhoods that are very popular. Center, Suedvorstadt, Musicians district, Waldstrassenviertel: Near the University following districts lie. It is always fast everywhere in Leipzig. An overview get them under http://www.leipzig.de/buergerservice-und-verwaltung/unsere-stadt/gebietsgliederung-und-strassennamen/kommunale-gebietsgliederung/#c22822 I hope I could help you a little. Best regards, Katrin
Answer provided by Katrin Busch on 09/18/2014
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Good day, I can not give tips on what concerns your move and the necessary formalities. I moved here from the EU, because you had to just sign the residence and that was about it. But the site of the city of Leipzig (Bürgeramt does that mean here) may help you further. Your homepage is: http://www.meldebox.de/Umzug-Leipzig/Einwohnermeldeamt/Leipzig Town House 88269/ If they make in the University of Leipzig center your MBA, then I can as a city in any case "Leipzig West" and "Suedvorstadt" recommend (Musikerviertel). "Center West" is also a good and safe area and "Gohlis". These places are safe and close to the university and the city center and the transport are also long and short intervals. About schools I do not know much, because we ourselves have children, but I think if they meet then write if they know in which area they would have to live it. I think that the German way of life is not too much of the American people is different-just in Leipzig are also very nice and help everyone, because a lot of that yet from the former GDR as know (that you help each other) is -daher just here the mentality very open and welcoming. Important of course is that they themselves and their children learn German, because unfortunately English is not very common here (since it was not necessarily taught in the GDR). If they want help with already selected apartments (read leases, possibly the area / View property etc), then you may like to write to me or send also copies / expose to view, I'm happy to help here so they have a nice time here! Love, Elizabeth Radl
Answer provided by Falko Kleindienst on 09/18/2014
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  • German Central Library for the Blind
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    German Central Library for the Blind

    The German Central Library for the Blind (German: Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde), abbreviated DZB, is a public library for the visually impaired located in the city of Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. Its collection of 72,300 titles is amongst the largest in the German speaking countries. The institution consists of a lending library, a publishing house, and a research center for barrier-free communication. It also has production facilities for braille books, talking books, and braille music. The DZB publishes about 250 new titles annually. Founded in 1894, the DZB is the oldest library for the blind in Germany.

  • Paunsdorf Center
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    Paunsdorf Center

    Das Paunsdorf Center (kurz P.C.) ist ein im Leipziger Osten befindliches Familien-Einkaufszentrum, das im Oktober 1994 eröffnet wurde. Es war eines der ersten Einkaufszentren, die nach der Wende in Sachsen realisiert wurden und ist mit einer Handelsmietfläche von 114.000 Quadratmetern das größte überdachte Center in Deutschland. Die reine Verkaufsfläche liegt bei 70.000 Quadratmetern. Momentan gibt es dort rund 100 Geschäfte aller Branchen. Zu den größten Mietern gehören Kaufland, Media Markt, H&M, C&A und die Drogerie Müller. Auch ein Bürgeramt der Stadt Leipzig ist vertreten.

  • Leipzig Panometer
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    Leipzig Panometer

    The Leipzig Panometer is an attraction in Leipzig, Germany. It is a visual panorama displayed inside a former gasometer, accompanied by a thematic exhibition. The current theme is the Amazon Rainforest. The Panometer was created in 2003 by the Austrian-born artist Yadegar Asisi, who coined the name as a portmanteau of "panorama" and "gasometer". He opened another Panometer in Dresden in 2006.

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    The Leipzig Panometer occupies a disused telescopic gas holder in Connewitz. The gasometer was built in 1909, under Hugo Licht, and was in operation until 1977. It has a diameter of 57 metres (187 ft) and a total height of 49 metres (161 ft), including the cupola with lantern. From 2002–05 it was renovated to allow the transformation into Asisi's panoramic display. The final step was the addition of a glass foyer, which connects it to an adjacent gasometer and also contains the restaurant.

  • Grassi Museum
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    Grassi Museum

    The Grassi Museum is a building complex in Leipzig, Germany, home to three museums: the Ethnography Museum, Musical Instruments Museum, and Applied Arts Museum.

    It is sometimes known as the "Museums in the Grassi", or as the "New" Grassi Museum (to distinguish it from the older building with this name, now home to the municipal library).

    The museum is named for Franz Dominic Grassi, a Leipzig businessman of Italian descent, who bequeathed over two million marks to the city upon his death in 1880. This helped pay for a number of new constructions, including the Gewandhaus and the Mende Fountain, as well as the "Old Grassi Museum". Built from 1892-95 on the Königsplatz (now Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz), this originally housed the Museum of Ethnography and the Museum of Arts and Crafts, and is now the municipal library.

  • Leipzig Museum of Applied Arts
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    Leipzig Museum of Applied Arts

    The Museum of Applied Arts (German: Museum für Angewandte Kunst) is a museum in Leipzig, Germany. It is the second oldest museum of decorative arts in the country, founded just six years after the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. Today it is part of the Grassi Museum, an institution which also includes the Museum of Ethnography and the Museum of Musical Instruments, based in a large building on the Johannisplatz.

  • St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig
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    St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig

    The St. Nicholas Church (in German: Nikolaikirche) has long been one of the most famous in Leipzig, and rose to national fame in 1989 with the Monday Demonstrations when it became the centre of peaceful revolt against communist rule.

    The church was built around 1165 when Leipzig, also known as St. Nicholas's City, was founded. It is named after St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants and wholesalers, and is situated in the very heart of the city on the intersection of two then important trade roads. It is built partially in the Romanesque style but was extended and enlarged in the early 16th century with a more Gothic style. In 1794 the interior was remodeled by German architect Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe in the neoclassical style. The church has been a Protestant seat since 1539 after the Protestant Reformation, but the Catholic Church is allowed to use it too.

    The church saw four of the five performances (including the premiere) of the St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach on Good Friday in 1724, 1728, 1732, and 1749 as well as many of his cantatas and oratorios performed by the Thomanerchor.

  • Leipzig Museum of Ethnography
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    Leipzig Museum of Ethnography

    The Leipzig Museum of Ethnography (German: Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig) is a large ethnographic museum in Leipzig, Germany. Today it is part of the Grassi Museum, an institution which also includes the Museum of Applied Arts and the Museum of Musical Instruments, based in a large building on the Johannisplatz.

    The museum traces its origins to the historian, librarian and court counsellor Gustav Klemm, whose cultural historical collection found a permanent home in the newly-founded museum in 1869, shortly after his death. At first it was provisionally kept in former chemical laboratories in Leipzig. The collection was expanded in the following decades, and exhibitions were held in various buildings across the city, organised by the Association of the Museum of Ethnography. In 1895 the collection moved into the Old Grassi Museum on the Königsplatz, built over three years specifically for this purpose, though now home to the municipal library. The city of Leipzig took over the museum in 1904. In 1929 it moved into the New Grassi Museum on the Johannisplatz, whose construction had begun in 1925.

  • Monument to the Battle of the Nations
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    Monument to the Battle of the Nations

    The Monument to the Battle of the Nations (German: Völkerschlachtdenkmal) is a monument in Leipzig, Germany to the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of the Nations. Paid for mostly by donations and by the city of Leipzig, it was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of the battle, at a cost of 6,000,000 Goldmark.

    The monument commemorates Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig, a crucial step towards the end of hostilities in the War of the Sixth Coalition, which was seen as a victory for the German people, although Germany as we know it did not exist at that time. There were German-speakers fighting on both sides, as Napoleon's troops also included conscripted Germans from the French-occupied left bank of the Rhine as well as from the Confederation of the Rhine.

    The structure is 91 metres tall. It contains over 500 steps to a viewing platform at the top, from which there are spectacular views across the city and environs. The structure makes extensive use of concrete, although the facings are of granite. The monument is widely regarded as one of the best examples of Wilhelmine architecture. It is said to stand on the spot of some of the bloodiest fighting, from where Napoleon ordered the retreat of his army.

  • Museum of Musical Instruments of the University of Leipzig
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    Museum of Musical Instruments of the University of Leipzig

    The Museum of Musical Instruments of the University of Leipzig (German: Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig) is a museum in Leipzig, Germany. It is located on Johannisplatz, near the city centre. The museum belongs to the University of Leipzig and is also part of the Grassi Museum, whose other members are the Museum of Ethnography and the Museum of Applied Arts.

    It is one of the largest music instrument museums in Europe, alongside those of Brussels and of Paris. Its collection of around 10,000 objects includes valuable instruments from Europe and beyond, as well as music-related items from the Renaissance, the Baroque, and Bach's Leipzig period.

  • Gewandhaus
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    Gewandhaus

    Gewandhaus is a concert hall in Leipzig, Germany, the home of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Today's hall is the third to bear this name; like the second, it is noted for its fine acoustics.

    The first Gewandhaus was built in 1781 by architect Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe.

    The second opened on 11 December 1884, and was destroyed in the fire-bombings of World War II between 1943 and 1944.

    The third Gewandhaus on Augustusplatz opened on 8 October 1981, two hundred years after the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra moved into the original hall.

  • Museum of Antiquities of the University of Leipzig
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    Museum of Antiquities of the University of Leipzig

    The Museum of Antiquities of the University of Leipzig (German: Antikenmuseum der Universität Leipzig) is a collection of antiques in Leipzig, Germany.

    Today the collection contains around 10,000 original objects, chief among them numerous black- and red-figure vases, as well as over 600 plaster casts.[3] In addition to acting as an educational resource for students, the museum has been exhibiting its most important finds to the general public since 1844. Since 1994 the collection has been on display in the Alte Nikolaischule.

  • City-Hochhaus Leipzig
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    City-Hochhaus Leipzig

    City-Hochhaus is 36-storey skyscraper in Leipzig, Germany. At 142 m (466 ft), it is the tallest multistory building in the city as well as the tallest in the former East Germany. The tower was designed by architect Hermann Henselmann in the shape of an open book, and built between 1968 and 1972. It followed Henselmann's idea to cap central places in cities with a prominent tower, such as the Jen-Tower in Jena and Fernsehturm in Berlin.

    City-Hochhaus was originally part of the University of Leipzig campus at Augustusplatz, was sold by the state government of Saxony and is now owned by the U.S. investment bank Merrill Lynch. The building was completely renovated between 1999 and 2002, when it lost its aluminium sheathing which was replaced by grey granite. The offices are now rented to private tenants including the public broadcaster MDR, the European Energy Exchange and the Panorama restaurant. The roof is equipped with a viewing platform.

    The building is nicknamed Weisheitszahn (English: wisdom tooth) by locals as due to its form or after its previous function as Uniriese (English: university giant).

  • Museum der bildenden Künste
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    Museum der bildenden Künste

    The Museum der bildenden Künste (German: "Museum of Fine Arts") is a museum in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. On 7,000 square meters of display area, 3,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and 60,000 graphical works are shown. It covers artworks from the Late Middle Ages to Modernity.

    Today's collection includes approximately 3,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and 60,000 graphic sheets.OIt includes works from the Late Middle Ages to the present, focusing on Old German and Early Netherlandish art of the 15th and 16th Century, Italian art from the 15th to 18th Century, Dutch art of the 17th Century, French art of the 19th and German art from the 18th to 20th Century.

    Important parts of the collection are works by Dutch and German Old Masters like Frans Hals and Lucas Cranach the Elder, Romantics like Caspar David Friedrich, and representatives of the Düsseldorf school of painting such as Andreas Achenbach. The highlight of the sculpture collection presents the Beethoven sculpture by Max Klinger. For the comprehensive work of Max Klinger and Max Beckmann a separate floor is devoted.

    In the field of Modern Art, the museum is primarily to closed factory look of the Leipzig School by artists such as Werner Tübke, Bernhard Heisig, and Wolfgang Mattheuer or larger stocks of the international currently very popular artists Neo Rauch and Daniel Richter.

  • Auerbachs Keller
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    Auerbachs Keller

    Auerbachs Keller (Auerbach's Cellar in English) is the best known and second oldest restaurant in Leipzig, dating to at least the first half of the fifteenth century. It was already one of the city’s most important wine bars by the 16th century and is described in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play Faust I as the first place Mephistopheles takes Faust on their travels.

    Auerbach's Cellar is located below the Mädlerpassage, a shopping arcade, at Grimmaische Straße 2 in Leipzig's historical district near the market. The restaurant has five historical dining rooms: the Fasskeller (Barrel Cellar), Lutherzimmer (Luther Room), Goethezimmer (Goethe Room), Alt-Leipzig (Old Leipzig), and, since 1913, the Großer Keller (Large Cellar). There is also the Mephisto Bar on the floor above available for drinks.

    The wine bar was first mentioned in a historical record dated 1438. Its present name comes from the original owner, the Leipzig city councilor, professor of medicine and rector of Leipzig University Dr. Heinrich Stromer, who was familiarly called Dr. Auerbach after his birthplace, the town of Auerbach in Germany's Upper Palatinate region. He was the personal physician of the Prince-Elector of Saxony, who gave him the right to establish the wine bar in gratitude for faithful services.

    Goethe often visited Auerbach’s Cellar while studying in Leipzig 1765-1768 and called it his favorite wine bar. He saw there two paintings on wood dating from 1625, one depicting the magician and astrologer Faust drinking with students and the other showing him riding out the door astride a wine barrel. Goethe was already familiar with the Faust legend from his youth, since a puppet show Dr. Faust, was frequently performed at local street fairs. The scene Auerbach’s Cellar in Leipzig in his drama Faust I is his literary memorial to his student tavern and to the city, albeit an ironic one. According to legend, the alchemist Dr. Johann Georg Faust once rode a wine barrel from the cellar to the street at Auerbach's Cellar, something he could have accomplished only with the help of the Devil.

  • Naturkundemuseum Leipzig
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    Naturkundemuseum Leipzig

    Naturkundemuseum Leipzig is a natural history museum in Leipzig, Germany. The museum contains the insect collection of Alexander Julius Reichert.

  • Städtisches Kaufhaus
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    Städtisches Kaufhaus

    The Städtisches Kaufhaus in Leipzig, designed by Rayher, Korber and Müller, was constructed from 1894 to 1901.

    This piece of land and architectural monument reflects 500 years of Leipzig's inner city's history of trading and culture. In the years 1477 to 1498 the first Gewandhaus (garb-house) was constructed there at the so-called Gewandgäßchen and Universitätsstraße. Due to the imperial fair privilege from 1497 Leipzig quickly became very important as an emporium. The Gewandhaus was home to foreign cloth merchants and also hosted the Zeughaus (armory).

    After nearly 250 years of utilisation the first Gewandhaus was torn down and from 1740 to 1744 replaced by the municipal library, which was erected in baroque manner and again hosted an armory (in its east wing). Many parts can still be recognised in today's building. In 1780/1781 the armory was reconstructed into a concert hall, which was the first permanent home the Gewandhaus orchestra (presumably Germany's oldest civil orchestra). The hall was designed by Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe. It saw numerous famous concerts e. g. by Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Mozart and Liszt. Even though the hall's capacity was extended a couple of times, in the long run it was too small, so the Gewandhaus orchestra in 1884 moved to the newly built Neues Concerthaus (new concert house), which was home to the orchestra until 1943, when it was destroyed by bombs. After an interim in the congress hall the Gewandhaus orchestra's permanent home today is the (third) Gewandhaus, located at the Augustusplatz.

  • Federal Administrative Court of Germany
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    Federal Administrative Court of Germany

    The Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) is one of the five federal supreme courts of Germany. It is the court of the last resort for generally all cases of administrative law, mainly disputes between citizens and the state. It hears appeals from the Oberverwaltungsgerichte, or Superior Administrative Courts, which, in turn, are the courts of appeals for decisions of the Verwaltungsgerichte (Administrative Courts).

    However, cases concerning social security law belong to the jurisdiction of the Sozialgerichte (Social Courts) with the Bundessozialgericht as federal court of appeals, and cases of tax and customs law are decided by the Finanzgerichte (Finance Courts), and, ultimately, by the Bundesfinanzhof.

    The Bundesverwaltungsgericht has its seat at the former Reichsgericht (Imperial Court of Justice) building in Leipzig.

  • Leipzig Botanical Garden
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    Leipzig Botanical Garden

    Leipzig Botanical Garden (3.5 hectares), (German: Leipziger Botanische Gärten, Botanischer Garten der Universität Leipzig), is a botanical garden maintained by the University of Leipzig, and located at Linnéstraße 1, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. It is the oldest botanical garden in Germany and among the oldest in the world, and open daily without charge.

    Leipzig's botanical garden dates back to at least 1542, although the garden has moved several times. They were created shortly after the university's reform in 1539, when Maurice, Elector of Saxony donated the Dominican monastery of St. Pauli. Its former monastery garden, on the north side of the Paulinerkirche, was reworked as a hortus medicus by May 1543.

    This first garden was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War, and in 1648 the university acquired a new site (now Grimmaische Street) where in 1653 it created its second garden. In 1807 the garden was moved to the grounds of the Pleißemühlgraben, where greenhouses were constructed after 1840. By 1857 the garden cultivated more than 10,000 species, of which 4,500 were grown in the greenhouses.

    In 1876-1877, after the decision to erect a court house on its site, the garden was relocated once again to its present location southeast of Leipzig. The initial size of this new area (2.8 hectares) was extended in 1895, and the new greenhouses (1232 m²) were more than twice as large as those at the previous site. The garden was utterly destroyed in World War II, with the ruins of the Botanical Institute subsequently demolished and backfilled with rubble. By 1954 the show houses had been restored, but economic difficulties in the 1980s led to closure of some greenhouses. After reunification, the garden was completely renovated (1992-2004), with a new butterfly house created in 1996 and five new greenhouses built in 1999-2000.

    Today the garden contains a total of some 7,000 species, of which nearly 3,000 species comprise ten special collections. The garden contains a systematic department, as well as geographic arrangements of plants from the steppes of Eastern Europe and Asia, forests of the northern hemisphere, prairies, and eastern North America, as well as a marsh and pond with regional flora and an alpine garden containing plants from Asia, Europe, and South America. Its greenhouses (2,400 m² total area) contain plants from subtropical and tropical zones of the Mediterranean region, Africa, Central America, and Australia.

  • New Town Hall (Leipzig)
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    New Town Hall (Leipzig)

    Leipzig New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is the seat of the Leipzig city administration since 1905. It stands within the Leipzig's "ring road" on the south west corner opposite the city library at Martin-Luther-Ring.

    In 1895 the city of Leipzig was granted the site of the Pleissenburg by the Kingdom of Saxony to build a new town hall. A competition was held for architectural designs with the specification that the Rapunzel tower sillhouette of the Pleißenburg be retained. In 1897 the architect and city building director of Leipzig Hugo Licht was awarded the job of designing it.

    The foundation stone of the New Town Hall was laid on the 19 th October 1899.

  • Leipzig Opera
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    Leipzig Opera

    The Leipzig Opera (in German: Oper Leipzig) is an opera house and opera company in Leipzig, Germany.

    The Leipzig Opera traces its establishment to the year 1693, making it the third oldest opera venue in Europe after La Fenice (Venice, Italy) and the Hamburg State Opera (Hamburg, Germany). The director of many of those early operas was Telemann.

    The Leipzig Opera does not have its own opera orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performs as the orchestra for the opera. This relationship dates back to 1766, with performances of the Singspiel Die verwandelten Weiber, oder Der Teufel ist los by Johann Adam Hiller.

  • Leipzig Zoological Garden
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    Leipzig Zoological Garden

    The Leipzig Zoological Garden, or the Leipzig Zoo, was opened in Leipzig, Germany on June 9, 1878. It was taken over by the city of Leipzig in 1920 after World War I and now covers about 225,000 square metres (56 acres) and contains more than 2,000 animals of 500 different species. The zoo is internationally noted for its large carnivore exhibit. It has bred more than 2,000 lions, 250 rare Siberian tigers, and other carnivores like bears.

  • Paulinum (University of Leipzig)
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    Paulinum (University of Leipzig)

    The Paulinum is a university building of University of Leipzig, built from 2007 until today. At the place of today's Paulinum stood the church Paulinerkirche, that was dynamited in 1968 during the communist regime of East Germany. Today's Paulinum contains the university's assembly hall with an oratory, as well as rooms of the faculties for information science and mathmatics.

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    City-Hochhaus Leipzig

    City-Hochhaus is 36-storey skyscraper in Leipzig, Germany. At 142 m (466 ft), it is the tallest multistory building in the city as well as the tallest in the former East Germany. The tower was designed by architect Hermann Henselmann in the shape of an open book, and built between 1968 and 1972. It followed Henselmann's idea to cap central places in cities with a prominent tower, such as the Jen-Tower in Jena and Fernsehturm in Berlin.

    City-Hochhaus was originally part of the University of Leipzig campus at Augustusplatz, was sold by the state government of Saxony and is now owned by the U.S. investment bank Merrill Lynch. The building was completely renovated between 1999 and 2002, when it lost its aluminium sheathing which was replaced by grey granite. The offices are now rented to private tenants including the public broadcaster MDR, the European Energy Exchange and the Panorama restaurant. The roof is equipped with a viewing platform.

    The building is nicknamed Weisheitszahn (English: wisdom tooth) by locals as due to its form or after its previous function as Uniriese (English: university giant).



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Travel Insider Tips for Leipzig

Leipzig Overview

Leipzig is, with a population of over 511,252, the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. Compared to other cities, the city of Leipzig survived the Second World War was mostly unharmed and most of the original structure is still in place. The wide streets in downtown display beautiful decorated facades that have been restored to full glory in the last 20 years. The Durchgangshäuser (walk through houses) are typical type of architecture for this region. These farmhouses have large gateways at both gable ends of the building in order to enable carts to be driven through from end to end. Today, the walkways are filled with life and you don’t want to miss the Specks Hof, Barthels Hof, Mädlerpassage with the restaurant Auerbachs Kellermade famous through Goethes Faust, and Coffe Baum, one of the oldest original coffee shops in the world.

The area around the Barfussgässchen gives an impression of how closely the buildings in the city centre formerly stood. Side by side are historic buildings of the Renaissance, Baroque and Gruender era, and there are numerous picturesque corners and winding passages. And this is where Leipzig's Drallewatsch is to be found. Drallewatsch is a Saxon dialect word meaning an evening out going from one pub to the next, a pub crawl - an invitation to have a good time, to experience culinary culture and entertainment at the heart of the city. For more information visit the tourist section of www.leipzig.de.

One of our Live Like a German vacation apartments is located next to a tram station, 10 min from the main railway station of Leipzig. A bakery a few feet down the street offers fresh bread every day, a close by grocery store (Aldi) and an Organic food store as well as the Gambrinus restaurant with a beer garden will provide you with everything you need to make this stay a pleasant experience. Just walk around the corner if you have a craving for Chinese food. Make sure to eat some "Quarkkeulchen", a traditional specialty of Leipzig made from crème cheese.

Things to See

Among Leipzig's noteworthy institutions are the opera house and the Leipzig Zoo, the latter of which houses the world's largest facilities for primates. The Church of St. Nicholas (Nikolaikirche) was the starting point of peaceful Monday demonstrations for the reunification of Germany. Leipzig's international trade fair in the north of the city is home to the world's largest levitated glass hall. Leipzig is also known for its passageways through houses and buildings.

  • Don’t miss a trip with an original Venetian gondola on the Karl-Heinz-Canal, starting in Elsterbecken. You can book this boat trip in the Restorante Da Vito (Phone: 0341/480 2626, www.da-vito-leipzig.de)
  • All year in 2011, the city will celebrate the famous composer and conductor Gustav Mahler. Don’t miss out on a great selection of classical events from 5/17-5/29/2011. Visit www.gewandhaus.de for more information.
  • The world famous St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig will celebrate its 800th anniversary throughout the year of 2012. Make sure to buy tickets for this extraordinary event. www.thomana2012.de
  • St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche): Most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor and home to the renowned Thomaner choir
  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Battle of the Nations Monument): the largest monument in Europe, built to commemorate the victorious battle against Napoleonic troops
  • Gewandhaus: home to the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra, it is the third building of that name
  • Altes Rathaus: the old city hall was built in 1556 and houses a museum of the city's history
  • Neues Rathaus: the new city hall was built upon the remains of the Pleißenburg, a castle that was the site of the 1519 debate between Johann Eck and Martin Luther in 1519
  • City-Hochhaus Leipzig: built in 1972, it was once part of the university and is the city's tallest building
  • Auerbachs Keller: a young Goethe ate and drank here while studying in Leipzig; it is the venue of a scene from his Faust
  • Städtisches Kaufhaus (municipal department store): the world's first sample fair building and today home to offices, retail stores, restaurants and interim classrooms for the University of Leipzig (its name is misleading, as it is privately owned)
  • Bundesverwaltungsgericht: Germany's federal administrative court was the site of the Reichsgericht, the highest state court between 1888 and 1945

Leipzig offers such a diversity of cultural and other events, you are guaranteed to find something interesting for you!

Music in Leipzig

Johann Sebastian Bach worked in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750, at the St. Thomas Lutheran church, and Richard Wagner the composer was born in Leipzig in 1813, in the Brühl (Brühl vacation rentals | Brühl travel guide). Robert Schumann was also active in Leipzig music, having been invited by Felix Mendelssohn when the latter established Germany's first musical conservatoire in the city in 1843.

This conservatoire is today the University of Music and Theatre. A broad range of subjects can be studied, both artistic and teacher training, in all orchestral instruments, voice, interpretation, coaching, piano chamber music, orchestral conducting, choir conducting and musical composition. Musical styles include jazz, popular music, musicals, early music and church music. The drama departments teach acting and dramaturgy. Advanced students may, after a test, stand in for members of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. As at 2006, approximately 900 students were enrolled at the school.

The city's musical tradition is also reflected in the worldwide fame of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the choir of the St. Thomas Church.

Bill and Tom Kaulitz - the founding members of modern rock band Tokio Hotel - also originate from Leipzig, although no longer live there.

Till Lindemann, vocalist for industrial metal band Rammstein, also hails from Leipzig.

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More about the History of Leipzig

Origins

Leipzig's name is derived from the Slavic word Lipsk, which means "settlement where the lime trees stand".

First documented in 1015 and endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, Leipzig has fundamentally shaped the history of Saxony and of Germany. 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 city's 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). The philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was born in Leipzig in 1646, and attended the University of Leipzig from 1661–1666.

The nineteenth century

The Leipzig region was the arena of the Battle of the Nations, which ended Napoleon's run of conquest in Europe, and led to his first exile on Elba. In 1913 the Völkerschlachtdenkmal monument celebrating the centenary of this event was completed.

A terminal of the first German long distance railway to Dresden (the capital of Saxony), in 1839, Leipzig became a hub of Central European railway traffic, with the renowned Leipzig Central station, the largest terminal station by area in Europe.

Leipzig expanded rapidly towards one million inhabitants. Huge Gründerzeit areas were built, which mostly survived the war and post-war demolition.

Leipzig became a centre of the German and Saxon liberal movements. The first German labour party, the General German Workers' Association (Allgemeiner Deutscher Arbeiterverein, ADAV) was founded in Leipzig on 23 May 1863 by Ferdinand Lassalle; about 600 workers from across Germany travelled to the foundation on the new railway line.

The twentieth century

The city's mayor from 1930 to 1937, Carl Friedrich Goerdeler was a noted opponent of the Nazi regime in Germany. He resigned in 1937 when, in his absence, his Nazi deputy ordered the destruction of the city's statue of Felix Mendelssohn. On Kristallnacht in 1938, one of the city's most architecturally significant buildings, the 1855 Moorish Revival Leipzig synagogue was deliberately destroyed.

The city was also heavily damaged by Allied bombing during World War II. American troops of the 69th Infantry Division captured the city on 20 April 1945, Adolf Hitler's 56th and last birthday. The U.S. turned over the city to the Red Army as it pulled back from the line of contact with Soviet forces in July 1945 to the pre-designated occupation zone boundaries. Leipzig became one of the major cities of the German Democratic Republic.

In the mid-twentieth century, the city's Trade Fair assumed renewed importance as a point of contact with the Comecon Eastern Europe economic bloc, of which East Germany was a member.

In October 1989, after prayers for peace at St. Nicholas' Church, established in 1983 as part of the peace movement, the Monday demonstrations started as the most prominent mass protest against the East German regime.

Leipzig was the German candidate for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but did not make it to the short list.

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Leipzig is, with a population of over 511,252, the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. Compared to other cities, the city of Leipzig survived the Second World War was mostly unharmed and most of the original structure is still in place. The wide streets in downtown display beautiful decorated facades that have been restored to full glory in the last 20 years. The Durchgangshäuser (walk through houses) are typical type of architecture for this region. These farmhouses have large gateways at both gable ends of the building in order to enable carts to be driven through from end to end. Today, the walkways are filled with life and you don’t want to miss the Specks Hof, Barthels Hof, Mädlerpassage with the restaurant Auerbachs Keller made famous through Goethes Faust, and Coffe Baum, one of the oldest original coffee shops in the world. The area around the Barfussgässchen gives an impression of how closely the buildings in the city center formerly stood. Side by side are historic buildings of the Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th century periods, and there are numerous picturesque corners and winding passages.

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