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Map of Germany showing Leipzig

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Coat of Arms of Leipzig

Leipzig, (Sorbian/Lusatian Lipsk, Polish Lipsk ) is the largest city in the federal state (Bundesland) of Saxony. The name is derived from the Slavic word (see Sorbian) Lipsk (settlement where the linden trees stand). It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Pleisse, White Elster and Parthe. Leipzig's population, which peaked at 750,000 before the second world war, has diminished to just about 500,000 by 2002.


First documented in 1015 (originally a Slavic settlement), and endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, Leipzig has always been known as a place of commerce. The Leipzig Trade Fair became an event of international importance; especially as a point of contact to the east-european economic bloc (Comecon) of which East Germany was a member.

A map from Meyers Encyclopedia of the Battle of Leipzig by 18 October 1813Enlarge

A map from Meyers Encyclopedia of the Battle of Leipzig by 18 October 1813

The foundation of the University of Leipzig in 1409 initiated the city's development into a center of the publishing industry, and towards being a location of the German National Library (founded in 1912, 1723 to 1750, at the St. Thomas church. In 1813, the Leipzig region was the arena of the Battle of the Nations. In 1913 a monument celebrating this event was finished.

Leipzig around 1900Enlarge

Leipzig around 1900

Having been a terminal of the first German long distance railroad (1838, to Dresden, the capital city of Saxony), Leipzig became a hub of central-european railroad traffic, with a renowned station building, now the largest passenger train station in Europe. Nobel prize laureate Werner Heisenberg worked as a physics professor at Leipzig University from 1927 to 1942.

Among Leipzig's noteworthy institutions are also the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the opera house, Oper Leipzig, and the Leipzig Zoo, which houses the world's largest facilities for primates.

Leipzig was also the German candidate for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but didn't make it into the final list of bidders.


"Mein Leipzig lob' ich mir! Es ist ein klein Paris und bildet seine Leute. (I praise my Leipzig! It's a little Paris and educates its people.)" -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Faust


Leipzig is twinned with Birmingham, England.


The new sports stadium, view across the Elster channel


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