49 Facts About Leipzig


Leipzig is the most populous city in the German state of Saxony.

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Leipzig has been a trade city since at least the time of the Holy Roman Empire.

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Leipzig was once one of the major European centres of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing.

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Leipzig was rated as the most livable city in Germany in 2013 by the GfK marketing research institution.

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Leipzig Zoo is one of the most modern zoos in Europe and ranks first in Germany and second in Europe .

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Leipzig was in 2020 listed as a "Sufficiency" level global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, Germany's "Boomtown" and was the 2019 Academy of Urbanism European City of the Year.

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Leipzig has long been a major centre for music, including classical and modern dark wave.

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The Oper Leipzig is one of the most prominent opera houses in Germany.

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Name Leipzig is derived from the Slavic word, which means "settlement where the linden trees stand".

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University of Leipzig was founded in 1409 and Leipzig developed into an important centre of German law and of the publishing industry in Germany, resulting, in the 19th and 20th centuries, with the Reichsgericht and the German National Library being located here.

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Leipzig region was the arena of the 1813 Battle of Leipzig between Napoleonic France and an allied coalition of Prussia, Russia, Austria and Sweden.

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When it was made a terminus of the first German long-distance railway to Dresden in 1839, Leipzig became a hub of Central European railway traffic, with Leipzig Hauptbahnhof the largest terminal station by area in Europe.

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Leipzig resigned in 1937 when, in his absence, his Nazi deputy ordered the destruction of the city's statue of Felix Mendelssohn.

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In October 1935, the Gemeinde helped found the Lehrhaus in Leipzig to provide different forms of studies to Jewish students who were prohibited from attending any institutions in Germany.

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In early 1938, Leipzig saw an increase in Zionism through Jewish citizens.

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Only a couple of days later, on 11 November 1938, many Jews in the Leipzig area were deported to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

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On 18 June 1943, the remaining 18 Jews still in Leipzig were deported from Leipzig to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

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Leipzig became one of the major cities of the German Democratic Republic .

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Leipzig was the German candidate for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but was unsuccessful.

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Leipzig is situated at the intersection of the ancient roads known as the Via Regia, which traversed Germany in an east–west direction, and the Via Imperii, a north–south road.

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Leipzig was a walled city in the Middle Ages and the current "ring" road around the historic centre of the city follows the line of the old city walls.

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Since 1992 Leipzig has been divided administratively into ten Stadtbezirke, which in turn contain a total of 63 Ortsteile .

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Leipzig was succeeded by fellow SPD politician Burkhard Jung, who was elected in January 2006 and re-elected in 2013 and 2020.

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Young people, musicians, artists, designers and entrepreneurs continued to settle in the city and made Leipzig a growing cultural center in Germany and Europe recalling the larger Berlin.

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Robert Schumann was active in Leipzig music, having been invited by Felix Mendelssohn when the latter established Germany's first musical conservatoire in the city in 1843.

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Leipzig has for twenty years been home to the world's largest Gothic festival, the annual Wave-Gotik-Treffen, where thousands of fans of gothic and dark styled music from across Europe and the world gather in the early summer.

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Leipzig Pop Up is an annual music trade fair for the independent music scene as well as a music festival taking place on Pentecost weekend.

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City of Leipzig is the birthplace of Till Lindemann, best known as the lead vocalist of Rammstein, a band formed in 1994.

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VfB Leipzig won the first national Association football championship in 1903.

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The newly founded RB Leipzig declared the intention to come up through the ranks of German football and to bring Bundesliga football back to the region.

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SC DHfK Leipzig is the men's handball club in Leipzig and were six times the champion of East Germany handball league and was winner of EHF Champions League in 1966.

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Handball-Club Leipzig is one of the most successful women's handball clubs in Germany, winning 20 domestic championships since 1956 and 3 Champions League titles.

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Leipzig Kings is an American football team playing in the European League of Football, which is a planned professional league, that is set to become the first fully professional league in Europe since the demise of NFL Europe.

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From 1950 to 1990 Leipzig was host of the Deutsche Hochschule fur Korperkultur, the national sports college of the GDR.

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Leipzig hosted the Fencing World Cup in 2005 and hosts a number of international competitions in a variety of sports each year.

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Leipzig University, founded 1409, is one of Europe's oldest universities.

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Part of Leipzig University is the German Institute for Literature which was founded in 1955 under the name "Johannes R Becher-Institut".

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Leipzig is currently the home of twelve research institutes and the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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Leipzig is home to one of the world's oldest schools, Thomasschule zu Leipzig, which gained fame for its long association with the Bach family of musicians and composers.

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In 2010, Leipzig was included in the top 10 cities to visit by The New York Times, and ranked 39th globally out of 289 cities for innovation in the 4th Innovation Cities Index published by Australian agency 2thinknow.

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In 2015, Leipzig have among the 30 largest German cities the third best prospects for the future.

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In recent years Leipzig has often been nicknamed the "Boomtown of eastern Germany" or "Hypezig".

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Leipzig was named European City of the Year at the 2019 Urbanism Awards.

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Leipzig was one of 52 places to go in 2020 by The New York Times and the highest-ranking German destination.

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Leipzig Hauptbahnhof has been ranked the best railway station in Germany and the third-best in Europe in a consumer organisation poll, surpassed only by St Pancras railway station and Zurich Hauptbahnhof.

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Leipzig is the starting point for the intercity lines Leipzig-Halle -Magdeburg-Braunschweig-Hannover-Dortmund-Koln and -Bremen-Oldenburg.

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Leipzig is the core of the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland line network.

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Longest line in the Leipzig network is line 11, which connects Schkeuditz with Markkleeberg over 22 kilometres and is the only tram line in Leipzig to run in three tariff zones of the Central German Transport Association.

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Leipzig is one of the few cities in Germany with vehicle for hire services that can be booked via a mobile app.

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