Today, the buzzing city of Leipzig is synonymous with momentum, creativity, progress and a cosmopolitan outlook. But it has lost none of its regional charm, its heritage or its classical culture. This mix of the old and the new creates exciting contrasts that will leave a lasting impression. 


The history of Leipzig is intertwined with that of the written word. Did you know, for example, that the city was the first in the world to have a daily newspaper? The German National Library in Leipzig is the perfect example of how to showcase modern German literature. Even the building itself is worthy of a photo. 


And now we come to the jungle in the middle of the city. But where is it? Well, in Leipzig Zoo, of course! Six exciting worlds of discovery await you here, one of which features a tropical rainforest that’s home to nearly 200 exotic species of animal. You can even drift through the jungle on a raft. A great way to escape the hurly-burly of Leipzig city centre. 


No rewarding city break is complete without a little retail therapy, so why not while away the hours on a stroll around Leipzig’s main shopping area? You can always stop off in one of the many cosy cafés if your shopping bags are getting a bit heavy. ;)


Leipzig is also renowned as a city of music, in no small part due to the fact Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked here. You can feel the passion for music throughout the city. For example in the Gewandhaus, the only new concert hall ever to be built in the former East Germany. It hosts a wide variety of concerts, as well as festivals and receptions. Whatever event you’re attending, it’s sure to be an experience!

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