Leipzig Travel Guide
Leipzig is one of the most prominent cities of former East Germany. It is famous for its university, which is one of the oldest in Europe, originally established in 1409, and the centuries-old Leipzig Trade Fair, one of the largest and most notable of all the trade fairs in Europe. It also has some of the largest and most popular flea markets in Europe, which draw antique hunters from near and far. The city, in any case, is one of contrast, at once historic and innovative, and interesting at many levels: Here, in 1813, the Battle of Leipzig, the biggest battle ever fought in Europe prior to World War I, was staged, and in 1989 the city became the vortex of the unrest and revolution that eventually led to the collapse of East Germany's communist government and paved the way for Germany's reunification. Still, architecturally, Leipzig reflects the whims of a rash of administrations, offering up a jumble of styles from disparate eras – from the huge, eye-popping early-20th-century Hauptbahnhof to the stark, massive Communist-era apartment blocks, from modern shopping centers to medieval shopping passages, from the futuristic glass box art gallery and stylized 1960s concert halls to the Renaissance town hall and Gothic and Baroque churches. Ultimately, here is a city that can surprise and delight, yet just as easily jar the sensibilities of the unwary tourist.
Leipzig is situated in eastern Germany, at the confluence of the Weisse Elster, Pleisse and Parthe rivers. It lies just to the southeast of Halle or west of Dresden. From Berlin, Leipzig is to the south.
Leipzig's principal party district is the Drallewatsch area, where a majority of the city's pubs and nightclubs are located.
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