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Leipzig History Overview

The earliest record of Leipzig was recorded in 1015. Its reputation as a centre of commerce was confirmed as early as 1165 when it first recognized as a ‘city’. and its market given special dispensation to trade. The Leipzig Trade Fair was established in the Medieval Ages and Its success influenced first Saxony and then German trading policy .

In the 15th century the City opened its own University which influenced German Law and eventually became the home of the German Supreme Court. Leipzig gained a reputation for being forward’ thinking and throughout its history it attracted liberal movements especially post the Reformation. In 1813 it was the centre of the Battle Of The Nations which stopped Napoleons domination of Europe. In 1839 following the building of the the first inter city German railway (between Dresden and Leipzig) the city built the largest railway station in Europe. In the following years set it self up as one of the major rail hubs on the continent. With the rail links the city’s industry and grew rapidly. The importance of the Trade Fair and the University in the creation of a vibrant urban life and city politics from the Reformation through the 19th century cannot be under estimated. Leipzig became a center of the German and Saxon liberal movements.

In April 1945 the city was captured from the Nazis by US troops. In July the Americans withdrew from the city as part of the agreed settlement with Stalin over the military division of Europe. Leipzig was occupied by Soviet forces and the city became part of the German Democratic Republic.

Mondays Revolution

Before the fall of The Berlin Wall The Nikolaichirche was the scene of regular Monday demonstrations and prayers by the people of Leipzig who wanted to be reunited with West Germany. The peaceful demonstrations, served as an inspiration an example to other like minded citizens throughout East Germany are now fondly known as Mondays Revolution.

Sightseeing and Attractions in Leipzig

Leipzig is one of the biggest city’s in Eastern Germany. It dates back to 1015 and is one of Germany’s most important centres of Commerce. The Leipzig Trading fair was introduced in the middle ages and had a large impact on the nature of how Germans do business up until the present day. There are many interesting attractions for visitors whether it be the arts such as the Opera or the Leipzig History museum which chronicles the life and times of the native people. There are a few majestic and magical looking churches which are steeped in cultural and religious history. When most people think Germany, they think of the capital Berlin or the City Of Munich but the eastern city of Leipzig is a diverse and magnificent city which has plenty to offer inquisitive tourists.The Market Leipzig Markt Saxony tel no: 49-341-4260  – The Market is the heartbeat of the city’s main square. It covers a substantially wide area  and is particularly popular in summer time when the venue is used to host Summer Concerts and Music Festivals. It is the most central point in the city and is full of traditionally built clocks, balconies and towers. They have Easter and Christmas markets which sell some interesting and affordable seasonal and festive produce. The wonderfully cooked sausages at the  Christmas Market have gone down in German Folklore. website n/a

Opera House Leipzig Augustusplatz 12, 14019 – This opera house maintains an unbroken tradition of German opera which has an illustrious history dating back over 300 years to 1693.  It is arguably the most prestigious cultural institution in Eastern Germany.  They hold performances of spectacular modern Operas and ballets. The Managerial director is one Udo Zimmerman. The building is a modern piece of architecture from the 1950’s and is a fine example of Modern art. Ticket prices can cost anything from 10 to 60 Euro’s depending on the performance and where you are sat. website  www.oper-liepzig.de
Atles RathausLeipzig City Hall Markt 1 tel no: 49-341-96-51-33 – This important building was erected back in the 16th century. It has a local history museum and  has a reputation for hosting specialist musical concerts and religious exhibitions. A big bonus is that admission is free to all members of the public. The building is rather large and imposing. Some of the City’s most important decisions have been made here throughout the years. The interior of city hall is stunning with its parquet floors to the magnificent stone sculptures. Opening hours are 10 am till 5pm Tues-Sun. website n/a
Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig – This much revered Choir originated 800 years ago and is celebrating their remarkable anniversary in some style. The Choir dates back to 1212 making it the oldest cultural establishment in Leipzig.  The Choirmaster is a Mr. J.S. Bach who conducts performances here every Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The boys perform  Cantatas and Montesave. Normal church services held here in addition to the choir’s performances. This Choir tour the world world, showcasing their singing abilities. Free Entry. website http://www.thomaskirche.org/r-st-thomas-boys-choir.html
Thomaskirche Church  ThomasKirchof Leipzig, Saxony – This vast church practises the Christian religion of Lutheranism The legendary Martin Luther once preached at Thomaskirche. There is a statue outside the church which pays tribute to the life and work of Composer Johann Sebastien Bach who worked at the Church as a Cantor.  Bach was also laid to rest at Thomaskirche when he passed in 1750.  There has been a church at this site ever since the early 12th century. The St. Thomas Bell Tower has four bells, the largest being the Gloriosa which weighs a staggering 520 KG. The interior of this church is simply breathtaking with its Stained glass Bach Church window and beautiful Altar. Open daily from 9 pm till 6 am.website http://www.thomaskirche.org/r-st-thomas-boys-choir.html
Nikolaikirchie Church Leipzig St Nicholas’s Nikolaikirchof 3 – St Nicholas has been one of Leipzig’s longest running religious centres and gained worldwide fame in 1989 after it became the home of The Monday Demonstration which were a peaceful protest against the Communist rule at that time. The Church was originally built back in 1165 and was called St Nicholas after Leipzig’s former name of St Nicholas’s city. It was initially built in a Romanesque style but was later renovated in to a more Gothic design in the 16th century. Bach’s famous opera St John’s passion as performed at St Nicholas’s on Good Friday in the years of 1724, 1728, 1732 and 1749. some of the churches most attractive features are the beautifully pained ceiling over the altar and the Church’s statuesque tower.website http://www.nikolaikirche-leipzig.de/
Leipzig History Museum Volkerchalnkdenkmal strase des 18 – This museum is home to some of the city’s most interesting and important documents and artefact’s. It was founded in 1909 and has extensive collections which explain the culture and history of Leipzig. One of their most popular exhibits is the Modern Times Exhibition which examines how natives of Leipzig have evolved and created their own modern day society and industry..  No other museum gives a better and more detailed  account of Leipzig’s culture and history. Open Tues-Sun 10 am till 6 pm. Entry fee is  between 2.50 and 5 Euro’s. website  http://www.stadtgeschichtliches-museum-leipzig.de/index_en.php
Leipzig Hauptbanhof Leipzig Willy Brandt Platz 7 – This famous railway station has one it is probably one of Europe’s largest shopping malls. The shopping centre is laid out across several levels and there is a very relaxed ‘air’ about it. There is wide range of shops selling everything from ceramics to designer clothing inter dispersed with numerous restaurants and cafes. Outside the station it is simply striking how many parks and big open spaces there are. The station itself built in 1915 and has a staggering 54 million people use it very year.   Open Monday to Friday most shops open till 10 pm. website http://www.promenaden-hauptbahnhof-leipzig.de/
Monument to the Battle Of Nations close to Leipzig Saxony  – This monument honours the 1813 ”Battle Of Leipzig” and was unveiled in 1913 just in time for the Battle’s 100th anniversary. the Monument stands at 91 metres high and was built by  German architect Bruno Schmitz.  The Battle itself saw the iconic Napoleon defeated by the Prussian, Russian and Swedish armies. There is 500 Step stair well and  a Museum room located on the ground which has some impressive statues of Warriors. As of 2012 the Monument is undergoing renovation and should be finished by 2012 which would allow it to be reopened in time for the battles 200th anniversary. Open daily. website n/a
The Gewandhaus Orchestra and The Gewandhaus Concert Hall, Leipzig Augustusplatz 0 This well established concert hall is home to the Gewandhaus orchestra.  The hall is noted for its tremendous acoustics and the first Gewandhaus was built in 1781 by architect Johann Karl Friedrich Dauthe. The second was built in 1884 but was destroyed with many other of Leipzig’s buildings as  fire Bombings  hit Leipzig during the Second World War.   The third and present Gewandhaus was opened in October 1981. Prices range from 40 to 85 Euro’s dependant on your seats. website 8http://www.gewandhaus.de/
Peterstrasse Street, Leipzig Peterstrasse 22 04109 tel no: 49-341-710-4260 – Peterstrasse is one of Leipzig’s most notorious streets. Peter Street in English is one of the most frequented shopping streets in Eastern Germany. This fashionable and fascinating street is 366 metres long and ever since the Mid 19th century it has been brimming with big business and exhibition buildings. The Street connects the Leipzig Market with the Wilhelm-Leushner-Platz. It has several aesthetically pleasing architectural buildings making it one of Leipzig’s most popular destinations.
Grimmaische Strasse  Leipzig 04109 tel no:39-341-710-4260 – This is a trendy and expensive shopping centre restored by German business Tycoon Jurgen Schneider. This is by far one of the City’s most buzzing and well renowned streets , particularly for shopping. At one end of the street is St Thomas’s Church and you can take a leisurely stroll to the other end where the Opera House is located. The street has some picturesque old fashioned Town Houses to admire on your journey through the street. There are many cafe’s, bars and restaurants in the alley ways of this lavish and scenic part of Leipzig website n/a

Felix Mendelssohn (the house where he lived and died is not to be missed!) are inseparably linked to Leipzig.

Crime and Personal Safgety in Leipzig   You should take normal precautions in the East German city of Leipzig. Be wary of muggers who operate  in groups at Railway stations at Christmas Markets in particular.  The crime rate in Leipzig and Saxony in general is very low. The vast majority of people of Leipzig are generally amiable, law abiding citizens.

Restaurants in Leipzig

Visitors to Leipzig have an abundance of very clean and good restaurants to eat in. You could be forgiven for thinking that the place to eat was the shopping mall at the station but actually the main restaurant area is around Fleischergrasse Their are numerous restaurants here, many in the side streets which specialise in serving traditional Saxon dishes. For every restaurant there seems to be a cafe and the smell of fresh coffee is to be found everywhere. There is one cafe which is an absolute must – Cafe Zum Arabischen at Kkeine Fleisshgrasse 4 (Tel: 341 961 0060). It is one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe and it sells every type of coffee imaginable and it was often frequented by Liszt & Wagner. Above the cafe, which by the way serves beautifully cooked pork cutlets, is a coffee museum that has some very rare wood pannelling decor.

Apels Garten at Kolonnadenstr 2 (Tel: 0341 960 777) is a very attractively decorated restaurant which sells good food at very reasonable prices. It seems to specialise in some very good soups – the ‘duck’ being just one example. One of the best restaurants in Leipzig is The Averbachs Keller at Grimmaischestrass 2 (Tel: 341 216 1000). Serving extremely well prepared local food including Leipzig er Lerche and Allere. This establishment also offers a very good wine last with some very agreeable local wines. On the face of it a trifle expensive but given its distinct quality it is money well spent.

Leipzig Night Life Guide

Leipzig Tourist Board Information  http://www.leipzig.de/
Leipzig Germany Weather Details
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Leipzig Germany Weather Forecast

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monthly average and extreme temperatures in Leipzig Germany:
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Temperatures
Average Daily
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Minimum
Maximum
Lowest
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January

2

-3
2
-24
13
February
2
-3
3
-23
17
March
4
0
8
-15
22
April
6
4
14
-6
29
May
7
8
19
-3
31
June
8
12
22
5
36
July
7
14
24
7
38
August
7
13
24
6
38
September
6
10
20
1
35
October
4
6
14
-5
27
November
2
2
8
-8
20
December
1
1
4
-21
17
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