Leipzig has always been one of Germany most important and dynamic cities. It is a beautiful old city with an incredible main station. Its trade fairs have a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages and its cultural live was always influencing the rest of the country, especially since industrialization. During the communist years Leipzig was one of the leading cities concerning trade and cultural life as well.
==== LEIPZIG – SIGHTSEEING
Thomaskirche (St Thomas’ Church): Most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor and home to the renowned Thomaner choir.
Battle of the Nations Monument, the largest war monument in Europe, built to commemorate the successful battle against Napoleonic troops.
Gewandhaus- Home to the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra, it is the third building of that name.
==== LEIPZIG – FOOD AND DRINK
The finest coffee, they say, comes to Germany. But it comes at a cost in Leipzig. A simple cup of the stuff can run over 2 euros at a cafe. Tea drinkers may want to rethink their preferences–the beverage can run up to 4 euros. But if you want to have that coffee in style, try Zum Arabischen Coffee Baum and go upstairs to the coffee museum afterward.
For fantastic (and abundant) ice cream concoctions, try the cafes along Grimmaische Street. For Italian food in a lively outdoor cafe street, go to Barfubgabchen, a street that runs east from the center of Market square.
==== LEIPZIG – GETTING THERE
By Air- There is a shuttle bus service to the main train station. It takes about 30 minutes and runs at 30 minute intervals through the business day. A taxi to the city center will cost about 30 Euros.
By Train- Leipzig’s Hauptbanhoff has the most tracks of any railway station in Germany. It’s a major transfer point for trains to just about anywhere. The station also features three floors of underground mall, and because it’s in a train station, the stores are open until 10 pm. You’ll find everything you need here for your journey–from inexpensive sandwiches and pastries to Eddie Bauer outfits.