Ever heard of Leipzig?
The federal state of Saxony in Germany is called Leipzig. The city is located at about 150km in the South from Berlin and is at the conflux of the rivers Parthe, Pleisse and White Elster at the North German Plain ending in the South.
Leipzig is known to be a trade city since the Holy Roman Empire and it’s situated at the intersection of two major medieval trade routes, mainly Via Imperii and Via Regia. A while ago, Leipzig was a major European centre for learning and cultures in various filed such as publishing and music, but all that changed in World War II. Afterwards the city became an important centre of the German Democratic Republic in East Germany and the economic and cultural aspects of Leipzig gradually degraded.
Through the events that came about in and around St. Nicholas Church, the city helped to instigate the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and since then, after the reunification of Germany, Leipzig began reconstructing some historical building and demolishing others while undergoing significant change and developing a modern transport infrastructure.
Leipzig is now known as an economic centre of Germany and it has one of the most modern zoos in Europe and an opera house. The city was even included in the ranking of the world’s most liveable cities and in addition Leipzig also ranked in the top 10 of cities to visit.
Regarding the styles use in Leipzig you can mainly find a renaissance style embedded deeply within the historic downtown in the ensemble of buildings from the 16th century, for example the City Hall has such architectural style. Another style you can find in Leipzig is the baroque style in several trading houses and former residences which were occupied by rich merchants. Because of the outburst of evolution the town has seen in the 19th century, Leipzig has many buildings that were build in the historicist style, even the new city hall was done in that style in 1905.
During the Communist rule in East Germany, many apartments were built in Platternbau buildings. Meaning the apartments were built in buildings constructed of large, prefabricated concrete slabs. Although many were demolished there are still many of the Leipzig’s population that lives there.
In 1968 St. Paul’s Church was demolished to make way for a new building for the university. A new mainly secular building was established at the same location after some debate, named Paulinum that was finished in 2012 and which architecture alludes to the style and look of the church that stood there before. The Paulinum also includes a room which is used as a religious sanctuary.
As a result of tax breaks in the 1990’s, many commercial buildings were constructed.
When visiting Leipzig, there are some important sights that you need to go too, such as St. Thomas Church, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor and which is home to the renowned Thomanechor boys choir. Another important location to visit is the monument to Felix Mendelssohn that is located in the front of the church and which was rebuilt in 2008. Another church that Bach was responsible for was St. Nicholas Church and that is also the church which helped to instigate the fall of communism. The weekly Monday prayer held at this church was the starting point of the Monday demonstration against the regime.
There is also one of the largest monuments in Europe that you could visit, namely the Battle of Nations Monument, built as remained of the battle that was won against Napoleonic troops.
If you’re a music lover you must know that in Leipzig is the Gewandgaus which is home to the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Also you must remember to pass by the Old City Hall which houses a museum describing the city’s history and the New City Hall which was build upon the vestiges of the Pleinssenburg castle.
Leipzig also has a building pertaining to the top 20 tallest buildings in Germany, namely the City-Hochhaus Leipzig which was built in 1972.
A venue from a famous play by Goethe, namely Faust, is inspired by the basement-level restaurant called Auerbach’s Cellar and where Goethe as a young boy ate and drank while studying in Leipzig.
Leipzig also has the oldest botanical garden in Germany called simply Leipzig Botanical Garden.
Among all these wonderful location where you can visit, there are also some outstanding institutions such as the Leipzig Zoological Garden which has the world’s largest zoological facility for primates; the opera house and Leipzig’s international trade fair centre. The later is home to the largest levitated glass hall in the world.
So as you can see the city of Leipzig is vastly coloured with history, architecture and culture and can become a perfect place to spend your time. So don’t waste any more and move to Leipzig. We can help you accomplish your dream.
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