Leipzig as a Location

Messe- und Kongressstadt Leipzig

You can really feel 850 years of trade fair history and more than 600 years of university in the open and friendly atmosphere experienced by visitors from all over the world when they come to Leipzig. Leipzig is a civic city, book city, Bach city, university city, cultural city, creative hotspot, economic hub and scientific stronghold. These attributes put Leipzig in an ideal position to offer inspiration and valuable synergies for congresses and conferences.

Science and Medicine in Leipzig

Leipziger Hauptbahnhof bei Nacht

Leipzig's prestigious scientific status is founded on a rich tradition. The "Alma Mater Lipsiensis" is the second oldest university in Germany and was founded in 1409. Its Faculty of Medicine, founded in 1415, is the second oldest medical training institution in Germany and is now one of the largest research institutions of its kind nationwide. The foundation of the municipal hospital St. Georg dates all the way back to 1212. Leipzig is internationally recognised for excellence in the fields of surgery, cardiology, transplant medicine, paediatrics and adolescent medicine, neuromedicine, sports medicine, gerontology and orthopaedics, as well as in areas of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

Numerous institutes such as the Max Planck and Frauenhofer Institutes, the Leibnitz and Helmholtz Societies, the Media Academy, the Environmental Research Centre Leipzig-Halle and the BIO CITY LEIPZIG all make a significant contribution to shaping our future and offer valuable synergies for congresses and conferences. Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL), Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater also enjoy international reputations.

This page about the University of Leipzig offers you comprehensive information on Leipzig as a science location:

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Leipzig as a Science Location

Der Flughafen Leipzig/Halle ist DHLs weltweit größtes Luftfrachtdrehkreuz

Leipzig has always been characterised by the energy and creativity of its citizens. The world's first-ever trade fairs were held here in the 12th century. In the second half of the 19th century, Leipzig became a pioneer of industrialisation as roads were built and businesses were started.

Today, Leipzig's entrepreneurial spirit is still fertile ground for major investments and as a business location for renowned companies such as Porsche, BMW and DHL. A highly qualified workforce and strong innovative potential form the basis for one of the most dynamic economic growth rates in the whole of Germany.

The city of Leipzig's economic strategy focuses on selected industries of the future. Five particularly high-growth and already strongly developed clusters receive special support:

  • Logistics and Services
  • Automotive Industry and Suppliers
  • Health and Biotechnology
  • Energy and Environmental Technology
  • Media and Creative Industries

On this page from the City of Leipzig, you will find more information about the economic powerhouse and cluster strategy in Leipzig:

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Culture and Lifestyle

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

The city's liberal, cosmopolitan, tolerant and hospitable spirit has its roots in Leipzig's trade fairs, which have taken place since 1265, and in the University of Leipzig, which was founded in 1409. It was this spirit that gave rise to the Peaceful Revolution in 1989, which changed the world.

Leipzig also owes its reputation as a city of culture and art to the committed citizens who for centuries have promoted the arts, collected paintings, funded museums and also founded the now world-famous Gewandhaus Orchestra. Equally well-known worldwide is the St Thomas Church, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked. Few cities can claim to enjoy such a rich musical tradition as well as a vibrant present.

Leipzig has a wide range of experiences on offer, including theatre visits, variety shows and cabaret. In the lively old town, more than 1,200 restaurants, pubs and cafés invite you to enjoy some refreshments and relax. Some guests are drawn to the elegant Gründerzeit arcades surrounding the historic market, while others like to mingle with the student crowd in the alternative art, theatre and pub scene. Leipzig offers a wide range of recreational opportunities including over 120 hectares of woodland and parkland, golf courses, rivers and canals throughout the city and several lakes in the southern region.

Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH is a valuable partner when planning your cultural and tourist activities.

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Your Contact

Ronald Kötteritzsch
Ronald Kötteritzsch
Director Marketing Congress Center Leipzig / KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig