Leipzig is the largest
city in Saxony, Germany, with a population of over
half a million. The name Leipzig is derived from
the Slavic word Lipsk, which translates to "settlement where the linden trees stand".
Leipzig is a
city rich with historical significance. The Leipzig Trade Fair
and today is one of the oldest remaining trade fair in the world. Carl Friedrich Goerdeler (mayor from 1930
to 1937) was a noted opponent of the Nazi regime in Germany and only resigned in 1937 when his Nazi deputy ordered the
destruction of a prominent statue in his absence. Also, it was demonstrations in Leipzig against
the East German communist regime that started the process which eventually led
to its fall.
Leipzig is also a city
of significant cultural relevance. Be
sure to visit the St Thomas' Church, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor
from 1723 to 1750. It was here that Bach
wrote his famous St.
Mathew Passion. Richard Wagner
(composer) was born in Leipzig
in 1813. Robert Schumann was also a part of Leipzig
music history through his involvement with Germany's first musical conservatoire
Other sites worth visiting include the Volkerschlachtdenkmal (Battle of the Nations Monument), the Altes Rathaus (old city hall) and the Leipzig Zoo.
Although somewhat pricey, Leipzig offers some
fantastic food and drink. Try the ice
cream concoctions along Grimmaische
Street or have your coffee in style at Zum
Arabischen Coffee Baum.