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The name Leipzig originates from the word for lime tree "Lipa". This tree is a main feature of the city even today. With its cultural treasurers and great history, Leipzig, in former Eastern Germany, is one of the most fascinating cities in Germany.It is situated in the western part of the Land (state) Saxony Land, just above the junction of the Pleisse, Parthe, and Weisse Elster rivers, 113 miles (182 km) southwest of Berlin. Leipzig is situated in the fertile, low-lying Leipzig Basin, which has extensive deposits of lignite (brown coal). Although encircled by a belt of parks and gardens, the city is a major industrial centre and transport junction, and it lies at the core of the Halle-Leipzig metropolitan agglomeration. The countryside around the city consists of a plain that is intensively farmed.

The great former wealth of the city can still be seen today in the many magnificent buildings. Leipzig is also famous for its exhibitions, bringing international business to the city. Nowadays, it is fun to stroll through the city and enjoy the many bistros and bars or simply admire this centre of cultural life. The  grand old city is now a busy venue for trade fairs and conferences and a major centre of trade, culture, nightlife and shopping. The lovely old Renaissance and Baroque buildings, historical trading centres and malls are now fully restored and modernised, providing a stylish paradise for shoppers and sightseers. High-class entertainment is assured – attractions for arts-lovers include the Gewandhaus concert hall, the Opera House, the St. Thomas Choir, cabarets, theatres and jazz cellars.

Leipzig has been hosting trade fairs since the Middle Ages. The most spectacular aspect to the Leipzig Trade Fair is undoubtedly its laminated glass hall, designed by Ian Ritchie Architects of London. The glass hall represents a late 20th century equivalent of London's Crystal Palace – a totally glazed enclosure using laminated glass in all 28,000m2 of its overhead glazing. It is the principal building through which all visitors to the Trade Fair enter and provides a surface area of 242m x 79m for reception, information and meetings. It is linked directly to the Trade Fair's exhibition halls through a series of tubular, laminated glass bridges. The new Leipzig Trade Fair building, designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partner (GMP) of Hamburg and completed in 1996 at a cost of DM 1.3 billion, provides the most striking new symbol yet of the city's post-Communist renewal as a business center.