Practical I Hotels in Leipzig
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,
one of the most fascinating cities
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
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