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What is Leipzig like?

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August 25, 2009 12:02AM

"What is Leipzig like?" As follows:

From the perspective of an American who has visited Leipzig a number of times: Leipzig is a city of a half million people, on a slow recovery after years of Communist rule. The city center has been revitalized while keeping its historical buildings. There is much to see, hear, buy, and do there. on the edge of the city there is new factories, a new conference center (also known as a fair ground), a modern airport, and two autobahns. Between the city center and the new construction, there lies many areas which are empty and decaying. Many apartment buildings built from 1890-1920 were abandoned because they lacked modern amenities. The efforts to induce renovation of these buildings are hampered by regulations which protect the 'character of historic buildings'. Leipzig has many parks and green areas, which are enjoyed by its residents. In my opinion, people from Leipzig seem to be more friendly to strangers than those of the western German cities I have been to. The older population is less likely to speak any languages in addition to German, but the younger population generally have some skills in English, though they vary widely. The younger population is generally college students. Many of the middle-aged people have left because of the still high (15%-20%) unemployment in the area. Many older people who have lived their whole lives in Leipzig remain there in retirement. The population of Leipzig is almost entirely ethnic German (my guess 98%), though the effects of people from other cultures is present. Leipzig has many good restaurants in a wide variety of cuisines. The people of Leipzig are not the boastful type, but they are proud of their part in history, both twentieth century and previous.

The cost of visiting Leipzig can be inexpensive or costly. There are a great number of hotels, many of which are operated at a high standard of quality, and can thus be costly. There are also some inexpensive hotels, particularly away from the city center. Rates can vary quite a bit depending on the time of year.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Is the largest city in the federal state (Bundesland) of Saxony in Germany. The name is derived from the Slavic word (see Sorbian) Lipsk (= "settlement where the linden trees stand"). It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Plei�e, White Elster and Parthe. Leipzig's population's historical peak was around 750,000 before the Second World War; the figure for 2002 was around 500,000. First documented in 1015, and endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, Leipzig has always been known as a place of commerce. The Leipzig Trade Fair became an event of international importance; especially as a point of contact to the East-European economic bloc (Comecon) of which East Germany was a member. The foundation of the University of Leipzig in 1409 initiated the city's development into a center of the publishing industry, and towards being a location of the German National Library (founded in 1912). Johann Sebastian Bach worked in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750, at the St. Thomas church. Richard Wagner, the composer, was born in Leipzig in 1813. Later in the same year, the Leipzig region was the arena of the Battle of the Nations. In 1913 a monument, the V�lkerschlachtdenkmal, celebrating the hundred year anniversary of this event was finished. Leipzig around 1900Having been a terminal of the first German long distance railroad (1838, to Dresden, the capital of Saxony), Leipzig became a hub of Central-European railroad traffic, with a renowned station building, now the largest passenger train station in Europe. Leipzig expanded rapidly towards one million inhabitants. Huge Gr�nderzeit areas were built, which survived, for the greater part, the War and after war demolitions. Nowadays these areas are unique in modern Germany. The decline of the number of inhabitants however remain a threat to these precious rich decorated remains of once Imperial Germany. Source: Press The first German labour party, the General German Workers' Association (in German Allgemeiner Deutscher Arbeiterverein, ADAV) was founded in Leipzig on 23 May 1863 by Ferdinand Lassalle; about 600 workers from across Germany travelled to it using the new railway line. Nobel prize laureate Werner Heisenberg worked as a physics professor at Leipzig University from 1927 to 1942. Best wishes