A city with soulLeipzig is a city where constant change and renewal meet continuity and tradition. In the 12th century, the most important trade routes in Europe crossed here, laying the foundation of a tradition as a city of trade fairs and commerce that now goes back more than 850 years. Its university was founded in 1409, and ever since the city has been a place of education and science, a crossroads for the exchange of ideas. Leipzig also enjoys an excellent reputation as a city of music.
The city has always stood for determination, creativity and a proud citizenry, for cosmopolitanism, hospitality and curiosity about the unknown. Leipzig’s past also testifies to its willingness to form networks and place the power of the individual at the service of a shared vision. This spirit even helped drive the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, some of whose most important events occurred in Leipzig.
A city of opportunityLeipzig offers event organisers a wide range of meeting facilities, whatever the format and the number of guests – from function rooms with historic charm to cutting-edge congress centres. Opening its doors to around 100 congresses and more than 100,000 visitors from all over the world each year, the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) is the largest host for congresses. In addition to its venue at the exhibition grounds, as of 2016 the CCL now also operates the KONGRESSHALLE at Zoo Leipzig, a modern conference venue in the historic surroundings of a Wilhelminian-era building. To attract event organisers, both locations rely on their unrivalled potential for innovation and a variety of strategic partners. These include local enterprises such as Porsche, BMW and DHL but also renowned scientific and research institutions like Leipzig University and its university hospital, the Heart Center Leipzig, and the Fraunhofer, Helmholtz and Max Planck Institutes. Modern and flexible spaces for various congress formats and exhibitions are also offered by the GLOBANA Airport Fair & Conference Center and the UFZ’s “KUBUS” conference venue.
Numerous hotels, venues and businesses throughout the city also offer a wide range of function rooms for seminars, conferences, meetings, symposia, business events and more. A fascinating ambience as well as ideal opportunities for a social programme are offered by places like Porsche’s Leipzig plant, which boasts a test track for driving events, as well as Zoo Leipzig, with function rooms in the immediate vicinity of a highly biodiverse and exotic animal world, and also the Red Bull Arena stadium, the home ground of RB Leipzig, who were promoted to the Bundesliga in 2016.
Visitors can experience historic charm at Bayerischer Bahnhof, the world’s oldest surviving railway terminus, or in the legendary Auerbachs Keller, to which Johann Wolfang Goethe’s Faust created a literary monument. The Moritzbastei with its winding vaults, the Salles de Pologne and their neo-baroque flair, the Panometer with the world’s largest 360-degree panoramas, and the Panorama Tower high above the rooftops of the city, all offer attractive possibilities to welcome guests against truly impressive backdrops.