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Leipzig: and the heart beats faster!

Impressed by the city’s diversity, invigorated by the charm of modern life, fascinated by the tradition of intellectual stimulation: Experience everything Leipzig has to offer as your venue for meetings and events. Feel the spirit of the city and enjoy an unforgettable time.

 

A city with soul

Leipzig 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 opportunity

Leipzig 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.

Pooled expertise for a distinguished location

In order to unleash its full economic potential, the City of Leipzig has developed a cluster strategy to concentrate on establishing networks between, and supporting, growth-oriented and forward-looking industries. These include the automotive and supplier industries, energy and environmental technology, logistics, media and creative industries as well as the health sector and biotechnology. These economic and scientific areas of expertise also play a crucial role for local conferences and events, with officials deliberately inviting organisers to hold their thematically related congresses in Leipzig. With its clearly defined clusters, Leipzig is therefore a highly recommended destination for international congresses; local venues and stakeholders have shown themselves to be experienced and efficient hosts. Venues are represented by competent experts who are instrumental in their successful promotion. In turn, successful events hone Leipzig’s profile as a hub for business, science and research, adding to its national and international reputation.

A home from home

Guests can choose from around 127 hotels in Leipzig, with almost 15,000 beds in around 8000 rooms offering something for every requirement and budget. Four and 5-star hotels account for almost 40 % of accommodation on offer. First-class establishments of renowned international hotel chains meet the highest standards. Privately run guest houses and boutique hotels delight guests with their style and individuality. Most of these are located in or near the attractive city centre, benefiting from both excellent transport connections and close proximity to a wide range of leisure activities after long congress days.

A bustling city to discover and enjoy

Leipzig boasts a wide range of cultural and leisure activities. Music lovers may be interested in a performance by the world-famous St. Thomas Boys’ Choir in their historic surroundings, a concert at the Gewandhaus, a performance at Leipzig’s Opera House or an evening of theatre, vaudeville or cabaret. Those with an interest in literature can follow in the footsteps of Goethe, Schiller, Lessing and Nietzsche. Art aficionados are invited to discover more than 50 museums  and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Grassi Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the galleries and studios of the Spinnerei, which is a centre of the “New Leipzig School”. Zoo Leipzig has exciting themed areas, such as the enormous tropical hall Gondwanaland and the monkey house and enclosure Pongoland, and also boasts a diversity of species that is virtually unrivalled in Europe. Thrilling top-class football awaits visitors to the Red Bull Arena. More than 1200 restaurants, cafés and pubs, many of them open until the small hours, are perfect for spending time and relaxing. There are also plenty of recreational activities on offer, with around 120 hectares of woodland and parks, golf courses, rivers and canals in the city as well as Leipzig’s New Lakeland area.

Tailored packages for everyone: The congress initiative “Feel the spirit… do-it-at-leipzig.de”

If you’re organising a national or international congress, Leipzig’s unique team spirit is what makes the city an ideal meeting place. The congress initiative “Feel the spirit… do-it-at-leipzig.de” is a network of around 50 partners in Leipzig, including congress and event venues, conference hotels, service agencies, local PCOs and logistics partners. They work together to promote Leipzig as a place to meet, supporting event planners and cooperating closely on the planning, organisation and implementation of events of all formats and sizes. The initiative is the first port of call for PCOs, event agencies, international associations, organisations, clubs, businesses, scientific institutions and many more. The service portal at www.do-it-at-leipzig.de introduces all of these providers, along with the services they offer the congress and conference sector. A search function lets users filter suitable services for whatever they require, access detailed information about room sizes as well as photos, and submit enquiries directly. The portal also includes specific contact details, a shortlist feature and all the latest news about Leipzig as a meeting location.

Explore the unseen

With its alternative city guide “Hidden Leipzig”, which is available in print or online, “do-it-at-leipzig.de” invites guests to discover the city’s special attitude towards life. It is packed with 146 great tips for doing things that are off the beaten track. Leipzig’s districts are home to speciality restaurants and beautiful parkland, concert halls and wonderful shops, art galleries and independent theatres. Entire streets buzzing with life. Places of creativity and a passion for innovation. Expect the unexpected!