Leipzig city life
Leipzig has a rich history, dating back from the Middle Ages and it is one of the most visited cities in Germany by tourists. This is mainly thanks to its numerous museums and galleries:
- Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts
- The Ethnography Museum
- Museum of Antiquities
- The German Museum of Books and Writing
- Leipzig Panometer
- Leipzig Egyptian Museum
- Johan Sebastian Bach Archive
Other landmarks include:
- Leipzig Zoological Garden
- Monument of the Battle of Nations
- The International Fair Trade Centre
- Leipzig Synagogue Memorial
- Leipzig Bayerischer Bahnhof (oldest train station)
Besides sightseeing, Leipzig offers many options for outdoor relaxation and sports, with its many parks, botanical gardens and accessible forests, ideal for hiking, picnics, bike rides and long walks.
Music lovers will find that Leipzig has many world-famous church choirs, theatres, opera houses and music halls, where performances are being presented, especially in honour of Bach and Mendelsson, the city’s iconic composers.
The city’s young and bustling atmosphere is also maintained through annual events such as:
- the Auto Mobil International motor show,
- the Christmas Market,
- the Leipzig Book Fair
- Ladyfest feminist festival
- Jazztage music festival
Leipzig also has several sports teams, playing in the German national leagues in soccer, ice hockey, handball and fencing, as well as many lower-division teams and amateur clubs.
International atmosphere in Leipzig
Leipzig is the fastest growing city in Germany, attracting migrants, workers and students not only from other parts of the country, but also from all across the globe. German is universally spoken and the official language, but most of the city’s inhabitants, especially the younger generation, are quite fluent in English. There are also other languages being spoken in the local communities of immigrants, specifically Russian, Romanian, Polish, Vietnamese, Turkish, Arabic and several others. The immigrants represent over 10% of the total population and, alongside the many international students coming to Leipzig, give the city an increasingly international feel.
The weather in Leipzig is humid, with mild and wet winters and warm rainy summers. The average temperature for January is 0.5°C (32.9°F) and in July it’s about 19.0°C (66.2°F). The annual median amount of precipitation is around 534.10mm (21.0276 inches).