Leipzig is a busy East German city full of cultural history. For example, Bach, Goethe, Mendelssohn and Schumann were all residents of Leipzig during their lives. In more recent history, Leipzigers played an important role in ending communist occupation of East Germany, with famous demonstrations at the Nikolai Church in the city center. A wealth of monuments, churches, museums, restaurants and shops can be found within the city center and surrounding area, and efficient public transportation makes them all easily accessible (For a PDF version of the Leipzig tram map, go to:
How to get to the institute? [pdf]
The information provided below should help you plan your time in Leipzig, whether you plan on a small amount of sightseeing during the conference, or are planning a more extended trip to Leipzig and nearby cities.
For more information about Leipzig, you may wish to visit the following sites:
http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/ (Official Leipzig city site; in English. Includes basic information such as climate, typical business hours, restaurants, music, theatre, accommodations, city maps, etc.)
http://goeurope.about.com/cs/leipzig/a/leipzig_guide.htm (A general review of Leipzig’s highlights, for travelers)
For those planning a more extended stay in Germany, and who wish to travel in Saxony, both Berlin and Dresden are within 2 hours by train, and train tickets may be easily booked online in English.
To book train tickets online, go to: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en
City web sites for nearby towns and cities near Leipzig:
Dresden: www.dresden.de (There is an English option on the home page)
Berlin: www.berlin.de (For English information, click on “Tourismus & Hotels” and choose “International Visitors”