Why vibrant Leipzig lures conference organisers
Trade fair history
Leipzig is the world’s oldest trade fair city combining centuries as a major exhibition location with state-of-the art venues and a knack for innovation. It also offers a very appealing urban cocktail with street life, arts and culture, and plentiful green spaces.
Leipzig - A visitor's delight
Leipzig delights visitors with its many facets and a long history that goes back 1000 years. Numerous businesses in the healthcare and biotechnology, automotive, logistics, energy and environmental technology as well as media and creative industries have made the city their home. Major investments in the city’s trade fair grounds, that celebrated their 850th anniversary in 2015, mean that Leipzig is home to one of Europe’s most modern venues for meetings and conventions. Plus, with its great musical tradition, many cultural institutions and a cluster of lakes just outside town, there are also plenty of attractive recreational opportunities at hand.
Did you know?
The worldwide popularity of teddy bears can be traced back to Leipzig where the cuddly toy was first presented at a fair in 1903. A buyer from the US saw the potential, ordered 3,000 at once – and the rest is history.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Roughly 100 miles south of Berlin, Leipzig is Saxony’s largest city with about 520,000 inhabitants and can easily be accessed by all means of transport. Leipzig/Halle airport is only ten minutes from Leipzig’s Congress Center and 11 miles from the heart of town. There’s an IntercityCityExpress train station right in the middle of Leipzig plus a powerful public transport network.
Leipzig has altogether 107 hotels and guest houses with a 13,000 bed capacity plus provides first-class conference and congress centres as well as numerous special venues. Leipzig’s main convention venue CCL Congress Center Leipzig belongs to Leipzig’s Trade Fair Group (Leipziger Messe) and was opened in 1996 as part of the new exhibition and convention grounds. It features state-of-the art facilities plus stunning architecture and landscaping design. In 2010, Leipziger Messe was also the first German trade organiser to be awarded the internationally recognized sustainability certificate Green Globe. Major international industry events taking place in Leipzig each year are Leipzig Book Fair, Auto Mobil International or OTWorld.
Leipzig’s special event locations combine the old with the new while also throwing in a bit of fun. There’s the futuristic Porsche factory, offering conference facilities and breathtaking architecture plus guided tours of the production premises which should get the pulse of every piston head racing. For a complete contrast, try Auerbachs Keller for catering with a difference. The historic restaurant with its fabulous cellars goes
back to the 16th century and has been immortalised in Goethe’s ‘Faust’. And then there’s Leipzig’s much loved zoo with the Gondwanaland hall, where the tropical rainforests of Africa, Asia and South America are recreated under one roof and events take on an exotic air.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Leipzig has a beautifully restored compact historical city centre where a maze of pedestrianised zones, cobble-stoned lanes and a whole network of courtyards, passages and palatial trade fair houses can be explored. Don’t miss the distinctive city passages as a reminder of the city’s history as a trade hub. They were built to save horse-drawn carriages from having to reserve in the courtyards and today house shops, cafés and restaurants.
Leipzig is also known for its unique musical heritage, and some of the world’s most eminent musical figures and institutions are part and parcel of the city’s history, such as Bach, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Schumann, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the St Thomas’ Boys Choir. There are related museums to be visited and concerts to be enjoyed in the city’s famous music venues. Art lovers should not miss the Spinnerei, a former cotton mill, that has since the fall of the Wall developed into a thriving artist community with internationally renowned members such as Neo Rauch of the ‘New Leipzig School‘.
On the culinary side, visitors should look out for local specialities Leipziger Allerlei, a vegetable dish, the Leipziger Lerche pastry, Leipziger Gose beer and also take some time to relax in the city’s many coffee houses.
Leipzig: New cars and the world's oldest trade fair.
Saxony is involved in three sectors: transport + logistics, energy + the environment and medicine + healthcare.
While Porsche and BMW may be the names on everyone's lips, the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) has also made its home here. However, the most important area of the economy is the service sector, which also benefits Leipzig as a centre for logistics.