For many first-time visitors to Leipzig city centre it is impossible not to be immediately affected by the traditional yet powerful urban architectural surroundings. In Leipzig there are some notable historical buildings as well as fine examples of contemporary architecture by architects of international repute.
The city was a centre for Baroque civic architecture, then during the Gründerzeit period of the late-nineteenth century in particular many more public buildings were added in the Historicist style. Leipzig also has a relatively high proportion of Art Nouveau buildings. There are also buildings in the pre- and post-war Modernist styles.