Congress City Leipzig - creative, dynamic, surprising
Leipzig – desirable meeting point for top-quality congresses.
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.
Congress City facts
- Town and market right: around 1165
- Location: in the northwest of the federal state of Saxony
- Area: 297.8 square kilometres
- Climate: Leipzig is located in the continental lowlands, annual mean 9 °C, in January 0 °C on average, in July 18 °C
Precipitation: 500 to 600 millimeters per year
- Residents: approx. 590,000 (date: 2017)
- With a population growth of over 18,000 between 12/2014 and the end of 02/2016, Leipzig is the fastest growing city in Germany and the tenth largest city in Germany.
- Population density: 1,182 inhabitants per square kilometre
- Access: via Leipzig/Halle Airport, the A9 (Berlin – Munich), A14 (Dresden – Halle), A38 (Göttingen – Leipzig) or by train with ICE, IC, EC, IR
- Area code: within Germany 0341, from abroad +49 341
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 am 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 conference venue of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) KUBUS.
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 Leipzig Zoo, with event 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.
Guests can choose from around 133 hotels in Leipzig, with almost 18,000 beds (date: September 2018) offering something for every requirement and budget.
4 and 5-star hotels account for almost 40% of accommodation on offer. First-class establishments by 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.
Numerous hotels, mainly those in the 4 and 5-star categories, offer rooms for seminars, conferences, meetings, symposia and business events for 10 to 900 people.
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”.
The Leipzig Zoo has exciting themed areas, such as the enormous Gondwanaland tropical hall and the Pongoland monkey house and enclosure, 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 Lake District.
Science and economy in Leipzig
Leipzig's industry competencies
Leipzig relies on innovation potential and strategic partners for congress applications.
These include local companies such as Porsche, BMW or DHL as well as renowned scientific and research institutions. Among these are the University of Leipzig with the University Hospital, the Heart Centre and the Fraunhofer, Helmholtz and Max Planck Institutes.