Place to be

Place to be

In a survey on the quality of life in 83 European cities and urban regions conducted on behalf of the European Commission in October 2020, Leipzig was voted the second-best city to live in for young families with children. And it also scored well in other categories, such as inhabitants’ satisfaction with their residential area, cultural facilities, green spaces, and air quality.

In a survey on the quality of life in 83 European cities and urban regions conducted on behalf of the European Commission in October 2020, Leipzig was voted the second-best city to live in for young families with children. And it also scored well in other categories, such as inhabitants’ satisfaction with their residential area, cultural facilities, green spaces, and air quality.

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Living Leipzig

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Leipzig is distinguished by its attractive pedestrianized city center and its wide range of housing, including apartments, detached and semi-detached houses, and even converted industrial lofts by the riverside. You’ll easily find just the right spot to make Leipzig your new home. Rents are very reasonable (far, far cheaper than in cities like Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt), and a number of large residential developments close to the city center are currently under construction. In addition to excellent shopping both downtown and in suburban malls, Leipzig has outstanding amenities such as kindergartens, schools, medical facilities, and an excellent public transport system with one of the biggest tram networks in Europe. In fact, Leipzig has been described as Germany’s most liveable city! In a survey conducted by the IFH Cologne Institute of Retail Research among 58,000 visitors to 121 city centers, Leipzig easily came out on top.

Creative Leipzig

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Cultural city

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Known for its creative spirit, Leipzig is home to both high culture and a lively fringe scene, contributing to the general high quality of life. A string of world-famous composers are closely associated with the city: Wagner was born here, Clara and Robert Schumann lived here, Mendelssohn himself founded the local music college, and the great Johann Sebastian Bach spent 27 years in charge of the choir at St Thomas’s Church. These days, Leipzig’s musical life is busier and more varied than ever before thanks to world-famous venues such as the Gewandhaus concert hall and Leipzig Opera House. There are also several theaters and live comedy clubs – although you’ll need a pretty good knowledge of German to keep up! And there’s also a thriving art scene thanks to the presence of the HGB Academy of Visual Art, the Museum of Fine Arts completed in 2004, and the celebrated Spinnerei art complex featuring several private galleries in a repurposed cotton mill.

Surprising Leipzig

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Hidden Leipzig

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As well as the more famous sights and hospitality venues, there’s plenty to experience off the beaten track in Leipzig. Visit fascinating districts like Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse and Karl-Heine-Strasse with their mix of captivating boutiques, intriguing art galleries, and cafés and bars galore. Hire a canoe for some unusual views of Leipzig from the canals. Don’t miss Leipzig Zoo, which has undergone a staggering redevelopment program over the past twenty years with new additions such as the Pongoland ape enclosure and Gondwanaland, the world’s second-largest indoor rainforest. If you’re looking for some woodland air, explore the huge swathe of forestland cutting across Leipzig. And make sure you check out some of the sandy lakeside beaches for a spot of swimming, paddleboarding, or windsurfing. (We bet you weren’t expecting much of a beach life when you first heard about Leipzig!)

Mouthwatering choice!

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Culinary Landscape

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With 1,900 eateries in and around the city center ranging from simple bars and beer gardens to gourmet establishments serving Saxon and international cuisine, there’s something to make everyone feel at home! For a special occasion, dive into the time-honored atmosphere of Auerbachs Keller, Leipzig’s best-known restaurant – or go to Barthels Hof to sample the very same menu enjoyed by Johann Sebastian Bach after he’d inspected and approved a brand-new church organ installed nearby. For a sensational view of the city, dine out at the top of the tower on Augustusplatz. Bayerischer Bahnhof is a restaurant inside the world’s oldest surviving railway terminus serving excellent Saxon and international cuisine. Other popular areas for an evening out include the bistros, bars, and cafés just off the marketplace, in Connewitz in south Leipzig, and in the districts of Plagwitz and Schleussig in the west of the city.

Leipzig’s beautiful surroundings

Leipzig is a surprisingly green city, both contributing to its excellent quality of life and helping to absorb traffic noise. As well as its parks, gardens, and colorful allotments, over the last twenty years, the surrounding countryside has been vastly improved by the conversion of disused opencast mines into a series of stunning lakes used for swimming, boating, and fishing, while the paths surrounding them attract walkers, cyclists, and skaters – so if you ever fancied taking a dip in a coal mine, now’s your chance! The region around Leipzig is a fascinating area to explore with its family-friendly waterways, idyllic forests, and awe-inspiring castles. And if you’re looking for the original escape room, visit the legendary Colditz Castle, which is less than an hour’s drive away! Other towns of interest nearby include Halle, whose most famous son was the composer Handel, and Wittenberg, home of Martin Luther and the Reformation.

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Higher education and research

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Laborfoto / Research

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With the second-oldest university in Germany, several other establishments of higher education, and a string of world-class research institutes, Leipzig is continuing to build on its distinguished heritage of education and scientific research.

Infrastructure

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Next3D

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Leipzig has an outstanding infrastructure in the areas essential to life science projects such as networking, research incubators, and funding for startups. What’s more, most of its research institutes are within walking distance of each other. But should you need to travel further afield, it also has a superb transport infrastructure.

Hub of innovation

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CMI

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There’s a spirit of innovation in Leipzig that translates life-changing ideas into reality. Learn about the biotech cluster and the startup scene in Leipzig – and how they come together in the quest for new medicines.

Skilled Workforce

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Diversity

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Leipzig’s dynamic atmosphere attracts people from all over the world, hence boosting the availability of potential employees with the qualifications and background you’re looking for.

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