Exhibitions and Fairs in Leipzig
Leipzig has always been an important commercial center of Saxony, thanks to its geographical position. In fact, it is a crossroads between Dresden, Erfurt, Magdeburg and Berlin: around Leipzig, many companies such as DHL, BMW and Porsche have their production plants. Leipzig Fair, Leipziger Messe, boasts more than 800 years of history.
How to reach Leipzig and Leipziger Messe
The city is accessible via several motorways: the A14 towards Magdeburg, the A9 to Berlin-Munich, and A38 to Göttingen. Leipzig is served by 5 lines of the S-Bahn Leipzig-Halle, and 13 tram lines (the second largest network in Germany after the Berlin’s). Leipzig/Halle Airport is located in Schkeuditz and boasts a traffic of more than 2 million passengers a year. The airport has a train station from where trains taking to the fair, Leipziger Messe, leave. The fairgrounds can be reached by car from “Leipzig-Messegelände” exit on the A14 and by bus number 16 leaving from the square in front of the station, the Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, one of Europe's largest train yards.
Where to sleep in Leipzig
Many ancient palaces of East Germany have been converted into hotels which are often, not always though, equipped with modern comforts and services. Leisure and business travelers have a wide selection of hotels near Leipzig station, both budget solutions as well as 4 and 5 star hotels. A very busy area of Leipzig is dedicated to sports, where you can find the SportForum and the Arena, west of the historical centre: there are several 4-star hotel here. In downtown Leipzig, hotels and hostels offer quick access to major tourist attractions, such as Marktplatz, overlooked by the Altes Rathaus, the old City Hall, or Thomaskirche, the church of St. Thomas, which houses one of Europe’s most famous and oldest boys' choirs.
Hot spots in Leipzig for the after-show
Leipzig’s nightlife is always very lively and entertaining. At the many Kneipen, traditional venues frequented by citizens and tourists, you will enjoy traditional dishes like Sauerbraten, a local marinade for meats. Many cafes and taverns are located west of the centre, an area enclosed between the major arteries as Dittrichring, and Bosestrasse and Gottschedstraße. However, Leipzig’s nightlife is also concentrated in more peripheral areas, such as Holbeinstrasse, on the opposite bank of White Elster River, Weisse Elster, from the historical centre. The main shopping streets of Leipzig, filled with shops and boutiques of the most prestigious international brands, are actually galleries, very common in the city centre, as Mädler Passage and Specks Hof. Near the central station, there is a large shopping center, the Hauptbahnhof-Promenaden.
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