The Congress Centre in Leipzig is part of the Messe Group and was opened in 1996. It blends state-of-the-art facilities, IT systems and architecture to provide an experience that is the epitome of modernity. It can accommodate almost 10,000 guests and has easy access to a variety of Leipzig hotels.
Leipzig cuisine is both sophisticated and delicious, and whichever Leipzig hotel you stay in, fabulous dining experiences await just a short distance away. Those wanting to splurge should head to Augustusplatz for the Stadtpfeiffer restaurant for excellent German food. Those on a smaller budget might prefer local specialities including Lerchen, a sweet dough sold in bakeries; Leipziger Allerlei, a vegetable dish; and Reformationsbrotchen, a pastry sold in bakeries in October prior to Reformation Day. Leipzig has a long and lively coffee house tradition; in fact, coffee is the unofficial drink of Leipzig.
Leipzig has been well pedestrianized with shoppers in mind. There is a good selection of shops around the Madler Passage including upmarket shops and fashion stores. For a more traditional shopping experience, visit one of Leipzig's markets such as the Saturday market at the Festwiese. If you are visiting in December, the Christmas market in the Market Square is well worth a visit.
Johan Sebastian Bach was a cantor at Saint Thomas church, where you can see his tomb and a museum dedicated to the great composer. Another interesting museum is the Stasi Bunker Museum, which documents the Stasi and their methods of manipulating people during the Cold War era.
Handball is a major sport in the city with one of the most successful women's clubs in Germany. The Markkleeberg Lake is a white-water slalom course and one of the very best for international canoe-kayak competitions. In addition, the city is home to FC Lokomotive Leipzig, UEFA Cup semi-finalists back in 1974.
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