Exploring Places LXIX: Leipzig, Germany

Postcard 49 has been sent to Leipzig!

Here's what Alex Outeriño and Ledicia Blanco, ESO 4 students, have found out about this city. Thanks for letting us know, guys!

Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. Leipzig lies at the confluence of the rivers White Elster, Pleisse, and Parthe, in the Leipzig Bay, on the most southerly part of the North German Plain, which in turn belongs to the North European Plain.

Location of Leipzig. Wikipedia
...its large parks. Leipzig Botanical Garden is the oldest of its kind in Germany. It contains a total  of some 7,000 species, 3,000 comprise ten unique collections.

Butterfly glasshouse in Leipzig Botanical Garden
...being the birthplace of many famous people, such as the philosopher and scientist Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), composer Richard Wagner (1813), art historian Nikolaus Pevsner(1902) and typographer Jan Tschichold (1902).


Many other well-known figures worked for much of their life in here, including Johann Sebastian Bach, who died in Leipzg in 1750, and Felix MendelssohnBartholdy, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the Nobel Prize in physics Werner Heisenbergorthe and car manufacturer August Horch.


Old town
The historic downtown area of Leipzig features a renaissance style ensemble of buildings from the 16th century, including the old city hall in the market place.

Old town and market square

Leipzig Zoological Garden

Leipzig Zoological garden
Leipzig's zoo is one of tne of the most modern zoos in Europe with approximately 850 different species. It houses the world's largest zoological facilities for primates (Pongoland). Gondwanaland is the world's largest indoor rainforest hall.

Leipzig's New City Hall

Leipzig new City Hall
The city's new administrative building was built upon the remains of the Pleissenburg, a castle that was the site ofthe 1519 debate between Johann Eck and Martin Luther. It is also Germany's tallest town hall.

Leipzig Hauptnahnhof

Leipzig's Hauptnahof
This is the world's largets train station by floor area and a popular shopping destination.

If you want to learn more about this German city, listen to the podcast recorded by ESO 3 student, Carlos Cuesta. Thanks a million, Carlos!


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