Leipzig has now evolved from its status as a dreary bastion of former East Germany, to a thriving university city with modern architecture, an eclectic nightlife and a positively cosmopolitan air. In recent times it has also been given the honour of being labelled ‘The New Berlin’, spurring further competition and posturing with its more illustrious neighbour to the north.
Leipzig’s most famous student, Goethe, once labelled the city ‘klein Paris’ (miniature Paris). The lovingly restored Art Nouveau Arkaden (arcades), including the most impressive, Madler Mall, lace through the city centre and are a joy to explore. * Am Markt is the city’s best-known square and is bordered by the Königshaus, which was built in the late 18th century. * The Königshaus was once the city’s guest house for distinguished visitors to the city and has hosted the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Richard Wagner.