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Five reasons to plan a congress in Leipzig

If you are looking for an attractive venue for your congress, conference or meeting, then Leipzig should be at the very top of your list. The city offers a unique and inspiring blend of business, science and vibrant culture.
No wonder Leipzig is becoming an increasingly popular venue for conferences and congresses. Hundreds of thousands of visitors attend events organised by renowned players from the fields of medicine, science, research, business, politics and society, making Leipzig a hub for professional exchange. Here we show you five good reasons why Leipzig is the right choice for your next congress.

1. Leipzig: An attractive centre for business and science

Leipzig is a true epicentre of entrepreneurial success and innovation: more than 46,000 businesses (as of 2022) contribute to this booming central German city’s annual economic growth rate, which is well above the national German average.

Leipzig is a sought-after business location for national and international companies, which is reflected in the continued demand for vacant commercial space.
In addition to established firms that are constantly expanding, many young companies and start-ups find Leipzig to be the ideal location for their business.

The city’s cluster strategy is unique, providing the best possible support for future-oriented industries and creating the necessary infrastructure for entrepreneurial activity. The automotive and supplier industry, the health industry and biotechnology, energy and environmental technology, as well as the IT, media and creative industries are the driving forces behind Leipzig’s dynamic growth as an attractive location for business and science.

2. Leipzig, city of art and culture

In a letter written during a concert tour far from home, Leipzig-born Clara Schumann once remarked: “Oh, how I envy Leipzig for its music!”
What the composer and pianist praised even then still holds true today: Leipzig boasts a diverse arts and cultural scene and is internationally renowned as a city of music. Experience the works of great composers at the Gewandhaus, one of the world’s most famous concert halls. Learn more about the lives and works of musical geniuses at the Bach Museum and the Mendelssohn House.

But make no mistake: Leipzig’s reputation as a place for art and culture is not only nourished by the past. The city’s creative young art scene thrives in many galleries and studios, such as the former Spinnerei industrial complex. Experience alternative projects in Plagwitz, in the west of Leipzig, where many events such as concerts, readings and theatre performances take place.

Ideal conditions, then, for an evening programme inspired by Leipzig’s creative spirit after a long congress day.

3. Modern conference hotels and unique venues

Leipzig offers a variety of unique conference hotels and exceptional venues that will make your event a truly memorable experience. Whether you are planning a conference, a seminar or a meeting, Leipzig offers the perfect setting for your business event.

As well as conference hotels for events of all sizes, there are exceptional and unique venues here that will give your delegates an unforgettable experience. Imagine holding your conference at the Red Bull Arena, home of the football club RB Leipzig: right in the middle of the action, not just on the sidelines! Or meet amidst exotic fauna and flora at Zoo Leipzig, in the technologically advanced media city leipzig, or at the Porsche Experience Center.

Leipzig also has stylish and atmospheric venues up its sleeve for the supporting and evening programme of your event, as you can find out in our article on unusual conference venues with supporting programmes.

4. Centrally located in Germany and integrated local mobility

All roads lead to Leipzig: Leipzig is easy to reach thanks to its central location and excellent transport links, including regular IC and ICE rail services, Leipzig/Halle international airport with direct flights to various European destinations, and well-integrated motorway links from all parts of the country and beyond.

The tram, a climate-friendly means of transport, has been a familiar sight on the streets of Leipzig for 150 years. Nearly 300 trams on 13 lines carry Leipzig’s residents and guests safely to their destinations. A further 36 bus lines complete the network, which extends for around 319 kilometres.
Congress city of Leipzig: Getting here and getting around
Over the years, the electrification of the local public transport network has been repeatedly modernised and updated. Today, around 81 % of its vehicles run on green electricity. One attractive service from Leipzig’s transport authority LVB is the Leipzig congress ticket. It is valid for use on public transport before, during and after the event. Read more about sustainable mobility in Leipzig in our magazine.

5. On the road to climate neutrality

Everyone is talking about climate protection – and Leipzig is taking action! With its Energy and Climate Protection Programme 2030 (EKSP) as a central instrument, Leipzig is well on its way to becoming climate-neutral by 2040. Based on ten success factors in seven areas of action, the city administration aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from 5.18 tonnes per capita in 2020 to 1.9 tonnes per capita in 2030. To achieve this, the city council is focusing on expanding the public transport and cycling networks, as well as renovating neighbourhoods to make them more energy-efficient.

The Saxon conference destination’s efforts to continuously expand its commitment to sustainability are reflected in a variety of ideas, initiatives and practical steps. Expanding renewable energy such as solar and wind power is one example.
Furthermore, Leipzig supports local companies in implementing sustainable principles and takes environmental and social criteria into account when procuring goods and services.

As growth brings not only opportunities but also challenges, Leipzig is aligning its strategic goals with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. The aim is not only to manage the city’s growth in quantitative terms, but also to do so whilst preserving natural resources and ensuring sustainable development.

Read more about Leipzig’s comprehensive sustainability strategy here, which is based on renewable energy sources, sustainable mobility, sustainable business practices, social justice and cultural diversity.

Added bonus: Perfect opportunities to plan your congress in Leipzig

The congress initiative “Feel the spirit - do-it-at-leipzig.de” is a network of around 50 partners, comprising congress and event venues, conference hotels, service agencies, local PCOs and mobility partners. Its members are committed to promoting Leipzig as a place to meet, and they support conference planners, event agencies, associations, clubs and companies in the planning, organisation and implementation of events of all formats and sizes.

Planners benefit from smooth, expert handling of organisational matters. Under “Plan your event” you can view all providers and their services in advance. The detailed provider listings provide information about the type of venue, meeting rooms, capacity, seating types and additional services. The portal also includes contact details for the respective providers.

Your successful event is just a phone call away   

The Leipzig Convention Team will be happy to assist you with planning and holding your event or meeting. You can expect the full range of services as well as bespoke offers – a hassle-free way to quickly plan and deliver your specific event. This includes advising on and arranging hotel room allotments, rooms for conferences, seminars and events, but also supporting programmes away from your event. Contact us.


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