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About Leipzig



Facts & figure

Population: 540 000
Area: 297.36 km2
Language: German

Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. It is located about 160 kilometers (99 miles) southwest of Berlin at the confluence of the White Elster, Pleisse, and Parthe rivers at the southerly end of the North German Plain.

Banking & Currency

The currency in Germany is the Euro (€).
Cash dispensers are located throughout the city to withdraw cash with any type of card.

Climate

Leipzig has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Köppen climate classification). Winters are variably mild to cold, with an average of around 1 °C (34 °F).

Electricity

The electric current is 220-240V AC with a frequency of 50 Hertz.
European Standard Type C plugs with two round pins are used. 

Insurance

The registration fees do not include the insurance of participants against personal accidents, sickness, cancellations by any party, theft, loss or damage to personal possessions.
Participants are recommended to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation but also thef and loss of personal effects.

Quality of life

In December 2013, according to a study by Marktforschungsinstituts GfK, Leipzig was ranked as the most livable city in Germany and is one of the three European cities with the highest quality of living (after Groningen and Kraków).

Public transport

Leipzig has an extensive local public transport network. The city's tram and bus network is operated by the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe. Leipzig's tram network, at a length of 148.3 km (92 miles), is the second biggest in Germany. Leipzig City Tunnel forms the centerpiece of an extensive S-Bahn network serving 1.2 million people in the Leipzig/Halle metropolitan area. The tunnel links the main station in the north with the Bayrische Bahnhof in the south.

Time Zone

Leipzig is in the Central European time zone: CET = GMT/ UCT + 1.