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Leipzig, Germany: A City of Students & Music

Germany is filled with beautiful cities that abound with unique architecture and history. One of those cities that I got to visit for a few days in early March was Leipzig. Located in the Northeast part of Germany, about an hour's train ride from Berlin, Leipzig is the most populous city in the German state of Saxony.

With the University of Leipzig at its heart, the city has a large population of students and boasts a variety of diverse restaurants, caffes, and bars.

There is a large square in the town center and many beautiful churches and historical buildings to explore.

The city has long been a center for music. The world-famous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, worked in Leipzig for over 20 years until his death in 1750. Many of his most important compositions were created in Leipzig while he worked at the church of St. Thomas and St. Nicholas. The church of St. Thomas (Thomaskirche) now holds his remains.

Outside of the center, the town has a relatively "Eastern" vibe, with many buildings that still resemble much of the communist era yet upgraded to reflect a more modern feel.

The city is very easy to explore with most of the major attractions clumped around the town center. The public transportation system is very efficient as well, with trams and buses running every few minutes. Trains and buses to other major German cities are also easy to find - most departing from the main train station right by the town center.

For those who have a passion for history and music, Leipzig makes for a wonderful day trip outside of Berlin. In addition, there is a whole region of lakes about 30 minutes south of the city.

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