History of Leipzig University

Leipzig University is one of the oldest universities in Europe and was founded in 1409 by German students and professors. Over the centuries, it played an important role in the philosophy in Germany. Many important psychological, philosophical, and cultural figures, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, studied and taught there. In the 19th century and in the years that followed, Leipzig University became one of the leading research universities in Europe, with many significant scientific and cultural discoveries being made by its faculty members and students. Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Karl Max, Gustav Freytag, Robert Schumann, and Angela Merkel were some of the examples who studied or taught at Leipzig University. During World War II, Leipzig University was significantly damaged, and many of its buildings and facilities were destroyed. However, the university was rapidly reconstructed in the following years, and it has continued to thrive as one of the centers of intellectual and cultural life in Germany.

        Photo from Universitätsarchiv Leipzig

What to do in Leipzig

Leipzig is one of the oldest cities in Germany with a long and diverse history. Besides the rich cultural and historical scene, Leipzig is a thriving modern city with a modern economy, vibrant nightlife, and growing popularity. The map below lists Leipzig’s top attractions, historical sites, museums, parks, and places of activity as well as the best restaurants and bars.