Leipzig combines 850 years of trade fair tradition with the open-mindedness of a modern centre for culture and business to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere, where Leipzigers extend a warm welcome to visitors from all over the world.

City of books, city of Bach, city of trade fairs, university city, city of heroes, city of culture, creative hotspot, economic centre, scientific stronghold – Leipzig fits many labels and this Saxon metropolis has many more angles to discover. Not least of which is the fact that Leipzig was the starting point of the Peaceful Revolution.

The world-class Gewandhaus Orchestra, the St Thomas's Boys Choir and the New Leipzig School with Neo Rauch are just some of the city's cultural gems.

As a location for business, Leipzig's economic development consistently focuses on five growth areas: the automotive industry and its suppliers, the health sector and biotechnology, energy and environmental technology, logistics and the media and creative industries. The business hub's sustainable investment policy is reflected in the successful relocation of top companies such as BMW, Amazon and Porsche. With the opening of DHL's European air freight hub, Leipzig/Halle Airport has become one of Europe's central logistics hubs. These lighthouse investments have been accompanied by the settlement of numerous small and medium-sized enterprises in the fields of logistics, the supply industry and others. Thanks to this, Leipzig today has one of the most dynamic economies in all of Germany. It is one of Germany's fastest-growing major cities.

Invest Region Leipzig

It pays to invest in Leipzig. Invest Region Leipzig supports the establishment of economic projects in the region. The Leipziger Messe Group of Companies bolsters these efforts in its role as a partner in the sustainable promotion of Leipzig's growth as a location for business.

The emphasis is on close cooperation, solid networking, sharing information with regional business drivers and implementing joint projects.

Central Germany: Innovative Region of the Future

Central Germany is one of Europe's innovative regions of the future . Key drivers for this include:

  • Its geographical position at the centre of Europe
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure
  • A close-knit network of research and development facilities
  • Cutting-edge major investments by international companies
  • Established networks and emerging clusters that pool competences
  • High standards of living
  • Creative and flexible administration
  • Motivated and highly qualified workforce
  • An open-minded, warm-hearted and down-to-earth population

The combination of these qualities makes the three federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia a unique location for investors and talents – as well as for connoisseurs and thinkers.

Free State of Saxony: Dynamic Business Location

Saxony has a long tradition both as a region of culture and as an economic hub. Today, the Free State ranks among the most dynamic states in the federation. Saxony is responsible for about one-third of the total economic output of the new federal states (excluding Berlin). With a 19.0 per cent share of investment, the Free State tops the list of all federal states. (as of March 2011)

The pure diversity of industries is Saxony's strength – from mechanical engineering and the automotive industry to microelectronics/IT, environmental technology and life sciences. Companies benefit from well-established networks and an excellent research community. Similarly, it is Leipzig's highly qualified workforce, its modern, efficient infrastructure and fast, reliable administration that have convinced many companies to relocate to Saxony in recent years.