Guests of the Open Philology Project
For guests of the Open Philology Project, here is some useful and practical information to help you plan your visit to Leipzig.
With a population of 520,000, there is always something to do in Leipzig. The city has a good number of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants, while the museums and cultural history are widely admired. The St. Thomas Boys Choir has reached international fame and the whole world meets in Leipzig for its book fair. Leipzig is the place where famous poets and philosophers lived, where the musician Bach lived and worked, where Napoleon was defeated in the Battle of the Nations in 1813, and where the Peaceful Revolution that caused the fall of the Berlin wall started. When the weather is nice, all Leipzig citizens flock to the parks, while the Leipzig Christmas markets attract many visitors to the city in December.
About the University
Founded in 1407, the University of Leipzig is Germany’s second oldest university. 28,000 German and international students have chosen this town for their academic career, their research and their cultural and social life. The main campus of the University of Leipzig is located right in the heart of the city: the Digital Humanities Department is in the Paulinum building at Augustplatz 10.
Transport from the Airport to the University
S-Bahn: From the Airport, follow the signs to the S-Bahn (city train). You will need to take the S5 in the direction of Altenburg or the S5X in the direction of Zwickau (Sachs). Trains depart every 30 minutes. The ride to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof takes approximately 25 minutes and costs about €4. The University is a short walk from the main station.
Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the city center takes around 30 minutes and costs approximately €40.
For further information on public transport visit http://www.lvb.de/
The hotel nearest to the University is Motel One.
Motel One, Nikolaistraße 23, 04109 Leipzig
+49/341/33 74 37-0
ATMs: There are plenty of ATMs (Bankautomat) and many bank branches for withdrawal or money exchange available near the University, including Sparkasse Leipzig at Humboldstraße 25, and Commerzbank AG, at Thomaskirchhof 22.
Payment: Major credit cards are generally accepted in hotels, restaurants, and numerous department stores, however credit cards are often not accepted in coffee houses, smaller stores, bars, and clubs. The most widely known cards in Germany are VISA and Mastercard. Tipping is expected in any restaurant or café: a normal tip in a restaurant is between 5 to 10% but students usually tip less or for small amounts.
Business hours: Shops and businesses are generally open Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm. Shops are usually closed on Sundays, but the shops at the main station are open on Sunday afternoon.