The City of Leipzig
“It is utterly understandable that on visiting Leipzig for the first time, a man is forced to forget himself in the face of the sheer diversity of impressions with which he is preserved.” Friedrich Schiller, a German poet, philosopher and a contemporary of Goethe (1759 – 1805).
Centuries later we shared Schiller’s impression of the city! Leipzig is an exceptional city as it is a place where tradition meets dynamism and traditional Saxon Gemütlichkeit blends with high-tech business. The city has been a source of fascination for tradesmen, entrepreneurs, academics and artists alike. Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Goethe, and Schiller are some of the great personalities closely linked with Leipzig. Thousands of music lovers travel every year to the city in order to walk in the tracks of famous composers. Besides the musical heritage, Leipzig also offers a multifaceted cultural life, exciting museums, a shopping paradise and a high density of pubs and history at every turn.
The Guardian newspaper also selected Leipzig as the top travel destination of Germany in 2011 and The New York Times in its “The 31 Places to Go in 2010”, had selected Leipzig as its 10th favorite destination. There are numerous conference hotels, countless event locations available for tasteful evening programs, each with its own distinct style. The University of Leipzig is also one of the oldest in Europe. Goethe, Leibniz and Lessing had once been students of this alma mater.
Leipzig is the preferred destination of many travellers – from close and far. This fact was established in 2010 by the New York Times and exactly a year later by the Guardian. Very recently, the Congress Centre Leipzig – the next venue for ISC – was recognized as the "Best Convention Center in Europe" by the Business Destinations Magazine, the leading specialist of the business travel sector. More »
One international ISC attendee also enjoys Leipzig for many reasons. These recognitions convince us that we have chosen the right location for ISC'13.
“I consider Leipzig my absolute favorite city in Germany. I traveled there numerous times between 1997 and 2004 when I was director of the Executive MBA at Illinois. We partnered with a business school and area businesses there. Leipzig has an outstanding city center and is the home of Bach and Mendelssohn. It’s history is rooted in a trading crossroads, and its charm is accentuated by German reinvestment since the fall of the wall. It boasts the largest end-point train station in all of Europe, which has benefited from modern investment in the form of multi-floor shopping mall. An absolute must-visit is Auerbach’s Keller, a cellar restaurant based on Goethe’s Faust. Moreover, it is on direct train lines between Berlin and Munich.”
Merle Giles, Director of NCSA's Private Sector Program, USA
Congress Center Leipzig (CCL)
The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) will be held from June 16–20, 2013, at the following venue:
The Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), located within the Leipzig Trade Fair Grounds fulfills all our requirements and needs. We were impressed by the distinctive architecture and design, the state-of-the-art facilities, and the highly sophisticated technical equipment installed in all the rooms that we will need. And more importantly, the staff was so friendly and helpful that we unanimously decided that the CCL will be an ideal venue for the ISC’13 Conference and Exhibition.
Additionally, CCL’s competence and experience in hosting the yearly Leipzig Book Fair – the second largest book fair in Germany which attracts close to 170,000 visitors – will without a doubt serve our exhibitors and attendees to their advantage. Leipzig also has a history of hosting trade fairs for centuries, with the oldest record dating to 1165.