Leipzig FIFA World Cup 2006
Zentralstadion (Central Stadium)
Leipzig's Zentralstadion (Central Stadium) is unique in that it sits within its old Eastern Bloc stadium, which used to boast a 100,000 capacity. Today’s Central Stadium is a new structure with all modern facilities and a seating capacity of 45,000 for the FIFA World Cup 2006.
Situated in Germany’s former East Bloc, Leipzig is a charming post Communist-era city with some remarkable historical features and bags of energy. The city’s student population ensures a lively nightlife, ideal for those looking for after-match fun during the FIFA World Cup 2006, and its close connection with master composers Bach and Wagner ensures plenty of interest in the arts.
Leipzig hotels World Cup 2006
Leipzig has a good complement of hotels and pensions in the city centre and other interesting areas of the city, although these are likely going to be bursting at the seams during the FIFA World Cup 2006. Booking ahead of time is essential and there are a plethora of reputable sites for online booking.
Leipzig shopping and nightlife
Shopping options are also plentiful in Leipzig and the city boasts numerous cafes and restaurants. Bars and beer halls are a consistent feature of the Leipzig night scene and the Street Music Festival (Leipziger Strassen Musikfestival) at the end of June sees a complement of musicians play in the Markt.
One of the most endearing sights in Leipzig and one that many will see on arrival in Leipzig, is the stunning Hauptbahnhof (train station), which doubles as a shopping mall. Other notable attractions worth seeing if you have spare time during the FIFA World Cup 2006 are the ancient City Hall, the outstanding Botanical Gardens, and the Leipzig Zoo.
Getting to Leipzig
Located to the northwest of the city, Leipzig-Halle International Airport receives numerous domestic flights from major German cities, as well as limited overseas services. The Airport Express train runs to the main train station in Leipzig throughout the day and shuttles and taxis are also available. Drivers should take the A14 autobahn and B2 to the city, or route B6.
Trains arrive all day from such cities as Berlin and Frankfurt, as well as indirectly from the rest of Europe, while major autobahns feed Leipzig from all directions. Plane, train and bus tickets will have to be booked way in advance for the FIFA World Cup 2006.