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The book city of Leipzig

In 1471 the right to hold trade fairs was bestowed upon the city of Leipzig. Since then, Leipzig has been an important hub for the long distance book trade. Ten years later the first book was printed in Leipzig. For more than 500 years, the production and trading of books have shaped the history of the city. At different times Leipzig was the leading book capital of Germany, even of Europe. From the introduction of book printing in the Late Middle Ages to the establishment of well-known publishing houses such as Reclam or Brockhaus in the industrial age, trade related to the printed word was always a business lifeline in Leipzig.

Activity: Creative activities possible by arrangement.

Age: from class five

Curriculum link: History, German

Information and reservation:

Phone: +49 341 2271-324

Last update: 23.6.2017

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Schriftbanner mit Deutscher Nationalbibliothek Leipzig, Frankfurt am Main