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Leipzig is the largest city in the Free State of Saxony and is considered one of the fastest growing cities in Germany. The city is a historical center of business, trade and commerce, administration, culture and education as well as for the creative scene. Leipzig’s tradition as a major center of conventions and trade in Central Europe with one of the oldest trade fairs in the world dates back to the year 1190 and was closely linked to the long-standing role of Leipzig as an international center of the fur trade. The city is also a historical center of book printing. Additionally, Leipzig is hosting one of the oldest universities and various colleges for both trade and music in Germany. In the course of the Monday demonstrations during 1989, which gave a decisive impulse for the “Wende” in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), Leipzig was designated as a heroic city “Heldenstadt”. The informal award for the courageous and peaceful commitment of many Leipzig citizens in the surroundings of the Leipzig Nikolaikirche coined the reputation of the city under the slogan “Leipziger Freiheit”.