The Leipzig Hauptbahnhof (main station) houses 24 platforms and is well connected to various other major cities in Germany and many international destinations too. Services to Leipzig are all provided by the Deutsche Bahn and Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn. Those travelling from the UK will need to take the Eurostar to Brussels, before heading on to Leipzig via Frankfurt and Erfurt.
Leipzig grew in the 19th and early 20th centuries to become one of the major cotton mill empires in Europe. Largely destroyed during World War II, the city is now a mixture of historic and modern buildings. Another innovative architectural attraction is the box-like Museum of Fine Arts, which contains a large number of gallery spaces and is located on a campus containing a number of other museums offering visitors various educational opportunities. The Leipzig Christmas market is one of the most popular in Europe and attracts visitors from across the continent. The city is also a hub of sports and activities, with the Red Bull Arena the home to the fast-rising RB Leipzig club.