Leipzig is situated about 200 km south of Berlin. After World War II, Leipzig became a major urban center within the Communist German Democratic Republic but its cultural and economic importance declined. Since the reunification of Germany, Leipzig has undergone significant change with the restoration of some historical buildings, the demolition of others, and the development of a modern transport infrastructure. Leipzig has many institutions and opportunities for culture and recreation including a football stadium, an opera house and one of the most modern zoos in Europe.
In 2010, Leipzig was ranked 68th in the world as a livable city, by consulting firm Mercer in their quality of life survey. Also in 2010, Leipzig was included in the top 10 of cities to visit by the New York Times.