The site is characterized by swampy areas such as the Leipzig Riverside Forest , though there are also some limestone areas to the north of the city. The bid did not make the shortlist after the International Olympic Committee pared the bids down to 5.

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The cities of Bregenz, Budapest, Milan, Prague, Sofia and Zurich, among others, can be reached without having to change trains. In , a census recorded that over 11, Jews were living in Leipzig.