Halle an der Saale is a much underrated destination, as it is one of few German cities which have largely preserved their historical cityscape. Once, it was the city of salt production. Later, it became a university town. German composer Händel was born here. Today, it hosts a chocolate factory. Franckesche Stiftungen, an orphanage and school building complex, was nominated on the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list.
Since the Middle Ages, Leipzig has been a cultural and economic center of Central and Eastern Germany, with a university and many important fairs.