Leipzig

Leipzig. Heroicidad y belleza al son del mismo compás.

Buena muestra de la gran musicalidad que poseen los habitantes de Leipzig es que fueron quienes marcaron el ritmo de la revolución pacífica de 1989. Tras la caída del muro a Leipzig se le llamó "ciudad heroica", apodo que también podría referirse a los grandes músicos, directores de orquesta y compositores tan presentes y populares en la localidad como quizás no lo sean en ningún otro lugar.

La ciudad debe tener algo realmente especial, porque parece como si el tiempo transcurriera acompasado. Y todo ello acunado por una larga y destacada tradición. Desde 1254, primera constancia documentada del Coro de Santo Tomás, uno de los coros infantiles más antiguos del mundo, la música ha llenado los corazones de la gente calando hasta en los venerados muros de la ciudad. La música también reina en la sala de conciertos Gewandhaus, que alberga la orquesta homónima fundada en 1743 y dirigida durante largo tiempo por Kurt Masur, rostro visible de la revolución pacífica. Su órgano, cuyos 6.638 tubos proporcionan un sonido que es toda una delicia para los sentidos, es realmente impresionante. En esta enumeración cabe mencionar también la magnífica Ópera, uno de los teatros de la música más antiguos de Europa, famoso por su amplio repertorio de grandes obras que van desde el Barroco hasta la música moderna. Modernos y atemporales han sido y siguen siendo Johann Sebastian Bach , el famoso cantor de la iglesia de Santo Tomás , así como los oriundos de Leipzig Richard Wagner y Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy , quien en 1843 fundó aquí el primer conservatorio alemán, o Robert Schumann y Clara Wieck, que encandilaron a sus coetáneos como músicos y como pareja. Los habitantes de Leipzig también mantienen una apasionada historia de amor con una de las cafeterías más antiguas de Europa: "Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum" que desde 1711 lleva siendo el punto de encuentro preferido de intelectuales y grandes personalidades. Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg y Wagner, entre otros, honraron con su presencia este lugar. También Goethe y Lessig, así como Napoleón y Augusto el Fuerte, tienen en común su paso por el establecimiento. Un signo inequívoco de que Leipzig ha sido y sigue siendo un lugar de interés para gente de lo más diversa, y no tan solo para músicos y compositores.

Cuando visite la ciudad, no puede dejar de echar un vistazo al tercer piso del Arabischer Coffee Baum, convertido en café-museo con más de 500 artículos expuestos en 15 salas sobre la historia de 300 años de antigüedad de la cultura sajona del café. Pero quien desee seguir las huellas de la gran tradición musical de la ciudad, quedará realmente impresionado por el Museo de Instrumentos Musicales, que alberga una de las colecciones más importantes del mundo de estas características, además de ofrecer una profunda y detallada perspectiva de la historia musical de la ciudad.

Lo que no debió sonar precisamente a música para el gobierno fueron las marchas y coros de la gente que en 1989 anunciaban el final de la RDA. A partir de las misas y manifestaciones que se organizaron dentro y fuera de la iglesia de San Nicolás, en el centro de la ciudad, se fue desarrollando un movimiento que derrocó al régimen en el plazo de unos pocos meses. Probablemente uno de los motivos que propició los hechos fue que una de las centrales más infames de la odiada seguridad del Estado tenía aquí su sede, en la denominada "Haus zur runden Ecke" (casa de la esquina redondeada). Una interesante exposición documenta la forma de trabajar de los fisgones de la Stasi, que no es precisamente un capítulo resplandeciente, pero también forma parte de la historia reciente alemana. Remontándonos un poco más atrás en la historia, más concretamente algunos cientos de millones de años, nos situamos en el Zoo de Leipzig. El país de Gondwana le invita a un viaje tropical por la historia de la geología, cuando el supercontinente Gondwana reinaba sobre el hemisferio antártico. Si regresamos de nuevo al presente, Leipzig también le ofrece un placer muy propio de nuestros días: pasear por el centro comercial y de ocio de la ciudad. Alrededor del Mercado, en las tranquilas callejuelas del casco antiguo, el visitante encuentra desde negocios de antigüedades y librerías con grandes existencias hasta elegantes boutiques y pequeñas tiendas encantadoras. Pero no se extrañe si en este deambular escucha alguna que otra melodía aquí y allá. Al fin y al cabo, esto es Leipzig.

 

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The best Indie-Rock-Festival in the East

The festival near Großpösna is the most important indie-rock festival in the eastern states of Germany by now. The Beatsteaks, Placebo, Billy Talent and the Foo Fighters are regular guests such as German bands like Seeed, K.I.Z. and Casper and fire up the two stages in front of 25.000 visitors. Situated at Störmthaler See, the festival guarantees a fun weekend of sunshine, hanging by the lake and seeing some favorite bands without any feeling of the area being overcrowded. As one of the greener festivals, there is a „Green Camp“ and the „Viva Con Agua“ initiative creates ecological awareness. For fans of: The National, Donots, 30 Seconds to Mars, Arctic Monkeys, Kettcar, Interpol http://www.highfield.de/

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WGT Wave Gothic Festival

A day with Lipzi Tours

We met John Ommeln from Lipzi Tours in Leipzig. He organizes guided tours for groups as well as individually adapted tours. You can choose from tours by bike or walk. We walked around in the western parts of the city, in the areas Plagwitz and Lindenau. It was incredibly beautiful! John really knows everything about Leipzig. And we learned a lot. Such as the fascinating history of the city, today's music scene and food culture. Speaking of food culture, veganism have become very popular here. Exciting! Did you know that Leipzig was previously known for its fairs? The fairs meant that people from other parts of the world came to the city, which was unusually during communism time. It has affected Leipzig a lot and has led to that the people there are more open today. The city was, because of this, not as closed to the outside world. We got to see several beautiful parks during the long walk. We are very fond of all the green surroundings mixed with the beautiful and magnificent houses and graffiti. In Leipzig nature meets the urban.

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Nightlife Hotspots in Leipzig

Moritzbastei One of the best know party locations in the city. The Moritzbastei offers a wide variety of music at night and if you don't feel like dancing there's always the option to grab a drink and watch the crowd from one of the many cosy corners. The Moritzbastei is located right in front for the University building, just take the stairs downstairs and you're there. The building itself used to be part of the Leipzig mediaeval fortifications and was transformed into a cultural center in 1982. Address: Universitätsstrasse 9 Cafe Waldi Imagine walking into your German grandparents home to meet up with some friends over a beer and a bite to eat. The walls are decorated accordingly with deer horns, vintage nature paintings and funny looking carvings. And then the DJ shows up and turns the living room into a dance floor. Now, that's what a great party should look like. There are plenty of drinks to choose from, the food is tasty and they also offer daily events at night! 
Address: Peterssteinweg 10 Cafe Luise Right in the middle of the party mile of Gottschedestrasse you'll find spacious Cafe Louise. At night little remains of the cafe and the place turns into a laid back bar with great food and a good selection of drinks to choose from. If you're heading there on a Friday night you can return to the scene of crime the following morning as the Cafe offers a great breakfast on Saturdays! Address: Bosestraße 4 (on the corner to Gottschedestrasse) 
Vodkaria The the Vodkaria over 600 different kinds of vodka spirits are waiting for thirsty customers. A small part of which is displayed in a large fridge right in front when you enter the bar. But – before you get started on shots also make sure you check out the menu. Polnish Barschtsch, russian Pelmeni or an islandic specialities with names like “Löggaeslumyndavélunum” are not only delicious – they're also a great idea if you're planning on a long night of drinking. Nastrovje! Address: Gottschedestraße 15. Flower Power The sign pointing towards the Flower Power on Petersstrasse is so big that you'll have no way of missing it, even if your eyes are already a bit tired. Once you've entered the bar your eyes will have to adjust again to the the unusual interior. Watch out for flowers growing from the walls and ceiling and make sure you don't miss the cow that runs on a cable just above the bar. At the back of the bar there's even a dartboard. Ask for the password for free wifi! This is the kind of bar you'll want to hit late – or if you come early check out the live band. Adresse: Riemannstraße 42

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Food & art

Food & art

Leipzig is a stunningly beautiful city and yesterday we got to see lots of it. Among other things, we went on a guided tour called eat-the-world.com in the area Suedvorstadt. We walked around the area for several hours and visited various places with food theme. Including a coffee roastery, an ice cream parlor and a restaurant. Eat-the-world.com wants every single tour to be a bit of a surprise, so therefore we do not disclose everything about the sites. But it was both good and interesting and the guide was awesome! During the tour we also got to see several beautiful and cultural places in Leipzig. Afterwards we went straight out to Spinnerei for another guided tour. Spinnerei is located just outside the city center and is a former spinning mill which is now a huge part of the art scene in Leipzig and widely known in art circles. Here you will find both exhibition halls, galleries, studios, where artists work and independent cinema. Before we went back into town we had time for a beer in their biergarden. Cosy!

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First night in Leipzig

First night in Leipzig

We took the train towards Leipzig this evening. It went quick and smooth. We arrived approximatly after one hour. Once there, we walked to our hotel, Penta Hotel. It is an extremely stylish design hotel, far from the Scandinavian interior design we are so accustomed to. Who does not dream about a gold glittery floor in the elevator? Unfortunately the girl who checked us in, made us a bit disappointed when she was neither friendly or interested. She was a little out of place in the fantastic looking combined check-in desk and bar. Internet costs extra on the hotel, which is a shame. And you are only able to use your login on one device at a time. Tonight we had dinner at Vapiano. It is a favorite home in Stockholm. Here in Germany thought, the prices are half as much compared to Sweden. Hurray! After dinner we strolled around a few blocks in the central parts of the city. The city feels spacious, beautiful and fresh. We really looking forward to explore this place in the coming days!

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Burgermeister

Late Night Burger Stop

Every party night has to come to an end at some stage. If you don't want to go to bed hungry make sure you stop at the Burgermeister on Südplatz - possibly the best place for burgers in all of Leipzig.

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Flower Power Bar

Flower Power Revival in Leipzig

The sign pointing towards the Flower Power on Petersstrasse is so big that you'll have no way of missing it, even if your eyes are already a bit tired. Once you've entered the bar your eyes will have to adjust again to the the unusual interior. Watch out for flowers growing from the walls and ceiling and make sure you don't miss the cow that runs on a cable just above the bar. At the back of the bar there's even a dartboard. Ask for the password for free wifi! This is the kind of bar you'll want to hit late – or if you come early check out the live band.

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lea@reiseblogger-kollektiv.com

Vodkaria

A Night Out With Vodka

At Vodkaria over 600 different kinds of vodka spirits are waiting for thirsty customers. A small part of which is displayed in a large fridge right in front when you enter the bar. But – before you get started on shots also make sure you check out the menu. Polnish Barschtsch, russian Pelmeni or an islandic specialities with names like “Löggaeslumyndavélunum” are not only delicious – they're also a great idea if you're planning on a long night of drinking. Nastrovje!

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lea@reiseblogger-kollektiv.com