Lifestyle, culture and leisure
Koliko su stanovnici Leipziga muzikalni pokazuje se u tome što je takt za mirnu revoluciju 1989. godine dan upravo u ovom gradu. Nakon ponovnog ujedinjenja Njemačke Leipzig je dobio naziv „grad heroja“ – što bi se moglo odnositi i na velike muzičare, zborovođe i skladatelje koji su ovdje uvijek prisutni i toliko popularni kao gotovo nigdje drugdje.
U Leipzigu mora postojati nešto posebno jer vrijeme ovdje prolazi u skladu s notama. I to uz jednu tradiciju vrijednu pozornosti: od 1254. godine kada se po prvi puta i službeno spominje Thomanerchor, jedan od svjetski najstarijih zborova dječaka, glazba je dobila sigurno mjesto u srcima ljudi i u zidinama vrijednima poštovanja. Kao i u koncertnoj dvorani Gewandhaus, sjedištu Gewandhaus orkestra osnovanog 1743. koji je dugo vodio Kurt Masur, lice mirne revolucije. Impresivne su i orgulje koje s 6638 cijevi daju bombastičan zvuk. A tu je Opera jedna je od najstarijih glazbenih kuća Europe i čuvena po bogatom repertoaru s velikim djelima od baroka do moderne. U Leipzigu su uvijek bili i ostali moderni i Johann Sebastian Bach, najpoznatiji pjevač u crkvi sv. Tome, kao i Richard Wagner koji je rođen u Leipzigu te Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy koji je ovdje 1843. godine osnovao prvi njemački konzervatorij ili Robert Schumann i Clara Wieck koji grad očaravaju i kao glazbenici i kao ljubavni par. Stanovnici Leipziga uživaju u ljubavi i s najstarijom kavanom u Europi: Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum (Kod arapskog stabla kave) je od 1711. godine omiljeno sastajalište učenjaka i drugih velikih ljudi. Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg, Wagner i ostali odali su sebi ovdje počast. S Goetheom i Lessingom imaju zajedničkog isto kao i s Napoleonom ili Augustom Jakim. To je siguran znak da je Leipzig bio i ostalo atraktivan za različite ljude ‒ a ne samo za glazbenike i skladatelje.
A kad jednom dođete u Leipzig, obavezno bacite pogled na treću etažu kavane Kod arapskog stabla kave, u predivan Muzej kave koji u 15 prostorija i na više od 500 primjeraka prikazuje 300 godina povijesti kave i kulture u Saskoj. No, tko želi ići dalje stopama velike glazbene tradicije Leipziga, oduševit će se visokim tonovima u Muzeju za glazbene instrumente: u muzeju je prikazana najznačajnija svjetska zbirka ove vrste koja nudi dobar uvid u povijest glazbe grada.
Državnom vodstvu su ritmovi marširanja i zborovi zvučali svakako, ali sigurno ne kao glazba kad su stanovnici Leipziga 1989. godine oglasili raspad DDR-a. Molitvama i protestima u crkvi sv. Nikole i oko nje u središtu grada razvio se pokret koji je unutar par mjeseci svrgnuo tadašnji režim s vlasti. Jedan od uzroka sigurno je bilo i to što je jedno od najzloglasnijih sjedišta državne sigurnosti imalo svoje sjedište u Leipzigu. Znamenita izložba dokumentira i rad doušnika Stasija – nimalo lijepo poglavlje, ali važan dio novije njemačke povijesti. Ako se želite vratiti malo unatrag kroz povijest, točnije rečeno sto milijuna godina unatrag, tada posjetite Zoološki vrt. Gondwanaland vas poziva na putovanje u tropske predjele geološke povijesti zemlje kad je super kontinent Gondwana vladao južnom polovicom zemlje. Kad se vratite u sadašnjost, možete uživati u tumaranju shopping centrom ili u nekoj kavani. Oko tržnice u sanjarskim uličicama starog dijela grada ugodno ćemo se osjećati i u bogato sortiranim antikvarijatima i knjižarama, kao i u otmjenim buticima i malim dućanima. No, ne čudite se ako pri tome pjevušite, malo jednu pa malo drugu melodiju ‒ naposlijetku, ipak ste u Leipzigu.
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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.nastavi čitati »
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 42nastavi čitati »
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!nastavi čitati »
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!nastavi čitati »
BurgermeisterLate Night Burger Stop
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Flower Power Bar
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.nastavi čitati »
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!nastavi čitati »
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