Lipsia

Lipsia. Città di eroi e bellezza musicale.

La natura musicale degli abitanti di Lipsia è evidente, se si considera che sono stati proprio loro a "dirigere" la rivoluzione pacifica del 1989. Dopo la riunificazione Lipsia è stata soprannominata "città di eroi", un appellativo altrettanto valido per i grandi musicisti, i direttori e i compositori che sono presenti e conosciuti come in nessun'altra città tedesca.

Lipsia deve avere qualcosa di speciale per cui qui il tempo trascorre a ritmo di musica. E il tutto secondo una tradizione degna di nota: dal 1254, l'anno in cui per la prima volta venne citato ufficialmente il Thomanerchor, uno dei cori di voci bianche più antico del mondo, la musica si è insediata nei cuori delle persone, riempiendo anche i muri della città. Ad esempio la sala concerti Gewandhaus, patria dell'omonima orchestra fondata nel 1743 e diretta a lungo da Kurt Masur, volto della rivoluzione pacifica. L'organo ospitato all'interno dell'edificio è davvero notevole: 6.638 canne promettono suoni indimenticabili. O nella splendida opera, uno dei più antichi teatri musicali d'Europa, famoso per il suo ampio repertorio, che copre tutte le epoche dal barocco alla musica moderna. Altre figure indimenticabili di Lipsia sono Johann Sebastian Bach, il cantore più famoso della Thomaskirche, come pure Richard Wagner, a cui la città diede i natali, e Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, che nel 1843 fondò proprio qui il primo conservatorio tedesco, o Robert Schumann e Clara Wieck, che affascinarono la città come musicisti e come coppia. Gli abitanti di Lipsia hanno un altro grande amore, ovvero uno dei caffè più antichi d'Europa: dal 1711 il Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum è il punto d'incontro preferito di numerosi artisti e altri personaggi di spicco della città. Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg, Wagner e altri erano frequentatori affezionati del caffè. Un'abitudine che li accomuna a Goethe e Lessing, ma anche a Napoleone e Augusto il Forte - sintomo che Lipsia risulta attraente per persone molto differenti, non solo per musicisti e compositori.

E una volta arrivati fin qui, vale proprio la pena di dare un'occhiata al terzo piano del Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum, ossia allo splendido museo dedicato al caffè, con 15 sale e 500 oggetti che raccontano 300 anni di storia del caffè e della vita culturale di Lipsia. Chi desidera ripercorrere le tracce dell'eccezionale tradizione musicale di Lipsia non potrà che rimanere colpito dal museo degli strumenti musicali: non solo conserva una delle collezioni più importanti al mondo nel suo genere, ma consente anche di scoprire la storia musicale della città.

Le marce e i cori con cui gli abitanti di Lipsia annunciarono la fine della DDR nel 1989 non furono di certo musica per le orecchie dei dirigenti comunisti. Le messe e le manifestazioni nella chiesa Nikolaikirche e nelle immediate vicinanze diedero il via a un movimento che spazzò via il regime in pochi mesi. Una delle ragioni per cui tutto iniziò qui fu certamente il fatto che una delle centrali più famigerate della Stasi si trovava proprio a Lipsia, nell'edificio "Runde Ecke". Al suo interno una mostra documenta il lavoro delle spie della Stasi, un capitolo buio della recente storia tedesca, ma di certo molto importante. Per fare un passo ancora più indietro nella storia, e per essere più precisi di alcune centinaia di milioni di anni, basta visitare lo zoo cittadino. L'area Gondwanaland vi invita a partire per un viaggio alla scoperta del mondo tropicale facendo un salto nell'era in cui il supercontinente Gondwana dominava l'emisfero australe. Una volta fatto ritorno al presente, potrebbe essere una buona idea fare un giro dei negozi o soffermarsi per una pausa in uno dei numerosi locali. Sui graziosi vicoli intorno alla piazza Markt si affacciano numerosi negozi di antiquariato e librerie, ma anche boutique eleganti e piccoli negozi dal carattere originale. Ma non sorprendetevi se vi passerà per la testa qualche melodia: del resto siete a Lipsia...

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Highfield Festival

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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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

Cafe Louise

Coffee & Drinks at Cafe Louise

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!

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Hard Rock Café - Hamburg

Vintage Vibes and Techno Beats

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!

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