ライプツィヒ

ライプツィヒ。 美しい音楽を奏でる “英雄都市” 。

ライプツィヒ市民がどれだけ音楽的かは、1989年の「東ドイツ平和革命」でタクトを振ったのが、この都市であったことからも明らかです。 このため、ドイツ再統一後には “英雄都市” の称号が与えられています。また、偉大な音楽家や楽長、作曲家たちとの関係が、ライプツィヒほど広く知れ渡り、現在まで残っている都市は他にありません。

ライプツィヒが特別なところは、 “楽譜とともに” 時間が経過してきたことです。 こと音楽に関しては、特筆に値する伝統があるのです。たとえば、世界最古の少年合唱団に数えられるトーマス教会合唱団は、初めて記録に現れた1254年以来、人々の心や建物に音楽を刻み込んできました。 音楽が刻み込まれてきたのは、ゲヴァントハウス管弦楽団の本拠地ゲヴァントハウスも一緒です。ちなみにゲヴァントハウス管弦楽団は、1743年設立のオーケストラで、「東ドイツ平和革命」の顔にもなったクルト・マズアが、長い間カペルマイスター (楽長) を務めていました。 ゲヴァントハウスのオルガンは、非常に印象的なもので、計6,638本のパイプが忘れがたい音色を響かせます。 そして、ヨーロッパ最古の歌劇場のひとつとされるオペラハウスは、バロックから現代に至るレパートリーで有名です。 ライプツィヒで時代を超越した存在になっているのが、音楽における巨匠たちです。ヨハン・ゼバスティアン・バッハ ─ 長年トーマス教会のカントル (音楽監督) の職にありました ─ を筆頭に、ライプツィヒ生まれのリヒャルト・ワーグナー、1843年にドイツ初の音楽大学 (ライプツィヒ音楽院) を創設したフェリックス・メンデルスゾーン・バルトルディ、音楽家としてだけでなく、夫婦としてもライプツィヒ市民を魅了したロベルト・シューマンとクララ・ヴィークなどが挙げられます。 ヨーロッパ最古のコーヒーハウスに数えられる “ツム・アラービッシェン・コフェ・バウム” も、ライプツィヒ市民がこよなく愛するもののひとつです。ここは1711年以降、有名な文化人たちのたまり場になっていました。 さらに、バッハやシューマン、リスト、グリーク、ワーグナー等も、客として店の歴史に名を残しました。 ゲーテやレッシングが、あるいはナポレオンやアウグスト強王が訪れた店としても知られています。 これはライプツィヒが、音楽家や作曲家に限らず、本当に様々な人にとって魅力的だったこと ─ そして現在も魅力的なこと ─ の証です。

もし、コーヒーハウス “ツム・アラービッシェン・コフェ・バウム” を訪れる機会があったら、是非3階 (日本式の4階) を覗いてみてください。ここにはコーヒー博物館が開設されており、15室に陳列された500点以上の品々が、300年におよぶザクセン地方のコーヒーと文化の歴史を伝えています。 ライプツィヒにおける偉大な音楽の伝統をさらに辿ってみたいなら、楽器博物館がおすすめです。世界屈指の楽器コレクションを展示している他に、市の音楽史を掘り下げて紹介しています。

このような歴史とは対照的に、1989年にライプツィヒ市民が東ドイツの終焉をもたらした時、彼らが行進する足音やシュプレヒコールは、音楽とは似ても似つかぬものとして国家指導者たちの耳に響いたことでしょう。 市中心部のニコライ教会付近のミサやデモに端を発した運動は、わずか数か月で当時の政治体制を崩壊させてしまいました。 人々の憎悪の対象だった、悪名高き秘密警察シュタージの中心的施設のひとつ ─ 角の丸い建物 ─ がライプツィヒにあったことも、原因だったに違いありません。 シュタージの活動についての展示は一見の価値があります。決して美しい過去とはいえませんが、ドイツ現代史の重要な一部分には違いありません。 ライプツィヒの動物園では、歴史を数億年ばかり遡ることができます。 ここでは、ゴンドワナランド ─ かつて南半球に広がっていた超大陸にちなむエリア ─ が、入場者を太古の熱帯雨林へと誘っているのです。 市街地に戻ると、ショッピングやクナイペ (ドイツ風居酒屋) 巡りが、現代的な楽しみをもたらします。 マルクト界隈や旧市街の静かな路地には、品数豊富な骨董品店や古本屋の他に、シックなブティックや小綺麗なショップなどが並んでいます。 xその際、何かしらのメロディが耳に入ってきても、驚くことはありません ─ あなたは今ライプツィヒにいるのですから。

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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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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