Leipzig, fargerik, munter og åpen, er god for alle sanser. Den dynamiske bok-, Bach-, messe- og universitetsmetropolen i nordvestre Sachsen pulserer av liv. Leipzig er også en velrenommert musikkby – og heltebyen for den fredelige revolusjonen: Med fredsbønner kom Nikolai-kirken i Leipzig i sentrum for verdens oppmerksomhet i 1989.
En god tone med 6638 piper
Leipzig er en livlig, spennende kultur- og sceneby. Goethe studerte her, og han sammenlignet byen med Paris. Ikke bare på grunn av de vakre kvinnene, som han sa. Kanskje hadde han også Gewandhaus i tankene, hjemmet til Gewandhaus-orkesteret som ble grunnlagt i 1743, lenge ledet av Kurt Masur. Husets imponerende orgel: 6638 piper – den største 9,5 meter, den minste 8 cm – sørger for en overveldende klang. Han kan også ha ment operaen, et hus med over 300 år tradisjon, et av de eldste musikkteatrene i Europa og berømt for sitt rikholdige repertoar av store verker fra barokk til moderne.
Finstua: Leipzigs eldste kaffehus
Det gamle rådhuset på torget er sentrum i gamlebyen. Det anses som et av de vakreste tyske eksemplene på renessansestilen i det 16. århundret. Siden 1909 har det byhistoriske museet ligget her. Med rundt 500 000 utstillingsgjenstander er det et av de største i sin klasse. I gamlebyen finner man også et av de eldste kaffehusene i Europa – Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum. I de 16 historiske gjesterommene har kaffekjennere som Bach, Goethe, Schumann, Liszt, Lessing, Grieg, Wagner og Napoleon og August den Sterke siden 1711 nytt kaffen sin.
Minnesmerker: Nikolai-kirken og Stasi-sentralen.
Nikolai-kirken i midtbyen er knyttet tett sammen med borgernes historie og skjebne. I DDR-tiden var den et fristed for bønn og protest. Fra høsten 1982 samlet motstandere av regimet seg her hver mandag til fredsbønn og gjorde til slutt Nikolai-kirken til det sentrale punktet for revolusjonen høsten 1989. Hvilke midler DDR ville hindre utviklingen med, ser man på et annet minnesmerke – i museet i Runden Ecke, oppkalt etter formen på bygningen, hvor fylkesadministrasjonen for statssikkerhet oppfylte sitt oppdrag "Horchen und Greifen" (lytte og gripe). Utstillingen "Stasi – makt og banalitet" viser dokumenter, fotografier og originalt arbeidsverktøy, som nesesonder, minikameraer og skjulte mikrofoner. Den gir på slik et innblikk i arbeidsmåten til Stasi, DDRs ministerium for statssikkerhet.
Til den som etter dette trenger noe mer lystig, anbefaler vi en kneiperunde i den nærliggende Barfußgässchen, rett ved torget. Mange flere lokaler venter overalt i midtbyen og lenger vest i Gottschedstraße, i den sørlige forstaden går det for seg på en litt annen måte. Gose er en ølspesialitet i Leipzig, et ettergjæret, mørkt øl med en helt særegen smak. Sannsynligvis ikke alles favoritt, men absolutt et forsøk verd. Dette gjelder imidlertid alt Leipzig har å by på.
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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.read on »
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 42read on »
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!read on »
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!read on »
BurgermeisterLate 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.read on »
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.read on »
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!read on »