Leipzig, a smallish industrial city located just 150 kilometers south of Berlin in the former East Germany, isn’t a city I knew anything about until I visited last week.
Now that I’ve been, I recommend a visit – even if you only have three hours.
Because even though Leipzig is an industrial city, it’s a super livable city; in fact it was rated at one point as the most livable city in all of Germany, and may still hold that title. It’s energetic, youthful, vibrant, colourful, creative and musical. It’s also extremely walkable – and there seem to be as many bikes as there are cars. Getting around via public transit is also a snap. The food scene is excellent and there’s enough culturally to keep you busy for several days. But chances are you don’t have four or five days, the time I think you need to fully do the city justice.
But perhaps you have three hours – and that would be enough time to ditch your luggage at the railway station – the largest in Europe by the way – and head out on foot.
What I’ve shown in the photos below are images I caught on a three hour, unhurried walk. Pick up a map from the tourist info booth at the train station and ask anyone in the booth for directions to the central area. Then walk where the wind blows you.
I hope you’re curious about Leipzig now that you’ve seen some photos. I have a lot more to share with you but you’ll have to wait till next week.
Have you been to Leipzig?
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