What You Can Do if Only Have 3 Hours in Leipzig, Germany
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.
Looking through green space to the Leipzig train station
If these old buildings could talk
Run down buildings are actually few and far between in the core of Leipzig
Train tracks to the main station in Leipzig
Walking towards the university
The Opera House in Leipzig
The University of Leipzig – with an enrollment of about 29,000 students
You can feel the buzz and the energy around the University of Leipzig
Fantastic street musicians
Lots of fresh flowers for sale
Loved the art but don’t know the significance of it – perhaps a socialist salute?
Lots of little parks scattered around Leipzig
Make time for a visit to a cafe
Statue of Johann Sebastian Bach outside of the St. Thomas Church
Inside The St. Thomas Church – home to the St. Thomas Boys Choir and the Cantors dating back to 1254
The back side of The St. Thomas Church
Everywhere you look you will find someone riding a bike
Yet another peaceful park in Leipzig
I needed a tour guide to tell me the meaning of this plaque
The City – Hochhause, a 36 story skyscraper & the tallest building in Leipzig
The City-Hochhaus was designed in the shape of an open book by Hermann Henselmann
Untimely contemporaries by Bernd Göbel
Richard Wagner – famous composer who I’m told had a nasty habit of skipping out on his rent when he lived in Dresden
Coming full circle back to the train station
Liked this poster – though unsure of meaning – perhaps roll up your sleeves and get to work ???
Flower garden across from the train station
Micheal Fisher’s signature art on the Marriott Hotel
Close-up of Micheal Fischer’s art
Raining flower petals
Lilac lined streets in the vicinity of the zoo
Colourful entrance near the zoological gardens
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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