Recently I had the chance to spend a few days in Leipzig, Germany. I wouldn’t have been able to pinpoint the city on a map of Europe until I started looking at plane schedules.
The bottom line – I knew only one thing about the city, before I showed up. And that was the fact that the Leipzig train station is the largest in Europe – or the largest “head” train station. The only reason I knew this was because I spent some time trying to figure out the train schedule between Leipzig and the Frankfurt Airport.
Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Leipzig.
It’s a magnificent structure inside – and Raildude calls it the most beautiful station in all of Germany. But be warned. You need one Euro to use the washrooms.
- Leipzig is surrounded by water. Located at the confluence of three rivers – the Parthe, Pleisse and the White Elster, it’s also home to many small rivers and canals that are connected so you can get around parts of Leipzig by boat. In addition former open pit mines have been flooded to create a number of seas including the most famous one – the Cospudener See. Interestingly Leipzig has more bridges than Venice – 457 versus 400 in Venice.
- The peaceful revolution – that eventually brought down the Berlin Wall, started in Leipzig on September 4, 1989 at the St. Nicholas Church. This year it’s the 25th anniversary of the revolution and lots of celebrations have been planned.
- Leipzig has been called Europe’s new hipster capital – and with that statement the city got a new nickname – Hypezig. The fact that the city is still affordable – compared to Munich where one reporter states that you’d have to sell a kidney to pay rent is part of the appeal. Culturally, though the city has a lot going for it – with lots of art, amazing music and the conversion of old buildings into art spaces. The food scene too is moving along and I can personally recommend the part food, part walking tour with Eat theWorld.com.
- One third of Leipzig is covered by green parks and forests. I noticed this within minutes of leaving the train station when I heard birdsong in an oasis of green. One look at a map of Leipzig, and you’ll see what a role the parks play in the city. That’s probably part of the reason that the city has been ranked the most livable city in Germany.
Leipzig was a very pleasant surprise and really I’ve just scratched the surface of the city. Other posts you might enjoy reading about Leipzig are listed below.
- Fun at the Porsche Factory in Leipzig, Germany
- What You Can Do if Only Have 3 Hours in Leipzig, Germany
- A Visit to Baumwollspinnerei AKA the Leipzig Cotton Mill
What’s your favourite city in Germany?