geothe once said : “he who travels to the trade markets of leipzig without vistiing auerbachs yard must hold his peace. it proves: he has not seen leipzig.” since i was there, so i guess i had seen leipzig. and i like it!
the reason we were in leipzig – DM concert!!
left for leipzig once we reached berlin (from frankfurt – bear with me), so that we would be in time to catch depeche mode in concert! why do we do this to ourselves – coz we want to, that’s why! LOL.
anyway, it was worth the 2 hr journey. we reached leipzig, checked into novotel, opposite the train station. didn’t even have time to eat but we took the tram straight to the redbull arena. lots of people were already there, ‘choping’ for the best spot to see the band! we were hungry, so we stood next to the wiener stand. the wieners were priced differently, inside from outside. it was cheaper! you add your own condiments (ketchup, mustard, no chilli sauce).
stood for 2.5 hours and at the end, i couldn’t stand anymore and my legs were wobbly. but it was worth it! we went sightseeing the next day but not before a well-deserved soak in the tub!! 😉 at that point in time, i had been awake for more than 28 hours – the plane ride, the taxi ride (to frankfurt station), the train rides (frankfurt to berlin, berlin to leipzig)!! love you novotel for having a tub in your hotel rooms!!
leipzig is in the former east germany. before reunification it was the stasi (secret police) HQ. the building is still there, as sinister as ever, but it is now a museum. it is also the site of the peaceful revolution that put communism into the history books in eastern europe.
scary stasi – all in the past!
apart from being known for politics, leipzig is also the city of musicians. wagner was born here, bach grew up here (cantor boy in st nicholas church where he was buried), strauss and numerous musicians have played here. in fact, they were hosting bachfest when i was there…
bachfest in leipzig : bach is leipzig’s favourite son. his tomb is inside st nicholas church. see above
and a visit to leipzig would not be complete without a visit to auerbachs keller, the renowned geothe haunt! the food did not disappoint! nor the venue. an old cellar which is converted to a charming atmospheric restaurant 😉
the theatrical auerbachs keller restaurant – we ate well!
battle of nations monument – it was a relatively long tram ride from the city but well worth it!
it was a short but sweet (memories) visit to leipzig!! glad we went!! i will most probably come back…;-)