A trip to the little up-and-coming city nicknamed ‘Hypezig,’ which boasts Baroque and modernist architecture, a vibrant student quarter, squats and street art, and the history of the 1989 Peaceful Revolution which brought an end to the Cold War.
We can begin this tour in Leipzig, or we can travel together by train from Berlin (about an hour’s journey).
Leipzig’s mercantile history since the days of the Holy Roman Empire
the (faded) architectural legacy of the city’s 19th-century grandiosity
the Supreme Court, site of the 1933 Reichstag Fire trials
the gargantuan City Hall, backdrop of Hitchcock’s ‘Torn Curtain’
Leipzig’s musical heritage: Schumann, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and of course J.S. Bach!
the St. Thomas Church where Bach worked as cantor
the Auerbachskeller beerhall, setting of Wolfgang Goethe’s ‘Faust’
the old marketplace, site of the execution of Johann Christian Woyzeck
the former Stasi HQ at the ‘Round Corner’
Leipzig University, where Angela Merkel obtained her doctoral degree
the ambient student quarter
…and we can try a ‘Leipzig Lark’ (a marzipan bun!)