Still in Germany
17.09.2012 - 19.09.2012 16 °C
Leipzig is the largest city in the state of Saxony. It has a population of just over 500,000 people. We caught the train from Berlin to Leipzig, which took just over an hour.
Our hostel, the sleepy lion, is within walking distance to the main train station and town. We were here for 3 nights. There wasn't much to do here as far as major historic sights or museums go. Lots of cafes, shops and generally a nice place to chill out.
First thing we did after we checked into the hostel was to grab some food. Blake tried a rather sour beer called Leipziger Gose. It wasn't sour like lemon, it was more like sour milk, in a nice way if thats possible... It went well with a platter of cheese/proscuitto & corn chips. We couldn't read the menu as it was in German. We ordered something that had potatoes thinking it was baked potatoes, it turned out to be a massive plate of wedges (which was yum, but didn't help with the pimples situation ). Had a bowl of pumpkin soup to digest all the oil from the wedges
We decided to explore the city. The weather was nice and sunny, we didn't even need a jumper.
We started at the old town hall. There was a market in the middle of the square with lots of fruit & veg stalls, butchers, sausage stands, etc. We bought some figs for breakfast and continued our exploration.
The old town hall
It is now a musuem.
St Thomas Cathedral
Johann Sebastian Bach was buried in this church. He worked in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750, conducting the St. Thomas Church Choir, at the St. Thomas Church and the St. Nicholas Church. There is also a Bach musuem which we didn't go to.
Statue of Bach outside the church
New town hall
It was built upon the remains of the Pleißenburg, a castle that was the site of the 1519 debate between Johann Eck and Martin Luther.
How cool is this building? This is the University of Leipzig.
We had lunch at the only highrise building we could see here in the old town (which so happened to be next to the university). They had a business 3 course set lunch for E8.90!! Anything cheap and worth it, you'll find us there... The food was actually quite good. Had a good view of the city too
We did a bit of window shopping and finish the day having dinner at Kartoffelhaus No.1 which translates as potato house. Paulyn recommended that we try the one while in Berlin (which we didn't), but we saw it here Leipzig, so we figured we give it a try. Everything on the menu consists of some sort of potato variation- duh.. It is a potato house.
After dinner, we decided to go across the road and have dessert at Europe's 2nd oldest cafe:
The 2nd oldest cafe in Europe: Zum Arabischen Caffe Baum est. 1695
We ordered a local speciality called Quarkkeulchen. It tasted like semolina donuts with cinnamon & apple sauce and ice cream.
We had nothing much to do on our 3rd day here, so we rented a boat for an hour and went rowing down the river/canal in a suburb called Platwitz (as recommended by our Swiss hostel roommate). We chose the coldest day to go rowing, but it was relaxing and fun
We finish off with a huge meal of Greek- seafood & meat platter for 2: