In the distant past, Leipzig was a tiny Slavic settlement, but today is one of the largest centers of trade and industry, located not in Poland, not in Lithuania or even in Slovakia, but in East Germany.
Compared to other large German metropolises, Leipzig was lucky not to suffer that much during World War II. Thanks to this, a lot of XIX and XX century architecture was preserved in very good condition. Each year, the old part attracts thousands of tourists, wishing to explore one of Europe's first universities and two great historic religious buildings, one of which hides Johann Sebastian Bach’s grave in its interiors. Near the church there’s a museum commemorating the life and work of this outstanding German composer.
Leipzig in the past
Wandering the streets, you encounter history on every step. In Leipzig, there’re many historic buildings from the Renaissance period, including a beautiful Old Town Hall and drapers’ hall. The Old Weight comes from Renaissance as well, and is a building where town councilors were meeting. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during World War II, and today you can admire only the front, which was rebuilt. The rest of the structure is significantly different from the original.
The Royal House, which belongs to the most famous houses of the city is equally noteworthy. In the past, it served as a place of temporary residence of kings and other important personalities. Napoleon, the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great and Augustus the Strong used to live there. Today, the building remembering times of delicious feasts, serves as a shopping mall.
The famous "best" of Leipzig
In Leipzig you can enjoy one of the oldest railway junctions of the continent - in the past, Hauptbahnhof was the biggest Main Train Station in the whole Europe. Today, passengers can spend time in a huge waiting room (Wartesaal) with a glass roof, waiting until the train stops at one of 26 platforms.
Leipzig also houses one of the oldest zoos in the world. It was established in 1878, putting approx. 900 species of animals from all over the globe on the area of almost 23 acres. It’s where we can find Pongoland, the land of monkeys. It’s a home to chimpanzees and orangutans, while large runs that were created for them, along with the rest of Pongoland, constitute the first stage of the project "Zoo of the future".
Music of Leipzig
Leipzig became famous years ago not only due to its monuments, even though they are certainly captivating. It gained the greatest recognition as the city of composers - besides the most famous cantor of the Church of St. Thomas - Bach, it’s a center in which Richard Wagner was born and the city where Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy founded first German conservatory.
Liepzig also had one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world - Thomanerchor. Here you can find one of Europe's oldest music theaters, attracting people with a rich repertoire of works from different eras - from baroque to modernism. And finally, Leipzig has a great, powerful organs, consisting of more than 6,600 pipes.
Prominent composers loved to relax in another attraction of Leipzig, Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum. It’s one of the oldest cafes in Europe, now serving as a museum. It’s really worth visiting, only to soak in the aroma of coffee from exposure consisting of more than 500 exhibits.
And then you can rest on Campingplatz Auensee, a campsite situated on the area of approx. 9 hectares, surrounded by greenery, near the lake of the same name. All positions are grassy and have access to power. You can buy fresh bread in the campsite restaurant from 7.30 AM. Night stay costs approx. 6 euros, while place for motorhome approx. 9 euros.
The campsite is located several kilometers from the center, so it’s a very peaceful place. On the other hand, the main attractions are easily accessible – you can reach them by public buses running frequently. It’s a place, where you can charge your batteries and gain strengths for further journey.