“Leipzig is the new Berlin!” it’s been something a lot of people, and travelblogs, have been saying. I wanted to see if it was true, so we decided to hop in a bus and pay Leipzig a visit.
We stayed at the, a bit boring but thank heavens for their amazing breakfast, Penta hotel. Walking towards the city centre it was immediately clear that Leipzig is small and calm. The big busy buzz from Berlin was far behind us. It’s supposed to be ‘the new Berin’ thanks to the alternative style combined with the German cultural feel, so we went on a small tour to find out what’s the deal.
One of the more special places to go in Leipzig is the Spinnerei, an old mill that now works as a big creative centre. You’ll find galleries, workshops and spaces used for events and courses. The creativity is contagious. Around each corner there is something new to explore. It’s an amazing place to visit when you’re in Leipzig.
From the Spinnerei you can easily use public transport to get to the end of the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, nickname KarLi. The big street is located in the area Südvorstadt and in and around KarLi, you can find a lot of new, cool hotspots. There are countless cafes where you can get the biggest brunches, pretty small stores with unique items and on each corner of the street there is more street-art to be found. Sounds familiar? A comparison to Berlin might not even be that strange.
Culture and history
In need of some culture and history after a day of shopping? Rent a bike and drive towards the east of the city. There you’ll find the Völkerschlachtdenkmal, aka Monument to the Battle of the Nations. This enormous monument represents the Battle of Leipzig, where in 1813 the armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria an Sweden fought against the army of Napoleon. Almost 110.000 people died. On the exact place where the battle took place, you can now find the Völkerschlachtdenkmal.
Straße des 18. Oktober 100
Ride your bike towards the west, via the August-Bebel-Straße, to the Museum in der Runden Ecke. This museum is established in the old headquarters of the Stasi and tells you everything about the history of the Stasi in Germany and Leipzig. The rooms are exactly the way they used to be and the atmosphere in combination with the listening devices, old documents and stories from the old prisoners and victims, make the Museum in der Runden Ecke not one of the many but a real must-visit.
Museum in der Runden Ecke
– Want to explore the city by bike? Download the NextBike-app and you can rent on of the hundred bikes located throughout the city.
– Spend some money on entrance for the Völkerschlachtdenkmal. You can see the monument inside and it gives access to the big tower for an impressive view.
– Want to go out and enjoy some beers? Go to the cosy Barfußgäßchen!
– On Sunday everything is closed, the perfect day for a bike ride.
The new Berlin? No, not really but it is nice. Perfect for a weekendtrip, and to be honest Berlin is a bit too big for just one weekend. Small Berlin, that would be the best way to describe Leipzig.