It was a beautiful autumn day in September that we decided to go to Leipzig. Coincidentally only the girls could make it to join this trip: Dita, me, Ratna, Pa, Nurul. We took the Laender karte or the provincial daycard. Fortunately, the Thuringian Card includes two bundeslands (provinces), which are Saxony/Sachsen, Lower Saxony/Sachsen Anhalt, and Thuringia/Thueringen itself. Taking good advantage of this daycard, we planned to visit Leipzig in Saxony, and Halle in Lower Saxony.
We started our journey with Leipzig, the largest city in Saxony. Since German reunification, Leipzig has undergone significant changes with the restorations of several historical buildings and the demolition of others, also the development of a modern transport infrastructure. As we can see when we arrived in its Hauptbahnhof, all sorts of transportation are available there: fast train, regional train, tram, and bus.
As the most-visited in every city, we went to its cityhall/ rathaus. Leipzig has two cityhall building, the old cityhall and the new cityhall. We went to the Neues Rathaus or the new cityhall, the seat of the Leipzig city administration since 1905. It has exquisite grey building with spacy backyard. We spent quite some minutes to admire the building while planning our next stop.
Next stop was University of Leipzig. As the campus were pretty much scattered, we decided to visit the new Augusteum and Paulinum campus, which are the original site of University of Leipzig itself. Quite a marvelous design how they mingled the old original building and the new modern pavilion. We even managed to enter the library and checked some books they have.
One important spot of our several stops was Bach monument. The prominent composer Johann Sebastian Bach was choir director at St. Thomas Church in central Leipzig from 1723 until his death in 1750 and taught at its affiliated school. A life-size statue of Johann Sebastian Bach by the Leipzig sculptor Carl Seffner stands next to the church, eracteded in 1908. Such a coincidence that that day there was a kind of concert inside the church, and very long line had been snaking even long before the event was started. Too bad we had to catch the train to Halle before we can listen to Bach’s piece in Leipzig. Will def visit this German’s most livable city again next time.