A week spent in Leipzig and its surrounds at the turn of July and August, full of thrilling experiences and glamorous moments; a brief stop in Dresden to see its historical sights; revealing attractive facets of the city of Leipzig; messing around on bikes and learning to stop eating when your body says so. To make it short, it was a terrific vacation in Germany.
A gorgeous day and a superb view of the Leipzig city center.
In the upper part of the photo you can see the central football stadium with the new 45,000 all-seater ground. Actually, it sits inside the old 100,000 capacity bowl, built on a ringed mound of wartime rubble.
Johann Sebastian Bach worked in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750, at the St. Thomas Lutheran church. I was ecstatic to have been given the opportunity to visit the place of first-rate baroque music. Around the city center there are musicians playing on each corner!
The early Renaissance Hartenfels castle dominates the town of Torgau which is situated on the banks of the Elbe river. Outside Germany the town is most well-known as the place where during the Second World War, United States Army forces coming from the west met with forces of the Soviet Union coming from the east during the invasion of Germany in 1945.
The Leipzig city skyline at midnight
The last night was simply extraordinary. We rode and rolled our bikes across the city, walked through the gloomy forest under the star-studded sky, climbed up the steep and narrow stairways to reach the top of the swaying outlook tower, and finally were rewarded by getting a marvelous view of Leipzig.