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StreetArt Leipzig

StreetArt Leipzig

 

I took a walk around Westwerk last weekend and was amazed by the density of street art just in the vicinity of this building in the neighborhood of Plagwitz in Leipzig.

Merely by walking around the building, you can find all sorts of different works from different artists.

The most obvious would be graffiti, but also artists working with stencils, stencils on paper, wood blocks, tapes and vinyl. Some of which carry political statements, others are just pieces of art as such.

I evens saw some lego pieces placed between the gaps of bricks, or larger figures that reminded me of the quite well known spaces invaders works of a French artist. In addition to that you can find quite a number of simple tag like pieces all around Leipzig. One of them, that reminds me in the structure of a version of the twin peaks symbol was even the reason for a local to write a book about her pursuit of trying to track down the artists …. which eventually failed but made her write this book nevertheless.

Another quite striking work for me was a spider sprayed on a large transparent foil stretched between two scaffolding bars.

A walk around Westwerk is certainly worth it, especially as you can combine it even with a visit to the local flea market and one of the many bars and restaurants close by.

StreetArt Leipzig

StreetArt Leipzig

StreetArt Leipzig

StreetArt Leipzig 1

StreetArt Leipzig

StreetArt Leipzig

StreetArt Leipzig

 

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Frau Krause Leipzig

TOP 5 Leipzig Bars and Cafes for post lockdown

Frau Krause Leipzig

Frau Krause Leipzig

 

After a long time of social isolation and staying home, everybody is now looking forward for the first phase of bars and restaurants to reopen on Saturday. Here are my top 5 hidden gems of Leipzig for you to check out.

 

 

 

 

 

FRAU KRAUSE

For everybody wanting to experience some true east German atmosphere, Frau Krause in Connewitz is the place to go. The term “Gastro Pub” might sound like home to some Brits while it describes what it is – a pub style bar with a few very classic (east German) dishes and nibbles. Locals enjoy their “Hausebier” here, fresh from draft. In the winter guests gather inside of what looks like a corner bar some good 30 years ago, with all its patina. In the summer, the beer garden across the road is pulling people in from around the neighborhood.

Frau Krause Leipzig

Frau Krause Leipzig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simildenstraße 8, 04277 Leipzig
https://www.facebook.com/Frau-Krause-117934588264223/

HEITER BIS WOLKIG

Heiter bis wolkig is the name of the cafe and bar that is part of the old Plagwitz train station grounds called “Bürgerbahnhof Plagwitz”. As the name also refers to the initiative that led to the development of the area suggest, the cafe is designed as a place for people to come together away from busy streets with neighbors and visitors a like. Plenty of DIY furniture and lots of space makes one unwind and enjoy coffee, cake and drinks, all of which is fair trade and regional. If you wish to bring your kids, they will be delighted as a large playground also provided by the initiative is located just next to the cafe.

Röckener Str. 44
https://buergerbahnhof-plagwitz.de/cafe

RUDI BAR

Just in the middle of Karl-Heine-Straße, Rudi lures in its guests with just an unpretentious sign by a big window. Nothing can go wrong when your drink is prepared right in front of your eyes on the bar counter of this modern and stylish place. It all started here with just a Whiskey Sour in 2014 but the list has since grown. You can find your favorite “Sour” here of course as well as a number of all time classics.

Rudi Bar Leipzig

Rudi Bar Leipzig

Karl-Heine-Straße 59, Leipzig
https://www.rudi-bar.de/

LIQWE

Right at the northern start of endless Zchochersche Straße, Liqwe bar is a local favorite founded by three students. Drink a pint of wheat beer for three euros and immerse yourself in the arty decor of this cozy place.
Delicious cocktails for a fiver are also at your fingertips as well as housemade shots like the Mexicaner, which is basically a variation on the flavors of a Bloody Mary. This place is tiny, but I can’t help but love it.

Liqwe bar Leipzig

Liqwe bar Leipzig

Zchochersche Straße 31, Leipzig
https://www.facebook.com/liqwe.bar/

STONED

For the ones closer to the center, this little bar lies just a stone throw away east from all the hussle and buzzle in Leipzig’s inner city. The bar calls itself “The home of Punk n Roll” and does so rightly. Members of bands such as TV Smith ans The Sex Pistols have played small gigs here. Frequent live concerts are accompanied by a focus on hoppy drinks. Hey, Ho, …

Kolonnadenstraße 15
https://www.facebook.com/stonedleipzig/

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It all started with …. Beer at Braustraße, next to Feinkost in Leipzig

Braustraße (brew street) hints until today to what was the initial use of the area at today’s “Feinkost” in Leipzig.

A brewery was erected there in 1852 by Carl August Friedrich Lange as “Langesche Bierbrauerei” and converted to “Vereins-Bier-Brauerei” in 1857. In the middle of the 19th century, what is now Südvorstadt, was still out of town of Leipzig in 1830 with its merely 40 000 inhabitants. Following the rise of the trade fair in Leipzig, factories were moved south to keep the inner city smoke free.
In addition to the brewery, there was also a dancing hall and beer garden, conveniently located along the horse drawn tram line linking the boroughs of Connewitz and Gohlis. The unfortunate end of the brewery was caused by the start of WWI and its subsequent acquisition and ultimately halt of production after the war.

Vereins Bier Brauerei Leipzig

Vereins Bier Brauerei Leipzig

Vereins Bier Brauerei Leipzig

Vereins Bier Brauerei Leipzig

Riquet House Leipzig

Also known as the “House with the Elephants,” Riquet House’s architecture is a mix of Art Nouveau and oriental styles. Built at the turn of the 20th century, it housed an oriental trading company which imported goods from China and Japan. Now a restaurant, wine cellars and a cafe, it serves homemade goodies with an historical ambiance. The entrance attracts attention with its beautiful roof and two elephant heads.

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Riquet House Leipzig

 

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Honecker's Guest House of the Council of Ministers and Politburo of the GDR

Honecker’s Guest House

Honecker's Guest House of the Council of Ministers and Politburo of the GDR

Honecker’s Guest House of the Council of Ministers and Politburo of the GDR

Erich Honecker was a regular at the former “Guest House of the Council of Ministers and Politburo of the GDR” when it was opened in 1968 by SED head of state Walter Ulbricht. In addition to Ulbricht, successor Erich Honecker also made guest appearances at least twice a year during the Leipziger Messe. Other GDR figures and foreign guests came, too. In 1983, a billion dollar loan for the almost bankrupt GDR was negotiated by Honecker and Bavarian Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauss in a bomb-proof bunker under the house.

In 1995, Treuhand sold the property and the building to the Hamburg restaurant chain Block, which wanted to create a luxury hotel here. A fire in 1999 caused great damage inside. In 2012, an investor took over the hotel from the Block group. The property has been a listed building since 2013. In 2016 the building changed hands again. The new investor planned to demolish the building which was rejected due to its listed status.

Honecker's Guest House of the Council of Ministers and Politburo of the GDR

Honecker’s Guest House of the Council of Ministers and Politburo of the GDR

Barthel‘s Hof Leipzig

From 1747 to 1750, George Werner built this magnificent trade house ensemble for the merchant Gottlieb Barthel including its inward facing baroque facade. The buildings marks one of the last existing trade buildings with entrance and exit in Leipzig and was part of the real estate conman Dr. Jürgen Schneider as construction site back then. Its later renovation led to a redecoration of almost the entire building,except the restaurant in the vault which remained largely original.
Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig Tours

Top things to do on a trip to Germany

As a local, I am offering some insights on what might be most interesting, delicious or exciting on a trip to Germany.
Arriving in Berlin, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city and what’s on offer. Although a classic, I do recommend eating “Currywurst”. One of the best places to do so is Curry36 in Kreuzberg. For a great view while sipping some cocktails during the evening, head to Andel’s hotel’s bar Loft14 in Prenzlauer Berg. You will have a great view towards Fersehturm from this spot that not many people actually know about (not even Berliners).

Loft24

Loft24

While in Dresden, I recommend heading a little away from the center towards the 3 castles on a hill beside the Elbe’s riverbank. Lingernerschloss is the place to be to enjoy a coffee or drink while taking in the stunning view of the city and river. Schloss Abrechtsberg has a beautiful garden to wander along with your loved one while Schloss Eckberg which reminds more of a castle is now home to a luxurious hotel to treat yourself with.

Lingnerterrassen

Lingnerterrassen

After visiting the famous Church of our lady in the center along with plenty of other people, head to Kunsthofpassage in Dresden Neustadt. When the rain starts to fall, this colorful drain and gutter system turns into a charming musical instrument. Also, the other facades in this backyard are designed by sculptors and artists. Small shops invite you to shop a bit around after exploring the alleys, restaurants and bars in the surrounding area.
Arriving in Leipzig, getting “above things” is what you may want to do first. Take the elevator at Uniriese, pass the turnstile and find yourself overlooking the city from the tallest building in the center. All the old buildings in the center will be “at hand” now. Walking through the city, I recommend a stroll through Mädlerpassage, a former trade fair building that reminds you in style of Milano. It also features the famous restaurant Auerbach’s Keller where Goethe was inspired to write Faust.
For some impressive art in a former factory building, head to Kunstkraftwerk, an art Exhibition place and event venue located in what used to be the Big Leipzig Tram grounds. The power plant was initially built around 1900 to provide energy for the new tram network of the western part of the city. Energy was produced using coal at that time. The space is nowadays showing digital art and two massive immersive art shows where 360 projectors fill the entire hall with video installations allowing the visitor to be right in the middle of the experience.

Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig Tours

Fancy German bread? Then head to Bäckerei Lotzmann. Real “Sauerteig” will make you get a taste of German bread tradition.
For German beer and some traditional snacks in the evening, Beyerhaus is the place to be.

Beyerhaus, Leipzig

The cities of Berlin, Dresden, and Leipzig are well connected by trains. No matter in which city you are, you will reach the next one in 1–2 hours by rail.
For more info and recommendations about Dresden — visit DresdenFreeTours, for Leipzig — LeipzigFreeTours.