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.
Riquet House Leipzig
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新年快乐 / 恭喜發財 – Happy Year of the Rat!
The Chinese spring festival took place today at Werk II in Leipzig.
Great atmosphere, a music show as well as a magic show we’re to be seen. Also on offer were Calligraphies classes, memory sessions, Go playing opportunities, basic language learning opportunities and of course lots of great Chinese food
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chinese spring fest
This is the view from one of the suites at Westin Hotel Leipzig at dawn. The hotel was initially constructed by a Japanese architect for the former German Democratic Republik. It functioned mainly as a hotel to welcome guests from outside the socialist countries area during trade fairs and was hence also a place where spies would gather.
The Westin nowadays features an exclusive 2 Michelin star restaurant “Falco” and a great bar on the upper floors.
After a great tour with a smaller group and lots of room for personal interaction, we finished off on top of Panorama Tower or “Uniriese” in the city centre to draw the route of our tour again from above and enjoy the great view towards Red Bull arena. With 142 m and 34 storeys, the tower is the highest building in the city of Leipzig. An elevator brings you just below the viewing platform, entry costs just a few euros.
Hope everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed their stay in beautiful Leipzig! Thanks so much for being part of Leipzig Free Tours! Tell your friends! 😉
Photography by Photograephie