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.

Riquet House Leipzig Free Tours

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.

Barthels-Hof-Leipzig
Barthels Hof, Leipzig

Leipziger Eistraum

Leipziger Eistraum

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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.

Leipzig City Blog – Chinese spring festival – Chinesisches Frühlingsfest Leipzig

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

chinese spring fest