Bach's Leipzig

Trip Start Mar 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 29, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Saxony,
Thursday, September 29, 2011

We decided to spend the day in Leipzig on our way from Berlin to Dresden. They are all within two hours of each other so it's a good stop off point for the day, and with the way our train passes work, we have unlimited trains during each of the ten days we can use it, so it doesn’t cost any extra to make a stop. As Marco had just gotten a job the day before which didn’t start for a week, he was a free man and decided to join us. Our luck was holding and it was an absolutely gorgeous day. Crystal clear blue sky and sunshine.

  When we got to the city we found out we had arrived on the first day of their 'marketplace festival’, which was a bunch of stalls set up in the main town square selling your normal market wares, plus draft beers and wurst (sausage)! Then there were tables all in the middle and a funny brass band playing New Orleans-style music. Hey, whatever works. 

  We enjoyed ourselves and even got a bit of a suntan, before going on a little walk around the main sights. It’s quite a small city centre, although the city is about 500,000, so it was easy to see everything on foot. The most interesting thing for me was to see St. Thomas church, which is where J. S. Bach was cantor (choir director) from 1723 until he died in 1750. He is also buried within the church, in front of the altar. 

  Besides Thomaskirche, as it is known in German, there are lots of other pretty buildings, both old and new, and old-and-new. There is currently construction going at the university, where they are building a fancy new glass building around an existing old stone building. It looks pretty cool. The other notable building is the ‘rathaus’, or town hall building. See the lovely photo! 

  The rest of our day in Leipzig we just spent hanging out in a park having some beers. That’s right, it’s legal in Germany! And the beers are crazy cheap. Not what we expected at all, but it’s true. Germany, you’re alright. 

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