As it was looking more and more like Andrew was going to be "stuck" in Leipzig on reserve over the weekend, he came up with the brilliant idea of having us come out to see him there. We were quickly packed and on our way Saturday morning. On the ride there, the blissful silence in the compartment was ruined on both trains after only an hour by stag parties joining us headed east. Leipzig must be a popular destination for these groups, as the city was full of them in the afternoon.
Sophie did so well on the train - there were no complaints despite the rather long travel time of almost six hours. Daddy was already waiting for us at the platform. We did not linger for long at the (very nice) hotel ready to move and stretch our legs a little.
Be ready for a picture overload. I was fascinated with the wide array of architecture - old, nicely restored pre-war buildings, GDR-era prefab concrete high rises, and ruins with trees growing out of them all mixed in the city center.
Here is a picture of the old city hall built in 1556. It was the size of a city block. The new city hall (1899) is even larger built on the remains of a castle. Unfortunately it was being worked on.
The famous St. Nicholas church (Nikolaikirche), where the peaceful demonstrations against the GDR-regime began.
We went inside for an organ concert. Too bad I can't show you how Sophie acted and quietly danced away to the music in her seat. She must be imagining a whole court of princes and princesses in her mind.
Oh, and this is a palm tree pillar in the square outside - just like the ones supporting the ceiling inside.
So much interesting architecture...
Old and new and old renewed.
Taking a break with the comfy lion listening to the Russian brass band playing Händel.
Just opposite of the famous Auerbachskeller restaurant, where Goethe already dined. Andrew managed to get a seat and a meal the night before we came and after we left, but not the night we were there. I guess we will have to come back for that.
Behind the curry wurst stand is another famous church: the St. Thomas church (Thomaskirche) with Bach's grave. He worked there as a cantor.
We heard a lot of English-speaking voices inside.
Painted window of Mendelssohn inside the church (there is also one of Bach). The original was destroyed by the Nazis. This one was installed in 1997.
Enough sightseeing for a day, off to enjoy some tapas and wine.
After an early night for all of us we felt well-rested to explore some more.
As if the hotel staff knew that Princess Sophie was coming, they had a perfect chair for her in the lobby.
Posing with the lion in front of the hotel.
The Leipzig opera house performing Cinderella!
Sophie discovered a trampoline in the ground near our breakfast/brunch place.
Not only for kids
Part of the university
And here in the middle of the city the deserted post office building.
Impressions near the hotel
Time for us to head home. You might just be able to see our train in the distance.
Incidentally, this is the largest train station in Europe by area. Very impressive and with a mall attached. Since stores are allowed to open at a train station or airport on Sundays, I am so jealous they have this in Leipzig.
Monument commemorating the last deportation train of Jews from Leipzig to Theresienstadt on 14 Februar 1945.
Andrew's office in Leipzig
The first time that Sophie saw Daddy's airplane in 3D.