It’s getting closer to the weekend and you wouldn’t mind planning a short stay-cation someplace else? You want to experience something new and not yet another expensive and overrated German city? Then I would definitely recommend visiting Leipzig!
Capital cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich or Frankfurt don’t stand a chance against Leipzig in terms of its cost-effectiveness and unique vibe. Unlike the bigger players, Leipzig isn’t overcrowded and offers practically the same attractions. Here you can still find famous works of art, fine dining options, and shopping– without the crowds!
The airport had an open-space concept that was free of hurried business travellers and long queues. The trains arrived ahead of schedule and were not packed with people struggling to find a seat. It felt big enough with fun things to do but small enough to feel home-y. A breath of fresh air to say the least.
Working In Leipzig
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to work in in the Leipzig trivago office with a few of my favorite colleagues. “Working in” allows trivago employees to work in another office location (offices are spread across Europe with locations such as Mallorca or Amsterdam) for up to one month. While we didn’t stay the whole month, we had the chance to experience the best of Leipzig in just the 5 days we were there.
Day Trip to Dresden
Next, we made our way over to the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister (art gallery) and Frauenkirche (church of our Lady). The art gallery immediately catches the eye with its picturesque facade. Here’s where previous leaders such as Augustus ll the Strong (then King of Poland) and the Duke of Modena started a fast-growing painting collection, with works stemming from all over the globe. Nowadays the gallery displays houses about 750 paintings.
What fascinates me the most about Europe is the history behind the city and its buildings. More often than not, there is more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. Take for instance the Frauenkirche. The church was destroyed during World War II and the remaining ruins were left for 50 years as a war memorial. Frauenkirche was later rebuilt after the reunification of Germany in 1994 and now serves as a Lutheran church. Original construction dates back as far as the 11th century. Roughly 45% of the Frauenkirche comprises of the original stone material-pretty impressive! Other landmarks visited in Dresden include the Procession of Princes and the Royal Palace.