Highlights of Leipzig in a Day

We covered a lot of ground during our short visit to Leipzig.  We returned from Völkerschlachtdenkmal to the city center.  We stopped to admire the Leipzig Opera just like this rubber ducky!
A sturdy clocktower stood nearby.
Across the street, we saw Universität Leipzig (Leipzig University).
City-Hochhaus is the tallest building in Leipzig and we made our way there since the sun was shining and beautiful views were expected.
We passed a stately obelisk en route.
An old church had been taken over, renovated, and converted into part of the university.
It was an impressive facade.
The views from the top of City-Hochhaus were indeed stunning and we stopped for a beer on the roof.
We could see for miles in all directions.
We could see man made lakes in the distance repurposed out of disused communist era coal mines.
We even caught a glimpse of the Napoleon Monument way in the distance.
Back at ground level, we walked past the university building and into the heart of Leipzig's city center.
We passed a famous sculpture representing the five senses.
I loved this little dog waiting patiently for his owner.  It's a quintessential urban scene.
Shops and fountains lined the pedestrianized core.
We caught a glimpse of Nikolaikirche from the narrow city streets and peeked inside.
The interior is a pastel array with sturdy columns and dense stucco decorations on the ceiling.
Very impressive...
We emerged from the church and ducked into one of many shopping passages that criss-cross Leipzig.
This particular passage was lined with art.
A device sat near the center of one chamber where visitors could have a go and make 'music' by running their hands along the lid.
We emerged onto the street again to admire the architecture of the city.
We saw another famous statue which our guide told us represented the path from the Nazis to Communism to freedom.
We entered another passage...
...with interesting accents...
Goethe's favorite pub was inside and is a popular tourist attraction.
We wound our way through the passage and out the other side.
From here, Thomaskirche shone in the distance.
We did a loop around the periphery of the church.
Thomaskirche is most famous because Johann Sebatian Bach once worked here.
The interior contrasted sharply with Nikolaikirche.  Red piping lined the ceiling.
Thick stained glass windows let in dimly colored light.
Various side chapels led off of the main chamber.
Back on the street again, we stopped for a coffee in the shadow of Thomaskirche.
A slice of cake rich with marzipan was a welcome treat.
Old and new collided around us.
We finished our tour of Leipzig in the student quarter, affectionately known by the locals as 'Karli'.  The neighborhood was definitely colorful and was lined with some of the best street art I've ever seen.
This was intermixed with more 'old school' signage like this neon sign of a family eating.
We wandered into a courtyard which is sometimes used as an open air movie theatre.
Once again, street art abounded.
Even this mailbox was in on the action.
We finished our tour of Leipzig with some typical student eats, a kebab at Olive Tree.
We covered a few more blocks of Karli...
and then headed back by tram to the train station for our return to Dresden.
We had a great time in Leipzig which was enhanced further by the fact that we knew someone who could take us around and give us more context on the things we were seeing.  It's always great to have a local guide!

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