While Leipzig is worthy of a short break itself, a little over an hour by train, it is also a managable day trip from Berlin. Plenty to do day and night, it's a city full of history, proud of it's leading role in the 1989 revolution. There's an interesting array of museums, including the former Stasi headquarters, now documenting the history of the Stasi. It also has some great nightlife with fab cafes and bars to kick back with a beer or cocktail.
Experience and learn about the Amazon wildlife, ecology, beauty and complexity in a magical site - an old Gasometer 30m high. It has been turned into an atmospheric panorama with viewing platform by the artist Asisi. Great combination of originality, beauty and information. Bring or hire binoculars.
Tschau Tschüssi is the best place to shop in town: shirts, bags, furniture and design junk, all made by young artists and designers. I found very cute shirts for my little niece, with the picture of a fairytale forest. A real treasure trove! Sometimes they host concerts or exhibitions.
This little communal cafe has a nice variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails and a very alternative, lefty and studenty atmosphere; it doubles up as a little bit as a community centre, arthouse cinema, theatre and concert hall and event space.
The group associated with it also organises some of the best fun events of the city: the bathtub regatta, the soapbox derby, the naTo-cup (football), Bollywood in Leipzig and has also been caring for the restoration of the historic GDR advert 'Löffelfamilie'; which shows a family eating soup (donations urgently needed).
It's a fantastic little venue with cult status and as one of my favourite places only suitable for nice, friendly, open-minded, easy-going and in general just lovely people.
telephone: 0049/0 341 3014398
Several trams are just stopping in front of it. Can't remember which ones, but all which go to "Connewitzer Kreuz".
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