Leipzig exceeds all expectations on my first visit just after New Year. In my memory it was a grey industrial town during the GDR, where lignite created a depressing atmosphere.
The story of lignite is also true, but the excavated holes in the landscape have been filled with water and south of Leipzig and are now called Leipziger Neuseenland.
In the 19th century it was a fast-growing city, around 1900 even the richest city in Germany and you can see that in its architecture. The young, progressive population creates an energetic atmosphere in the city. Life there is cheaper than Berlin, Amsterdam or other cities, which suffer the negative effects of gentrification and exorbitant rent increases and speculation.
Neighbourhoods such as Connewitz and Plagwitz are loved for their lively nightlife Wächter- und Ausbauhäuser
Leipzig as a cycling city
The bike is ideal for exploring the area and in Germany Leipzig is one of the most bike-friendly cities. The ADFC organises an annual Fahrrad Klima Test and Leipzig took part in the Fahrrad Klima Test 2018. Compared to the Netherlands or Belgium there is still a lot of work to be done on bike paths and especially safety in Leipzig.