Leipzig and Berlin at a glance
If you have never been in Berlin, you should definitely. Berlin, the German capital, approximately one hour and twenty minutes by train from Leipzig, is a modern city, vibrant but at the same time relaxed.
Visited Halle for a couple of days. Arrived late night at Leipzig Airport and reached Halle by train. At 11 30 pm, when I arrived, few people were returning back home and bars and restaurants were about to close. Halle, a truly beautiful city, situated in Saxony-Anhalt , Germany, is surrounded by many spots of greenery and a very busy main pedestrian road, the main shopping street, which is called Leipziger Strabe. Several shops for every need, coffee spots, shoes and clothes stores, flower shops are gathered in Halle’s most popular road. Marktplatz, the main Halle square is the main meeting point. Roter Turm Tower, Marktkirche Church, Stadthaus and Haendel memorial are some of the most popular sight spots, you should not miss. In MarktPlatz you will find large department stores, historical monuments, statues of impressive architecture. Every day a crowded food market is taking place there. Several food vans are situated in the square, spots for every taste, from fresh and delicious wurst with potato salad, yummy hot dogs to meat, fruits and vegetables.
Halle residents, natives but also other ethnicities, as other Europeans and Americans, are friendly and helpful. Main population is speaking German. English language is not so spoken. At the heart of the square there is a tourist spot, where they will provide you with a map and info about basic sites. Keep in mind that if you visit Tower, there is an audio tour in German language during the week. An English one is provided only in the weekends. In any case, would be wise to confirm the language of the tour beforehand. We visited Collone Morris for a pint or a wine, ideal spot to chill out or surfing- fast internet- and Fräulein August café for a hot cup of fresh mint tea. Smells amazing and keeps you healthy. Dinea, at last, for a lunch with the best view in Halle.
Next Day I got the train and visited Leipzig for a day. Leipzig is less than 40 minutes by train from Halle. Easy access and a beautiful and cultured city. Not to miss Bach Museum, if you are a fan of classical music and even if you are not you will still be amazed. Be sure to visit the music room. An interactive tour well worth to join, audio guide and free lockers are provided. Definitely worth a visit. A ten minutes’ walk, in a short distance from the city centre, is Panorama Tower – Plate of Art. Ticket to reach the top costs 3€. I really enjoyed the very best view of Leipzig, ordered a cappuccino and a delicious butter cake. The restaurant, a cosy place, serves delicious food – great variety of soups, salads and meat dishes- may a little pricy but definitely well worth the view. On 29th floor. Best views to remember.
If you have never been in Berlin, you should definitely. Berlin, the German capital, approximately one hour and twenty minutes by train from Leipzig, is a modern city, vibrant but at the same time relaxed. Being there for the second time, I headed to Brandenburg Gate for a short view and some shots and straight afterwards in Panoramapunkt . Keep in mind that the elevator ride up costs 7,50€ .If you would like to enjoy Berlin from a height, enjoy breathtaking views, see almost all the major sights, I would recommend it. Not to miss a visit the dome and the roof terrace of Reichstag. Admission is free, but online registration in advance and a photo identification document, e.g passport or ID, is required. There is audio guide in English and other languages as German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Dutch and Chinese. Such an impressive architecture, nice views and a must visit when in Berlin.