About a wonderfully romantic, photograpic spring stroll around Leipzig.
Leipzig is a city of music, of art, and of architecture. It is well known for its green parks, scenic passages and renaturated lakes. The city of Goethe, Wagner, Klinger, Mahler, Schumann. Leipzig is the city of my heart, my home.
I love to show guests around and take them to my dearest places – to discover new details and highlights together with them.
Den deutschen Beitrag findest du hier: Frühlingsspaziergang durch Leipzig.
It has been wonderful to host my dear friend Nicole from Berlin recently who is an opera singer, vintage model an blogger (@madame.rhos). Welcoming her to Saxony and exploring some beautiful spots in town.
A cozy café around the corner, blooming trees in the city centre and Johann Sebastian Bach watching over us right behind our shoulders.
Here you can find some impressions of our photographic spring stroll around Leipzig.
It is a cool yet brightly shining day in April. The city centre is getting filled with pedestrians looking to relax in the long anticipated warming hours of sun while letting the icemen’s cash register ring its joyful sound for the very first time this year.
Nicole und I were looking forward to enjoying a wunderful day of slow spring awakening together.
My flat is located right next to the city centre of Leipzig, which is a great fortune for a number of reasons.
Leipzig is one of the very few big German cities where you can still afford a residence downtwon without having to sacrifice a lot with regards to size and quality of the accomodation.
As the start of our spring stroll around Leipzig, I invited Nicole to a quick foray through the Waldstraßenviertel.
Right across the street of my flat you will find the largest, well preserved Gründerzeit district in Europe.
If Snow White lived in the 1950s… My beautiful friend Nicole strolling around the Waldstraßenviertel.
A substantial part of the recident families living in this quarter up to the middle of the 20th century was of Jewish decent. Many of them and their horrible fates are remembered today with the Europe-wide well-known handmade tripping stones (Stolpersteine by Gunter Demnig) in front of the entrace doors. A work that cannot be emphasized and mentioned enough.
This historical quarter is bursting with decorative bowfronts, ornated balconies, artfully designed pediments and stately building entrances. All of this is combined with a close walk to the larg park – the so-called Rosental – where Nicole and I later brought the day to a wonderful close.
Our feet warmed up, the camera finally adjusted – so we continued our spring stroll through Leipzig with a promenade towards the city center.
To make full use of our photographic tour, we took various vintage (inspired) looks to wear throughout the day.
Spring stroll around Leipzig – The blooming downton
In course of the years writing for my blog, I had a large number of photoshoots. Yet I just recently noticed how little of the beautiful corners of Leipzig are represented in those pictures!
This city has numerous pittoresque places to offer, one does not need to drive far or spend much time on planning in order to find unique sceneries and backgrounds!
Sitting in front of Café Gloria, one has a perfect view over St. Thomas Church and the statue of Johann Sebastian Bach.
St. Thomas Church and idyllic cafés
Our path lead us through the culinary popular Gottsched Street towards St. Thomas Church, directly one of the most important symbols of our city.
It is home for the world famous Thomaner Choir, a boys‘ choir which recently celebrated its 800th anniversary. The church is also the final resting place for composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who worked there as cantor for over 30 years (1723-1750).
In addtion, the establishment of the University of Leipzig in 1409 as well as Martin Luther’s sermon about the Reformation in 1539 took place at this historical site as well.
All these factors lead visitors from all over the world to this impressive church, and this is also the reason why the motets of the Thomaner Choir at the weekends are always filled to the last seat.
Being an opera singer, my friend Nicole is fitting in very nicely in the music city of Leipzig. Her facial expressions always appear so wonderfully dramatic due to her education as an opera artist.
If you would like to learn how to create her hairstyle, have a look at her Youtube Channel.
Right next to St. Thomas Church and the Bach Museum you will find a small alley with some comfy cafés such as Café Gloria; which was be our next visiting target to take a little breather.
Goethe, Lessing, Schumann and even Napoleon fancied the Leipzig coffee.
As if they were guessing our Leipzig theme, the waiter surprised us with a „Leipzig Lark“ for free. This typical Leipzig based pastry has its origins in actual larks being viewed as a delicacy. However, since the 19th century a small vegetarian tartlet is being searved for the good sake and protection of these singing birds.
The shortcrust pastry is typically filled with marzipan and a little jam or cherry. If you drink a cup of coffee in our city, don’t miss out on the pleasure of tasting the Leipzig lark (originally named Leipziger Lerche).
The Leipzig lark (Leipziger Lerche) in Café Gloria.
On these pictures I’m wearing an original vintage outfit.
The 50s hat and the dress from the 40s are both from one of my favourite vintage boutiques,
Bobby Pin Boutige from the Netherlands*.
Between marketplace and hidden backstreets
On the way between Thomaskirche and market place, there is a small avenue of trees that always bloom wonderfully in spring.
I love the sight when many people enjoy eating their ice cream and sit in front of the fountains on wooden benches or in the meadow to enjoy the first rays of sunshine of the year. Sometimes, I like to sit down with a book under one of the trees and let the hustle and bustle of the city pass me by.
On the east side of the market square is the old town hall, which is considered one of the most important secular buildings of the Renaissance. The building survived the Battle of the Nations in 1813 and two World Wars, and today it houses the City History Museum.
I particularly appreciate the small antiquarian bookshops that are located in the passageway of the old town hall.
Our walk led us further to a small backyard. In Leipzig there are numerous small courtyards and passages to be discovered, which hide between the rows of houses of the former trade and fair buildings in the city centre. They form quiet oases between all the shops and well-filled cafés.
Leipzig has an extensive past as international mercantile city. Our Saxon city has been a trading town since 1165!
With Nicole I visited the green spot of Salto Florale in Katharinenstraße, a florist who has decorated the courtyard wonderfully springlike.
By the way, here we were in the Fregehaus that was already built around 1711. The former merchant’s house is another architectural treasure that reminds us of the centuries-old commercial history of Leipzig.
There is also an antique dealer called HinrichSINNdreißig – it is always a secret tip to browse!
Evening Sun in Rosental
To bring our spring stroll around Leipzig to a deserving end, I had planned a picnic in the blooming Rosental. When the legs slowly get tired and the day comes to an end, it’s just nice to sit in the green for the evening.
It was magical. The sun went down slowly and bathed the park in a warm light, while we were the only ones far and wide on this large, wonderfully green area between the old trees. I absolutely enjoyed these minutes with Nicole, laughing and chatting.
Nicole and I are wearing beautiful hand sewn linen skirts of the small French label Folie du Lin. The shoes are from the Australian retro brand Charlie Stone Shoes and are really incredibly comfortable! My model is made of vegan leather.
For so long we had hoped to take pictures together – and now it finally worked. I love our joint shots – they remind me of cheerful farmers ladies who have just left the market and are now meeting to exchange the latest gossip of the day. What a blast!
Even the Rosental is a historically important place, being one of the most popular parks in the city for centuries.
The place where we end the day so relaxed and lonely is overflowed with music-loving people on a very special weekend in the year. Every June „Klassik Airleben“, a classical open-air concert of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra presents world-renowned opera singers to the Leipzig public for a massive free-of-charge open-air concert.
Thousands and thousands of Leipzigers and visitors from the surrounding area (in 2018 there were 70,000 listeners) come with picnic blankets, sparkling wine, lovingly prepared food and drinks and enjoy the music in a stunning atmosphere. Oh, I love this event!
Unfortunately, Nicole and I didn’t have much time for a cosy evening meal, because we hardly noticed how the day flew by. We were on the road for more than twelve hours, so we had to really run (literally!) to get back to the central station in time for Nicole to make her train to Berlin.
But as the saying goes – time races when you’re having a good time. I enjoyed the trip with her very much and am glad that we were able to take so many great pictures to capture our extensive exploration tour through Goethe’s „little Paris“.
And so after our wonderful spring stroll around Leipzig, the realisation ripens again with me for all visitors who are on the road in Germany – it doesn’t always have to be Cologne, Berlin or Munich. Come visit us in Leipzig, it’s very much worth it!
Or as Lessing would put it – it’s „a place where you can see the world in miniature“.
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