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Day 7: Leipzig – Weimar

After waking up and having an excellent breakfast in the STEIGENBERGER hotel, we took a short walk through the City Centre of Leipzig to visit Thomaskirche and the Bach museum.

Inside Thomaskirche, in which Johann Sebastian Bach directed many of his sacred cantate pieces as Thomaskantor, you can also find his tomb. Directly next to the church, there is a large Bach monument and his museum which is worthwhile visiting.

Afterwards, we checked out and proceeded to Leipzig Hbf to take the train towards Weimar.

After an hour of uneventful journey with changing trains in Erfurt, we reached Weimar on time and walked some 800 meters to our hotel ELEFANT. We checked in and got a lovely suite which was delicately arranged.

We refreshed ourselves shortly and set out for a walk through Weimar and its park along the river Ilm. There, we found the garden house of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe which we visited. The audio guide we got was very good – also available in other languages than in German.

After taking a short rest on a park bench, we continued our walk along the river Ilm and found our way back into the city center. Close to the National Theater – which was key during the agreement on a constitution for Germany between WW1 and WW2 – we have taken a ride on an observation tower above Weimar that gave us a vast overview upon the city and its surroundings.

Eventually, we closed the day in the LAVA restaurant, followed by a Gin Tonic at the hotel bar.

Day 6: Ostseebad Binz – Leipzig

We can’t leave the Baltic Sea behind as such – hence a bath in it at 0730 in the morning was obligatory and very lovely. We enjoyed our stay in “Strandhotel Arkona” very much – great site, lovely people, charming environment.

After breakfast, we checked out and boarded our ICE3 train to Leipzig. Today, a direct train connection taking 5h20 of travel time. In comparison, this is quite long – mainly due to the absence of any fast track infrastructure in the North East of Germany. Up to Berlin, we hardly achieved 130-140 kmh velocity, only after Südkreuz stop (one of three stops in Berlin), we reached 200 kmh (=125 mph) for a while.

After arriving in Leipzig, we walked to our hotel, the STEIGENBERGER Grand Hotel Handelshof, in which we reserved a suite for one night. We got the one called “Gustav Mahler” in the fifth floor. The hotel management arranged prior to our arrival some pastry (Leipziger Lärche) and a bottle of Cremant de Loire in our room – very enjoyable reception indeed!

For dinner, we arranged a splendid meal in the Ratskeller of Leipzig.

Afterwards, we took a little walk through the old town of Leipzig, passing Thomaskirche, Altes Rathaus and Nikolaikirche before settling down at our hotel bar to close it with a traditional Gin Tonic.