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Enjoy a travel to Leipzig: classical music, culture, shopping and good food

Enjoy a travel to Leipzig: classical music, culture, shopping and good food

 

 When planning a trip to Berlin, always consider short travels to beautiful destinations around. A visit in Potsdam is the traditional choice, but here is another great offer: Leipzig. Actually, why not both?

 

 In many ways, Berlin and Leipzig complement each other. When speaking about Leipzig, it is, first of all, its unique architecture, music, and shopping that make it attractive.

 

Like Berlin, Leipzig (pronounced ly’pe-tsig) is a city in East Germany, but in a different federal state, Saxony.

 

Most important tour sites are in the Leipzig’s center, and may be visited in one day. That means it’s possible to go there from Berlin and return to Berlin the same day. Going one way by train takes one hour and 20 minutes only.

 

 

Tourist Information Bureau in Leipzig is located near the main train station, and is open every day.

 

 If you plan to stay in Leipzig more than a day, go to the bureau and buy a “Leipzig Card” that gives you free travel on public transportation and discounts in most major city’s attractions. Three-day ticket price is 18.50 Euros per person, or 34 Euros for a couple with two children.

 

Boys who sing Bach

 

So what’s so special about Leipzig?

First of all, it’s the “City of Music”. Leipzig is regarded as the city of Johann Sebastian Bach. The great composer was not born in Leipzig, but definitely created his wonderful music there.

 

 Representing Bach more than anything else is Thomas Church, where he served as musical director and played the organ almost 30 years, until the day he died. The famous boys’ choir which he conducted, more than 250 years ago, sings Bach until now, in the same church. Listening to a concert of the choir, called in German “Thomanerchor”, is a wonderful experience for music lovers.

 

  Bach’s music is also played often elsewhere in Leipzig. For example, in the City’s Opera hall and in Bach’s Museum.

 

 

Musicians and museums

 

Speaking of classical music, Leipzig is not only the city of Bach. It is also the city of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, the great romantic composer. The house where he lived and died, at Goldschmidt Street 12, is now a museum honoring the composer and work.

 

 Another famous composer, Richard Wagner, was born in Leipzig, and the composer Robert Schumann lived there. Both are memorialized by museums as well.

 

Where do malls come from?

 

Besides music, what makes Leipzig unique is being a pioneer in commerce. The first shopping arcade in the world, known as Passage, was built in Leipzig in the beginning of the 20th century.

 

 The passage was actually the predecessor of the modern mall. Leipzig developed this kind of salesmanship into an art, and created an exclusive Passages’ architecture.

 

 At least a dozen of these elegant shopping centers is active there until today and worth visiting. Window shopping in the Passages is possible at any time, but if you really want to buy something do not go there Sundays, when most shops are closed.

 

Luther and Napoleon

 

 

Speaking of history and of Thomas Church (Thomaskirche, in German), this building was the place where Martin Luther, founder of the Reformation movement, addressed at Leipzig residents 1539 and convinced them into Protestantism.

 

In addition to the Thomas Church, the Nikolai (St Nicholas) Church is another tourists’ attraction. The church was the first base of the quiet protests in 1989, which ended in toppling the Berlin Wall.

 

10 minutes drive from the city center by tram (line 15) another historical site is located: the monument commemorating the defeat of Napoleon at the “Battle of Nations”, 1813. The German Kaiser Wilhelm the 2nd unveiled the huge monument, the largest in Europe, on the battle’s 100th anniversary.

 

 For a small entrance fee, you may climb to the top of the monument for observation. There is a museum as well.

 

A communist point of view

 

 The best view of Leipzig is available from the top of the tallest house in town, which is located in Augustus Square. The edifice is a remnant of the Communist spectacular building style. Today it is leased to the German Broadcasting Company MDR.

 

Leipzig was devastated by the allied bombings in World War II, and was not much of a city during the communist regime. However, since the re-unification of Germany, it has been renovated and restored.

 

 

Food and literature

 

 

In Leipzig center, there are an abundance of restaurants, pubs and bars. The food is good and the prices are not high. The most famous restaurant is “Auerbach’s cellar”, located in Grimmaische street 2.

 

 The place attracts many tourists, especially German literature lovers, because it is mentioned in Goethe’s play Faust. However, it serves a delicious traditional Saxon menu as well.

 

   In addition, there are a lot of greenery and water, a walking distance from midtown.

 

 A list of all beautiful places in Leipzig, many photos, and walking routes are to be found in my site www.berlinwalking.com.

 

 

 

 

Moshe Reinfeld is a veteran journalist and Travel expert.

ISTANBUL DVD – TRAVEL TURKEY – CROSSROADS OF CIVILIZATIONS – MELTING POT OF RELIGIONS

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  • The only city built on two continents, ISTANBUL is one of the most spectacular and mysterious cities in the world. It has been capital to Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and maintains wonderful relics of all three civilizations.
  • A beautiful and mystic city, ISTANBUL has been a link between East and West and Past and Present.

A spectacular digital show of ISTANBUL with current, high resolution,digital visuals, special effects and an interactive menu with specially composed Turkish music in surround format.

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Totally Barbados Web Site Wins World’s Leading Travel Destination Award for 2008


Bridgetown, Barbados (PRWEB) December 23, 2008

Barbados scored big at the 2008 World Travel Awards on December 2nd, 2008, with the local site Totally Barbados walking away with the prestigious trophy for the World’s Leading Travel Destination Website.

The who’s who of the world travel industry gathered in the Turks & Caicos Islands for the star-spangled presentation at which Totally Barbados Inc. owner and Managing Director, Brett Callaghan, received the award for his three-year-old company.

Totally Barbados beat seven International web sites representing Canada, the United States, Switzerland, South Africa, India, England and the Caribbean.

“Winning the World’s Leading Travel Destination Website award is a tremendous accomplishment for me, one that I wasn’t even sure was possible,” said Callaghan, a 34-year-old Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) who conceived and set up Totally Barbados.

“With the award in hand, it feels like all of the many long days and nights of work since 2005 in trying to build the best and most informative website promoting my country Barbados, have finally paid off,” he added.

Callaghan also thanked his staff of writers and account managers, as well as the advertisers and thousands of supporters who voted for Barbados.

This year Totally Barbados also won the award for the Leading Caribbean Travel Information Website for the second year running.

The World Travel Awards – described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry – encourage excellence and reward the brightest and the best in the International travel sector.

Graham E. Cooke, president and founder of World Travel Awards said the accolades “open up an important new corporate chapter in success and international creditability……”

“In addition to the inevitable prestige of winning one of the awards, there are real long term commercial benefits,” he added.

The 2008 awards were voted on by over 160,000 travel professionals and organizations from more than 160 countries.

Totally Barbados Inc.

140 Durants Fairways,

Christ Church,

Barbados

(246) 228-0914 or

(246) 262-1671

Contact Totally Barbados

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Helsinki Vacation Travel will Heat Up with Renewed Focus on Overseas Travel

Norwalk, CN (PRWEB) February 3, 2006

The upswing in the economy and a renewed emphasis on the quality of life has many Americans looking overseas for their next vacation. Though perennial favorites like London, Paris and Italy will see the biggest upswings in travelers, other destinations including Helsinki will see an increase in tourism.

Helsinki is a beautiful city that is ideal to tour on foot because of its compact layout. From Senate Square to Market Square, there are great sites, sounds and tastes for travelers of any age, style and taste.

Suomenlinna offers you the ability to tour one of the largest maritime fortresses in the world, built on six islands and full of museums, great restaurants, terrific cafes, many special events and things to do.

Helsinki is a great family vacation destination with the biggest attractions being: the Sea Life & Helsinki Zoo and the Linnanmaki Amusement Park. This amusement park adds a new attraction every year and has a legendary rollercoaster. One visit to the park and you will see why it is the highlight of every Finnish child’s summer vacation each year.

With great art museums, beautiful old churches and wonders around every corner, Helsinki is a great vacation destination. Virgin Vacations recently announced Helsinki vacation packages that start at 9 per person, depending on dates selected, occupancy and departure city (details can be found on Virgin Vacations’ website: www.virgin-vacations.com).

With the anticipated increase in travel across Europe and with Virgin Vacations announcement of great travel packages including Helsinki vacations, the travel industry will continue to heat up in these winter months.

About Virgin Vacations:

Virgin Vacations was first established in 1994 as the inclusive tour arm of Virgin Atlantic Airways, operating under the name Virgin Atlantic Vacations. The primary focus was to provide inclusive tour options to passengers on Virgin Atlantic routes. In May 2002 Virgin Vacations was

established as a separate company under the parent of Virgin Atlantic Limited. Virgin Vacations continues to promote and sell great deals, such as the Florence & Venice travel deals as well as many other worldwide destinations.

Virgin Vacations Contact:

Jeanne De Smedt

747 Belden Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06850

Phone: 203.750.2081

Fax: 203.750.6403

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