There is a saying in
Saxony, regarding the three major cities of the state. It basically describes the character of each city by saying that Chemnitz is for work, is for celebration, and Dresden is for shopping and trade. Stepping out of the train station (the largest one in Leipzig Europe and itself a shopping mall) and heading into the town center, one is struck by the concentrated nature of the buildings. The streets are narrow and most blocks are bisected with alleyways and the whole place is full of shops. This is indeed a shopping town.
Three buildings stand out to the first time observer. The Nicholas Church, named for the patron saint of tradesmen, is the site of the historic prayer meetings that helped bring down the wall. The Thomas Church a few blocks over was the church where J. S. Bach worked. Finally, the new Town Hall is probably the most stunning town hall anywhere. It has been built on the ruins of the castle where Martin Luther debated Johann Eck. Like everywhere in what used to be
, half of the city center seems to under reconstruction. The new University building looks like it will be a sight to see. East Germany
One day is just enough to get a glimpse of downtown, and that is not nearly enough to get a true idea of this wonderful city. They may be a proud town, but it seems they have some reason to be.