427 Kms from Linden
Leipzig had the largest Hauptbahnhof in Europe until Berlin usurped it. This seems to be the trade fair capital of Germany and an important city for such throughout Europe dating back centuries. What we did not know was that Leipzig was having a Goth festival. As we were walking and admiring the beautiful architecture, there were many other sights to see walking along side of us. For music lovers, which I do not count amongst the many, Leipzig is where Johann Sebastian Bach lived for a good part of his life and was the Kantor in the Thomaskirche. He is buried in the choir with the Bach archives across the street. Felix Mendelssohn headed the Gewandhaus Orchestra and founded the first conservatory in Germany. Richard Wagner was born here, receiving his musical training here. This city also boasts Germany’s first stock exchange.
240 Kms from Linden
This stunning city nestled right at the France-Germany border is famous for it’s winter Christmas markets but truly a year-round gem! What makes it so special is the fusion of French and German culture. Mingle with locals and take note of their dialect, an intertwining version of both countries’ languages. While you’re there, don’t pass up making a stop to the stunning Cathedral of Our Lady.