As the popular saying goes, “A weekend wasted isn’t a wasted weekend”. That is why some of the CIPSEM Environmental Management 2019 participants did not waste time spending the weekend in Leipzig on 10 March 2019 to watch football and tour around the city. After all, the CIPSEM post-graduate school is not all about studying but getting integrated in the German culture.
Leipzig, also commonly called as “Hypezig” due to its hip urban atmosphere and dynamic lifestyle, is roughly an hour and a half away from the city of Dresden. The beautiful city of Leipzig is famous for many things; notably as the place where renowned composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach worked, lived, and died, and also where German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent college.
Leipzig University Alumnus and CIPSEM EM-42 participant Jun Piong (Philippines) toured his co-participants around the city and visited the popular tourist spots such as the Thomaskirche where the remains of J.S. Bach lie, the old town hall in Marktplatz, the Mädler Passage that houses some of the high-end shops, the Nikolaikirche where Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was baptized and where the Monday Demonstration (and the peaceful revolution in East Germany) started, and the Augustusplatz where the Gewandhaus concert hall, Opera House and Germany’s modern-looking yet second oldest Universität Leipzig can be found. Half of the group continued the tour while the other half went on to watch the football match between RB Leipzig and FC Augsburg, which ended in 0-0 score (entertaining nevertheless).
Of course the experience is not complete without gastronomy. An early beer over breakfast at the students’favorite hangout Spizz Bar and Restaurant, another beer over lunch at young Goethe’s favorite Auerbachskeller, and another set of beer over dinner at the students’ club Moritzbastei capped the whole journey. Did I mention the beer repeatedly? When you are in Germany, you will know why.
Here are some of the impressions from the participants about their experience:
“International city that we discovered and should discover again. The pleasure of traveling is multiplied when you are with friends. Leipzig, city of culture, eccentric people and crazy meetings.” – Hasmik jan, Armenia
“Watching Bundesliga in RB Arena was an adventure for me. It was my second time watching football live in a European stadium after 2005.” – Kamal, Nepal
“Leipzig is such an interesting city, beautifully full of art, international community, and history. Our weekend trip to Leipzig proved me once more that traveling with friends will push you to get a full experience; from trying out new things while discovering the city to laughing all the way back to Dresden.” – Rocio, Mexico
“For me, the most impressive thing in Leipzig was the monument to the battle of the nations. It was really incredible! The other one is the Cat Cafe that is not far from the university. There you could not only eat something but also get to play with cats!” – Sasha, Ukraine
For future CIPSEM participants: if you find this article, tell us your about travel experience, too, by posting a comment.
And oh, group travel is more fun. And the Schönes Wochende Ticket serves a discounted price for up to five persons and allows the group to free transport privileges and travel flexibility – that is perfect for a weekend getaway.
by Jun Piong (Philippines) et al.