The Renaissance style building overlooks the bustling (not today though because of the frigid summer weather) Market Square.
The Market Square.
Another passage gallery.
Out front stands a wonderful statue of Bach. He's holding a rolled up piece of sheet-music which he used as a baton. His jacket pocket is turned out because Bach was famously always scrounging for more money, not because he was greedy, but because he had a huge family to feed, including his own brood and the boys in the choir he directed to whom he was very devoted. He was a tireless advocated for the arts and did his best to help fund local musicians.
Standing in front of the Old Exchange is a statue of Goethe who studied law here before dropping out to become a writer. It worked out well for him. He's basically to German what Shakespeare is to English or Tolstoy to Russian.
The St. Nicholas Church, which was closed for a concert, is Leipzig's oldest. It also played a pivotal role in more recent German history as the home to weekly prayer meetings in the 1980s where residents would meet together to discuss their grievances with the communist regime. Then the church became a major staging ground for protests during the Peaceful Revolution.
Out on Augustplatz are some examples of the depressing Communist aesthetic. The Opera House is actually fairly pretty for an Eastern Bloc building.
There are some fascinating museums in Leipzig about the DDR and the like, but we've tried places like that with kids before and it doesn't work out too well. So, we decided to just stroll and explore and of course stop for ice cream. Not even the freezing temps (okay, it was probably still about 50 degrees) could persuade the kids to turn down eis.
The Evans Family in Leipzig, Germany on Sunday June 21st 2015.
And that concludes our Northern Germany trip! And hallelujah we don't have anything huge planned until a Scandinavian cruise later this summer! Am I nervous about being a boat for two weeks with our kids? Yes. Will it be worth it? I hope so :)