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Old August 26th, 2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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Eastern Germany - 4 cities in 4 days

Finally I got around to visit my favourite country des Welt, Germany, again. Six years after last time.

This time I went to Leipzig, Dresden, G÷rlitz and Berlin. All done in 4 days (saturday - tuesday). And since I'm the great guy that I am, I'll share it all with you guys.

First a poorly photoshopped map:

The trip first went by ICE from Berlin to Leipzig, by car to Dresden, by regionalbahn to G÷rlitz and Regional Express back to Berlin.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 12:58 PM   #2
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Leipzig

Leipzig is the second largest city in Sachsen (Saxony) after Dresden with a population just above 500.000.
Historically Leipzig was an important city in regards to academic endevours, culture and transportation. The beginning of the end to the DDR also started in Leipzig (more HERE if you're interested).

The Leipzig Hauptbahnhof is one of the biggest railway stations in Europe measured by sqm (83.460 according to Wikipedia). I found it impossible to do this wonderful piece of Architecture justice as I did not bring my wide angle lense (and that goes for much of Germany by the way).





Currently a tunnel under the city (Leipzig city-tunnel) is under construction, which will connect the HBF with the southern station Bayericher Bahnhof, making the station a through-station for southbound Intercity service.

Outside the station, the Wintergarten high-rise in the background.




Much of the historic center is car-free, and the main street is Nicolaistrasse






Nicolaikirche


The square surrounding Nicolaikirche was an important rallying point for the popular protests against the DDR-regime in the late 1980s, now there's a wierd palm tree column there...


City-Hochhaus, tallest building in the former DDR at 142 metres. There's a restaurant on top I think..


The concert hall Neues Gewandhaus






Altes Rathaus and town hall square








Some old renaissance buildings


More pictures to come
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Old August 26th, 2010, 01:58 PM   #3
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Keep em coming Freund!
Germany have the most amazing cities in the world and
the eastern part is most certainly not an exception.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 02:27 PM   #4
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Those 4 cities in eastern Germany are indeed very nice, great cities; i am expecting more photos from the rest of those cities
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Old August 26th, 2010, 09:00 PM   #5
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More Leipzig

Westin Leipzig at sunset








Lepzig's version of Trafikanten


From inside a arcade




Museum der bildener KŘnste, the graphic art museum




Der Runden Ecke (the Round corner), this was the Leipzig office for the secret police Stasi, now a museum




Thomaskircke, most famous for being the workplace for the world famous composer J.S. Bach in the 1700s (for you Civilization nerds, this church equals J.S. Bach Cathedral)


The Bach statue


Mendelssohn statue


That's all for Leipzig. Next up is Dresden (I just have to edit the pics first)
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Old August 30th, 2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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Dresden, part I

Dresden is the capital and largest city of Sachsen, with all the palaces such a title entails.

Dresden was in 1945 bombed "back to the stone age" destroying most of the city. During the DDR era the reconstruction effort wasn't top priority, so the city is still very much under reconstruction.

Tobacco factory with a teatre stage under the dome








Some views from the park along Parkstrasse






City Hall


As seen from the Kreutzkirche




Kreutzkirche


Altmarkt and Kulturpalast




The newly restored Frauenkirche






Inside the Residenzshcloss


Model displayed inside




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Old August 30th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #7
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Cool pictures! I have yet to visit Germany at all...

Was the original clouds that crappy? (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n.../Dresden16.jpg)
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Old August 30th, 2010, 07:47 PM   #8
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Thanks for this thread. It is a coinsidence that I am currently running a very similar thread on Western Germany

Before I started exploring Germany I didn't quite understand what the fuss is about (I mean Germany being so great, neat, clean, etc.) but now I know and I admire that country, perhaps more than any other in the world. The beauty of cities, urban and rural landscapes and streetscapes, nature, people, attractions, modernity, efficiency and just that general feeling when everything just works and functions well is remarkable and makes an example for others to follow.

I'll be impatiently waiting for more pictures. Especially since my knowledge of Germany is rather limited to the Western part and Bavaria.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 10:11 PM   #9
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Great pics mate!
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Btw, Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, if I'm not mistaken, is THE largest train station in Europe in terms of total area.
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Before I started exploring Germany I didn't quite understand what the fuss is about (I mean Germany being so great, neat, clean, etc.) but now I know and I admire that country, perhaps more than any other in the world. The beauty of cities, urban and rural landscapes and streetscapes, nature, people, attractions, modernity, efficiency and just that general feeling when everything just works and functions well is remarkable and makes an example for others to follow.
Couldn┤t have said it better myself!
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Old August 31st, 2010, 12:09 AM   #12
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Dresden, part II

Ůrˇndeimr: Yeah, they kind of were very bland, so I performed some bad photoshopping on them.

Pansori: I agree with you fully. I have a lot of Germany left to discover, and I'm confident I'll find a lot more treasures. However, in the part I visited, the landscape isn't exactly jaw dropping. The great variety in beer on the other hand...



The Dresdner Zwinger palace, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Soon to be fully restored to former glory and decadence






Dresdner Zwinger with the Residenzpalats in the background






One of the main tramhubs




Hofkirche


Semperoper






View across the Elbe




And finally, a few shots of the Dresden Hauptbahnhof






And the Talent (on the right) is taking us to our next destination, G÷rlitz, the eastermost town in Germany.


I also had the great fortune of spotting the German Super Mario on a tramstop in Altstadt, but the picture wasn't lined up right now. I'll get back to him.
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Great thread, thank you.
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G÷rlitz, part I

G÷rlitz is the easternmost city in Germany, located on the west bank of the border river Neisse, with Poland on the other side.
With roughly 56.000 people, the town ranks as a rather small town in german comparison. The size of the inner city, however, gives it a bigger city feel.
G÷rlitz is home to the Bombardier factory which manufactures the double-decker units used on the german S-bahn and Regionalbahn network. Besides that, the town struggles economically, as many east-German towns do.

Bahnhof G÷rlitz










Main street, Berliner Strasse






Postplatz




Frauenkirche




Jugend-style building




Rathaus (city hall)


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Frauenkirche
A Trabi in die DDR! Classic.
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G÷rlitz, part II

They are getting more and more rare, so important to document them while the possibility is still there

The rest from G÷rlitz (and her sister city, Zogorzelec, across the border)

Peterkirche


Facade detail


View across the river/border








The river Neisse flooded about two weeks prior to my visit, and along the riverbank (especially on the polish side) the results were stil very visible


Back in Germany


Obermarkt


Lutherplatz


Lutherkirche


Some random street views








Thats it for G÷rlitz. The last bunch of pictures are from Berlin
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Old September 6th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #17
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Berlin - Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Berlin Hauptbahnhof is one of the most amazing structures I've ever seen. It's build on the east-west rail viaduct through the city, and a new north-south tunnel was built underneath, giving the station two levels of tracks and 3 or 4 between. Before the station was built, the main stations serving the city was Ostbahnhof (in East Berlin) and Zoologischer Garten (in West Berlin)

A new metro, U55, was planned to connect the HBF, Bundeskanzleramt/Reichtag and Pariser Platz/Brandenburger Tor with the rest of the metro net. Due to budgetary contraints this link is not yet finished, but trains run between these 3 stations.












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The new Berlin Hauptbahnhof is just stunning... looks like one of those hyper-sexy train stations being built or planned in Chinese cities where they look more like modern airport terminals than train stations.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 12:11 PM   #19
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A few more picures I found of Berlin Hbf
(I'm short of bandwith at photobucket, so it may take a little while to finish the tread).

Upper level:


Lower level:


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