Mendelssohn House in Leipzig

Figurines at the Mendelssohn House in Leipzig, Germany

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy lived from 1845 to 1847 in this late Classicist building in Leipzig. Today, a museum about his life and his work is housed here. The museum also has several rooms dedicated to the composer Fanny Hensel. She was the older sister of the composer.

Coat of arms Manhole Covers

Manhole cover in Leipzig

Manhole cover in Leipzig, Germany

The manhole covers in Leipzig display the local city arms. The lion represents the Margraviate of Meissen (Markgrafschaft Meissen) and the pales called the Landsberg Pales (Landsberger Pfähle) represent the Margraviate of Landsberg (Markgrafschaft Landsberg).

Architecture Baroque

Old Exchange in Leipzig

Old exchange (Alte Handelsbörse) in Leipzig, Germany

The Old Exchange (Alte Handelsbörse) was built in the 17th century in the early baroque style as a representative building where merchants could meet. Today, the hall serves for musical and literary events, company presentations and conferences, festive receptions and private parties.

Urban Walks

Classic water pump in Leipzig

Classic water pump in Leipzig. Germany

Classic hand water pump seen in the streets of Leipzig.


Grassi Museum in Leipzig

Grassi Museum in Leipzig, Germany

At the Grassi Museum in Leipzig I learned a lot about the different peoples of India. The museum complex consists of a Applied Arts Museum, an Ethnography Museum and a Musical Instruments Museum.


Café Riquet in Leipzig

Storefront of Café Riquet in Leipzig, Germany

After a short walk through the snowy Leipzig I had a cup of coffee at Kaffeehaus Riquet. It was built in 1908/1909 by Paul Lange and offers a very stylish interior.


Railcar SVT 137 225 in Leipzig

Railcar SVT 137 225 in Leipzig, Germany

While waiting for my connection train I came across this DMU (diesel multiple unit) dating back to 1935. Before WWII it was used as one of the first high speed trains in Germany. After 1945 the train depicted above (SVT 137 225) was used by the GDR government until 1975.