Time for a brief break from the parks and an opportunity to see another city. Leipzig has a population of around half a million people and I'd only heard of it because it holds one Europe's largest computer game conventions, not that I'd ever been.
In the morning I decided to head out for another walk, this time towards a large monument we drove past on the way in. Along the way I saw this nice little mural piece but couldn't recall Leipzig ever holding the Olympics. Turns out Olympia Leipzig is a local football team.
I'm wondering if the artist of this little piece wonders when will he will he be famous!
This guy is still so angry that he went to the trouble of printing pink stickers stating how upset he was! I wonder why he got into trouble in the first place? Using text speak isn't a crime in Germany from what I remember...but perhaps it should be.
and this is what I was wanting to walk to. The Monument to the Battle of the Nations is a massive piece commemorating (or celebrating depending on your outlook) the defeat of Napoleon. A large battle took place on this land but now it's a much more tranquil place, especially at 6 in the morning.
Usually you're allowed to climb to the top where superby views of the city are available. However the area is currently under renovation and fenced off. It's supposed to be completed by 2013 and knowing German efficiency probably will be.
Close by I found these murals also documenting the battles that had taken place in the area.
and this little piece making the wall look overgrown. They could just have planted vines and creepers.
Leipzig appeared to be a very nice city, modern but still with character and some stunning architecture to break up the monotony of the drab buildings that typically dominate a city centre.