Received: 2nd November 2012 Distance: 454 km (282 miles) Travel time: 6 days.
Thank you, Heike from Germany!
Heike likes to travel in different regions like Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen. She doesn’t want to forget her great hometown: Leipzig. “It ís great to live here and this city has a lot to provide.”
Leipzig with more than 530,000 inhabitants, is the largest city by population (the second largest being Dresden) in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. Leipzig is situated about 150 km south of Berlin at the confluence of the Weisse Elster, Pleiße, and Parthe rivers at the southerly end of the North German Plain.
Leipzig has always been a trade city, situated during the time of the Holy Roman Empire at the intersection of the Via Regia and Via Imperii, two important trade routes. At one time, Leipzig was one of the major European centres of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing. After World War II, Leipzig became a major urban centre within the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) but its cultural and economic importance declined, despite East Germany being the richest economy in the Soviet Bloc.