The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall came on 9 November 2014 and instead of dashing to Berlin, you should take a peek at Leipzig. This much forgotten East German city is definitely a place to put on your to-go list. With the oldest surviving coffee house in Europe, the birthplace of Bach as well as the place where the peaceful revolution to dismantle East Germany started.
Start your journey with a visit to the beautiful St Nicholas Church site of the Monday Demonstrations. Each week in the church, Friedensgebet (prayer for peace) were held and afterwards outside the gathering continued growing until in October 1989 320,000 people congregated in Leipzig (out of a population of 500,000!).
Follow the plinths around the city which highlight what happened in each spot, giving you images and text to recreate the feelings of the city. Sights include the former Stasi Headquarters (free entry!) but if you are feeling devilish, there is the Auerbach's Cellar too.
Between 1765 and 1768, Johann Wolfgang Goethe studied in Leipzig and set a scene from his celebrated "Faust" here. Check out the lifesize statues at the entrance to the cellar. The cellar is located in the decadent Mädlerpassage, one of many passages of Leipzig. These passages are part of the trading history of Leipzig and are now the best areas to eat, drink and shop in.
As the sun sets over St Thomas’ Church, start your night with a beer under its tower. The aptly named Brauhaus an der Thomaskirche serves beer brewed on site. Then you can start "Drallewatsch" proper. This is an old Saxon term for going out and having a great time which you will with the “beer mile” of Leipzig to keep you happy.
Of course next day you will be needing some coffee, so head to “Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum” first mentioned in 1556, this museum and coffee house will help awaken your senses with some coffee, cake and people watching.