From Leipzig Hauptbahnhof we took a tram to Südfriedhof, the cemetery where my grandfather was buried in 1947. My brother had found out from one of our cousins, where the grave site was supposed to be, that is I had the correct plot number and asked at the entrance for directions. The Südfriedhof is right next to the Leipzig Völkerschlacht Denkmal. We saw it straight away when we got off the tram.

The Völkerschlachtdenkmal exists since 1913 commemorating a battle from 1813. Some restorations are being done at present for next year’s 200 year commemoration.

To find Grandfather’s grave turned out to be extremely difficult. It took us many, many hours. Yet we were successful in the end and very, very happy that our search hadn’t been in vain. I’ll write about it in some more detail some other time.

In the afternoon we had time to stroll through the city center of Leipzig. Leipzig has a lot of beautifully restored old buildings and the modern buildings seem to blend in quite well. We were very impressed.

A view of the Leipzig Hauptbahnhot, the main railway station

14 thoughts on “Leipzig

  1. Wir sind heute wieder mit der U-Bahn und mit dem Bus gefahren, aber wir sind auch wieder viel gelaufen und waren am Ende sehr müde. Wir sind jetzt sehr zufrieden, einen ruhigen Abend zu haben. Wünsche dir auch einen recht angenehmen Abend, liebe Gislinde, und danke dir für deine Grüsse. Uta
    In Berlin ist es jetzt 20:30 Uhr.

    1. Oh, yes, Pat, finding the grave site brought on this tremendous feeling of joy. We were very tired but very happy that the long search was successful.

    1. During 1945/46 I stayed with my grandmother in Leipzig. A lot has changed since then, but this great building still looks the same. It was a thrill to be able to see it again after so many years.

  2. It would have been quite a moment, finding your grandfather’s grave. I am glad for you. The whole trips sounds magnificent. 🙂

  3. Hi Uta I am very pleased for you it must have been a very emotional time for you. But rewarding and I must say that is a majestic looking building .
    Have a great Day

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