NextBike is a private bicycle sharing system that is quite similar to DB Call-a-Bike except that it is partially paid for by advertising directly on the bike -- and it is cheaper. Rental of a NextBike costs one Euro per half hour or nine Euros for up to 24 hours -- nine Euros as opposed to fifteen for Call-a-Bike. (Prices as of 2013.)
As I mentioned on one of my Dresden tips, online registration for NextBike is easy provided you are willing to give them your credit card number and cell phone number. Registration costs nine Euros, which is applied to your first bike rental.
In Leipzig I found these three NextBikes (first photo) right in front of the main station. The first two I tried to rent were not available for rental, according to the voice on my cell phone, but the third one was, so after finally getting the combination I unlocked it and rode off.
The reason I had trouble getting the combination is that this is a very loud street, with lots of roaring trucks and screeching streetcars coming by just at the time when you are trying to understand the combination number from the cell phone. So next time I am going to look for a NextBike in some quiet corner away from the traffic noise.
Update: They now automatically send you a text message with the combination number, in addition to the voice message.
While I was riding around I came across another NextBike chained to a fence (second photo) with the slogan "With me you burn at least 300 kilocalories per hour."
1. Three NextBikes at Leipzig Main Station
2. With me you burn at least 300 kcal per hour
Ryanair may have dumped Leipzig as a destination, but it is still well served by a number of budget airlines, including the excellent Air Berlin and Lufthansa's budget wing Condor. Most of the destinations cater to the package tourist, but there are a few other destinations, including London, Paris and even Tel-Aviv.
Of the major airlines serving the airport Lufthansa is, of course, the biggest, but others fly from here too, including Austria Air to Vienna and Croatian Airlines.
1. Cycling in Leipzig
2. Colorful barefoot cyclist
3. Two more cyclists
4. Three more cyclists
5. More people on bicycles in Leipzig
Leipzig has been making numerous improvements on its cycling infrastructure in the past few years. They say they now have 260 kilometers of bicycle lanes and paths.
In 1987 -- still under the old GDR government -- bicycles accounted for only five percent of urban traffic in Leipzig. In 1994 this was up to six percent and by 1998 it had taken a big jump to 13 percent.
In 2003 bicycle use was down slightly to 12 percent, but the reason for this was that in the meantime the city of Leipzig had expanded to include a lot of outlying areas where people did less cycling because of the greater distances they had to cover.
The city's goal is to get bicycle use up to 17 percent of urban traffic by the year 2015.
Leipzig is one of those fortunate cities, like Aschaffenburg, Darmstadt and Gera, which has a bicycle station right at the main railroad station.
Here you can leave your bike for safe (and dry) keeping while you go off on the train somewhere, and you can also have it repaired, or you can rent or buy a bike here.
From the west, the route I used is the E40 (European 'Interstate' road naming system): which is generally the A (for Autobahn) 4 on the German system.
The E40 is a pan-European road from Ostend (Belgium) which goes past Brussels and Liege. E40 takes you into Germany at Aachen, where it becomes A4 (Autobahn) to Cologne (Koln), Siegen (A45), Giessen (A48) and enters the east at Eisenach (A4). This takes you past Jena. You then go onto E49/51 (A9) to reach Leipzig.
The city names are as well-signed as the road numbers, so you needn't worry about remembering road numbers!
Blue road signs denote Motorways (=Autobahn/Autostrada/Interstate/Freeway) in UK, Germany and most other European countries.
Funny way to ensure that people do not drive within restricted areas.
As soon as you reach such an area within Leipzig a barrier is making not possible to go on; you must have a magnetic card or a special small radio equipment onboard of your car to make this barrier opening. And what's funny ? that the barrier is actually a vertical one disappearing into the gorund and then emerging again ... and if you step over it while emerging you can raech the sky with your finger :-)))
I went by the train..It was agreat chance to see the bahnhof (station)..they said that it is the largest in europe..Am i correct?
Althoug public transportation is available we used our private car there.
A major station, links to most parts of Germany and beyond, plus good local links with trams stopping just outside. Also several vintage trains on display to admire.
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