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5 Gems of Gohlis

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He who lives well, resides and remains in Gohlis.

For me that has meant over a decade of fun discovery. Leipzigers and Wahlleipzigers (here by choice) have tried to tell me to come to Plagwitz, Lindenau, Connewitz, and, recently, Reudnitz. But they don’t really get it. I am a person who loves to go and explore a place, and despite the appeals of those hoods, there are things about all those other areas that do not entice me, although I could easily go to the East.

Connewitz makes you lazy, the convenience of Karli is just not my bag.
Lindenau has a lot of potential, but is not really green enough for me or easy to get down to Rosental, the river and a lake or bay in the North. Plagwitz is suffering from the Hypezig disease, despite the fact I would love the art scene.

But let’s spin to the positive and why I fell in luv with my Gohlis. I have had three flats here. My hood now is just round the corner from Lehmann’s Käsehaus and just north of Georg-Schumann-Strasse. They also say that the modern family is made up of friends (paraphrased from Spaced with Simon Pegg) and a lot of my mates live there and have also fallen in luv with Gohlis too. But that is another article in itself.

Buddehaus, photo Stewart Tunnicliff
Gohlis Buddehaus, photo Stewart Tunnicliff

Here are my 5 gems and the reasons I have stayed.

1. Beer gardens

The beer gardens which, except for Substanz in the East of Leipzig, are the best in town in my humble opinion. The Unterrock beer garden is very quaint and in the courtyard of an old Tudor building that has a series of non-profits inside. Buddehaus, however, is by far my favourite because of the beer, the service (that now is less grumpy) and the ambience. Located outside an old villa, the Buddehaus caters for kids, families, and groups of friends. If I were a rich man I would buy the villa and have my playground at that beergarden.

2.  Gorgeous greenery

This pique of interest comes from being born near the Peak District in England. Being a semi-serious hiker from when I was up to Jim’s (my Grandad) knee. I am 5 minutes from Rosental to my south, but there’s another little gem you may not know of. On Georg Schumann-Strasse at the back of the job centre and in front of the social benefits office is a lovely area for walking the dog, having romantic picnics and just chilling out after a long work week. Pick up some bottles from a local off-license (Späti) or the Aldi supermarket (Elsbeth Strasse) nearby and enjoy a cheap, yet charming, date with your loved one.

3.  Unique eateries

Being a #LeckerLeipzig foodie, I luv this. We have romance with Passion, classy with Muensters and the only Croatian and Afghan places in town. The last two are really my thing, as they are run by immigrant relatively newbie entrepreneurs. Konboba Laterna used to be a Czech place, but now serves Croatian/ Med. cuisine. Not only do they have the Lustige Bosniak with cheese, but one, in Eibauer, of the best kind of local dark beers (from Dresden). The decor emulates a rustic eatery in Croatia, too. But the Afghan place – Hindukusch – is my first choice locale for food as it has a lounge and great spicy food. I have celebrated three birthdays there, done a whisky tasting and had Goss and Nosh (an Internations occasional event) there.

4.  Parkbuehne

It is the top end of Brettschneider Park, so a lovely stroll to get into the grounds, and one of the best open air venues I have ever been to. It does not get such big famous acts as it is not so well marketed, but every single time I have been I have not been disappointed with the music, beer, service, vibe or fun had.

5.  Did I mention romantic picnic spots?

A date choice I guess or even for the family. All Leipzigers and Wahlleipzigers know the lakes to the south but a stones throw from me in the north is Schladitzer Bucht to the locals and See to anyone else. On the one side is a place you have to pay access to, but the north (and also where dogs are allowed) is a lovely place for a stroll, a swim in the summer and great picnics and places to shoot stunning pics.

Coming from a theatre and performance background, and being a celluloid aficionado, it only seemed right that Stewart aka theLingoGuy pursued this through his other passion of writing. He is also very excited by the theatre and documentary scene developing locally, particularly English Theatre Leipzig, DOK and GlobalLE. However, he keeps an eye on the ground breaking stuff in the Fringe, Slam poetry, Battle Rap and the many fusion genre TV series and films. As you can see, you can expect a diverse palette of stage and screen choices, as well as other passions that he will paint from with his words.

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