Carl Goes has published a travel guide book to Leipzig, designed to help entrepreneurs, creatives and anyone who is generally curious, to work and play in the city during their stay.
Carl Goes wants travellers to become citizens of the cities they visit, whether it’s for three days or three weeks.
Bringing together local voices from well-known artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, those working in the creative scene and initiators of cultural and non-profit initiatives, Carl Goes Leipzig gives visitors insights into how people really live in Leipzig.
With a ‘work’ section in the book, travellers can find out how to blend work and travel seamlessly, with recommendations of co-working spaces, networking events and where to find free Wi-Fi. Suggestions of how to ‘live’ in the city come directly from Leipzigers themselves, and feature the most entrepreneurial and creative eateries, shops, hotels, work-live spaces and events throughout the year.
Carl Goes Leipzig also encourages visitors to embrace the declining art of ‘getting lost’ or ‘flânerie’, inspiring them to wander without a plan to make unexpected discoveries.
The interviewees in Carl Goes Leipzig are:
- Heike Hennig: a director and choreographer who has been internationally praised for her work, which includes the documentary film, Dancing With Time.
- Daniel Hoch: a former beer brewer and sport psychologist who is now a published author and has a successful business coaching company helping entrepreneurs realise their goals.
- Lianne van de Laar and Philipp Weber: this creative couple – a video artist and musician – are embedded in Leipzig’s art and music world.
- Rosa Loy: an internationally known artist and prominent member of the New Leipzig School art movement, based at the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei.
- Noriko Minkus: an architect and cultural activist who runs The Japanese House (Das Japanische Haus), a non-commercial space for subculture in Leipzig.
- Cornelia Friederike Müller (a.k.a. CFM): an artist, sound artist and DJ who works with Leipzig’s most creative businesses.
- Peter Piek: a Leipzig based artist and musician who plays 150 gigs a year around the world.
- Hugo Smoter: the Chief Commercial Officer of Spreadshirt, who has helped transform the company from an entrepreneurial start-up to a global business with a €93m turnover.
“Leipzig, rated the most liveable city in Germany, is a place where creativity has percolated every street, building and neighbourhood. This makes Leipzig the perfect city for travellers looking to get inspired, work and play” said the Carl Goes Publisher, Sascha Mengerink. “Benedikt Carpzov the Younger, a criminal lawyer in the 1600s, once said: ’To live outside Leipzig is to live miserably.’ Carl Goes Leipzig should enable all visitors to live like a local during their stay and experience Benedikt’s feeling.”
"After the wall fell, people left Leipzig for better jobs and prospects elsewhere," said the Carl Goes Editor Sasha Arms. "Nowadays the opposite is true. People are flocking to the city some call 'Hypezig', attracted by the creative freedom, work/life balance and independent spirit Leipzig embodies."
Carl Goes Leipzig is the fifth Carl Goes city guide, following on from guides to London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Kassel.