To the right of the Opera House in this photo you can see the tallest building in Leipzig, the former University Tower from the year 1971. With an architectural height of 142 meters (not counting the ‘tip’ which gets up to 153 meters), it was for several years the tallest building not only in the GDR but in all of Germany, both East and West.
If it were in Frankfurt am Main, it would now be number 22 in my Frankfurt Skyline Countdown.
The building was totally remodeled and facelifted from 1999 to 2002 and is now called the City-Hochhaus or the Panorama Tower. Unofficially it is often referred to as the Weisheitszahn (wisdom tooth) by local residents.
The letters mdr at the top stand for Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk or Middle German Radio, which is the large publicly-owned radio and television corporation serving this part of Germany.
On the roof of the City-Hochhaus there is an observation deck where you can get nice views out over Leipzig in most directions.
Looking north and northeast, though, you get better views from the café on the 29th floor, which is where I took this picture of the main Leipzig railroad station illuminated by a fleeting moment of sunshine from a gap in the clouds.
Another brief moment of sunshine lit up the front façade of the Leipzig opera house on Augustusplatz.
My photos in this post are from 2005. I revised the text in 2020.
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