- DateApril 2015
- LocationLeipzig, Saxony, Germany
- CategoryUrban Stroll, Series
- ObjectBarracks and Army Bakery
- TextSascha Hohlfeld
- ImagesJonathan Danko Kielkowski
Germany | Urban Stroll | April 2015
Urban Stroll – Leipzig, Episode 5
- She is the fastest growing city in Germany and got called the “New Berlin” from the New York Times in 2014. Over 1000 year of history highlights the last defeat of Napoleon in the Battle of Nations 1813 or the significant role in the Peaceful Revolution as two examples. Known as trade city since Medieval times it has also a rich industrial history. Resulting in a broad variety in architecture which now is getting restored for the “booming new Leipzig” step by step. This post is part of a series about remaining “Lost Places” which might be fancy and expansive quite soon.
Barrack District Gohlis & Möckern
From the year 1875 on a huge Barracks district was built in the north of Leipzig. Between the city district’s Gohlis and Möckern over the following years several new barracks covering over 36000m² were build.
The barracks had served five different owners in its one hundred year history: first the Emperor and Saxon king, from 1918 the army of the Weimar Republic, Hitlers forces from 1934 on, from 1945 on the Soviet Army, followed by the GDRs National Peoples Army and from 1990 on the German Armed Forces.
In 2003 most of the soldiers moved out and the empty barracks were sold to real estate developers who started converting the old troop and staff buildings as well as former stables and garages into fancy apartments.
Today only the General-Olbricht-Barracks far north is still used by the military while most of the former barracks had been already coverted into apartments and are now inhabited by civilians. As I visited the district during my Leipzig tour only the former army bakery as well the King Albert Residence were still untouched and in ruins.
Construction will here start soon too and the badly dameged buildings will be turned into something like this: