Ahhhh Leipzig, the charm of the old world, and arguably the best gem the former DDR has to offer. There’s a vibrant art and music scene here, great nightlife, and a charming yet charismatic alternative hippy scene that rivals even the most hippie-esque vibes Berlin has to offer. As a whole, if you’re every in Germany, it’s definitely worthwhile to come by the resting place of Johan Sebasitan Bach and check out the city. But if you’re planning to go longboard dancing here, here is what you can expect.
Leipzig Overall Score: 2.3
- Riding through the city: 1
- Specific spots for longboard dancing: 3
- Longboard dancing community: 2
- Longboard dancing equipment and gear availability: 5
Riding through the city of Leipzig on a longboard
It sucks big time! The city is in the familiar layout of many other European cities, but the main problem here is there is a ton of cobblestone sidewalks everywhere, which are a pain in the ass to ride on. After that, Leipzig has the biggest on-street tram system in Germany, which means tram tracks are everywhere! It’s really not too fun at all to use a longboard to get through the city itself, even the majority of park paths are gravel paths, so they’re only suitable for bicycles.
Best spots in Leipzig for Longboard Dancing
The go-to spots for Longboard Dancing in Leipzig is in the Clara Zetkin Park, one of the main parks in the city. Below is an embed of the exact spot:
The asphalt here is relatively new, so your longboard will glide along smoothly. Lots of space too, and there’s a nice little pavilion right next to it that serves drinks, has bathrooms to use for 50 cents, and even has live music sometimes that you can board along to! (Although the music normally sucks). The only real problem here is it is a main vein of the park, so there can be a lot of cyclists coming through, especially on the weekends.
When it rains in Leipzig (often) then obviously the park is not the best option, but sometimes you still wanna get your dance on regardless. There’s an old industrial area called the Kohlrabizirkus in the city, that has a big awning that covers a nice flat area. Personally, I’m a bit wary to try dancing here, as if I have to bail on a trick, the board can go flying off of a 1.5 meter drop, and I’m not a big fan of that idea. But I have ridden here, and the ground is flat enough to do some good cruising. If you’re confident in your skills go for it!
It’s not so big, I’d say there is a total of about 6 people in Leipzig who regularly do longboard dancing. It’s got room to grow though, but as of right now not too many active events or anything are being planned in Leipzig. 🙁
Getting proper equipment in Leipzig
Leipzig is home to the Shredderei, a locally owned skate shop, and the headquarters of Bastlboards. In my humble opinion, Bastl makes some of the finest dancing decks you can find, and the shop is super cool as it doubles as a cafe. This is also a really good spot to go to chill, grab a coffee and some vegan cake, skate a bit, or just check out some of their awesome gear. They regularly host events, so make a day trip out of it! Below is an example of some of the awesome designs that come out of that shop.
Wrapping it all up in a nice little Leipziger Lerche package
If you’re not a vegan like me, go find a Leipziger Lerche while you’re here. It’s a local thing, and if you’re fond of marzipan, you’ll be in heaven. Ok that was a random tangent I was not meant to go on, but in truth I love the city I love in. In fact I adore it, but it does have some flaws with longboard dancing. While I wouldn’t say Leipzig is a definite go to destination specifically for longboard dancing, I would say it is in all other aspects a great place to visit. So if you’re ever in country, do hit up Leipzig, do hit me up, and let’s get into something cool together.