Proof, at last, that "just be yourself" is good advice. Leipzig wants to stay off the tourist trail, and it's quickly becoming the best city you haven't visited yet. But don't let the excitement around "Hype-zig" put you off - get your Leipzig football tickets and go.
Despite its reputation as a serious city of culture - the home of Bach and Mendelssohn - Leipzig knows how to have fun, with (literally) underground bars in the Moritzbastei, and wine cellars so beautiful that they count as "tourism". Even better, it's the place where the German Football League was founded. Loyal and long-suffering fans at football matches in Leipzig have seen everything from European competition to rainy Wednesdays behind the Iron Curtain: why not buy them a beer and ask them about it.