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Offline Risso

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #45 on: June 12, 2019, 07:41:04 PM »
I am glad we’ve got a friendly in Leipzig. With work, I spend a lot of time out there with work and it’s a bit of a hidden secret of Germany.

RB Leipzig remains controversial within Germany, but I wouldn’t let it put you off. The city is full of parks, home breweries and cheapish beer.

The downside is that it’s tricky to get to. As my company have found out - we can only get out on the freighter jumpseat directly. There’s a flight every other day from Stansted with Ryanair.

Hotel wise, there’s plenty of options. We normally stay in either the Penta or the Marriott though. The Westin is used by our sister companies though.

If anyone wants any info into the city, please let me know.

Chris


I don't know if I've misunderstood your post Chris, but there are no direct flights with Ryanair to Leipzig from Stansted.

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #46 on: June 12, 2019, 07:42:25 PM »
If you dont mind fucking around then Brum to Dublin, Dublin to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Leipzig on the Friday is a cheap route on the plane.

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #47 on: June 12, 2019, 07:43:43 PM »
So still no season tickets on sale, and now a friendly against a European team in a city with no direct flights.  Brilliant.

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #48 on: June 12, 2019, 08:15:16 PM »
I am glad we’ve got a friendly in Leipzig. With work, I spend a lot of time out there with work and it’s a bit of a hidden secret of Germany.

RB Leipzig remains controversial within Germany, but I wouldn’t let it put you off. The city is full of parks, home breweries and cheapish beer.

The downside is that it’s tricky to get to. As my company have found out - we can only get out on the freighter jumpseat directly. There’s a flight every other day from Stansted with Ryanair.

Hotel wise, there’s plenty of options. We normally stay in either the Penta or the Marriott though. The Westin is used by our sister companies though.

If anyone wants any info into the city, please let me know.

Chris


I don't know if I've misunderstood your post Chris, but there are no direct flights with Ryanair to Leipzig from Stansted.

I think (though I don't know) that there are cargo flights. DHL are based in Leipzig.

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #49 on: June 12, 2019, 08:16:07 PM »
Ah, right. So we can post ourselves there!

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #50 on: June 12, 2019, 08:39:54 PM »
Leipzig is the nearest city to Colditz Castle. I can feel a "two birds with one stone" trip coming on.

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #51 on: June 12, 2019, 08:44:19 PM »
All I can say is what is wrong with Montpellier or Girona? Tsk!

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #52 on: June 12, 2019, 08:50:59 PM »
There are indeed... and I work for DHL nowadays. So with any luck, I’ll be out there for the day. A perk of being a Freight pilot now...

Indeed there were direct Ryanair flights from Stansted. We have had to use them sometimes when the jump seats are full. However I’ve just checked and they appear to not be bookable now.

« Last Edit: June 12, 2019, 08:52:51 PM by Chris_Jephcott »

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #53 on: June 12, 2019, 08:51:57 PM »
Leipzig is the nearest city to Colditz Castle. I can feel a "two birds with one stone" trip coming on.
Well worth it. My company do guided tours of the castle and I'll be there with a group next Sunday. But public transport from Leipzig to Colditz isn't straightforward. There's no station at Colditz. Hiring a car might be easier.

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #54 on: June 12, 2019, 08:52:23 PM »
Are there any packages for the US trip?

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #55 on: June 12, 2019, 08:54:58 PM »
Leipzig is the nearest city to Colditz Castle. I can feel a "two birds with one stone" trip coming on.
Well worth it. My company do guided tours of the castle and I'll be there with a group next Sunday. But public transport from Leipzig to Colditz isn't straightforward. There's no station at Colditz. Hiring a car might be easier.

It's been on my bucket list for a while. Might PM you if it looks like coming off !

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #56 on: June 12, 2019, 09:05:39 PM »
There are indeed... and I work for DHL nowadays. So with any luck, I’ll be out there for the day. A perk of being a Freight pilot now...

Indeed there were direct Ryanair flights from Stansted. We have had to use them sometimes when the jump seats are full. However I’ve just checked and they appear to not be bookable now.
The cheapest travel options from Birmingham seem to be to fly with Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich (out on Friday, back on Sunday). There are a few deals under £200 return if you don't mind arriving at Leipzig airport until after 11.00pm on the Friday. (The airport's only 15 minutes from the centre by local train). Connection times at Frankfurt or Munich can be pretty long, however.

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #57 on: June 12, 2019, 09:46:23 PM »
 around 12 hours by train from New St to Leipzig, leave just after 8 am , arrive 9pm.
via Brussels and Frankfurt

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #58 on: June 12, 2019, 11:30:47 PM »
That's a difficult one! Personally I think it's good that Saxony, in the old East Germany, finally has a top-flight team, but RB are generally disliked because their set-up contradicts the basic principles of the Bundesliga. I fear that some of the German Villans will boycott our game in Leipzig because they won't pay money to Red Bull. Bayern, on the other hand, are disliked because they keep on winning things. Their Munich stadium, the Allianz Arena, is nicknamed the Arroganz Arena.

As I've said in H&V articles in the past, Villa picked up a lot of German supporters in 1982 when we beat the hugely unpopular West German champions, Bayern Munich, to win the European Cup.
frank of course RB could stand for Racist Bastards reflecting the town itself with it's LEGIDA movement? I like Germany very much but won't be travelling to this event.

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Re: Preseason 2019:2020
« Reply #59 on: June 13, 2019, 12:27:17 AM »
That's a difficult one! Personally I think it's good that Saxony, in the old East Germany, finally has a top-flight team, but RB are generally disliked because their set-up contradicts the basic principles of the Bundesliga. I fear that some of the German Villans will boycott our game in Leipzig because they won't pay money to Red Bull. Bayern, on the other hand, are disliked because they keep on winning things. Their Munich stadium, the Allianz Arena, is nicknamed the Arroganz Arena.

As I've said in H&V articles in the past, Villa picked up a lot of German supporters in 1982 when we beat the hugely unpopular West German champions, Bayern Munich, to win the European Cup.
frank of course RB could stand for Racist Bastards reflecting the town itself with it's LEGIDA movement? I like Germany very much but won't be travelling to this event.
Pegida, the right-wing, anti-immigrant movement, which marches in Dresden every Monday, shames Dresden.
Legida, the Leipzig offshoot, seems to have fizzled out, although I agree that it was a worrying development when it started four years ago. What does reflect Leipzig is the fact that, more than any other city, it played a central role in the fall of Communism when tens of thousands regularly took to the streets to demand reform. Since then it's been known as "the City of Heroes", a title it wears with pride. I look forward to going back to Leipzig when Villa play.