A street panorama of the southern side of the Karl-Heine-Straße beginning at its start at the Zschochersche Strasse and ending three buildings after crossing the Merseburger Strasse. The street is also the border of the Leipzig districts Plagwitz and Lindenau. Here we depict the Plagwitz side to the south. This area developed quickly during industrialization at the end of the 19th century and Plagwitz is also famous for its many, now often disused or redeveloped, factories. These are now hot locations for clubs, offices, ateliers or living after Leipzigs western districts became a hot spot for cultural and creative activity in the new millenium. This street block also houses a number of bars, restaurants or creative shops that developed in recent years, the most famous one being the “Noch Besser Leben” (english: even better living) pub and concert venue (the building not renovated on the corner Merseburger Strasse). Across the street the cultural hot spot Schaubühne Lindenfels is situated and further down the street to the right one can find the Westwerk area and the internationally renowned Leipzig Spinnerei (Baumwollspinnerei).
The street is named after Carl Erdmann Heine, an industrialist from the 19th century, who initiated the Karl-Heine-Canal in Leipzig and was one of the driving forces behind the city development in Leipzigs’ western districts. Today a street festival by turns called “Westpaket” and “Westbesuch” is taking place on Karl-Heine-Strasse several times a year.