As nice as I found Leipzig, as irritating revealed the return fare. While the train was scheduled as an ICE, the displays announced an Intercity. In the end, both were true. The trip was officially considered an ICE line, while the train was composed of legacy cars and an engine (just like local Intercitys are). From what I learned, the wagons had formerly been in service for a private regional line, had been refurbished to somehow meet ICE standards and where now used as drop-in replacements for ICE 3s, while running short on those.
I have seen few east-German cities so far. While Berlin does not count anyway, there is Magdeburg, Dresden and very few more. Good idea to catch up, and why not finally see the place where, almost exactly a quarter decade ago, socialist Germany started ending. I have passed Leipzig a lot of times, since it is close to an Autobahn I rode frequently a couple of years. But I never got downtown, a task that Leipzig main station easily allows for. Also, I can prepare for future business which might include this city.