Saxony-Anhalt. Truly beautiful.
Saxony-Anhalt is well worth a visit – several, in fact!
This is where Martin Luther carried out his work, leaving his mark on the state and transforming it into the Cradle of the Reformation. This is where the Bauhaus reached its heyday and developed its distinctive style, which made it the absolute icon of modernity to this day. The state also has the highest concentration of World Heritage Sites in Germany: the Bauhaus Dessau, Luther’s Wittenberg and Eisleben, Quedlinburg’s Old Town, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz and the Cathedral of Naumburg - and the Nebra Sky Disc, a UNESCO World Heritage artefact that is more than 3,600 years old.
- There is an abundance of green spaces in the "Gartenträume" network of historic parks, and the Romanesque tourist route connects 88 original sites that bring medieval history to life.
- Cycle tourers flock to the Elbe Cycle Track – which is no surprise given the number of sights that can be admired from the views and stopping points.
- Harz is a great place for climbing and hiking. With plenty on offer for adrenaline junkies, there are also magical castles and palaces, myths and UNESCO World Heritage Sites to discover.
- A trip to the city of Halle (Saale) is an absolute must for anyone visiting Saxony-Anhalt. As well as being the birthplace of Handel, the city boasts chocolate delights and a vibrant student life.
- The state capital Magdeburg was the home of all-round genius Otto von Guericke and the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire – another Otto. This is where Hundertwasser realized his final project and the river is the lifeblood of everything in the city. The beautiful Elbe has a wealth of treasures to offer.
- Saale-Unstrut is celebrated for its Italian character and World Heritage status. It is a land of wine and stone, known as the “Tuscany of the North”.
Saxony-Anhalt is situated in the heart of Germany and borders on Lower Saxony,Thuringia, Saxony and Brandenburg. Visitors greatly benefit from our central location an extensive infrastructure. Distances from the state capital of Magdeburg: 150 km to Berlin, 280 km to Hamburg and 420 km to Frankfurt/Main. Nearest airports: Leipzig airport, Hanover and Berlin Brandenburg (BER) airport. Halle (Saale) the largest city in Saxony-Anhalt and an efficient light railway system ensure short and convenient travelling to all important sights in Saxony-Anhalt.
The Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt (IMG)
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Thanks to the broad cultural and historical spectrum in Sachsen-Anhalt, the state possesses the highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany. Five sites solely belong to UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Bauhaus Dessau, Collegiate Church, the Castle & Old Town of Quedlinburg, the Luther Memorial Sites in Luther Cities Eisleben and Wittenberg as well as the Garden Kingdom Dessau-Wörlitz, and the recently accepted Naumburg Cathedral. Furthermore, the Biosphere Reserve of Middle Elbe is a study location for sustainable development for the UNESCO riverscape biosphere reserve of the Elbe. The Nebra Sky Disc was included in the registry on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. This registry comprises documents that represent the collective commemoration of various ethnic groups. Since 2004 Harz National Park has been a part of the GeoPark "Harz Braunschweiger Land Ostfalen" for the Global UNESCO Network of GeoParks.
Magdeburg – Where the Middle Ages and Modernity Meet
In Magdeburg, trees grow on Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s Green Citadel, and opposite stands Magdeburg Cathedral, a 500-year-old landmark. Historical walls that reflect 1,200 years of eventful history open out onto views of the Elbe. The river Elbe in Magdeburg takes you on a journey through time that goes as far back as the Middle Ages. Back then, the palace, surrounded by thick ramparts, was home to knights and robbers. Magdeburg is a unique combination of old and new. It is where the Middle Ages meets experimental architecture. Opposite the famous Gothic cathedral stands the eye-catching Green Citadel with its golden balls and pink walls – Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s last project, realized here in Magdeburg.
Halle (Saale) – Halle Has Lots of Treats in Store
Situated on the river Saale, the city is the birthplace of Handel and has lots of charm and history to offer When you hear the “Halle-Luhja” Chorus played on Europe’s largest carillon, you know you have arrived in the 1,200 year-old birthplace of George Frideric Handel. Halle is brimming with charm, art and design. It is a magnet for visitors thanks to its historical Old Town that remains largely intact, restored town houses, some of the finest museums in Europe, and the Nebra Sky Disc, a UNESCO World Heritage artefact that is more than 3,600 years old. What’s more, the city also has parks, pub districts, a thriving arts and theater scene, and renowned culinary specialties.
Dessau – Discover the Bauhaus City
Art and culture around every corner, an artist community and UNESCO World Heritage status. It is more than worth planning several trips to the Bauhaus city of Dessau. Absolute must-sees for any visitors are the Bauhaus Museum Dessau, the newly curated exhibition on the life of Kurt Weill and the now reopened Anhalt Picture Gallery at Georgium Palace. The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation prides itself on its collection of some 49,000 artefacts – the second largest in the world. Since autumn 2019, the Bauhaus Museum Dessau has run a permanent exhibition of 1,000 exhibits as well as temporary exhibitions of works by renowned artists.
Natural pleasure – breathe deeply in Saxony-Anhalt
Unique landscapes and a well-developed network of routes for hikers, cyclists, water sports enthusiasts and equestrians make Saxony-Anhalt a prime address for active holidaymakers and nature lovers.
Cyclists can ride through Saxony-Anhalt on 18 trans-regional bicycle trails. The Elbe Cycle Route, one of the most popular long-distance bicycle trails in Germany, is one of the family-friendly routes. Athletically ambitious mountain bikers will find a suitable tour in the Harz mountain region. The region between Dessau-Roßlau and Lutherstadt Wittenberg is recommended for recreational cyclists interested in culture. Three UNESCO-World Heritage Sites are concentrated in a very small area there: the Bauhaus building and the Masters’ Houses in Dessau, the Luther memorials in Wittenberg and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.
Particularly hiking fans get their money’s worth in the Harz region where they will find a dense network of hiking trails - among them the 94 kilometre long “Harzer-Hexen-Stieg” (Harz Witches’ Trail) and the “Selketal-Stieg” (Selke Valley Trail). Pilgrims are welcome in Saxony-Anhalt on the St. James Pilgrimage Trail as well as on the Luther Trail between the Luther cities Eisleben, Mansfeld and Wittenberg. The near-natural courses of the Elbe, Saale, Unstrut and Havel rivers are areas for those who like to hike along water.
The Altmark region in Northern Saxony-Anhalt is an ideal destination for those who love horses. The state’s nature reserves such as the Harz National Park or the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve should be noted for nature observations.
Riding and equestrian vacation
The greatest happiness on earth … is also in Saxony-Anhalt siting in the saddle of a horse, particularly in the Altmark. Numerous riding stables and riding clubs offer short trips and extended tours. Experienced or inexperienced horseriders can enjoy the view of pristine countryside, meadows and floodplain landscapes while on horseback during an idyllic shore leave or an excursion.
The Fläming Nature Park invites visitors to enjoy rides and wagon trips. Horse lovers in the moor and heather areas meet on riding trails, small lanes and along the Elbe. Or do you prefer something more fast? A faster gait is guaranteed on race days at the race tracks in Magdeburg and Halle (Saale).
New horizons – the Way of St. James pilgrimage route
Nowadays pilgrims can also encounter the pilgrimage song “Ultreia!” encouraging pilgrims “to go forward and onward to Santiago de Compostela!” in Saxony-Anhalt along the more than 370 km long trail. The trail leads to the grave of the apostle St. James and is one of the most important pilgrimage routes in Europe.
On the spiritual trail – the Luther Path
Pilgrims can travel in the footsteps of the great Reformer Martin Luther along the Luther Path. The 460 kilometer long trail leads hikers to the most important places of Luther`s life and work. Today Protestant as well as Catholic communities open up numerous churches and abbeys, cathedrals and chapels – stations of the “Romanesque Road” – and invite visitors to calmness, consciousness and prayers.
Guests with physical and mental impairments can go on a journey of discovery in many Saxony-Anhalt cities without barriers. A “Best of World Culture between Harz and Elbe” brochure presents day trips in Dessau-Roßlau, Halberstadt, Halle (Saale), Wittenberg, Magdeburg, Naumburg (Saale), Quedlinburg and Wernigerode. Among other things, the day trips include a support program with visits to attractions and lunch in a barrier-free restaurant. If required, overnight stays in barrier-free accommodations and special tours can also be booked.
For instance, guests can stroll in the footsteps of the reformer Martin Luther in the Luther city Wittenberg (UNESCO World Heritage Site). A visit to the cathedral-city Naumburg and the Naumburg master’s famous benefactor figure Uta is a must!
The fascinating landscaped garden of Wörlitz Park in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is also advisable for people with a mobility handicap. A detailed color-coded site plan of the facilities provides information about suitable routes and levels of difficulty. The different levels of difficulty on the park’s trails are marked in green, yellow and red in the style of traffic lights. It provides information about surface conditions, practicality of trails and informs about obstacles and barriers. Your guests will have eventful moments in the heartland of German history.