Magdeburg is the capital of Saxony-Anhalt and with more than 230,000 inhabitants, one of the largest cities in the eastern part of Germany. During the 1200 years of its history, the former royal palatine had to go through quite a bit, and especially after the heavy bombing during WWII it did not enjoy a particularly good reputation. Today, however, it is considered one of the most dynamic cities in Germany. In addition to its strategic educational position with two universities, the city on the Elbe is also developing rapidly both economically and culturally.
Things to see and do
Cathedral of Magdeburg
The symbol of the city is the Lutheran Cathedral which is the highest church building in the eastern part of Germany. The church that stood there previously was destroyed by fire in 1207. The cathedral was built between 1209 and 1520 in Gothic style, however the oldest parts of the building Romanesque. In addition to the grave of Emperor Otto I, the oldest Gothic cathedral in Germany houses the largest organ of Saxony-Anhalt.
Hasselbachplatz is an important transport hub, as well as the centre of Magdeburg nightlife with many bars, pubs and restaurants. The square also boasts many well-preserved and beautiful buildings in Wilhelminian-style architecture (Gründerzeit), ie. dating from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
At 60 metres the Millennium Tower is the tallest glued timber building in the world. It was built for the 25th National Garden Show in 1999 and is situated in the Elbauenpark. Inside the tower the museum on the history of science is well worth a visit both for its content and for its architecture.
The Green Citadel
Hundertwasser House — also known as the Green Citadel — is probably the most colorful eye-catcher in Magdeburg city centre. The building was the last architectural project of the artist/ architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and was inaugurated in 2005. Located on Breiter Weg, it houses a hotel, apartments, shops, restaurants and cafes, a nursery and a theatre.
Hardly any other topic got the people from Magdeburg as enthusiastic as 1. FC Magdeburg in 2015. For the first time since reunification the amateur club could finally fight for a place in professional football, and now play in the third division. However, the only European champions from the former East Germany are not the only sport attraction in the city, as the SC Magdeburg handball club is one of the most successful German teams.