Top 10 Attractions
Discover the Top 10 attractions in Magdeburg with Irro Charter
Top 10 attractions in The city of Magdeburg with Irro Charter
Magdeburg is a central German city, situated on the Elbe, and the capital city of Saxony-Anhalt. The town was first mentioned in a document in 805. In 968, Otto I, the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, founded the archbishopric of Magdeburg. In the Middle Ages Magdeburg became a Hanseatic city and gained far-reaching importance through free trade and the Magdeburg city charter. In the late Middle Ages Magdeburg was one of the largest German cities at that time. Magdeburg was also the centre of the Reformation and the resistance against the re-Catholicization in the Schmalkaldic League. After the almost complete devastation during the Thirty Years War in the years from 1618 to 1648, Magdeburg was expanded to become the strongest fortress in the Kingdom of Prussia.
Today, Magdeburg is an important industrial and commercial centre. Magdeburg is the seat of both Protestant and Catholic bishops. The city's landmark is the Magdeburg Cathedral. The state capital is also home to numerous important cultural institutions, including the Magdeburg Theater and the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg.
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Let us explore the best things to do in Magdeburg. Here are our Top 10 places to visit in Magdeburg:
Magdeburg CathedralMagdeburg's landmark is the historic cathedral, which is considered to be the oldest Gothic building in Germany. In its long history it has had to be rebuilt and restored several times, but now it is enthroned high above Magdeburg again, where it can be seen from far away. Before the construction of the cathedral in the 10th century, the monastery St. Mauritius stood on the place. This was chosen by Emperor Otto I. as burial place, a thing that led to the building of the first cathedral. After a fire at the beginning of the 13th century, it was destroyed and had to be rebuilt. The construction of this second cathedral took up to the year 1520.Public guided tours take place every day in the Magdeburg Cathedral. These include the ascent to the 104 high north tower. After a look inside the bell room you will reach the viewing platform from where you can see over Magdeburg and, on a clear day, even the Harz mountains.
kloster unser lieben FrauenThe Art Museum, housed in the Monastery of Our Lady, is not only the favorite destination for art lovers in Magdeburg, but is also considered to be one of the most important venues for contemporary art and sculpture in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. Moreover, the elegant monastery itself, the oldest surviving landmark in Magdeburg, is considered a jewel of German Romanesque architecture. In addition to a splendid permanent collection of sculptures from medieval to modern times, the museum also holds temporary exhibits on a regular basis.
Grüne ZitadelleThe Hundertwasser Building (or Green Citadel) is certainly the most striking building in Magdeburg. The building stands out from the historical buildings of Magdeburg by its unusual, contemporary and extremely imaginative architectural style. The Green Citadel, which symbolises the relationship between man, nature and architecture, houses "dancing windows", undulating floors, roof meadows and lots of greenery. It consists of individually designed residential units, a hotel, shops, restaurants, cafés and courtyards and offers guided tours. Thanks to its strinking architecture, the Hunderwasser Building can be spotted from afar right away.
Alter MarktMagdeburg's market place, situated between Breiter Weg and Jakobstraße, has existed since the time of Bishop Wichmann von Seeburg in the 12th century. The square was badly damaged during the Thirty Years' War and then during the Second World War, and most of the buildings on the market square are more recent today. At the eastern end is the newly renovated town hall, which has been in some form on this site since the 13th century. In front of the city hall there is the Roland statue, omnipresent in German city squares, and here representing the independence of Magdeburg. On the Alter Markt you will find above all the market stalls where fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products, bakery products, household goods, handicrafts and freshly prepared snacks are offered.
Magdeburger ReiterThe Magdeburg Horseman is an equestrian statue that was created around 1240 in the younger Magdeburg workshop. It is the earliest life-size, circular equestrian statue in medieval sculpture and is one of the most important works in European art history. Two virgins complement it to form a group of figures. The three statues consist of several blocks of fine-grained sandstone. There is a copy on the Alter Markt, the original can be seen in the Kaiser-Otto-Saal in the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg.
Magdeburg, Germany - June 16: famous Arthouse of the Architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser called "gruene Zitadelle" in Magdeburg on June 16, 2020
JahrtausendturmFormed like an irregular cone, this building in the Elbauenpark was designed for the new millennium and is one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world at a height of 60 metres. Inside, you can explore an exhibition on the scientific progress in over 6000 years of human history. Each new level of the building lets you jump forward in time. The ground floor is dedicated to ancient Egyptian mathematics, and moving up there is Medieval Medicine, Renaissance Mechanics and Alchemy, and inventions such as telescopes and printing presses. The fourth floor displays all the discoveries of the Early Modern Period, including electricity, celestial parallax, radio, while the fifth floor's subject is the technology of the current 21st century. Make sure to make it all the way to the top of the tower, so you can enjoy the spectacular view across Magdeburg.
Kulturhistorisches Museum MagdeburgThe reputation of the Cultural History Museum Magdeburg as an important art museum is well known beyond the borders of Saxony-Anhalt in the whole country. Although the building itself was badly damaged during the Second World War, the works of art escaped destruction because they were kept in a secure storage room. At present, the museum houses paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries as well as furniture, ceramic objects and artefacts from various epochs. The museum also houses temporary and travelling exhibitions.
ElbauenparkThe Elbauenpark, known as Magdeburg's 90-hectare green lungs, was the proud winner of the coveted title of Germany 's second most attractive park in 2005. The park has ample attractions to keep visitors entertained all day long. The most famous landmarks here are the wooden Millennium Tower (the tallest structure of its kind in the world) and the 'Seebühne' Lake Level, alongside the Green Path designed to educate young visitors about the environment in an interesting and engaging way. In addition, Elbauenpark boasts sports facilities, flower beds, playgrounds, sunbathing areas, theme parks, artworks, sculptures, and many more.
Magdeburg ZooMagdeburg Zoo first opened its doors in 1950. Over the years the zoo has been continuously expanded. Today the zoo offers a walk-in cultural landscape of 16 hectares and is home to 1400 animals of 200 different species. In addition, there is a 20,000 square metre savannah enclosure for grazing species such as zebras and giraffes, equipped with panoramic platforms where you can greet the giraffes face to face.
ElberadwegThe best means of transport in one of the greenest cities in Europe is of course the bicycle. As in many German cities, Magdeburg has wide, well-developed cycle paths. And since Magdeburg is located on the Elbe, it is also connected to the largest and most popular cycle path network in Germany, the Elbe Cycle Path. Almost 1,000 kilometres long, it begins in Prague and ends at the mouth of the Elbe in Cuxhaven on the North Sea. If you feel like a proper ride, you can go to Dessau-Roßlau or Tangermünde, both of which can be covered in about three hours. On the way you will pass through forests, meadows, past medieval towers and villages and can stop for a bite to eat in restaurants and beer gardens along the way.
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