The most beautiful cities of Saxony-Anhalt

Get enchanted by the magnificent variety of Saxony-Anhalt – one out of three states that geographically belong to Central Germany. Visit its capital city called Magdeburg, enjoy a glass of wine in the cathedral city of Naumburg, follow the traces of Martin Luther in the Luther towns of Wittenberg and Eisleben or amble along the narrow streets of Quedlinburg with their charming timbered houses.

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The most interesting cities of Saxony-Anhalt

Magdeburg – The capital of Saxony-Anhalt

Magdeburg Green Citadel by Hundertwasser © AugustusTours

The city is particularly known for its cathedral, which is the oldest Gothic structure of Germany. Further distinctive buildings in Magdeburg are the Green Citadel, which was designed by the famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the city fortification tower called Kiek in de Köken and the exhibition building named millennium tower, which measures 60 metres and thus is the highest wooden building in Germany.

Halle on the river Saale – The city of Handel

The city of Halle often adorns itself with the surname Handel Town. The name refers to the composer George Frideric Handel, who was born in the city that adjoins the Saale River. After he had spent his youth in Halle, he composed, among other pieces, his famous Water Music. In the Handel House visitors can learn more about the town’s eminent son. Additionally, the cathedral of Halle, the intraurban riverine islands and the castle Moritzburg are always worth visiting. Due to the establishment of the Francke Foundations, Halle is said to be the cradle of social humanistic education.

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Lutherstadt Wittenberg – City of the Reformation

Market place in Lutherstadt Wittenberg © AugustusTours

Since 1938 Wittenberg has borne the official name of Lutherstadt. Martin Luther studied and preached in this town for several years. One of the greatest moments in the history of Reformation is Luther’s posting of his theses on the door of the castle church. The castle church is, besides the Luther House, one of the most important sights. In addition to Luther, other personalities as e.g. Philipp Melanchthon (Melanchthon House) and Lucas Cranach (Cranach Courtyards) left their traces in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

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Dessau-Roßlau – Garden Kingdom and Bauhaus

Bauhaus Dessau-Roßlau © AugustusTours

Dessau-Roßlau has made a name for itself by possessing two sights: the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz and the Bauhaus. The garden realm was developed in the second half of the 18th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, being one of the most significant cultural landscapes in Europe. The Bauhaus, which was designed by Walter Gropius, arose in the year 1925 and, from then on, introduced the architectonic era of “Neues Bauen” (new constructing) by merging art and crafts into simple design.

You are interested in visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Dessau? Then have a look at our ideas on our proposal on cultural tours to Dessau. 

Wernigerode – Heart of the Harz Mountains

The “colourful city” in the Harz Mountain region delights its visitors especially with all the charming timbered houses. In the city centre, you can discover many more timbered curiosities as e.g. the smallest house in town, the crooked house and the old mint. Wernigerode is located close to the Harz Mountains where you can reach the famous Mount Brocken either by the narrow-gauge railway or by foot.

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Quedlinburg – City of the timbered houses

Timbered houses in Quedlinburg © AugustusTours

Located North of the Harz Mountains, the UNESCO town of Quedlinburg is said to be one of Germany’s largest heritage areas. The historical centre exists of nearly 2000 timbered houses from eight centuries ago and thus shapes the cityscape. In the collegiate church you can see the cathedral treasure, which mainly consists of presents given to the ladies’ convent by the Ottonic dynasty.

You wish to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Quedlinburg? Then do not hesitate and take a look at our proposals on cultural tours to Quedlinburg.

Köthen – Classical moments

Every year, many music lovers and friends of classicism arrive in Köthen in order to celebrate the Bach Festival and to enjoy various programs in historical castle rooms and churches of the town. Moreover, Köthen is significant for another reason: the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, had lived and worked in Köthen for many years and thus turned this city into the centre of alternative health practice.

Click here to find out more about our music tour to Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony to follow in the footsteps of the famous musician Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Lutherstadt Eisleben – On the Romanesque Road

The most considerable son of this town is Martin Luther, who was born there in 1483. His birth- and death house are said to be the most important museums of Lutherstadt. Furthermore, Eisleben is located right at the Romanesque Road, which is a cultural route that connects the most significant Romanesque places. One outstanding Romanesque monument of Eisleben is the Helfta monastery.

 Visit Eisleben e.g. in connection with a cultural tour to Lutherstadt Wittenberg and wander along the tracks of the famous Reformer Martin Luther.

Naumburg – City of the wine and the cathedral

Naumburg Cathedral © AugustusTours

This cathedral city is especially known for its beautiful vineyards in the spacious wine growing regions of Saale-Unstrut. Throughout the year, various events all around the delicious juice of grapes take place as e.g. the wine mile in Saale during Whitsun (multiple wine makers present their products along a beautiful route) and the wine festival in Naumburg in August.

Freyburg (Unstrut) – More than just sparkling wine

This city has been known for its tradition-steeped sparkling wine factory “Rotkäppchen”. Furthermore, the castle of Neuenburg, which is idyllically surrounded by vineyards, is always worth a visit. Get to know interesting facts about the brand “Rotkäppchen” during a guided walk in the sparkling wine cellars.

Nebra – The mysterious city

Neuenburg castle in Freyburg © Constanze Matthes, pixelio.de

The small town Nebra gained its popularity by the finding of the Nebra sky disk in 1999. To have a look at the historic bronze disk of 30 cm diameter, many people come to visit the information centre „Arche Nebra“ every year. The age of the sky disk is estimated at about 4000 years. To understand the meaning of the disk, scientists are still researching and puzzling over it. Worth a visit are furthermore the Romanesque church, the ruins of the Old Castle from the 16th century and the New Castle.

Sangerhausen – The garden paradise

Friends of gardening and flowers can enjoy themselves very much in Sangerhausen. The European Rosarium offers the biggest collection of roses throughout the world. Besides the Dessau-Wörlitz Gardens, Sangerhausen is one of the most important cultural garden heritages in Germany.

Visit Sangerhausen and other cities within your roundtrip through Saxony-Anhalt or as an excursion destination on your city tour Lutherstadt Wittenberg or Dessau. We would be very delighted to arrange an individual itinerary for your group tour through Saxony-Anhalt. Simply let us know your requested day of departure and desired travel destinations and we will provide you with our tailor-made group tour proposal!

Credits:
Magdeburg Green Citadell by Hundertwasser © AugustusTours
Market place in Lutherstadt Wittenberg © AugustusTours
Bauhaus Dessau-Roßlau © AugustusTours
Timbered houses in Quedlinburg © AugustusTours
Naumburg Cathedral© AugustusTours
Neuenburg Castle in Freyburg © Constanze Matthes, pixelio.de