Magdeburg is a state capital with a lot to offer
Charming, idyllic, welcoming.
Magdeburg is easily overlooked, but the capital of Saxony-Anhalt has a lot to offer visitors. One look at imposing Magdeburg Cathedral or Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen reveals the city’s storied history.
Along with its many sights, Magdeburg’s attractive promenade along the Elbe and varied landscape make it an ideal destination for nature lovers and those that enjoy sport.
Magdeburg Cathedral has been a symbol of the city for more than 800 years. The bishop’s seat of the Evangelical Church in Germany was the country’s first Gothic cathedral. Its cornerstone was laid in 1207, and Otto the Great and his first wife Queen Editha are buried in the cathedral.
Magdeburg – overview of the city’s sights
Affectionately dubbed “the world’s smartest tower” by Magdeburg’s residents, the Jahrtausendturm was built in the Elbauenpark in 1999 for the Bundesgartenschau and is home to an interactive journey through humanity’s 6,000-year scientific and technological history. With a unique laminated wood structure, the 60 metre pyramid-shaped tower is also the world’s largest wooden building of its kind.
A firm favourite among locals, the Elbstufen at the Domfelsen offer a beautiful views of the Hubbrücke (lift bridge) and city.
Elbe cycle path
The Elbradweg cycle path passes through Magdeburg and is among Europe’s most prettiest and most varied long distance cycle paths.
The pink building, with its onion domes and enchanting courtyards, is home to flats, shops and a small hotel, along with restaurants and a café.