Paulus Church and Paulus Quarter
A large new quarter was planned and built around 1900 in the Northeast of the city centre. It covers a gentle hill. The hilltop is the middle of the quarter and was chosen for a large new parish church. It is surrounded by a circular street from which side streets lead to all directions, so the plan forms a star-shaped figure.
The Gründerzeit architecture of the whole quarter is well preserved. The areas towards the centre have large apartment buildings in all varieties of historism while the outward side has freestanding villas. Trees line the street. Most houses are in good shape and the general appearance is that of a pleasant neighbourhood to live in.
Paulus church in the middle is surrounded by a park with wide lawns, which seem to be a popular spot to relax on a blanket and meet with friends.
Memorabilia at the Beatles Museum
Aside from all the stuff on display, the Beatles Museum also has a shop on the ground floor where you can buy their magazine (called "THINGS") as well as Beatles Singles, EPs, LPs, MCs, CDs, Mini-Discs, DVDs, Videos, Video-CDs, books, post cards, posters, T-shirts, socks, souvenirs, calendars, etc.
Somewhere on one of the upper floors there is a small display on Klaus Voormann (fourth photo), a German musician and graphic artist who was born in Berlin in 1938. Voormann made friends with the Beatles when they were just getting started in Hamburg. He later designed some of their album covers and also stayed in contact while he was playing with other bands. Paul and Ringo (the two Beatles who are still alive as of this writing) both appeared on Voormann's audio CD A Sideman's Journey in 2009.
1. Photo of the Fab Four
2. Yellow Submarine
3. Beatles memorabilia
4. Klaus Voormann
5. Advertisement for the Beatles Museum
Ulrichskirche - St Ulrich Church
The late gothic church of St Ulrich used to be one of the three parish churches of old Halle. In DDR times it lost its religious function and has since been used as a concert hall. The placards on the facade announce a jazz concert and a festival of children's choirs that are going to take place here.
Giebichenstein Caste and the Saale River
The prettiest part of Halle is probably its north along the Saale river. The terrain is rather hilly so you have an interesting cityscape with many viewpoints, like the zoo (see above). The rock next to the river is occupied by the ruin of Giebichenstein castle (which were, of course, closed on Monday). Anyway, we went for a wlak in the park and along the river.
This is the closest we got to the castle grounds. The lower parts are still intact and home to an art school.
The banks of the river are covered with trees and there is a promenade walk.
The ships were moored and waiting, there was no sign of life around them.
The best view is from the Saale bridge between Giebichenstein and Kröllwitz.