Magdeburger Strasse 28, Halle (Saale), Saxony-Anhalt, 06112, Germany
More about Halle
Apartment buildings in Paulus quarter
Jena'sches Fräuleinstift in Rathausstraße
1. Tram number 2 at the Market Square
3. Pedestrians near the main station
Travel Tips for Halle
Pick up a light lunch, or fresh produce
While this was not as extensive is the open-air markets we saw in Mainz, Berlin, or Munchen, it looked like it had a little something for everyone.
We were there in the morning on a Tuesday. So, it may be there everyday.
Probably the world's most famous drama quotation, from Act 3 scene 1 of Shakespeare's Hamlet, is painted on the outer wall of the New Theater both in the original English (To be or not to be, that is the question) and in German translation (Sein oder Nichtsein, das ist die Frage).
As of 2009 the New Theater doesn't seem have Hamlet on its playbill, but it does offer a play called Heute weder Hamlet (= Today neither Hamlet) by Rainer Lewandowski, about a failed actor who used to play Hamlet but is now reduced to opening and closing the stage curtain at the theater. I haven't seen this, but the description reminds me of one of my favorite World War II films, To Be or Not to Be with Jack Benny.
1. New Theater
2. Hamlet quotation with German translation
Old Town: Große Märkerstraße
Nobody would suspect much of an "old town" in Halle from afar. However, Halle's historical heritage survived the war remarkably well and during socialism it was neglected but not destroyed. As a result, Halle has one of the largest historical townscapes with medieval and early modern houses in the official lists of cultural heritage. Works to protect and preserve it are in progress. A lot of houses have already been beautifully restored, although there is still a lot to do.
Große Märkerstraße is among the most remarkable streets of old Halle. In former centuries it was a centre of trade and commerce. Later on it became the favourite address of Halle's V.I.P.s, especially professors of the university. Plates on the facades name the inhabitants of the houses. Christian Wolff the philosopher was the most famous resident.
The Old Cemetery
Halle has a beautiful old cemetery named Stadtgottesacker. All the rich and the famous of the town are buried here, and also normal people. It is surrounded by a high wall with small vaulted burial chapels along the inner side. The field inside is full of graves. There is absolutely no space to try a little digging, it is too dangerous - one would for sure unearth a ghost from the graves.
Climbing on some old tombstones seemed less dangerous.