Am Muhlengraben 2, 19079, Halle (Saale), Saxony-Anhalt, 33790, Germany
More about Halle
Moritzburg, bridge and gate tower
Halle-Neustadt, along the Magistrale
2. Crumbling cement steps
Travel Tips for Halle
Like the nearby cities of Leipzig and Altenburg, Halle has its share of derelict buildings -- but also numerous examples of buildings that stood empty for many years before finally being renovated.
As I wrote in one of my Leipzig tips, there are several reasons for the existence of so many deserted buildings in Leipzig and other East German cities. One is the chronic lack of maintenance during the four decades of the German Democratic Republic. Another is that in some cases the ownership of buildings might still be disputed. Also there isn't enough money to fix everything at once, and not much pressure to do so because the population is declining.
1. Derelict building in the Streiberstraße
2. Empty building awaiting renovation
3. Ground floor windows and doors walled up
Even if you're more of a Händel than a Beatles fan, don't miss the Beatles Museum in Halle!
This is not a selective museum. For years they have been collecting anything and everything related to the Beatles and have stuffed it all into 500 square meters of exhibition space on four floors of this very nice old building.
The lower floors are devoted to "The Beatles until 1970" and the upper floors have exhibits on "The Solo Beatles" from the time after John, Paul, George and Ringo split up and all went their separate ways with independent solo careers.
On the top floor there is a projection room where you can see masses of films and videos. If you have lots of time on your hands you could theoretically sit there from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (they don't mind) and probably not see the same film twice.
Entrance to the full museum costs five Euros per person, except that children who are less than 150 centimeters tall only pay three Euros.
But if you just want to see "The Beatles until 1970" and not the rest, you can take the "small program" which only costs three Euros for adults and two for children.
My recommendation is not to be stingy and have a look at the whole museum, because I find their solo careers at least as interesting as their time together as a band.
Once when I went to the Music Museum in Paris they had a large but temporary exhibition on John Lennon entitled Unfinished Music, dealing with his life and work in the 1970s after the breakup of the Beatles. Admittedly the display in Halle is not as polished and professional as the one in Paris, but the one in Halle has the advantage of being there permanently so you can see it whenever you happen to be in town. (Except Mondays, when the museum is closed.)
1. Beatles Museum
2. The Beatles on a 1960s television
3. Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
4. Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, 1962
5. Headline when John Lennon was shot
Leipziger Straße Shopping Street
If you want to go shopping...
The pedestrian mall of Leipziger Straße, Halle's main shopping street, leads from Marktplatz towards the train station. The part between Marktplatz and Leipziger Turm has the 'better' shops, mostly chain stores, the usual chains that can be found in any German city. The part from Leipziger Turm towards the station has more "cheapo&crap" shops and is a bit run down.
Halle an der Saale
Welcome in East Germany.
I have been in Halle quite a few times, as my cousin is living there. So if you have any questions let me know, I see if I can help!
In July 2002 I have been there the last time and a lot of things have changed in this city, well my last visit before was in 94 or so ;)
I found it really interesting to watch in which way this city is developing.......
So if you want to have a look explore this page.....
You are welcome!