Kurt-Wuesteneck-Str. 1, Halle (Saale), Saxony-Anhalt, 06132, Germany
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Water tower seen from Paulus quarter
2. Cyclist, pedestrians & tram at Market Square
1. Double-decker motorway by the station
Travel Tips for Halle
Stadtgottesacker - The Old Cemetery
Halle's old cemetery was built outside the city walls in the second half of the 16th century. The architect of the city, Nickel Hofmann, planned it in 1557.
The renaissance building follows the model of Italian camposanti. A wall, 5-6 metres high, surrounds all four sides so that it looks almost like a fortification from the outside. A small tower marks the entrance.
Inside, the cemetery is surrounded by a row of vaulted burial chapels, 94 in total. All the wealthy and/or famous citizens of Halle are buried here. The field in the middle is also filled with graves, shaded by trees. Since 2001 the cemetery has been reopened for new burials, too, so there are also new graves in it.
World War II bomb raids caused heavy damages. In the 1950s only the southern wing was partly repaired. The rest was left to decay until 1990. Thanks to private donations the cemetery was restored to its former beauty in 1991-2003.
Travelogue page with more photos and details
This type of cemetery is more or less unique in central Europe. It is a quiet oasis of peace in the busy city. The architecture is beautiful. Go and see it - entry is free. It is open in the daytime, unfortunately I forgot to note the exact opening hours.
Neue Residenz and Geiseltalmuseum
Neue Residenz (New Residence) was built in times of the reformation by archbishop Cardinal Albrecht as both his residential palace and catholic university - the latter, however, did not have a long life.
The palace was begun in 1531. Not much is left of its past splendour but the courtyard is quite pretty, so have a look inside.
Hint: Free public toilets can be found in the northern wing with direct access from the courtyard.
The building nowadays hosts the Geiseltalmuseum. It shows the university's collection of tertiary animal fossiles which were found in the brown coal mines of Geiseltal southwest of Halle. Paleontology experts will have heard of these finds, they are renowned in the scientific world.
Halloren- und Salinenmuseum
The museum in the buildings of the old saline is dedicated to the history of salt panning, once the city's most important economic activity. It documents the history of the salt works as well as the guild of the salt workers, named Halloren.
Salt was the base of Halle's wealthy past and gave the city its name. All those places in the German-speaking countries with "Hall" in their name are locations with salt ressources: Hallstatt, Hallein, Schwäbisch Hall, Bad Reichenhall, Hall in Tirol...
The panning house hosts a simmering pan which is still fully functioning and in operation about once a month when the extraction of salt from the brine is demonstrated. Packed salt from Halle's saline is on sale in the museum shop and makes an unusual souvenir.
Opening hours: Tues - Sun 10.00-17.00
Franckesche Stiftungen 2001
These photos were taken in 2001 when I visited for the 1st Interdisciplinary Pietism Congress.
Restoration works on the facades were still in progress. They have in the meantime been completed and the scaffolding is gone.
The monument in the courtyard of Franckesche Stiftungen shows August Hermann Francke as teacher and protector of the children. The inscription simply says, "He trusted in God."