Hotel am Steintor
KrukenbergstraÃ?e 29, Halle-Saale, Halle (Saale), Saxony-Anhalt, 06112, Germany
More about Halle
Interior, August 2009
Brüderstraße, baroque portal
Halle-Neustadt, along the Magistrale
3. View from the top
Travel Tips for Halle
Famous Citizens of Halle
The composer Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) is the best known ever Hallenser but there are more! A selection of the most famous people who were born and/or lived and worked in Halle:
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
Composer and organist, son of Johann Sebastian Bach
Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857)
Dorothea Christine Erxleben (1715-1762)
Phyisician, the first woman in Germany who graduated with a doctor's degree (at Halle university in 1754)
Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956)
August Hermann Francke (1663-1727)
Pietist theologian, founder of Franckesche Stiftungen
Hans-Dietrich Genscher , born 1927 in Halle
Politician, Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1992, central role in the reunification process of 1989/90. This country owes him a lot.
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
Friedrich Daniel Schleiermacher (1768-1834)
Protestant theologian, professor in Halle
Peter Sodann (born 1937)
Actor, director of neues theater and Kulturinsel in Halle. Candidate of the Left for President of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009 (he will have no chance in the election, though).
Hallmarkt and Fountain
The square west of Marktkirche used to be Halle's economical centre. This is the location of the old salt works which were closed down in the 19th century. Most of the surrounding buildings have been erected afterwards.
Photographers: This is probably the best view of the church, which is standing on an elevated platform, the level of the square being significantly lower. The neo-Romanesque buildings that cover the platform have been erected in 1924 as transformator station.
The square has been redesigned in the 1990s. The new fountain, 1998 by the local sculptor Prof. Bernd Göbel, shows scenes and legends from Halle's medieval history.
Sculpture of Zither-Reinhold by Wolfgang Dreysse
In the pedestrian zone at the corner of Leipziger Straße and Große Brauhausstraße there is a statue of a man named Reinhold Lohse (1878-1964), better known as "Zither-Reinhold".
Because of a childhood illness his mental development was impaired, so he remained simple minded for most of his long adult life. He earned his living by making music on the streets of Halle, first by cranking a barrel organ. After the barrel organ got worn out he got a zither which he played on the streets for small change, until he was killed in a so-called traffic accident at age 86 in November 1964.
The sculpture consists of two figures: a small one playing the zither, meant to represent the real "Zither-Reinhold", and a large one looking proud and expansive, which is meant to be a fantasy version of the same person.
The sculptor, Wolfgang Dreysse, is a professor at the University of Art and Design in Halle.
There is a book about the life of "Zither-Reinhold" by a local author named Erhard Wenzel, who ironically was also killed in a so-called traffic accident in May 2006.
1. Looking at the statue of Zither-Reinhold
2. Zither-Reinhold by Wolfgang Dreysse
Changing every day
Halle is a city under construction. The facades have been repainted, the buildings have been fixed up, the flowers have been replanted, and the graveyards have been cleaned up and repaired.
One of its claims to fame is that Handel was born here. There are several places of interest for people who are fans.
Many of the buildings are beautiful and pristine, while others look like a light wind could knock them over. One major draw is the Marktkirche. Also, the Marienkirche, which has Martin Luther's death mask.
We had a local tour, thanks to my cousin. And we were able to see many of the city's highlights in a morning.
Halle is also a University town; Martin Luther University is there. It had a definite energy, and it seems to be on the upswing. However, the 20% unemployment is something troubling. Hopefully it will continue to grow and become stronger.