Friedrichsbad is located in the village of Zwintschöna in the town of Kabelsketal, about 15min drive outside of Halle. If you are travelling with children, they might like some hours here as a break from sightseeing. The lake features an artificial sandy beach. It looks very nice and has a good water quality. There are many toys for children that they can use for free, and a small playground. There are also lifeguards who keep watch.
A campground is attached to the lake - see the Accomodation tip.
The season is from the 15th of May to the 31st of August.
I don't remember the fee, but it was not high.
Adress: Naturbad Friedrichsbad Zwintschöna, 06148 Kabelsketal
Directions: in the southeast of Halle
The water tower is a landmark in the Northeast of the city, right behind Paulus quarter and outside Steintor, which is hard to overlook. The architecture is finest historism. Some elements remind of castle architecture. The top part around the water reservoir is a steel construction with brick fillings. The facades are decorated with ornaments made of bricks in different colours.
A pretty detail: the clockface which looks almost like an oversized cuckoo clock. Without cuckoo, of course.
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.
Halle-Neustadt is generally known as Ha-Neu (pronounced "Hanoi"). The new suburb of Halle was built to accommodate the workers of the big chemistry plants south of the city. Plannings began in 1958 but only in 1964 construction works actually started. The new city was to accommodate more than 100,000 inhabitants. In 1967 it became an independent city with its own administration.
Ha-Neu is one of the largest socialist building projects in the DDR. The city consists of huge and even huger apartment blocks, all built from prefabricated concrete slabs (Plattenbau).
The Magistrale, a huge highway planned according to Soviet models, connects Neustadt with the centre of Halle. Several tram lines connect Ha-Neu with the city centre.
Since the German reunification Halle-Neustadt has lost one half of its population. Being there for half an hour makes you understand all those who moved to prettier pastures. Some of the blocks have already been renovated, others are totally empty and waiting for repair, some have been demolished. The shopping mall has been renovated, the huge apartment blocks along it, however, are empty and crumbling. The general flair is depressing, even on a sunny day like this.
I´m glad, that the days of the 'cold war' are over. Signs like these aren´t used that often anymore! Watch this self painted sign.....
The Wartburg and especially the 'Trabbi' were the only cars in the GDR! Nowadays you can hardly see any!