Halle Travel Guide

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Halle Things to Do

  • Händel as an opera composer

    Though Händel is best remembered in England as a composer of oratorios, such as The Messiah, Samson, Joseph, Belshazzar, Hercules, Judas Maccabeus, Joshua, Solomon and many others, there has also been a huge revival of interest in his operas in recent decades, especially in Germany. The Händel House has an interesting exhibit on "Händel, composer...

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  • The Opera House

    The Opera House in Halle was originally built as the city theater in 1886. It was destroyed by bombs at the end of the Second World War, on March 31, 1945, but was rebuilt and reopened six years later. Since Halle was the birthplace of the great baroque composer Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759), the Halle Opera makes a point of presenting at...

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  • Leipziger Street and Tower

    Although parts of Halle have been seriously mauled by ugly motorways cutting straight through the city, there is also a long pedestrian zone leading from the main railroad station (passing under one of the motorways) to the Market Square and a bit beyond, a distance of about 1.4 kilometers.The only serious interruption is when you have to cross a...

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  • Sculpture of Zither-Reinhold by Wolfgang...

    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...

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  • Statue of a muscular couple by Bernd...

    Also in the pedestrian zone, between the station and the Leipziger Tower, is this statue of a muscular couple by Bernd Göbel, born in 1942, who was also a professor at the University of Art and Design in Halle until he retired in March 2008.Photos:1. Statue by Bernd Göbel2. From another angle3. Child exploring the statue

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  • Sternstraße (Star Street)

    This is a street with restaurants or pubs in just about every building.I was told in Halle that the Sternstraße is where the "over thirty set" gathers in the evenings, as opposed to students and artists who tend to hang out in the Old Town near the university.Photos:1. Outdoor restaurants in the Sternstraße2. Street signs 3. Artist transporting a...

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  • New Theater

    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,...

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  • Martin Luther University (MLU)

    A couple years ago there were big posters all over Frankfurt am Main advertising MLU with photos of attractive young co-eds, to encourage young people from the western parts of Germany to come and study in Halle.I don't know if it is because of this advertising campaign or not, but there are now some four thousand students from West Germany (the...

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  • Memorabilia at the Beatles Museum

    Aside from all the stuff on display, the Beatles Museum also has a shop on the ground floor where you can buy their magazine (called "THINGS") as well as Beatles Singles, EPs, LPs, MCs, CDs, Mini-Discs, DVDs, Videos, Video-CDs, books, post cards, posters, T-shirts, socks, souvenirs, calendars, etc. Somewhere on one of the upper floors there is a...

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  • Beatles Museum

    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...

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  • Tourist information on the Market Square

    You can't miss the Tourist Information office, in this newly renovated red building at the west end of the Market Square. They have a large selection of maps and folders about Halle, and they also organize guided walking tours and boat trips on the Saale River.And they can help you find a hotel room if you don't already have one.Opening hours are...

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  • Händel statue on the Market Square

    In the Market Square (Marktplatz) there is a statue of Georg Friedrich Händel which was erected in 1859 on the one hundredth anniversary of the composer's death.Queen Victoria of England was in attendance when the statue was unveiled.Additional photos: Cyclists at the Market Square near the Händel statue

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  • Cyclists at the Händel House

    The corner house where Händel was born has been there since at least 1558, when it was first mentioned in a document, so the house was already well over a hundred years old when he was born there.The Old Town of Halle was fortunately not seriously damaged in the Second World War, but some of the houses were allowed to deteriorate under the GDR...

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  • Händel Festival

    Every year in June there is a Händel Festival in Halle, featuring concerts, lectures, recitals, guided city walks -- plus a major oratorio and a new opera production each year.Since 1922 they have produced all forty of Händel's operas at least once.Two other German cities also have Händel Festivals each year, namely Gottingen and Karlsruhe.There is...

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  • Historic organ

    Another highlight of the Music Museum is this historic organ, which has been carefully restored and set up in a new part of the building which was specially built so you can go upstairs and look down into the inner workings of the organ. And from downstairs you can of course see it from the front.Photos:1. Looking down at the inside of the organ2....

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Halle Restaurants

  • Anna am Händelhaus

    On the corner opposite the entrance to the Händel House there is a very nice restaurant and café called Anna am Händelhaus where you can get breakfast from 9 in the morning, a quick light lunch at noontime, coffee and cake in the afternoon or dinner in the evening.After my visit to the Händel House I sat at one of the outdoor tables and had a very...

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  • Totally worth the trip

    This is a luxury restaurant in a very rural, residential area. It's truly one of the best restaurants I have every been to, and I live in New York City. Excellent, excellent! It's about half-way between Halle and Leipzig (closer to Leipzig), and it's worth finding it. Make sure to call first for a reservation, it's small and very popular. Please...

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  • Das Haus

    This place is quite modern, but has its charme. There are two floors, and I liked sitting upstairs! I had a huge salad bowl which was really good! All salads are served with Balsamico and Olive Oil!

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Halle Nightlife

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  • Halle's Pub Mile

    Kleine Ulrichstraße and the surrounding streets over to Domplatz have become Halle's nightlife quarter with pubs, microbreweries etc. If you are looking for a place to have a drink (or two or...), get a simple meal, meet people and enjoy yourself, in this area you have a wide choice.

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  • DISCO PARTY

    When you go to a dance club or a pub in Halle, it is best to bring a friend otherwise you will sit alone the whole time. People here are inaccessible. They sit in their small clique which they came with and smoke a cigarette together.when you go to a dance club or walk down the street people DELIBERATELY avoid eye contact with you

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Halle Transportation

  • Tram lines

    Halle is well served by a system of modern tram lines, some of which go on to nearby towns like Merseburg.The fare for a single ticket for a ride within the city of Halle is 1.70 Euros. For a short ride of up to four tram stops you can get a ticket for Kurzstrecken, which costs 1.20 Euros.Photos:1. Tram number 2 at the Market Square (Marktplatz)2....

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  • Halle main station

    The main station in Halle is an "island station" with tracks on both sides and the station building in the middle (between tracks 6 and 7).The station is served by three InterCity lines which provide direct connections to cities like Leipzig, Berlin, Erfurt, Magdeburg, Braunschweig, Bielefeld and Cologne. GPS 51°28'39.03" North; 11°59'14.14"...

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  • Trains to Halle

    The first time I set foot in Halle was in November 1989 when I changed trains here on my way from Rostock to Nordhausen. This was just a week or so after the opening of the borders between East and West Germany.Unfortunately I didn't see much of Halle that time because it was a very grey day and the windows of both trains were incredibly dirty, so...

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Halle Shopping

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    Morning street market in Marktplatz

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 17, 2009

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    The street market in Marktplatz (market square) is open every weekday in the morning hours. Around lunchtime the merchants pack their stalls and drive away and leave the square empty. Watching the stalls is as interesting as watching the people who shop here, the market is not a tourist market but a place where locals go.

    What to buy: This is a food and groceries market selling fruit and vegetables, also cheese and bread and sausages and local specialties. A good opportunity to stock up. Some stalls also offer warm and cold snacks.

    How about, for example, an unusual, sour snack which is refreshing during a long sightseeing day? Pickled cucumbers, yes the famous Spreewald cucumbers, are sold by piece by the producer.

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Halle Local Customs

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    1. Derelict building in the Streiberstra��e 2 more images

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    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.

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    1. Derelict building in the Streiberstraße
    2. Empty building awaiting renovation
    3. Ground floor windows and doors walled up

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Halle Off The Beaten Path

  • The Water Tower

    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...

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  • Paulus Church and Paulus Quarter

    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 ...

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  • Halle-Neustadt: A Place for Plattenbau...

    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...

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  • Einstein on simplicity

    When I was in Halle in 2009 they had banners with quotations by famous people on display around the city in connection with a cultural theme year that they were doing.The one I liked best was this quotation from the physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955): Man soll die Dinge so einfach wie möglich machen. Aber nicht einfacher. Which means: One should...

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  • Shock your parents

    Here by the opera house, as in other places in Halle, the public library had set up placards in the summer of 2009 with the text:Shock your parents -- read a book.GPS 51°29'11.18" North; 11°58'16.22" East

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  • 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)Poet Dorothea Christine Erxleben ...

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Cycling in Halle
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Dom - Cathedral
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Moritzburg
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Old Town: Brüderstraße
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Old Town: Rathausstraße and Jena'sches Stift
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Old Town: Große Märkerstraße
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Halloren- und Salinenmuseum
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Museum of Prehistory and Nebra Sky Disk
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Marktkirche - Market Church
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Ulrichskirche - St Ulrich Church
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Leipziger Straße Shopping Street
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Rathaus - City Hall
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"Geoskop" in Marktplatz: A Glimpse Into The Earth
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Giebichenstein Castle
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Neue Residenz and Geiseltalmuseum
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Ackerbürgerhof
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Hallmarkt and Fountain
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Leipziger Turm
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Grave of August Hermann Francke, Stadtgottesacker
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Stadtgottesacker - The Old Cemetery
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Zoo
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Franckesche Stiftungen - Francke's Foundations
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View Tower in the Zoo
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Händelhaus
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Roter Turm - Red Tower
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