Halle Travel Guide

  • City Hall
    City Hall
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    Marienkirche
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    My Halle
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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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  • Hallmarkt

    The Hallmarkt is located behin the Marienkirche (Marktkirche). The meaning of the word Hallmarkt is "salt market", as "Hall" is an old word for salt. You can observe this in many places around German speaking countries, for example also in Hallstatt. So this place was where in the past, salt was extracted and treated. The river Saale flows nearby...

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  • Museum of Prehistory

    This museum was the reason why my dad planned this trip in the first place - or rather something located in this museum :-)The Museum of Prehistory (Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte) is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe and was founded in 1819. The impressive building where it is now located was constructed in the beginning of the 20th...

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  • The marketplace and surroundings

    The marketplace (Marktplatz) is the central square of Halle. It is very wide, though not very beautiful. This is mainly due to heavy bombardement during World War Two, because of which the town centre lost many of its historical buildings. These days, it is still a meeting place for a lot of people, with shops and cafés and a busy tram station.Some...

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  • Marienkirche

    I was very astonished when I saw the Marienkirche because I had never seen a church with four towers (at least not consciously)! I thought it looked so quaint and interesting.How did this come to happen? I think it is crazy: This church was simply built of two older churches! These older churches (St Gertruden from the 11th century and Marienkirche...

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  • Marienkirche - climb the towers!

    When we saw the bridge between the two towers of Marienkirche, we immediately hoped that it would be possible to climb them. And we were lucky!I was a bit afraid because I am not a lover of heights, but it was not so bad. The climbing was bit strenuous, though, mainly, because the steps are not convenient. But I think it was worth it, because the...

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  • Marienkirche - interior

    I liked the interior of Marienkirche very much. Somehow, the atmosphere felt a bit oriental to me, due to the wide archs with blue and gold patterns. Still, it is very Gothic. Look at the Gothic ceiling in picture 2!What impressed me most was the big organ (picture 5). It looks so beautiful! It was inaugurated in 1716 and the first who played it...

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  • Stadthaus (town house)

    The town house was built in the end of the 19th century at the southside of the marketplace. It was constructed as a house serving the town, as an assembly and festival hall. Today, it also houses a restaurant.The building looks very beautiful and I think that it gives the marketplace a more elegant atmosphere.

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  • Roter Turm (Red Tower)

    The Red Tower stands in the very middle of the marketplace. It cannot be missed when you visit the town centre. The tower is free standing and was built in the 15th century, the statue of Roland is situated right attached to it. Featured in the tower is Germany's biggest carillion, and the world's second biggest. We heard it while we had a break in...

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  • Statue of Roland

    In front of the Red Tower, there is a statue of Roland. The first Roland in Halle was erected in the 13th century, when the city flourished and was growing rapidly. In 1719, it was replaced by a copy of stone which changed place several times and was put in front of the Red Tower in 1885.The statue is about 4m high and resembles the ones in other...

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  • Händel Memorial

    The baroque composer Georg Friedrich Händel is one of the most important sons of the city of Halle. The Händel Memorial is quite famous.It is located opposite of Marienkirche, where he was baptized, and the statue is looking into the direction of London where he made his career. The figure is leaning on a music stand upon which a score of the...

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  • The Cathedral

    We arrived at the cathedral while the preparations for a concert were going on, and we were very lucky that we were allowed to slip in for a short time. From the outside, the cathedral is hard to perceive. We almost missed it when we were passing by, and there is no spot where you can see it properly, because during GDR times houses were built all...

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  • The Cathedral interior

    In contrast to the exterior, the interior of the cathedral is very beautiful. I liked it very much and spent a lot of time here looking at everything. My favourite thing was the pulpit that you see on the picture. The whole church was very light, but still elegant. I also liked the beautiful Renaissance sculptures. There are also works by famous...

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  • Händelhaus

    The famous composer Georg Friedrich Händel (George Frideric Handel) was born in Halle and you can see his birthplace. It is a small framework house near to the marketplace. There is a museum inside about the life of Händel (called "Händel the European"), as well as a collection of historical instruments, but we did not visit. My dad is a musician...

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  • The Opera House

    We stumbled upon the Opera House by accident and I thought that it was a very impressive building. The building was constructed in 1886, but almost completely destroyed during World War II, so that it needed to be fully rebuilt and reconstructed. The building was mainly used as a theatre, but since 1992 it is solely used as an Opera House.

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Halle Restaurants

  • Vegan fastfood restaurant!

    The La Ka Rot is a vegan fastfood restaurant, so it offers vegan food for a small price. The restaurant is very small and there are not many seats, so you could end up without seating if it is very full. We were just lucky because we had a table, although there were many customers. There were especially many families with young children, so it was...

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  • Vegan option in the centre

    When we arrived at the marketplace and I felt hungry, I was happy to spot a Subway at once - the all time reliable source for all vegans :D Within the centre, this was the only vegan option I saw. It was also great that it was cheaper than in my hometown Cologne (2,50€ compared to 2,90€!)Of course it is nothing special because you have Subway in...

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  • Bar & Café

    We only had a drink in this café, but it was very nice. It is located near the Opera House in a quiet area and we discovered it accidently when we went back to our car.We were the only guests, service was not so good, and it was also very expensive. But I liked the interior and the general atmosphere.I was also very happy to discover a vegan salad...

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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

  • Friedrichsbad - a typical lake for...

    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...

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  • 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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  • What I still have to do...

    Always leave something for the next visit! These are the things I didn't do in Halle so far and that I want to do when going back: Beatles Museum - Yay!Händelhaus - of course I would like to go inside and not only see the outsideBotanic Garden - originally a medicine garden of the universityStadtgottesacker - a Renaissance cemetaryBurg...

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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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Moritzkirche
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The Opera House
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Leipziger Street and Tower
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Sculpture of Zither-Reinhold by Wolfgang Dreysse
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Anna am Händelhaus
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Statue of a muscular couple by Bernd Göbel
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Sternstraße (Star Street)
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New Theater
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Martin Luther University (MLU)
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Beatles Museum
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Tourist information on the Market Square
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Händel statue on the Market Square
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Cyclists at the Händel House
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Händel Festival
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Historic organ
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Glass armonicas
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Ingenious musical instruments
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Händel House and Music Museum
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Cycling in Halle
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Dom - Cathedral
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Moritzburg
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Old Town: Große Märkerstraße
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Museum of Prehistory and Nebra Sky Disk
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Leipziger Straße Shopping Street
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