Favorite thing: Visiting the city Botanical Gardens that are famous for their rich exhibits from all over the world.
I enjoyed walking about the central streets of Magdeburg and visiting the movie theaters at night.
In fact, using the map I managed to visit all the seven biggest movie theaters in the city.
The Movie Week poster helped me in that.
I took different trams around the city and never got lost.
It was great for orientation and for personal visit!
Fondest memory: I remember visiting the Botanical Gardens and admiring its unique collection of plants.
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
Otto von Guericke's Hemispheres
Favorite thing: Otto von Guericke (1602-1686) was the mayor of Magdeburg and an ambitious scientist. His research in physics was focused on the properties of the vacuum. In 1650 he invented a vacuum pump to drag the air out of any container.
His experiment about the vacuum that he performed in Magdeburg gained fame. Two copper hemispheres, closing tight but not connected, were emptied by the vacuum pump and eight horses harnessed to each of them. Horse power could not pull them apart. When air was let in again, the hemeispheres fell apart easily.
A monument round the corner from Alter Markt and city hall recalls Magdeburg’s most famous mayor.
Fondest memory: What the lions are in Munich, the cows in Zurich, the rhinos in Schwerin or the sparrows in Ulm – figures put up all over town in the same shape but painted individually, paid for by sponsors – are Guericke’s Hemispheres in Magdeburg. Pairs of hemispheres are everywhere in the streets. One pair was even given to Braunschweig, Magdeburg's twin city in the west, and put up there.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: The DDR regime restored the Dom and a few other historical buildings but they did their best to turn Magdeburg into a socialist city. The typical residential blocks of prefabricated concrete pieces, known as Plattenbauten, were erected even in the heart of the town. Most of them have been renovated and altered after the reunification, some have been torn down, a few still look miserable. They still characterize the ambience of Magdeburg city.
- Historical Travel
A Friendly Graffiti
Favorite thing: I saw this cute figure salutating passers-by on a wall near Hasselbachplatz.
This leads to the question… how friendly are the people of Magdeburg? The inhabitants of his part of Germany, which also includes my hometown Braunschweig (and probably myself;-)), are known for a, say, rather rough charme… They do not mean to be unfriendly, it is just their way of talking and behaving. So don’t let their ways impress you too much.
Favorite thing: By the time it reaches Magdeburg the Elbe has grown into a big river. The surrounding countryside is flat and the landscape is not spectacular at all – to be honest, this is not the prettiest river promenade in the world. The river belongs to the city, though. It has been an arteria of traffic and trade for a millennium, connecting Magdeburg with the North Sea and with Bohemia and the Ore Mountains.
The best view on the Elbe is from the promenade at Fürstenwall.
Magdeburg's most famous panoramic view with the cathedral toweing over the river bank can be taken from the next bridge south of the old town or from the opposite river bank.
Follow this sign
Favorite thing: If you want to do a sightseeing tour within one day without missing the main spot just follow such signs. They guide you to all the sights in the city centre. A complete trip with all stops will take you half a day.
Otto von Guericke & the Magdeburg hemispheres
Favorite thing: The physicist Otto von Guericke (1602-1686) studied at Leipzig, Helmstedt and Jena and served as an engineer and a diplomat. He was the first to show that a bell cannot be heard in a vacuum, that animals will die in a vacuum, fruit can be preserved if they are placed under the evacuated bell jar, and a flame cannot be maintained in a vacuum.
The experiment, in which eight horses on the right and eight horses on the left are trying to pull apart two evacuated hemispheres, was performed in 1657 at Magdeburg, Germany by Otto von Guericke. The hemispheres were made of bronze and were about 37cm (1.2 feet) across. Von Guericke calculated that a force of almost 12.000 Newton would be needed to pull the two hemispheres apart.
Favorite thing: Magdeburg is located on the banks of the Elbe River. On a clear sunny day you shouldn't miss a walk along the river.
Swimming is allowed but you should pay attention on big ships. Magdeburg is an important harbour for cargo boats.
- Hiking and Walking
Mauzl's General Tip
Fondest memory: ... it is - and always was - very hard in our family to get all the brothers & sisters together for a photo-shoot... but sometimes we even manage to get together for a birthday - this was my 24th one by the way :0)
The pic is already nearly 4.5 years old. It shows from left to right:
my brother Bernhard (now 26 yrs)& his wife Susen (now 28 yrs), my youngest brother Frank-Martin (now 18 yrs) - I 'in persona' :)- , my brother Andreas (now 23 yrs)& my sister Tabea (now 24 yrs & also in VT under 'Tabjutie'). The guy who sit's on the floor was a friend who showed up on my birthday & smuggled himself into the pic :0)
Favorite thing: The large yellow building on the eastern side of Dom Square is a re-built baroque building which is now used as the meeting place of the Landtag (state parliament) of Sachsen-Anhalt.
Tourist Info in Magdeburg
Favorite thing: The tourist infomation office can be found at:
Ernst Reuter-Allee 12
Telephone 03 91 194 33
Halberstadt, THE ROLAND,the...
Favorite thing: Halberstadt, THE ROLAND,the Roland was the protector of the old 'HANSE Towns' This one was built (I think) 1453.
The second stop was...
Favorite thing: The second stop was HALBERSTADT. A nice city with some interesting things.Churches, Nice Timbered Houses...
Let's start with some pictures!