Magdeburg Off The Beaten Path

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    Hegelstraße
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  • Monument for the 1870/71 War
    Monument for the 1870/71 War
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    The Adult Education Center (VHS)

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 9, 2012

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    The Adult Education Center (VHS)

    Like any other self-respecting German city, Magdeburg has a large and active Adult Education Center (Volkshochschule or VHS) which offers reasonably priced courses on a wide variety of subjects, such as languages, politics, philosophy, art, fitness and gymnastics, computer courses and local history.

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    39104 Magdeburg

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    The Catholic Cathedral of St Sebastian

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Magdeburg has two cathedrals and two Bishops, one protestant*, one catholic. According to Roman Catholic church law the “cathedral” is this one, the church of St Sebastian, not the now protestant Dom. The smaller church beyond Breiter Weg is the church of the catholic Bishop of Magdeburg, thus has the status of a cathedral, since the Bishopric of Magdeburg has been re-established in 1994.

    The church was originally founded around 1015, then rebuilt and extended in the first half of the 14th century, and again in the 15th century. Like the rest of the town it introduced the reformation in the 16th century. From 1873 it was used by a Roman Catholic parish community.

    *With the fusion of the church province of Saxony and the church of Thüringen in 2008, Magdeburg ceased to be the seat of the protestant bishop.

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    Leiterstraße

    by Kathrin_E Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Leiterstra��e with youth hostel

    The pedestrian street has been planned in DDR times. It connects Otto-von-Guericke-Straße and Breiter Weg. The YHA hostel is located here, as well as a number of restaurants and pubs.

    Leiterstraße literally translates to "Ladder Street". Note the relief on the wall with figures climbing ladders up the whole height of the house (sorry not in the photo).

    Some planners, must be males, have recently designed a great looking but not practical cobblestone pavement with sharp edges that are likely to ruin a) high heels and b) the wheels of trolley suitcases. If you have either, take care. Yours truly learned the lesson the hard way… dragging a big suitcase with broken wheels along is not really fun.

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    Hegelstraße

    by Kathrin_E Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Hegelstra��e and Dom
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    While Magdeburg’s centre has been reduced to rubble in World War II, the area south of the Dom has survived the war remarkably well. Hegelstraße and the surrounding smaller streets have been planned in the Gründerzeit, the late 19th and early 20th century, and built up with five or six storey city houses and historistic facades. After the reunification this quarter has been well restored. It has become the prettiest and most attractive residential quarter in town. Note the ornamental pavement of the sidewalks, the little front gardens with their wrought-iron fences and stone pillars, the facades in all varieties of historism and also some art nouveau.

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    Hasselbachplatz

    by Kathrin_E Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Hasselbachplatz is the centre of the southern city. The circle where six streets meet is a car and tram traffic hub. Its appearance tells a lot about development in DDR times and after the reunification.

    Nearby Hegelstraße has been restored to a beautiful residential quarter. Hasselbachplatz, though only two blocks further, still looks run down. Some of the old houses around have been restored, others are still close to collapse – from these you can guess what the whole quarter looked like 20 years ago.

    Hasselbachplatz has become the meeting point of certain groups of people you won’t want to meet after dark. Since police have installed video observation and banned the consumption of alcohol in the square the situation has improved. Anyway, Hasselbachplatz isn’t the Bronx but if you have to pass here on foot in the evening keep your eyes open, or better avoid the square altogether. In the daytime there is no danger.

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    Monument for the 1870/71 War

    by Kathrin_E Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Monument for the 1870/71 War
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    The monument is a piece of history from the times when Hegelstraße quarter was designed, pre World War I. It recalls the German-French war of 1870/71 which ended in a German victory and the proclamation of the second German empire with Wilhelm I as Emperor in Versailles. It is located in the small park south of the Dom at the beginning of Hegelstraße.
    As soon as there are some snowflakes on the ground the kids use the small hill for sleighing.

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    Wernigerode

    by hunterV Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    City Hall, Wernigerode
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    I have warm memories of visiting Wernigerode, a small town in the mountain area famous for its medieval architecture.
    The Old City Hall is one of the architectural gems of the town.
    This is where a lot of newly married couples used to arrive (or still come) to celebrate their wedding.
    I liked visiting that "wedding city".

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    Motopark Oschersleben

    by Leipzig Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    Oschersleben is a small town southwest of Magdeburg. The main attraction is the racetrack there. This racetrack was opened in July 1997. I watched the GTP in 2001 there. Admission is quite low in comparision to other race courts.
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  • Awaiting demolition

    by Mariajoy Written Apr 14, 2006

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    During a walk along the busy, noisy, Breiter Weg I came across these three derelict industrial buildings. There's something about buildings in this condition. Despite the years of grime covering their facades there's a dignity I find so beautiful.

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  • Stalinist Architecture

    by Mariajoy Updated Feb 15, 2006

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    On the approach to Magdeburg there are a vast number of these post-war apartment blocks built during Russia's control of East Germany. Under Stalin's Communist regime they were dull and grey but in recent years attempts have been made to make them look a little more cheerful - but not much.

    The photos were taken from a moving car - which is why the buildings look a little bendy.

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    My family lives in...

    by Mauzl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    My family lives in Schoenhausen - between Magdeburg & Rathenow/Berlin, situated at the River Elbe.
    My father loves to go fishing there and our dog Abbey shares his passion for fishing rods - as you can see :)

    PS: As my dear friend Steve so fittingly remaked: this area is also a very good place for bird waching - just make sure you keep your dog close to you ( if he isn't so lovely trained as our Abbey ;o)

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  • More Post War Housing

    by Mariajoy Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Further exploration of the city centre led me to discover more social housing developments of the DDR era.

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    The Church of Schoenhausen -...

    by Mauzl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Church of Schoenhausen - founded in 1212 by Catholic monks - after the Reformation turned into a Lutheran Church. The Cross is even older than the Church itself.

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    Wernigerrode, The Castle.For...

    by Knoto Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Wernigerrode, The Castle.

    For more Pics from Wernigerrode see my Wernigerrode Travelogue at my Hildesheim Page!!!

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