Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen
Monastery of Our Lady
Magdeburg's most impressive building, is the cathedral dominating the historical city centre. The cathedral is the first gothic church building in Germany and with a height of 104 m the highest church building of East Germany.
Built between 1064 and the middle of the 12th century, the Cathedral now houses an art museum and theatre.
St Petri Church
Situated on the bank of the Elbe the gothic St Petrikirche was founded in 1522 at the start of the reformation. In 1631 the church suffered heavy damages and further destruction in January 1945 during bombing raids.
Reconstruction began in 1962 and was completed for the inaugural of Bishop Johannes Brown. In 1988 a new organ was installed and 3 new bells were hung in the bell tower.
Cultural History Museum
The Cultural History Museum is a great place for kids as it has loads of dinosaurs bones, stuffed animals, fish and fossil type exhibits on the ground floor. I am sure upstairs is much more cultural and historical but I didn't have time to see it all.
The exhibits I saw came from the Magdeburg region over the past millennia and even further back than that and are imaginatively and creatively displayed.
Entry is free and photography is not permitted.
The Magdeburg Rider
Situated in the Market Square,in front of the old town hall, the Magdeburg Rider, was the only freestanding equestrian statue originally erected in the high Middle Ages in Europe.
The statue of the Magdeburg Knight, dates back to 1240 and represents Otto the Great, founder of the city in the 10th century.
Roland Guardian of the Rathaus
Roland - Knight of Charlemagne - standing outside the Altes Rathaus in Market Square. This was the second statue of Roland I had seen in East Germany, the other was in Quedlinburg and I am told there are many others.
Nature and culture fuse at the Elbauenpark - but not before April 15th! Depending on the season, there is lots to see and do here for all ages including beautiful gardens, children's play areas, water gardens, a "Panorama train", restaurants and cafes and a bar, butterfly house and sports areas. And of course the magnificent Jahrtausendturm (Millennium Tower) A 60 meter high wooden tower (the largest in the world) with interactive exhibits telling the story of 6000 years of the sciences and technology.
Special events include, hot air ballooning, a fireworks night and a ballet festival.
The park is well served by trams (lines 5 & 6) and bus 51 from the city centre.
A day ticket for adults costs just 2.5E which includes entry to the Turm and the Butterfly house. A family ticket costs 6E. Dogs are not permitted.
Ship Mill - Muehlenschiff
On the Elbe, just by The Monastery of Our Lady is the ship mill museum. It was closed when I visited but it was possible to walk around it's deck and take a look at the huge water wheel. It seemed like a popular place for families with small children.
Historical walking tour
Out in front of the main station you can find this map showing a suggested historical walk abound Magdeburg, and in the station you can also pick up a folder giving details of the 28 places they recommend going to.
I started doing this walk on a drizzly November morning, but didn't get very far because the weather turned really awful. I do want to come back at some other time of year, though, and do the rest.
Second photo: The cathedral.
Third photo: Fürstenwallstraße 20.
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The Opera House
The recently renovated Magdeburg Opera House has become a very pleasant and attractive place.
This is where they put on a very full program of operas, operettas, musicals, ballets, concerts -- everything except spoken drama, because for that they now have a separate theater building a short distance away.
Second photo: Side view of the Opera House at night.
Third photo: The lower lobby.
Fourth photo: Café Rossini in the Opera House.
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Green Citadel - is the name which Friedensreich Hundertwasser gave his last architectural project. The famous artist worked on the design until his death in the year 2000. The Green Citadel of Magdeburg will house offices and apartments. A unique exhibition will be set up by the end of this year which will be permanently housed in the ground floor of the building. The interesting documentation describing the building process is expected to become a major attraction. Visitors will be treated to guided tours of the building sites where they can inform themselves on the actual building phase in an exhibition next to the site itself. The exhibition will also provide the opportunity to visit the Hundertwasser shop where visitors can find unique gifts and participate in special activities which will be organised around the Hundertwasser house:
- documentation of the building process from mid 2004
- guided tour of the building site
- art and culture on the building site - "My stone" in the Green Citadel of Magdeeburg
- tree planting project " A hundred trees for Magdeburg"
When I visited Magdeburg the house wasn't finished, but now:
The ''Grüne Zitadelle'' has been opened recently.
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Hauptpost (Main Post Office)
On Breiten Weg 203 to 206 is the main post-office building in Magdeburg. It was established between 1895 and 1899. The facade is in the style of Dutch late Gothic and the west construction is in the style of German Renaissance. Rochsche House and the German Reformed Church, were both lost in the construction of this main post office.
In 1990 the building's facade was extensively restored and the statue of Emporer Otto I was given a new head as his had been shot during the war!
Otto von Guericke (born Magdeburg Nov 20, 1602) was a German scientist and inventor.
In the mid-seventeenth century, Otto von Guericke used an air pump to remove the air from between two close-fitting hemispheres. Teams of 8 horses then could not separate them. Hence the discovery of the vacuum. A scaled-down version of the demonstration became standard in courses of natural philosophy.
Decorative hemispheres are everywhere in Magdeburg today.
The famous Millennium Tower in Elbauenpark (make sure that you visit the highest wood/glue tower in the world and enjoy its marvellous exhibition on six floors).The tower, approximately 60 m high, houses an exhibition on the development of mankind. With an emphasis on research and discoveries in the natural sciences, it covers a period of 6000 years going from early history up to today. The exhibition area available for this purpose totals 8,000 m² on ten floors, hosting a maximum of 2300 visitors with an evacuation time of 13 minutes. The space provided inside the tower compares to that of 100 single-family houses.
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General Blücher Monument
Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von , 1742–1819, Prussian field marshal, an outstanding military opponent of Napoleon I. An officer in the army of King Frederick II from 1760, he incurred royal displeasure when, believing himself passed over for promotion, he abruptly resigned in the early 1770s. He returned to service only in 1787 after Frederick's death. He fought well in the disastrous campaign of 1806 against the French and surrendered with honor near Lübeck. In the dark days that followed he helped Karl vom und zum Stein, K. A. von Hardenberg, and General Scharnhorst recreate the Prussian opposition to Napoleon. He was a leader in the War of Liberation (1813–14). Although ill and subject to delusions, he won brilliant victories at Wahlstatt and Möckern and played a part in the defeat of the French at Leipzig. Crossing the Rhine, he led his army to Paris. In the Waterloo campaign of 1815, he was defeated at Ligny but arrived at the battle of Waterloo in time to make it a victory. In 1814 he was made prince of Wahlstatt.
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Magdeburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Maurice and St. Catherine, is the first Gothic cathedral erected on German soil as well as the highest cathedral in East Germany with a height of 104m. The beginning of the cathedral can be traced back to 937 when Emperor Otto the First founded a monastery and dedicated it to St. Maurice (until today St. Maurice and St. Catherine have remained the patrons of the cathedral). In 955, the church building was transformed into a basilica in Romanesque style, and in 968 Magdeburg became an Archbishopry. Otto the First had many precious Italian pieces of art shipped to Magdeburg (such as the baptismal font and columns) which can still be admired in today's cathedral. Together with the Emperor's palatinate the monumental cathedral formed the centre of the so-called "Third Rome". When Otto the First died in 973, he was buried at the side of his wife Editha in a tomb in the Magdeburg Cathedral. In 1207, the imperial cathedral suffered extensive damage in a devastating fire. Two years later reconstruction work began on the site of the former building and it took more than 300 years to build the monumental and venerable cathedral of today.
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