, situated on the Elbe, is the the capital city of Saxony-Anhalt. The town was first mentioned in a document in 805. In 968, Otto I, the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, founded the archbishopric of Magdeburg. In the Middle Ages Magdeburg became a Hanseatic city and gained far-reaching importance through free trade and the Magdeburg city charter. In the late Middle Ages Magdeburg was one of the largest German cities at that time. Magdeburg was also the centre of the Reformation and the resistance against the re-Catholicization in the Schmalkaldic League. After the almost complete devastation during the Thirty Years War in the years from 1618 to 1648, Magdeburg was expanded to become the strongest fortress in the Kingdom of Prussia.
In present day, Magdeburg is an important industrial and commercial centre. Magdeburg is the seat of both Protestant and Catholic bishops. The city's landmark is the Magdeburg Cathedral. The state capital is also home to numerous important cultural institutions, including the Magdeburg Theater and the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg.
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Let us explore the best things to do in Magdeburg. Here are our Top 10 bus company attractions in Magdeburg
1. Magdeburger Dom
One of Magdeburg's most prominent landmarks is clearly the Magdeburger Dom, the historic cathedral. Being one of the oldest Gothic buildings in Germany, the cathedral had to be rebuilt and restored many times over the couse of the last 1000 years. Today, it towers again over Magdeburg and can be seen from far away. Before the construction of the cathedral in the 10th century, the monastery St. Mauritius stood on the place, which was chosen by Emperor Otto I. as his burial place, a thing that led to the building of the first cathedral. After a fire in the early 13th century, the cathedral was destroyed and had to be rebuilt. The construction of this second cathedral took a few centurys and was finally completed in 1520.
2. Alter Markt
Magdeburg's market place dates back to the 12th century. The square was severely damaged during the Thirty Years' War and World War II, which is why most oft he current buildings at the square are from more recent days. Located at the eastern end is the renovated town hall, which has been in this locations over the centuries in one form or another. Here you can find all kinds or market stalls, offfering fresh and local produce and artinsan products.
3. Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen
The Art Museum, housed in the Monastery of Our Lady, is not only the favorite destination for art lovers in Magdeburg, but is also considered to be one of the most important venues for contemporary art and sculpture in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The elegant monastery itself is the oldest surviving landmark in Magdeburg, and clearly a jewel of German Romanesque architecture. In addition to a distinguished permanent collection of sculptures from the medieval ages to modern times, the museum is as well home to temporary exhibits on a regular basis.
4. Green Citadel
On the northwest corner of Domplatz (Cathedral Square) is a fantasy-like mishmashof irregular streaked towers, giving the illusion of a medieval castle underwater. The Green Citadel is the work of the revolutionary Friedensreich Hundertwasser and was his last project until he died in 2000. Promoting the liberal use of colorful ceramic tiles, the complex is a mixed-use home to shops, a café, a restaurant, a theater, a hotel, a children's playground and a residential area. The word "green" is derived from the abundance of vegetation in the citadel, in accordance with Hundertwasser's environmental ethics. There are trees growing in the courtyard, and the house is lined with a grass roof.
5. Magdeburger Reiter
The Magdeburg Horseman is an equestrian statue that was created around 1240 in the younger Magdeburg workshop. It is the earliest life-size, circular equestrian statue in medieval sculpture and is one of the most important works in European art history. Two virgins complement it to form a group of figures. The three statues consist of several blocks of fine-grained sandstone. There is a copy on the Alter Markt, the original can be seen in the Kaiser-Otto-Saal in the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg.
The Elbauenpark, the green lungs of Magdeburg, covers an area of 90 hectares. It is one of the most attractive parks in country. Enjoy a day in the park, alone or with friends and family. The park offers many ways for an entertaining day. The most famous attractions are the wooden „Jahrtausendturm“ (Millennium Tower, by the way one of the tallest structures of its kind in the world) and the „Seebühne, an amphitheatre surround by water, where events and concerts take place on a regular basis. There are also sports facilities, playgrounds, lounge areas, artworks, theme parks, and many more.
Formed like an irregular cone, this building in the Elbauenpark was designed for the new millennium and is one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world at a height of 60 metres. Inside, you can explore an exhibition on the scientific progress in over 6000 years of human history. Each new level of the building lets you jump forward in time. The ground floor is dedicated to ancient Egyptian mathematics. Continuing upstairs, you will find Medieval Medicine, Renaissance Mechanics, Alchemy, and inventions such as telescopes and printing presses. The fourth level is dedicated to discoveries of the early modern period, such as electricity and radio. On the fifth floor you can explore the technology of our 21st century. From the top of the tower, you will have a brilliant view across Magdeburg
8. Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg
The reputation of the Cultural History Museum Magdeburg as an important art museum is well known beyond the borders of Saxony-Anhalt in the whole country. Although the building itself was badly damaged during the Second World War, the works of art escaped destruction because they were kept in a secure storage room. At present, the museum houses paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries as well as furniture, ceramic objects and artefacts from various epochs. The museum also houses temporary and travelling exhibitions.
9. Magdeburg Zoo
Magdeburg Zoo first opened its doors in 1950. Over the years the zoo has been continuously expanded. Today the zoo offers a walk-in cultural landscape of 16 hectares and is home to 1400 animals of 200 different species. In addition, there is a 20,000 square metre savannah enclosure for grazing species such as zebras and giraffes, equipped with panoramic platforms where you can greet the giraffes face to face.
The best means of transport in one of the greenest cities in Europe
is of course the bicycle. As in many German cities, Magdeburg has wide, well-developed cycle paths. And since Magdeburg is located on the Elbe, it is also connected to the largest and most popular cycle path network in Germany, the Elbe Cycle Path. Almost 1,000 kilometres long, it begins in Prague
and ends at the mouth of the Elbe in Cuxhaven on the North Sea. If you feel like a proper ride, you can go to Dessau-Roßlau or Tangermünde, both of which can be covered in about three hours. On the way you will pass through forests, meadows, past medieval towers and villages and can stop for a bite to eat in restaurants and beer gardens along the way.
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