City Profile: Magdeburg

Magdeburg is the capital of Saxony-Anhalt and with more than 230,000 inhabitants, one of the largest cities in the eastern part of Germany. During the 1200 years of its history, the former royal palatine had to go through quite a bit, and especially after the heavy bombing during WWII it did not enjoy a particularly good reputation. Today, however, it is considered one of the most dynamic cities in Germany. In addition to its strategic educational position with two universities, the city on the Elbe is also developing rapidly both economically and culturally.

Things to see and do:

Cathedral of Magdeburg

Dom zu Magdeburg
Der Magdeburger Dom "St. Katharina und St. Mauritius" im Stadtbild von Magdeburg, aufgenommen am 21.08.2015. . Der Dom zu Magdeburg ist der erste gotische Kathedralbau in Deutschland. Seine Erbauung geht auf das Jahr 1209 zur��ck. Heute ist er das Wahrzeichen der Elbstadt und eine Besichtigung ein Muss f��r jeden Touristen. Foto: Andreas Lander *** Local Caption ***© picture-alliance/ zb

The symbol of the city is the Lutheran Cathedral which is the highest church building in the eastern part of Germany. The church that stood there previously was destroyed by fire in 1207. The cathedral was built between 1209 and 1520 in Gothic style, however the oldest parts of the building Romanesque. In addition to the grave of Emperor Otto I, the oldest Gothic cathedral in Germany houses the largest organ of Saxony-Anhalt.


Magdeburg - Hasselbachplatz
Gr��nderzeith���user ums���umen die Sternstrasse am Hasselbachplatz in Magdeburg, aufgenommen am 24.02.2011. Foto: Jens Wolf© picture-alliance/ ZB

Hasselbachplatz is an important transport hub, as well as the centre of Magdeburg nightlife with many bars, pubs and restaurants. The square also boasts many well-preserved and beautiful buildings in Wilhelminian-style architecture (Gründerzeit), ie. dating from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Millennium Tower

Magdeburg - Elbauenpark
Die Stadtansicht Magdeburgs aus der Vogelperspektive mit dem Elbauenpark und dem Jahrtausendturm, aufgenommen am 22.08.2015. Magdeburg ist die Landeshauptstadt von Sachsen-Anhalt. Foto: Andreas Lander *** Local Caption ***© picture-alliance/ zb

At 60 metres the Millennium Tower is the tallest glued timber building in the world. It was built for the 25th National Garden Show in 1999 and is situated in the Elbauenpark. Inside the tower the museum on the history of science is well worth a visit both for its content and for its architecture.

The Green Citadel

Hundertwasser house in Magdeburg completed
(dpa) - The picture shows the recently completed Hundertwasser house in Magdeburg, Germany, Monday 03 October 2005. It is the last project of the Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000). The pink building was inaugurated during a festivity themed 'Living and Dwelling in Magdeburg' (Leben und Wohnen in Magdeburg). The building of roundly 27 million euros cost called 'Green citadel' features a hotel, apartments, offices and stores. It is named after its plantings and gardens and in memory of mediaeval times when Magdeburg used to be a fortress city. Photo: Peter Foerster© picture-alliance/ dpa/ dpaweb

Hundertwasser House - also known as the Green Citadel - is probably the most colorful eye-catcher in Magdeburg city centre. The building was the last architectural project of the artist/ architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and was inaugurated in 2005. Located on Breiter Weg, it houses a hotel, apartments, shops, restaurants and cafes, a nursery and a theatre.

1. FC Magdeburg

1. FC Magdeburg - Hansa Rostock
Fu���ball: 3. Liga, 1. FC Magdeburg - Hansa Rostock, 29. Spieltag am 05.03.2016 in MDCC-Arena, Magdeburg (Sachsen-Anhalt). Anh���nger des 1. FC Magdeburg. Foto: Jens Wolf/dpaDas Spiel endet 4:1.© picture-alliance/ dpa

Hardly any other topic got the people from Magdeburg as enthusiastic as 1. FC Magdeburg last year (in 2015). For the first time since reunification the amateur club could finally fight for a place in professional football, and now play in the third division. However, the only European champions from the former East Germany are not the only sport attraction in the city, as the SC Magdeburg handball club is one of the most successful German teams.