When you solely have in the future in Magdeburg, in fact you need to take advantage of it! Let The Travel Tester information you to a number of the highlights of this metropolis.
Due to my job as a journey blogger, I typically get invited to remain in locations around the globe that I’ve by no means even heard of earlier than. This was additionally the case with the town of Magdeburg in the Saxony-Anhalt Area of Germany, once I travelled on the Transromanica path to see Romanesque heritage alongside the best way.
I all the time love visiting new locations, although on these journey I don’t typically get the prospect to remain for very lengthy (often 1-2 days). That’s why I’ve created our ‘One Day in…’ collection right here on the weblog so as to add all my ideas collectively in a sensible, compact metropolis information that you should use to plan your personal journey to a vacation spot you maybe didn’t find out about!
At the moment, I’ll present you what you possibly can see and do in the previous metropolis of Magdeburg in Germany. This metropolis is usually missed, as a result of extra ‘popular’ cities corresponding to Berlin, Hanover and Leipzig are close by, however you’d be stunned at what there’s to expertise in this metropolis that received bombed through the Second World Warfare, however rebuild into it’s charming, 1200-years previous self. Do you know for instance that it’s the second greenest metropolis in all of Germany?
Let’s have a better take a look at some nice experiences so as to add to your journey plans:
What we’ll cowl in this text
- 1 ONE DAY IN MAGDEBURG ITINERARY
- 2 PLAN YOUR TRIP TO MAGDEBURG!
ONE DAY IN MAGDEBURG ITINERARY
Within the 10th century, Magdeburg was the house of Holy Roman Emperor Otto I (“Otto the Great”) and later Otto von Guericke, a politician and scientist who lived in Magdeburg via the troublesome interval throughout and after the Thirty Years’ Struggle and labored as the town’s city planner, protector and mayor for about 50 years. With these two essential Otto’s shaping the historical past and way forward for Magdeburg, it’s maybe of no shock then that the town typically will get dubbed as “Otto’s City”.
Magdeburg was probably the most necessary medieval cities in Europe and stayed considered one of Germany’s most necessary cities till the early trendy period. It was the middle of the reformation and have become a goal of many battles, dropping most of its residents. In the course of the Chilly Warfare, Magdeburg’s inhabitants elevated once more and the town turned a socially and economically essential middle of the GDR, till most of that financial system shut down after the German reunification.
Lately, Magdeburg is a college metropolis and homes many different scientific establishments, so it’s an prime location for worldwide analysis. Fortunately, there’s numerous historical past nonetheless to be discovered round city, and I can advocate hiring a motorcycle to discover some extra of it!
Learn how to Spend Your Morning in Magdeburg?
After grabbing a breakfast in your lodge (I stayed on the incredible artHOTEL Magdeburg, you’ll be able to learn my full evaluation hier), let’s begin the day by getting lively!
Climb Magdeburg Cathedral
The 13th-century Magdeburg Cathedral (formally referred to as “Dom St. Mauritius und Katharina zu Magdeburg” or: “the Cathedral of St. Mauritius and St. Katharine”) is the primary gothic-style cathedral in Germany and since it took over 300 years to finish, you’ll be able to see totally different buildings types getting used all through.
Fortunately, it’s two towers survived bombings in World Conflict II. After the warfare, the remainder of the church acquired restored and it’s all there in its glory to be explored by you. One of the primary sights right here is the burial website of Otto the Nice.
On the entrance to the northern transept, you’ll be able to see the carvings of the 5 sensible and 5 silly virgins from the bible story (a narrative which I’m personally not accustomed to, however apparently it’s a spotlight of the church).
There’s additionally a 13th-century “Royal Couple” sculpture in the chapel, historic Roman pillars in the Apse and a baptismal font carved from Egyptian rock that might be hundreds of years previous, so well-worth to take a look at.
Entry to the cathedral is free, however when you pay for a guided tour, you possibly can climb the 433 steps to the belfry and have a terrific panoramic view over Magdeburg. I can advocate it!
Opening Hours: November to March: 10:00 to 16:00, April & October: 10:00 to 17:00, Might to September: 10:00 to 18:00, Sundays and non secular holidays: open from 11:30.
Guided Tour: Fridays at 17:00, Saturdays at 15:00 and Sundays at 12:00, between April and October (restricted to 20 individuals, English language on request)
Web site: magdeburgerdom.de
One other factor I can extremely advocate is to return again to the church sq. at night time time, when the fountains are lit up and you will get a free vibrant watershow:
Discover the Hundertwasser Constructing
As I discussed, we stayed on the Artwork Lodge that’s situated contained in the constructing designed by Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, that you simply may know already from the ‘Hundertwasser Haus’ in Vienna, Austria. This superb pink constructing is among the final buildings that he designed earlier than passing away in the yr 2000 and can also be referred to as the “Grüne Zitadelle”, or “Green Citadel” because it’s coated with crops and timber on the roofs and round it, symbolizing the connection that folks have with nature and structure.
Nothing appears to have a straight line in this unimaginable constructing and it’s enjoyable to only stroll round and beneath it (there’s a sq. with some outlets and a terrace) to have a close-up look your self. From the highest of the tower of Magdeburg Cathedral, you get an ideal look on the inexperienced roof of the constructing as nicely, however when you’re not up for the climb, there’s a small mannequin of the constructing in one of many outlets in the courtyard as properly.
You will get a guided tour, that when every week additionally offer you entry to go to the roof gardens. Questioning why there are such a lot of chook homes in the courtyard? Properly, apparently, the town of Magdeburg holds the Guinness World Data accolade for the longest steady fowl homes chain. It’s a factor.
Stroll by way of Magdeburg Previous City
Due to the destruction to the town of World Struggle II, a lot of the historic buildings of Magdeburg have sadly been misplaced endlessly, however on the sq. of the Alter Markt, you possibly can nonetheless discover the “Buttergasse”, a medieval guild home and one of many largest Romanesque buildings in the nation. This sq. can also be the place the place a weekly farmer’s market is run, in addition to the Christmas market on the finish of every yr.
On the sq., you’ll additionally spot the Magdeburger Reiter, a sculpture of a horseman (believed to be Emperor Otto the First), the Roland statue (representing Magdeburg’s independence) and naturally the Rathaus, the previous Metropolis Corridor from 1250. Whereas it’s not used as a city corridor, you’ll find probably the greatest eating places of the town in the basement, and it’s my suggestion for dinner in the night, so scroll down to seek out out extra!
The RathausThe Magdeburger ReiterThe Roland statue
Near the market sq., you’ll find the Johanniskirche, a church that was based by the town’s retailers across the 10th century. Today, it’s not used as a church, however as a live performance corridor, museum and conference centre. You possibly can go to the church from Tuesday to Sunday and there’s an remark platform at 52 meters. You will get there by strolling ‘just’ 277 steps to the highest of the south tower.
Lastly, you may need to take a look at the Faunenbrunnem, a fountain from 1986, designed by Magdeburg sculptor Heinrich Apel that’s made up of an enormous bronze cauldron and 22 figures together with fauns, sirens, two ladies, a person and boys play-fighting and lots of animals.
Oh, and for those who’re on the lookout for a great Instagram-spot (and who doesn’t nowadays), make certain to take a look at the gate and constructing near the bastion, such a stunning backdrop (I even went again there to take some additional photographs, haha). I’ve marked them as ‘Selfie Spot‘ on the map on the backside of the article for you!
How you can Spend Your Afternoon in Magdeburg?
Have Lunch in the Metropolis
Throughout my keep, I didn’t have the prospect to take a look at many lunch choices in Magdeburg, so I did a little bit of analysis for you and located some locations that you simply may need to have a better take a look at:
There appears to be A LOT of Asian meals locations in the town, listed here are a number of:
Should you’re in Magdeburg in Summer time, I can advocate visiting the Beer Backyard that’s a part of the Ratskeller Restaurant. With a signature cocktail and a implausible tasting hamburger, the proprietor of this Magdeburg restaurant is aware of the right way to maintain his clients pleased yr after yr!
Go to a Museum
All crammed up? Time to get a little bit of tradition happening. Listed here are some strategies so that you can go to:
Haus Der Romanik (Romanesque Artwork Centre)
The Romanesque Artwork Centre is a museum that you simply don’t need to skip in the event you’re in studying concerning the work of Transromanica. Whereas small and principally in German, this museum provides you a terrific interactive overview of the route all through Europe and Saxony-Anhalt in specific.
Opening Hours: Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00. Closed on Tuesday.
Entry Prize: Free Entry
Web site: haus-der-romanik.de
Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen (Monastery of our Woman)
This artwork museum is housed in the previous monastery and it’s thought-about one of the vital venues for modern artwork and sculpture in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. They feautre a everlasting exhibition of sculptures (starting from medieval to trendy occasions), but in addition have short-term exhibitions regularly.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays, Christmas (24-25 December) and New Yr’s Eve (31 December)
Entry Prize: To see the exhibitions, collections and the constructing, it’s € eight for adults, € 5 when you solely need to see the church. It’s free for teenagers as much as 18 years. For guided excursions, you don’t want a reservation, simply verify the occasion calendar on the web site (they run on some Sundays). You pay € 1 on prime of your admittance to take part. You can too purchase a mixture card (Museum of Cultural Historical past, Museum of Pure Historical past + this museum) for € 7.
Web site: kunstmuseum-magdeburg.de
Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg (Magdeburg Cultural Historical past Museum)
This museum of artwork showcases all of the works that survived the bombing of the struggle, since they have been stashed away in a protected space for storing. Work vary from the 15th to the 20th centuries, however additionally they have furnishings, ceramic gadgets and lots of artifacts from numerous different eras. The museum additionally hosts short-term and touring exhibitions.
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 17:00 en on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Christmas (24-25 December) and New Yr’s Eve (31 December).
Entry Prize: € 5 (adults) and free for teenagers as much as 18 years. It’s also possible to purchase a mixture card (Museum of Pure Historical past, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen + this museum) for € 7.
Museum für Naturkunde Magdeburg (Museum of Pure Historical past)
On this stately museum, you will discover pure historical past reveals, together with recreated animal habitats & dinosaur bones. The exhibition begins with the cosmic and geological foundations of life and fossil proof of evolution on our planet. Then, you get a glimpse into the good biodiversity of the earth. Within the following three rooms, you possibly can study concerning the biodiversity and ecology of particular areas of Saxony-Anhalt and see an exhibition concerning the totally different glacial advances through the Ice Age and the consequences on the wildlife.
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 17:00 en on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Christmas (24-25 December) and New Yr’s Eve (31 December).
Entry Prize: € 5 (adults) and free for teenagers as much as 18 years. It’s also possible to purchase a mixture card (Museum of Cultural Historical past, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen + this museum) for € 7.
In parkland on the Elbe, you’ll find a singular, 20 meter excessive octagonal defensive tower (the “Lukasklause”) from the 13th century, that presently homes a museum that traces the life and the contribution to science of 17th-century physicist Otto von Guericke. The historic rooms are adorned with interval furnishings and historic paperwork. You can too have a close-up take a look at Otto’s experiments, which were staged utilizing vintage and trendy gear.
Entry Prize: Free, donations are appreciated. Each Friday at 2PM, you possibly can take a free public tour that includes hands-on experiments as properly.
Web site: magdeburg-tourist.de
Dr. Martin Luther Statue – Photograph Credit score, falco, Artistic Commons CC0
Cycle (A part of) the Elberadweg
What higher than to discover one in every of Europe’s greenest cities by bike? The beautiful Elbe River is a superb place for outside lovers to cycle alongside. There are a number of ‘Elbe Cycle Routes’ that begin in Magdeburg and take you to quite a lot of cities alongside the river. You’ll be able to take brief journeys and even go for multiple-day routes, as a result of this “Elberadweg” is nearly 1000 kilometers (about 600 miles) lengthy and connects Prague in the Czech Republic to the town of Cuxhaven on the Northern Sea in Germany!
Lease a motorcycle or be a part of a tour with ‘Elbe Rad Touristik’ in Magdeburg. For extra info, please verify their web site.
Web site: elbe-rad-touristik.de
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Methods to Spend Your Night in Magdeburg?
Drained from taking in all of the cultural and historic websites, climbing towers and biking from place to put? Then it’s time to loosen up a bit! Listed here are some recommendations:
Take a Boat Journey on the Elbe
One of my favorite actions in Magdeburg was taking a ship journey on the River Elbe. We boarded the “raft” at restaurant and pub-garden Mückenwirt and loved a stunning buffet dinner whereas flowing alongside the river, watching the solar go down. For extra info, I might examine their web site!
Web site: mueckenwirt.de
Have Dinner at Restaurant Ratskeller
Hungry after a day filled with sightseeing? I can think about! You possibly can both stick round restaurant Mückenwirt for those who depart your raft, or get again into the city middle and head over to restaurant Ratskeller for a real German feast. This restaurant is situated in the basement of the Magdeburg City Corridor and is 300 years previous!
The proprietor was variety sufficient to serve us a variety of their typical and scrumptious German dishes, and truthfully I wouldn’t know what to advocate you, as a result of it was all scrumptious. The restaurant is know for its conventional delicacies, so you’ll be able to’t actually go mistaken right here. Take pleasure in!
Web site: ratskeller-magdeburg.de
Relatively have dinner from a special sort of delicacies? No worries. There appears to be fairly a little bit of choice in Magdeburg. Listed here are another dinner ideas for you (I haven’t tried these myself, however they positive look good!)
Or scroll again to my lunch ideas for all of the Asian delicacies choices, reminiscent of Japanese, Indian or Vietnamese!
Do You Have Extra Time in Magdeburg?
This English landscaped park is the most important in the town and it takes up a lot of the Werder river island on the Elbe. The island had been undeveloped for lots of of years when the town first laid out the park in the 1870’s and it was prolonged in 1898 to its present 200 hectares. The island additionally options the Stadthalle, a Bauhaus type constructing that was constructed for the German Theatre Exhibition in 1927.
In Summer time, it’s a well-liked spot to rent a rowboat and spend a while on the tranquil lake on the centre of the park.
When you have a bit extra time in the town, maybe you need to take a look at a number of the parks that Magdeburg is wealthy. Elbauenpark is called the ‘green lungs’ of Magdeburg. The hottest points of interest in this park are the picket Jahrtausendturm Millennium Tower (the world’s tallest construction of its type that includes 5 flooring of interactive exhibitions), the “Seebühne” (Lake Stage), a butterfly home and a Inexperienced Path that has been designed to teach youngsters concerning the surroundings in an attractive means.
Aside from the apparent highlights, the park additionally has many various sports activities choices, playgrounds, sunbathing areas and themed (flower) gardens, artworks and sculptures so that you can admire.
Jahrtausendturm – Photograph Credit score: Brockenhexe, Artistic Commons CC0
Go to Zoologischer Garten (ZOO) Magdeburg
The Magdeburg ZOO openen in 1950 en has been renovated and upgraded many occasions since that. Yow will discover over 200 species of animals in a cultivated pure panorama and the park is know for its walk-in habitats. The zoo includes a 20.00zero m2 Savannah enclosure for zebras and giraffes. It has panoramic platforms, so you will get eye-to-eye with the animals. Identical to many different zoos, there are common every day feedings that you would be able to attend.
Marvel on the Kanalbrücke Magdeburg (Water Junction)
My remaining tip is a go to to Magdeburg’s Water Junction, for these of you who’re in engineering. That is Europe‘s longest canal bridge (about 918 meters or 3012 ft) and it has a water-conserving lock (Rothensee), a double ship carry (Hohenwarthe) and a number of other connecting canals. This navigable aqueduct connects the waterways of Hanover, Magdeburg and Berlin.
In the event you don’t need to guide a cruise that will get you on the water, you may also go to the trail subsequent to the canal for some sightseeing.
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO MAGDEBURG!
I hope this text helped you deciding what to do in Magdeburg! Right here is extra info that will help you plan your journey:
Time Zone in Germany? GMT+1
Foreign money in Germany? Euro (EUR). Verify the newest change fee right here.
Electrical Plugs in Germany? 230 V (Plug and socket sort F. This socket additionally works with plug C and plug E). We advocate getting a common journey adapter to by no means fear about having the best plug in your travels!
Languages Spoken in Germany? German
Greatest time to go to Germany? Germany’s climate could be comparatively chilly in the winter, however from November, the Christmas markets heat most guests up. From Might to September, climate is the warmest. Due to Oktoberfest, Munich and surrounding environs might be actually, actually hectic from mid-September to mid-October. The extra quiet soulder seasons runs from March by means of Might and from late October by means of November.
Insurance coverage for Germany? Ensure to get journey insurance coverage! We advocate testing worldnomads.com
The way to get to Magdeburg? Magdeburg in Central Germany is greatest accessible by aircraft from Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) or Leipzig/Corridor (LEJ), then onwards by automotive (freeway A2) or practice (to Central Station “Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof”, examine bahn.com). It takes about 2,5 to three hours from Berlin to Magdeburg by practice.
How one can get round Magdeburg? In Magdeburg, there are S-Bahn trains, trams, buses and ferries which are all linked in a transport system referred to as Marego, so you need to use the identical ticket on them. However the metropolis middle is small and may simply be explored on foot and even higher: bike!
Map of Magdeburg Tourism Spots
Learn extra about Magdeburg, Germany
I hope you loved all of the options for Magdeburg Germany issues to do! Listed here are some extra articles for this area for you:
Transromanica Street Journey in Germany: Harz Mountains to the Strasse der Romanik
Evaluation ArtHotel Magdeburg: Distinctive Hundertwasser Structure in Germany!
You Have to See the Unimaginable Nebra Sky Disk: The Oldest Depiction of the Cosmos Discovered in the World!
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