As a significant player in medieval Germany and Europe, this city on the Elbe River remains an important industrial and trading hub. Magdeburg has a rich history and is over 1200 years old, with Charlemagne founding the city in 805. The city was later fortified in 919, and in 1035, it was given a patent allowing it to hold conventions and trade exhibitions. It was one of the largest cities in the Holy Roman Empire. Martin Luther went to school here and later brought his protestant revolution, later becoming a power player in the process. Today, the city remains an important center in Germany and has two universities.
Location: Centrally Located City that Provides Easy Access for Trade
Magdeburg lies on the Elbe River in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. It is centrally located and easy to get to, with access to the A2 and A14. It also is a port city with a waterway junction connecting the Elbe, the Mittelland Canal, and the Elbe-Havel Canal. Many rail lines also go through the city.
Business: Historical City Perfect for Conferences
There are numerous places for holding conventions and conferences. The city is home to the GETEC Arena, the largest multipurpose hall in Saxony-Anhalt. It also has a large culture and congress house, AMO. The Kulturwerk Fichte offers several venues and is mainly used for conferences. The Festung Mark, once part of the town's fortification, now holds conventions and parties.
Culture: Cathedral City with a Variety of Architectural Delights
The main site to see in this historical town is the Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice. It is one of the highest churches in eastern Germany, reaching a height of 100 meters. It has numerous unique and famous sculptures, including the Twelve Virgins at the Northern Gate. The cathedral took over 300 years to build and was the first instance of Gothic architecture in Germany. The town does not just have ancient architectural highlights, it is also home of the last project by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Green Citadel of Magdeburg.
Activities: Enjoy Outdoor Events at Elbauenpark
Elbauenpark offers beautiful green meadows in which to relax or enjoy outdoor activities, especially in the summer when visitors can take pleasure in the toboggan run, the water playground, and the butterfly park. It also features the Millennium Tower, which is home to an exhibition on the evolution of humankind and hosts regular outdoor events.