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Stop by the Romanesque Art Center and Romanesque Road Info Center in Magdeburg and dive into the everyday life, beliefs, and customs of the Middle Ages through interactive exhibits.
Magdeburg’s 1,200-year history is one of the longest in Germany, which explains why the city is home to such a staggering number of must-see highlights. The city’s oldest building is the Monastery of Our Lady, which is now home to a concert hall and an intriguing museum of art. The Market Square is yet another historic highlight, known best for its breathtaking architecture and a City Hall whose bronze doors tell the story of the city in 14 amazing panels. Not to miss is the golden “Magdeburg Horseman” (1240), the first equestrian statue north of the Alps. Every two years in March, guests can also enjoy the famous Telemann Festival, which is hosted by the city in honor of one if its most famous sons, Georg Philipp Telemann.
This glorious cathedral dates back over 1,000 years. The very first cathedral to be built in the Gothic style in Germany, construction began in 1209 and wasn’t completed until 1520. Today, it forms the centerpiece of the Romanesque Road, a popular tourist route that takes you through northern LutherCountry past a wealth of ancient castles, monasteries, and picturesque churches. The graves of Germany's famous son and Holy Roman Emperor, Otto the Great, and that of his first wife can still be visited inside the cathedral today.
THE GREEN CITADEL OF MAGDEBURG stands in brazen contrast to the city’s historic architecture and was designed by the late Austrian artist and architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This building’s pink walls, uneven lines, bright colors, and roof-top garden infect visitors with their Dr. Seuss-like quality and playful spirit. This building encompasses fifty-five residential apartments, as well as shops and cafés on the ground floor. The upper floor even features a hotel, allowing guests to spend the night in one of Magdeburg’s greatest architectural treasures!
Magdeburg is an ancient city that has been shaped by waves of change and the passing of time. This museum is a doorway into Magdeburg’s rich and fascinating past, featuring paintings from the 15th to 20th century, textiles and furniture from various centuries, as well as ceramics and a number of special collections. Moreover, it illustrates the role the city played as a center of Reformation propaganda.
On June 26, 1524, Martin Luther preached in St. John’s Church about “true and false righteousness”. His message was so powerful that, afterwards, all of Magdeburg’s churches converted to Protestantism, a powerful moment in history which was also recorded in the annals of Magdeburg. Today, visitors can still visit a memorial that was erected in memory of the Great Reformer and the mark he made on the city.