Destination Saxony-Anhalt

Saxony-Anhalt is well worth a visit – several, in fact!

Home of world-changing ideas

Castles, palaces, cathedral churches, garden landscapes, picturesque old towns, architecture worth seeing - the cultural heritage in Saxony-Anhalt is large and diverse. Thanks to this broad spectrum, the state has a unique concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from which world-changing ideas such as the Reformation and Modernism originated.

Nature as far as the eye can see

Whether it's cycling along the Elbe Cycle Path, hiking on the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, canoeing in the Saale-Unstrut wine region or horseback riding in the Altmark region. Unique landscapes such as the Harz National Park and the UNESCO Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve and a well-developed network of routes make Saxony-Anhalt a good address for active holidaymakers and nature lovers.

The Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt (IMG)

The Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt is the economic development agency of the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. On behalf of Saxony-Anhalt’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry, IMG Saxony-Anhalt is marketing the state as a science and business location. It is also responsible for promoting Saxony-Anhalt as a tourism destination at home and abroad. We are more than happy to help you research, find interviews or planning your special travel program for Saxony-Anhalt.

UNESCO World Heritage in Saxony-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt is proud of its heritage, and with good reason: we have a unique concentration of significant landmarks in German and European history. This is where you will find fascinating sites in intellectual history. Our legacy is internationally renowned: UNESCO has awarded five cultural sites, a biosphere reserve and various precious documents World Heritage status. The Inspiring Six are testament to the proximity and interconnections between the cultural heritage in the area.

Discover more about The Inspiring Six: The city of Dessau is where the BAUHAUS thrived. During the seven years it was active, the School of Art and Design left behind a powerful architectural legacy. The GARDEN KINGDOM OF DESSAU-WÖRLITZ is famed for its superb landscape design and is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll in tranquil surroundings. The NEBRA SKY DISC is the world's oldest known physical representation of the cosmos. Saxony-Anhalt is closely tied to the Reformation and the life and work of Martin Luther. Authentic historical locations in WITTENBERG and EISLEBEN bring the history of the Reformation and the world of Luther to life. The CATHEDRAL OF NAUMBURG is a masterpiece of human creation. It stands majestically amongst the hilly landscape between Saale and Unstrut and is one of most significant cultural monuments of the High Middle Ages. QUEDLINBURG boasts winding alleyways, half-timbered houses dating from different eras, medieval squares, modern art housed behind centuries-old walls, and the Abbey with its castle and Romanesque Collegiate Church. 
Further information on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Saxony-Anhalt

Magdeburg – Where the Middle Ages and Modernity Meet
In Magdeburg, trees grow on Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s Green Citadel, and opposite stands Magdeburg Cathedral, a 500-year-old landmark. Historical walls that reflect 1,200 years of eventful history open out onto views of the Elbe. The river Elbe in Magdeburg takes you on a journey through time that goes as far back as the Middle Ages. Back then, the palace, surrounded by thick ramparts, was home to knights and robbers. Magdeburg is a unique combination of old and new.
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Halle (Saale) – Halle Has Lots of Treats in Store
When you hear the “Halle-Luhja” Chorus played on Europe’s largest carillon, you know you have arrived in the 1,200 year-old birthplace of George Frideric Handel. It is a magnet for visitors thanks to its historical Old Town that remains largely intact, restored town houses, some of the finest museums in Europe, and the Nebra Sky Disc, a UNESCO World Heritage artefact that is more than 3,600 years old. What’s more, the city also has parks, pub districts, a thriving arts and theater scene, and renowned culinary specialties.
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Dessau-Roßlau - Four World Heritage Sites in one city

Art and culture at every turn, artists' settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bauhaus Museum Dessau, the newly curated exhibition on the life of Kurt Weill and the reopened Anhalt Picture Gallery in Georgium Palace should not be missed during a visit. The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation's collection comprises around 49,000 objects, making it the second largest in the world. The Bauhaus Museum Dessau shows over 1,000 exhibits in a permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions by renowned artists.

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Natural pleasure – breathe deeply in Saxony-Anhalt

Unique landscapes and a well-developed network of routes for hikers, cyclists, water sports enthusiasts and equestrians make Saxony-Anhalt a prime address for active holidaymakers and nature lovers. Cyclists can ride through Saxony-Anhalt on 18 trans-regional bicycle trails. The Elbe Cycle Route, the most popular long-distance bicycle trails in Germany, is one of the family-friendly routes. Athletically ambitious mountain bikers will find a suitable tour in the Harz Mountain region. The World Heritage region between Dessau-Roßlau and Lutherstadt Wittenberg is recommended for recreational cyclists interested in culture. Three UNESCO-World Heritage Sites are concentrated in a very small area there: the Bauhaus building and the Masters’ Houses in Dessau, the Luther memorials in Wittenberg and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

Particularly hiking fans get their money’s worth in the Harz region where they will find a dense network of hiking trails - among them the 94 kilometer long “Harzer-Hexen-Stieg” (Harz Witches’ Trail) and the Hiking Trail along the "Green Belt". Pilgrims are welcome in Saxony-Anhalt on the St. James Pilgrimage Trail as well as on the Luther Trail between the Luther cities Eisleben, Mansfeld and Wittenberg.

The close to nature-courses of the Elbe, Saale, Unstrut and Havel rivers are areas for those who like to canoe along waters from the "blue ribbon". The Altmark region in Northern Saxony-Anhalt is an ideal destination for those who love horses. There is one of the largest equestrian hiking networks in Germany. The state’s large-protected nature reserves such as the Harz National Park or the Middle Elbe UNESCO Biosphere Reserve should be noted for nature observations.

In order to make the diversity of Saxony-Anhalt as a travel destination accessible to all guests, we are committed to developing travel offers for people with special needs. For this reason, Saxony-Anhalt participates in the Germany-wide initiative "Travel for All" and has interested businesses inspected by trained surveyors according to uniform nationwide quality criteria and certified by a qualified inspection body. More than 150 businesses have already been certified according to the project's criteria. With Magdeburg, Dessau-Roßlau, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Bernburg (Saale), entire cities have even been certified as "Barrier-free tested".

Sustainability as a mission statement
Sustainable tourism development becomes a guideline in the Tourism 2027 Master Plan and in the actions of the tourism industry in Saxony-Anhalt.

Wernigerode is the first city in Saxony-Anhalt to be officially certified as a sustainable destination according to TourCert.

Kontakt & Ansprechpartner

Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt (IMG)

Dr. Robert Franke (Managing Director)

Am Alten Theater 6
D - 39104 Magdeburg

Tel.: +49 (0) 391 568 99 0
Fax: +49 (0) 391 568 99 51

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Barbara Weinert-Nachbagauer (Head of Marketing)
Tel.: +49 391 568 99 81

Annika Jeschek (Coordinator Tourism Marketing, Market Research)
Tel.: +49 391 568 99 82

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