IN SACHSEN-ANHALT, history becomes alive! Martin Luther's homeland, the history of the Ottonians, the pioneer of the Bauhaus, archaeological sensational finds and UNESCO World Heritage sites in the narrowest geographic area can only be experienced in Saxony-Anhalt. In the years 2018 and 2019 new and exciting offers are waiting for individual travelers and groups from Germany and abroad.
THE "ROMANESQUE ROAD", the most popular holiday road in the country, celebrates its 25th birthday in 2018. The mysterious flair of the Middle Ages can be experienced in more than 80 buildings. In the jubilee year, Ferienstraße surprises with new offers and visitor heights: in the monasteries, the exhibition "Knowledge and Power" immerses you in the history of the birth of the former Benedictine monastery Memleben and visits the art treasures of Halberstadt, Quedlinburg, Naumburg and Merseburg The same. The hearts of wine lovers are growing higher in the Saale-Unstrut region, where Romanesque architecture and noble wines form a unique combination.
JOHANN JOACHIM WINCKELMANN, Stendal's famous son, will be given a whole world of experience with the new Winckelmann Museum from 26th May 2018, making it the only museum in the world that is dedicated to the founder of classical archeology and modern art.
From April 21, 2018, GARDEN-FRIENDS can stroll over the grounds of the Landesgartenschau in Burg. For the cultural program, annual events such as the Handel Festival in Halle (Saale), the city festival "Luther's Wedding" in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the summer garden summer and the nationwide MDR music summer offer enough choice.
ANOTHER JUBILEE announces itself in the near future: 100 years Bauhaus will be celebrated all over Germany in 2019. In Dessau the Bauhaus reached its heyday and developed its distinctive style, which made it the absolute icon of modernity. But also in other places in Saxony-Anhalt the evidence of modernity is visible: Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), Quedlinburg or the Harzstädtchen Elbingerode will surprise you with new angles.
-> Special exhibition "Knowledge and Power - Saint Benedict and the Ottones" (7 May - 15 October 2018) in the monastery Memleben
-> Special exhibition "Thietmars Welt. A Merseburg bishop writes history "(15.07. - 04.11.2018) in the Cathedral of Merseburg
-> 25 years of wine road to Saale and Unstrut (2018)
-> Opening of the new Winckelmann Museum in Stendal (May 26, 2018)
-> Regional Garden Show in Burg (21.04.-2.10.2018)
-> 2018: Exhibition of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation "Carl Fieger. An architect from the Bauhaus between individual expression and standard "
-> 2019: Opening of the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau
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, one of 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 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 kilometre long “Harzer-Hexen-Stieg” (Harz Witches’ Trail) and the “Selketal-Stieg” (Selke Valley Trail). 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 near-natural courses of the Elbe, Saale, Unstrut and Havel rivers are areas for those who like to hike along water.
The Altmark region in Northern Saxony-Anhalt is an ideal destination for those who love horses. The state’s nature reserves such as the Harz National Park or the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve should be noted for nature observations.
TIPS: 25 years of wine route to Saale-Unstrut (2018), 25 years of the Saale cycle route (2019)
Riding and equestrian vacation
The greatest happiness on earth … is also in Saxony-Anhalt sitiing in the saddle of a horse, particularly in the Altmark. Numerous riding stables and riding clubs offer short trips and extended tours. Experienced or inexperienced horseriders can enjoy the view of pristine countryside, meadows and floodplain landscapes while on horseback during an idyllic shore leave or an excursion.
The Fläming Nature Park invites visitors to enjoy rides and wagon trips. Horse lovers in the moor and heather areas meet on riding trails, small lanes and along the Elbe. Or do you prefer something more rasant? A faster gait is guaranteed on race days at the race tracks in Magdeburg and Halle (Saale).
New horizons – the Way of St. James pilgrimage route
Nowadays pilgrims can also encounter the pilgrimage song “Ultreia!” encouraging pilgrims “to go forward and onward to Santiago de Compostela!” in Saxony-Anhalt along the more than 370 km long trail. The trail leads to the grave of the apostle St. James and is one of the most important pilgrimage routes in Europe.
On the spiritual trail – the Luther Path
Pilgrims can travel in the footsteps of the great Reformer Martin Luther along the Luther Path. The 460 kilometer long trail leads hikers to the most important places of Luther`s life and work. Today Protestant as well as Catholic communities open up numerous churches and abbeys, cathedrals and chapels – stations of the “Romanesque Road” – and invite visitors to calmness, consciousness and prayers.
Guests with physical and mental impairments can go on a journey of discovery in many Saxony-Anhalt cities without barriers. A “Best of World Culture between Harz and Elbe” brochure presents day trips in Dessau-Roßlau, Halberstadt, Halle (Saale), Wittenberg, Magdeburg, Naumburg (Saale), Quedlinburg and Wernigerode. Among other things, the day trips include a support program with visits to attractions and lunch in a barrier-free restaurant. If required, overnight stays in barrier-free accommodations and special tours can also be booked.
For instance, guests can stroll in the footsteps of the reformer Martin Luther in the Luther city Wittenberg (UNESCO World Heritage Site). A visit to the cathedral-city Naumburg and the Naumburg master’s famous benefactor figure Uta is a must!
The fascinating landscaped garden of Wörlitz Park in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is also advisable for people with a mobility handicap. A detailed color-coded site plan of the facilities provides information about suitable routes and levels of difficulty. The different levels of difficulty on the park’s trails are marked in green, yellow and red in the style of traffic lights. It provides information about surface conditions, practicality of trails and informs about obstacles and barriers. Your guests will have eventful moments in the heartland of German history.
Dealing carefully with resources as well as with nature and the environment is important in Saxony-Anhalt. The 1st climate-neutral hotel in Middle Germany is a pioneer in terms of ecology-minded travel:
As the 1st carbon-neutral hotel in Middle Germany registered with EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme), the "Naturresort Schindelbruch" hotel is one of the top addresses for wellness, fine dining, “green meetings” and of course for those who are interested in environmental protection, too. The topic of sustainability was incorporated into the hotel with the reconstruction in 2008. Among other things, an in-house water treatment system and a new pellet heating plant were installed. The hotel introduced the EMAS environmental management system, reorganized the waste management, converted to 100% green electricity and minimized the packaging volume. The pool is heated with the waste heat from cold stores via a heat exchanger and secures a portion of electricity requirement in a photovoltaic plant.
The hotel operation has been completely carbon-neutral since mid-2009. In addition to environmental protection, the hotel philosophy – “Discover – Enjoy – Preserve” – also entails the rediscovery of nature. Natural experiences, forest hikes and regional products as well as the “Veggie Day” contribute to this philosophy.