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Magdeburg

N 52°7.605', E 11°38.308'
2013-07-14, 2017-09-17
http://www.magdeburg.de
Our rating: 7.80
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Everybody heard about Magdeburg, even those who don't know in which country it is. First of all, because of the Magdeburg Law, autonomy that was obtained by individual cities and that was named in honor of the laws formed in Magdeburg in the 13th century.

Magdeburg is also known as the birthplace of Otto von Guericke, German physicist, engineer and philosopher. In 1650, he invented the vacuum vents, which are now used everywhere. And in 1654, he conducted a well-known experiment with the Magdeburg hemispheres, of which many have read in physics books in the school. Two copper hemispheres were connected and air was removed from them. Eight horses from each side couldn't break the hemisphere and thus proved the existence of atmospheric pressure. There is a monument to the scientist in the city. The hemispheres can be found everywhere as well. The original ones are kept in the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Monument to Otto von Guericke
Monument to Otto von Guericke ©Yuriy Buriak


Monument to famous experiment
Monument to famous experiment ©Yuriy Buriak


The sculpture is empty from behind
The sculpture is empty from behind ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg hemispheres
Magdeburg hemispheres ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg hemispheres
Magdeburg hemispheres ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg hemispheres
Magdeburg hemispheres ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg hemispheres
Magdeburg hemispheres ©Yuriy Buriak

Another famous citizen is Emperor Otto I the Great, who chose Magdeburg as his residence and founded the Benedictine monastery in 937.

Magdeburg Horseman that represents the Emperor Otton I.
Magdeburg Horseman that represents the Emperor Otton I. ©Yuriy Buriak

The city was completely destroyed in 1945. Most of the buildings in the downtown were built at the times of GDR, and they clearly represent the "Soviet" style.

Market Square in 1945
Market Square in 1945 ©wikimedia.org / BArchBot


City Hall of Magdeburg
City Hall of Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Market Square in Magdeburg
Market Square in Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


From this point began the reconstruction of the destroyed city.
From this point began the reconstruction of the destroyed city. ©Yuriy Buriak


Buildings on the Ernst-Reuter-Allee
Buildings on the Ernst-Reuter-Allee ©Yuriy Buriak


Building in Magdeburg
Building in Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Funny building
Funny building ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Such houses can be found 200 meters from the Market Square
Such houses can be found 200 meters from the Market Square ©Yuriy Buriak

Some major historical buildings survived, though they were badly damaged. Cathedrals and churches are the only islands of history in the old city.

Nevertheless, many buildings of the Soviet era are undergoing reconstruction. The updated facades look much better.

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak

The task to build a majestic cathedral (Cathedral of St. Maurice and St. Catherine) was given by Otto I the Great in 955. There he married his wife and died shortly afterwards. There is his tomb in the cathedral. In 1207, the original building was destroyed by fire and in 1209 construction of a new Gothic cathedral began. There is an observation deck on the top, but you can visit it only with an organized tour, which takes place two times a day.

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Door handle in the Magdeburg Cathedral
Door handle in the Magdeburg Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak

St. John's Church (941) is the oldest church in the city. Martin Luther used to preach here. There is also an observation deck upstairs.

St. John's Church (941)
St. John's Church (941) ©Yuriy Buriak


Portal of the St. John's Church. The bronze composition reminds of the destruction and reconstruction of Magdeburg during and after the World War II.
Portal of the St. John's Church. The bronze composition reminds of the destruction and reconstruction of Magdeburg during and after the World War II. ©Yuriy Buriak


Monastery of Our Lady, now National Gallery
Monastery of Our Lady, now National Gallery ©Yuriy Buriak


A suspiciously immoral sculpture stands next to the female monastery.
A suspiciously immoral sculpture stands next to the female monastery. ©Yuriy Buriak


Walloon Church of St. Augustine (1285)
Walloon Church of St. Augustine (1285) ©Yuriy Buriak


Parish Church of St. Peter (1150), restored in 1970
Parish Church of St. Peter (1150), restored in 1970 ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdalene Chapel (1315)
Magdalene Chapel (1315) ©Yuriy Buriak

On the way to the train station you will see a monument to Igor Belikov. At that time he was a Soviet soldier and served in a nearby town. In the morning of March 13, 1969 Belikov arrived at Magdeburg and was walking along the empty streets. He saw a little girl who almost fell out of the window of the 6th floor and he was able to catch her in his coat! Igor Belikov now lives in Lugansk (Ukraine) and is an honorary citizen of Magdeburg.

Monument to Igor Belikov
Monument to Igor Belikov ©Yuriy Buriak

If you go to another side of the Elbe river, you can see the old city from a new angle.

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak

Aerial photo

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak

The Hubbrücke bridge was abandoned a few years ago, but now it's pedestrian.

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak

In recent years, a new modern district appeared near the bridge. Magdeburg is very actively developing.

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak

Here you can find a huge graffiti with the Elbe River and all the cities through which it flows.

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak

An interesting monument with the clock that show the time in different cities of the world.

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak

The city has a new attraction, built in 2005 by architect Hundertwasser: the Green Citadel. We have a separate article about it.

Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak

More photos of Magdeburg

Sculptures without heads in the Moellenvogteigarten
Sculptures without heads in the Moellenvogteigarten ©Yuriy Buriak


The heads are in another place.
The heads are in another place. ©Yuriy Buriak


Post office building
Post office building ©Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture in Magdeburg
Sculpture in Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Fountain in the Market Square of Magdeburg
Fountain in the Market Square of Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Fountain in the Market Square of Magdeburg
Fountain in the Market Square of Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


New City Hall in Magdeburg
New City Hall in Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


House with eyes :)
House with eyes :) ©Yuriy Buriak


I wonder what penguins and Magdeburg have in common? :)
I wonder what penguins and Magdeburg have in common? :) ©Yuriy Buriak


Magdeburg
Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture of Roland in Magdeburg
Sculpture of Roland in Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Probably the only half-timbered house in the old city
Probably the only half-timbered house in the old city ©Yuriy Buriak


Wooden plan of old Magdeburg
Wooden plan of old Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Horses in the restaurant
Horses in the restaurant ©Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture in Magdeburg
Sculpture in Magdeburg ©Yuriy Buriak


Cultural attractions are drawn on many ordinary things.
Cultural attractions are drawn on many ordinary things. ©Yuriy Buriak


Door to ordinary house
Door to ordinary house ©Yuriy Buriak


Fountain on Leiterstrasse
Fountain on Leiterstrasse ©Yuriy Buriak


Fountain on Leiterstrasse
Fountain on Leiterstrasse ©Yuriy Buriak


Fountain on Leiterstrasse
Fountain on Leiterstrasse ©Yuriy Buriak


Fountain on Leiterstrasse
Fountain on Leiterstrasse ©Yuriy Buriak


Fountain on Leiterstrasse
Fountain on Leiterstrasse ©Yuriy Buriak


Old city walls and the center of Otto von Guericke
Old city walls and the center of Otto von Guericke ©Yuriy Buriak


Beautiful Hegelstrasse Street
Beautiful Hegelstrasse Street ©Yuriy Buriak


House on Hegelstrasse
House on Hegelstrasse ©Yuriy Buriak


Palace at Hegelstrasse (1889-93)
Palace at Hegelstrasse (1889-93) ©Yuriy Buriak


Decorations of a house
Decorations of a house ©Yuriy Buriak


War memorial
War memorial ©Yuriy Buriak


Little men take over the house on Leiterstrasse.
Little men take over the house on Leiterstrasse. ©Yuriy Buriak


Monument to those who donated money for the construction of the Sternbruecke bridge.
Monument to those who donated money for the construction of the Sternbruecke bridge. ©Yuriy Buriak

Brochure in English with a map and description of the attractions can be downloaded here.

Getting there: Magdeburg is a large railway junction, use bahn.de.


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