The main sights in Magdeburg
Visiting Saxony on your next holiday? Well, don’t miss to visit its largest city of it, the wonderful Magdeburg. It is an attractive city, being traversed by the gorgeous Elbe River. Magdeburg used to be one of Europe’s most significant medieval cities. The city was home for a long time to Emperor Otto I. He was also buried in the beautiful cathedral of the city. Today, Magdeburg is an attractive and popular destination for tourists. Besides the spectacular cathedral, there are numerous other points of interest in Magdeburg. These include: the Magdeburg Water Bridge, the Gruson-Gewächshäuser botanical garden, the beautiful town hall, the Convent of Our Lady and so on.
Considered the most beautiful landmark of the city, the cathedral is also a major tourist attraction. It can be found in the city’s Domplatz. The beautiful cathedral was built between 1209 and 1520. The cathedral is well-known for its outstanding sculptures of which the most spectacular are the “Twelve Virgins”. The outstanding Gothic choir is another highlight of the cathedral which attracts dozens of visitors each year. The visiting hours vary depending on season.
Magdeburg Water Bridge
The continent’s longest water bridge can be found at Magdeburg. It is actually a navigable aqueduct which crosses the Elbe River. The Magdeburg Water Bridge is considered the world’s largest navigable aqueduct. Its total length is 918 m of which 228 m is over water and 690 over land. The unique water bridge was built between 1997 and 2003. It is significant in sense of connecting the Mittellandkanal to the Elbe-Havel Canal. The water bridge is also attractive for visitors due to its unique size as a navigable aqueduct.
Convent of Our Lady
In the northern part of the cathedral there is also a beautiful former church named the Convent of Our Lady. It was built between 1064 and 1230. Today, it houses a concert hall. The outbuildings, such as the chapel and the cloister, house fine exhibitions of beautiful sculptures. The garden also houses magnificent sculptures. The Convent of Our Lady is open to the public. It can be visited every day from 10:00 to 17:00 except Mondays. (October 2012)
Gruson-Gewächshäuser botanical garden
Nature-lovers will also find something for their preference. The Gruson-Gewächshäuser botanical garden is a fantastic attraction of Magdeburg. The greenhouses were founded in 1895. The outstanding botanic garden includes a palm house, a Victoria house, a cactus house, a Mediterranean house, a tropical house and so on. It attracts a large number of visitors every year. It can be visited every day except on Mondays. (October 2012)
The Town Hall
One of the most beautiful secular buildings of Magdeburg is home to the Town Hall. It is a gorgeous Baroque building with two levels which was constructed between 1691 and 1698.