UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Saxony-Anhalt
The four UNESCO World Heritage Site count amongst the greatest treasures of Saxony- Anhalt: the Old Town of Quedlinburg, the sites associated with Luther in Wittenberg and Eisleben, the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom and the Bauhaus in Dessau.
Quedlinburg’s Old Town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. It is considered to be an exceptional example of a mediaeval European town, and as such is a constant source of fascination to visitors.
The Luther Sites in Wittenberg and Eisleben
Eisleben and Wittenberg placed Saxony-Anhalt at the heart of the Reformation. Since 1997, Luther's House and Melanchthon's House in Wittenberg as well as Luther's birthplace and the house where he died in Eisleben have been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom
The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since November 2000, reflects the englightened mindset of the Dessau court with its unique concentration of historic monuments. The landscape became a 'world view' of its time.
The Bauhaus in Dessau
The Bauhaus, which was founded in Weimar 1919 before continuing in Dessau between 1926 and 1932, occupies a special role in the history of culture, architecture, design, art and the new media of the 20th century. In 1996, both locations were included in the list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
The Reformation began in Saxony-Anhalt. Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, he grew up in Mansfeld. By posting his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, he changed the world. If you wish to follow Luther’s tracks to Saxony-Anhalt you have to walk on Luther Path. The pilgrimage route is a circular hiking trail leading through Saxony-Anhalt. From its starting point in Wittenberg, the circular Luther Path loops through Bitterfeld, Halle, Eisleben, Mansfeld, Bernburg, Köthen, Zerbst, Dessau and Wörlitz, back to Wittenberg..
The “Romanesque Road” is one of the most popular touristic routes in Germany. Eighty monuments at 65 locations give a profound insight into the mediaeval world. Cathedrals and churches, palaces, castles and monasteries of European standing are linked throughout Saxony-Anhalt by the more than 1,000 km Romanesque Road. The Romanesque
Road leads one to the sites where a history rich in legend and mystery was played out.
Music Land of Great Masters
Bach, Handel, Schütz, Telemann...Visitors to Saxony-Anhalt encounter the greatest names in central German Baroque music and their immortal works. The work of the great masters still cherished today at regular festivals held in Saxony-Anhalt at the authentic locations of Halle, Magdeburg, Köthen and Zerbst. A great composer of more recent times is also remembered at the annual “Kurt Weill Festival” in Dessau.
The Sky Disc of Nebra
Lavish archaelogical finds suggest that, even in prehistoric times, central Germany was one of the most important regions of Europe. Probably the most spectacular of all these discoveries is the “Sky Disc”, uncovered near Nebra in 1999. The bronze disc, decorated with gold leaf, is some 3,600 years old, and consequently one of the earliest known depictions of the actual heavens in human history. The original Sky Disc can be seen at the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle.
Castles and palaces
- “Querfurth Castle” -The oldest feudal castle in Germany
- Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom: The Georgium, Luisium, Oranienbaum, Wörlitz and Mosigkau
- “Moritzburg” (Halle): once a bishop's residence, now the Moritzburg Foundation, a gallery housing an important collection of modern European art
- “Neuenburg Castle” (Freyburg-Unstrut): Perched high above the vineyard town ofFreyburg
- “Rudelsburg and Saaleck castles”: On the bright beachtes Saale castles stand proudly and boldly
- “Castle of Wernigerode”: the grand turreted stone and half-timber castle with magnificent views over the medieval town of Wernigerode
- “Hundisburg Palace”: Baroque palace in a rural setting with baroque gardens
The cathedrals in Naumburg, Halberstadt and Merseburg and the collegiate church in Quedlinburg harbour fabulous treasures and two of the three most important church treasuries in Germany.
Historic parks and gardens in Saxony-Anhalt
The 43 most scenic and historically important parklands and landscaped gardens between combine to create Saxony-Anhalt’s “Garden Dreams”. These treasures of garden art and landscape design invite the visitor to take a stroll and marvel at the unique blend of nature and art. Take time out and lose yourself in the beauty of the “Garden Dreams
” include the Orange Festival in Oranienbaum, the Mountain and Rose Festival
in Sangerhausen, Merseburg's Castle Festival and the lakeside concerts in Wörlitz Park
, which can be enjoyed from one of the romantic gondolas.
Händel Festival in Halle
- Luther’s Wedding, Wittenberg
- Naumburg Cherry Festival
- Advent in the yards Quedlinburg
- Emperor´s Spring Festival in Quedlinburg
- Kurt-Weill-Festival in Dessau-Roßlau
- Walpurgisnacht (mystic night of witches and devils) celebration in the Harz Mountains region
- Rose Festival Sangerhausen
- Merseburg`s Castle Festival
- Lakeside concerts in the Wörlitzer Park
- LutherDecade: Every year, from now until 2017, a lot of festivals take place to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation: