Information on Halle/Saale
This culture and science city is the largest city in Saxony-Anhalt, with a history dating back over 1,200 years. The five towers on the market place are a distinctive icon of the city. Besides this, there is also an abundance of museums and monuments related to the most varied subject areas.
The five towers on the market place
Hallors and Saline Museum
Museum for prehistory
The Händel-Haus is the birthplace of George Friedrich Händel and now houses a museum on the life of the musician. The Handel festival also takes place every year in early summer, when the city is transformed into one giant musical spectacle and numerous performances are put on over several days for both adults and children. Also music-related, though a completely different style of music, is the Beatles museum. Visitors can delve into the world of the mop-tops and relive the exciting life of the stars in an exhibition which covers 350 square metres.
At the Steintor-Varieté, one of the oldest variety theatres in Germany, various events are held all year round, from gigs and cabaret shows to boxing and dance events. Famous artists such as Max Raabe, Wise Guys, Art Garfunkel and The Chippendales have performed here.
Take a trip to the Hallors and Saline Museum to discover the techniques and historical development of salt production in Halle. Due to the long tradition of this trade and its economic significance in the founding of the city, a salt festival still takes place here once a year. Around the market, visitors experience a colourful mix of fairground rides, performances and salt simmering presentations – the traditional method of salt production.
As the most important archaeological museum in Central Europe, the State Museum of Prehistory displays a collection of significant findings including the world-famous Nebra Sky Disc, a large disc dating back to the Bronze Age which is believed to be the world's oldest specific depiction of astronomical phenomena. To find out more about stars and the universe, we recommend a visit to the Sigmund Jähn spaceflight planetarium.
Besides being home to these cultural sights, the Romanesque Road also passes by the city. The most significant sight along the route is the 10th century Giebichenstein Castle which offers an unparalleled view over the Saale valley from its gate tower.