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Information on Saxony-Anhalt

The idyllic Altmark, a lowland area between the Elbe and Ohre rivers, is located in the north of Saxony-Anhalt. Relaxing in the region surrounding the medieval towns of Salzwedel, Stendal and Tangermünde provides a rounded, well-deserved break. The many hiking paths and bridle ways enable you to discover the historical towns and villages lining the picturesque lakes.

It would be difficult to find a holiday region that offers so many contrasts as Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg. On the one hand, the area offers valuable cultural and historical sites such as the castle church Schlosskirche zu Wittenberg – the door to which Martin Luther once hammered his theses, or the Bauhaus-Universität – a university with a great influence on worldwide architecture. On the other hand, the UNESCO site Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve shapes the region's landscape. The scenic water meadows invite visitors to get closer to nature on a paddle tour. The variety of cultural activities on offer are rounded off by the FERROPOLIS "city of iron" industrial museum and the Hugo Junkers technology museum in Dessau which exhibits the original JU 52 aircraft, among other points of interest.

Bauhaus University, Dessau

Bauhaus University, Dessau

Biosphere reserve Mittelelbe

Biosphere reserve Mittelelbe

View on the Cathedral of Magdeburg

View on the Cathedral of Magdeburg

View on Freyburg at river Unstrut

View on Freyburg at river Unstrut

Ferropolis - steel sculpture and event location

Ferropolis - steel sculpture and event location

The Green Citadel of Magdeburg

The Green Citadel of Magdeburg

Drive by horse-drawn carriage in Wernigerode

Drive by horse-drawn carriage in Wernigerode

Bike ride along the river Unstrut

Bike ride along the river Unstrut

Castle church in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Castle church in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Hiking with snowshoes in Harz Mountains

Hiking with snowshoes in Harz Mountains

Saltwater health spa Bad Salzelmen

Saltwater health spa Bad Salzelmen

Technological museum Hugo Junkers in Dessau-Rosslau

Technological museum Hugo Junkers in Dessau-Rosslau

Hiking in Harz Mountains

Hiking in Harz Mountains

Further downstream is the holiday region of Elbe-Börde-Heide, which also includes Magdeburg, the state capital. Despite suffering a huge amount of war damage, Saxony-Anhalt's second largest city still has several attractive historical buildings concentrated in the old city, for example the Cathedral of Magdeburg or the Bastion Cleve. An especially impressive building is the Green Citadel, which was completed in 2005 as the last project of the famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

The entire Elbe-Börde-Heide region is characterised by its numerous Roman monuments. Castles, monasteries and churches line the Romanesque Road, which also features palace gardens and parks. The diverse landscape is completed by the harmonious course of the Elbe river and its bordering flora and fauna, which has retained its original diversity due to the early introduction of protective measures. Take a trip to Germany's oldest salt water health spa in Bad Salzelmen to escape daily life and leave your cares behind.

Active holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice in the western region of Saxony-Anhalt. In the colder months, the Harz mountains offer a range of winter sports – whether skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing. The hiking paths draw in visitors in the warmer months to climb the Brocken mountain and enjoy the view from its 1,141 metre peak. Alternatively, climb aboard the steam-powered Harz narrow gauge locomotive for a more comfortable ascent, while still being able to take in the area's natural beauty, both in summer and winter.

The towns in the Harz region all have their own, individual charm. Browsing through the historical old towns with their restored half-timber houses and winding alleyways is a particularly pleasant way to while away your day, for example in Wernigerode or Quedlinburg. Pullman City in Hasselfelde is a unique excursion destination – a Wild West town in the middle of Germany.

The region of Saale-Unstrut is an epitome of viniculture. In the most northern vintage wine-growing area in Europe, the scenery is shaped by vineyards, steep terraces, romantic vineyard lodges and curved river valleys. Over 50 private vineyard estates, the wine growers’ association "Winzervereinigung Freyburg", the vineyard Landesweingut Kloster Pforta and the Rotkäppchen sparkling wine cellars are all located in an area covering 760 hectares. All of the vineyards bear witness to centuries of wine-growing tradition and invite visitors to experience, savour and saunter through the region.

See Sachsen-Anhalt Tourism for further details.