Did you know that one third of Leipzig is covered in a green belt? Its core, the Auenwald, a wide strip of floodplain forest through the city, is unique in Europe and can be discovered on a boat trip along the canals and rivers or by bicycle.
Almost 30 years after the German Reunification, Leipzig is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe, with the fastest-growing population in Germany. Hardly any other city can claim as rich a musical heritage as Leipzig. This is where Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert and Clara Schumann all worked, and where Richard Wagner was born. Music lovers may be interested in a performance by the world-famous St. Thomas Boys' Choir in their historic surroundings, a concert with the Gewandhaus Orchestra or a performance at Leipzig's Opera House. And Leipzig is young, urban and creative as well. Former industrial districts have become the main headquarters for innovative start-ups and designers, packed with galleries and quirky cultural spaces like Spinnerei, Kunstkraftwerk or Tapetenwerk.
But there's even more: Mighty castles and magnificent palaces, idyllic cycle and hiking routes and a breathtaking, action loaded yet family friendly lake and river areas with beautiful waterways - all within one hour by car from Leipzig city center. Diversity is what describes it best – Welcome to Leipzig Region.
With almost 240,000 inhabitants, Halle is the largest city in Saxony-Anhalt. It is known for its beautiful Saale river and its romantic landscape. The Saale flows through 3 states and is more than 410 kilometers long. There are many reasons to visit the city on the Saale all year round, especially for tourists interested in cultural or city trips. Halle has a salty past and is named after the city industry that develops the salt springs of the centuries-old city. The tradition of the salt disease is demonstrated in the Halloren and Salinemuseum.
But there is more to do, such as the Handelhaus. Which is the birthplace of Handel, where you can see historical musical instruments and paintings. Or experience a unique view from the more than 40 metre high bridge between the two towers of the Marktkirche over the roofs of the city and learn interesting facts about the everyday life of the tower family. The climb up of more than 220 steps is definitely worth it.
Discover the land and the people of a unique region at the heart of Germany. Discover a region of rich history and UNESCO World Heritage embedded in an impressive landscape. Whether you’re here for the weekend or for an extended stay – visiting the WorldHeritageRegion of Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg provides a lasting experience. Feel the exceptional charm of a region where tradition and modernity mingle in a unique way.
A fascinating cultural landscape, which Goethe himself enthused about, is waiting for you between the Elbe and the Mulde – in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. Inspired by his travels in England, Holland, Italy and France, Duke Leopold III Frederick Franz transferred his progressive ideas to 18th century landscaping. This led to the creation of important palaces, gardens and garden architecture, which fit into the landscape around them, giving the impression of an endless park. In 2000, the Garden Kingdom, including the buildings, gardens and art collections, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Saale-Unstrut is a peaceful piece of earth and, as a place of human habitation, is so immensely old that its history is not measured in centuries, but in millennia. This region, lying halfway between Leipzig and Weimar, is one of the most fascinating travel destinations in Central Germany. Saale and Unstrut are tranquil rivers. Looking at the land from a boat gives you an entirely new perspective on the many things to see, such as the Dornburg palaces, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Naumburg cathedral, Memleben monastery and imperial palace or Neuenburg castle and Freyburg. Beer gardens and taverns offer locally made wines and foods.
For nearly 300 years, coal mining has shaped the face of Geiseltal valley. Gigantic bucket-wheel excavators scraped more than 1.4 billion tons of lignite out of the soil. But in 1993, the last coal train left, marking the beginning of the region’s structural change. The former open-pits have been filled with water, creating Lake Geiseltal, which covers an area of 18 square kilometres and is now part of the Saale-Unstrut cultural landscape. The lake is a paradise for water sports, hiking and cycling. In the middle of this nature reserve today even wine is cultivated. The vineyard is one of the most valuable outcomes in open-pit rehabilitation and was the first of its kind in Germany.