Magdeburg – A lovely state capital

Manifold activities on the Elbe

Magdeburg is often underestimated. However, the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt offers its visitors a lot. A past rich in history is revealed by a view on the impressive Magdeburg Cathedral or the Monastery Our Dear Women (Kloster Unserer lieben Frauen). Apart from numerous sights, Magdeburg with its beautiful promenade along the river Elbe and varied scenery is an ideal destination for nature lovers and sportsmen.


A favourite place of many inhabitants of Magdeburg: the Elbstufen at the Domfelsen with a beautiful view on the Hubbrücke (lift bridge) and the city.

Jahrtausendturm (Millennium Tower)

Fondly called “the smartest tower of the world” by Magdeburg inhabitants, the Jahrtausendturm was constructed in 1999 for the Bundesgartenschau (National Garden Show) in the Elbauenpark. In the tower, visitors can enjoy an interactive exhibition about 6.000 years of mankind’s history of science and technology. With its unique wooden-glue binders-construction, the 60-meters-high pyramidal tower is also the highest wooden building of its kind worldwide.

Elbradweg (Elb cycle path)

The Elbradweg leads through Magdeburg and belongs to Europe’s most appealing and varied tourist cycle paths.

Grüne Zitadelle (Green Citadel)

It is neither green nor a fortress but the last building constructed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The Green Citadel was completed in 2005 and is one of the most colorful attractions in Magdeburg. The pink house with its many onion towers and magical courtyards is home to apartments, stores, a small hotel, restaurants and a café.

Magdeburger Dom (Magdeburg Cathedral)

The Magdeburger Dom has been the city’s landmark for over 800 years. The Protestant episcopal church (Bischofskirche) is the first Gothic cathedral construction of Germany. The laying of the foundation stone took place in 1207. The cathedral is also the burial site of the Emperor Otto I. and his first wife Queen Editha.