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Top 7 Attractions in Saxony Anhalt

  • Nestled in the Harz Mountains overlooking the town of Wernigerode, the Wer-nigerode Castle is one of the most popular tourist landmarks in Saxony-Anhalt. Dating to the Middle Ages, it’s an impressive example of the Norddeutschen Historismus building style and exhibits similarities to the fairytale-like architecture of Schloss Neuschwanstein in southwest Bavaria.

    The Wernigerode Castle was originally established in the 12th or 13th centuries as a medieval fort and a stronghold for the German emperors during their hunt-ing excursions ...

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    The highest peak in the Harz Mountains, the Brocken towers to 1,141 meters (3,743 feet) between the Weser and Elbe rivers in the far west of Saxony-Anhalt. It has long played a significant role in local folk legends, such as the tale of the child witch Bibi Blocksberg, as well as influencing Goethe’s acclaimed work “Faust”.

    The Brocken is protected within the Harz Mountain National Park, which strad-dles the border between Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony. It protects extensive tracts of spruce and beech woodlands that provide a habitat for European wildcats and Eurasian lynx, as well as bogs that are frequented by rare black storks and peregrine falcons ...

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    Originally built as part of the University of Wittenberg in 1504, the Lutherhaus is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed writer’s house museum that served as the home of Martin Luther for much of his adult life. It was here that he wrote his 95 Theses and it’s considered a significant location in the history of the Protestant Reformation.

    After the University of Wittenberg was opened in 1903, the monks of the Order of Saint Augustine began building a cloister that became known as the Black Monastery. It served as a residence hall and academy for the Augustinians studying in Wittenberg, with Martin Luther taking up residence in a cell in the south-west corner following his ordination as a priest ...

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  • Housed in the 16th-century fortified castle of the Moritzburg, Saxony-Anhalt’s Kunstmuseum (art museum) exhibits an outstanding collection of artworks dating from the medieval period.

    The Moritzburg served as the former residence of the Archbishops of Magdeburg and combined elements of late-Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Historicism in its design. Much of the castle was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War and the West Wing where the Kunstmuseum is situated had remained largely in ruins when its shell was transformed into the modern art gallery seen today in 2008 ...

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  • Located at the confluence of the Mulde and Elbe Rivers, Dessau has long been associated with the Bauhaus school of design. Founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, Bauhaus design aesthetics were applied in the construction of numerous buildings across Dessau, many of which have now been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Of particular significance is the Bauhaus Building, which was designed by Walter Gropius from 1925–26. It is considered a seminal work of European modernism and employs the principles of functionality with pioneering materials like reinforced concrete and glass ...

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  • Marking the border between Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, the Kyffhäuser is a range of hills that lie to the southeast of the Harz Mountains. It has long been associated with German traditional mythology as the resting place of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, as well as being home to the medieval Kyffhausen Castle and the 19th-century Kyffhäuser Monument.

    The Kyffhäuser extends for 19 kilometers in length and is seven kilometers wide, bordering the fertile plains of the Goldene Aue basin and the Hainleite hills ...

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