Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to subnavigation Skip to search

Select your language:

All other countries:
International websites in English or German
Want to know more about Germany?
Dip into our inspiring eBrochure and get your first impressions about the sheer diversity of Germany as a travel destination. The eBrochure is available in 32 languages.


Further information:
You can find more information about Germany on our website at:, or on our local websites.


Contact and information

Wine tip


The Saale-Unstrut region is the most northerly quality wine-growing area in Europe. Its combination of cool temperatures and sunshine creates crisp, softly structured wines. Müller-thurgau is the most widely grown grape variety, but local growers also produce pinot blanc, silvaner and riesling. A quarter of the area under vine is given over to red-wine grapes such as portugieser, dornfelder, pinot noir and zweigelt.

Steeped in history: a thousand years in the heart of Germany.

During the Middle Ages, the towns and cities in the present-day state of Saxony-Anhalt were the cultural centres of the Holy Roman Empire. The Romanesque Route provides a link between seven cathedral towns, all with a wealth of half-timbered buildings, castles and awe-inspiring religious architecture. It incorporates sites in Saxony-Anhalt where history was made, some dating back a thousand years. The south-west of the region is characterised by the Harz foothills, while the Elbe and Saale rivers, together with the Mittelland and Elbe-Havel canals, still help to set the pace of life, work and relaxation.

Halberstadt and Quedlinburg

Halberstadt has been dominated by its slender church towers since the Middle Ages. The 11th-century Church of Our Lady is the only Romanesque church with four towers in central Germany and St. Stephen's Cathedral is a rare example of French cathedral architecture. After the Reformation the cathedral was used by both Protestants and Catholics, which proved to be a blessing for the cathedral treasury whose contents remained largely untouched and are now on display in a new permanent exhibition.

The Collegiate Church of St. Servatius in Quedlinburg (UNESCO World Heritage) is an impressive, high-Romanesque edifice with one of the oldest and most valuable medieval ecclesiastical treasuries in the Germanspeaking world. Many exquisite items, such as intricate ivory carvings and a beautifully crafted antique stone vessel, are believed to have been presented to the church by Ottonian emperors in the 10th century.

Naumburg and Merseburg

Naumburg Cathedral, which was built in various phases, is a fine example of early Gothic architecture. Its highlights are the two choir screens and the carved stone figures of its founders, Ekkehard II Margrave of Meissen and his beautiful wife Uta. The treasure vault contains treasures from the cathedral chapter including exquisite manuscripts, magnificent winged altars, paintings and sculptures.

Merseburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. Lawrence, resonates with the magnificent sound of one of the largest Romantic-period organs anywhere in Germany. Also worth a visit is the cathedral treasury with the 10th-century Merseburg Incantations, some of the earliest texts written in the German language.



Magdeburg, the present-day capital of Saxony-Anhalt, has the oldest Gothic cathedral in Germany. Dedicated to St. Maurice and St. Katherine, and formerly the cathedral of the Magdeburg archbishopric, it is the last resting place of Emperor Otto I, who donated various features to the cathedral after returning from Ravenna. By contrast, "DIE GRÜNE ZITADELLE® VON MAGDEBURG", a project realised by the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is an opulent embodiment of modernism and the complete antithesis of the cathedral's monumental design.


In the early Middle Ages this small town in the Altmark was a spearhead of Christian missionary work. This earliest diocese east of the Elbe was founded by Otto I, still king in 948 AD, with the aim of converting the West Slavs. St. Mary's Cathedral is the most vivid reminder of that period. The Prignitz Museum, founded almost 100 years ago, also offers insights into the town's colourful history.

Halle (Saale)

Halle (Saale) is on the southern section of the Romanesque Route. It is the birthplace of George Frideric Handel, a composer who enjoyed celebrity status even during his lifetime. The cathedral dating back over 700 years is one of the venues for Halle's annual Handel Festival.


Zeitz was once an important centre of royal and ecclesiastical power; today its former grandeur is reflected at baroque Moritzburg Palace. The palace grounds incorporate themed gardens such as a pleasure garden and a Japanese garden. One of the town's attractions is a subterranean system of around 300 passages and caves, originally built as storage for freshly brewed beer.


The old quarter with its red-brick buildings is like a treasure trove of history and stories. Don't miss the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the town hall with the statue of Roland, the patron of the town's annual festival in June.

Romance and charm

The 3,600 year old Nebra Sky Disk is the world's earliest physical depiction of the starry sky. Discover all about it at the unashamedly futuristic Nebra Ark visitor centre.

Food and drink

Salzwedel tree cake is a yummy must. For 200 years this `king of cakes' has been made in the traditional way, turned on a wooden spit in front of an open fire. Aromatic and delicious, it is enjoyed by visitors from all over the world.

History and tradition

Regional exhibition from 29 June to 2 November 2011: The Master of Naumburg. Sculptor and architect in the Europe of Cathedrals in Naumburg.

Nature and scenery

The spine-chillingly beautiful, fiendishly exciting Harz Witches' Trail is the highlight of walking in the Harz. It stretches east-west for around 100km, across legendary Mount Brocken, the highest peak in northern Germany.