Cultural Heart of Germany
The Cultural Heart of Germany symbolises a unique wealth of international culture, historical venues, impressive architecture and varied landscapes.
Whether in Magdeburg, the German birthplace of the Holy Roman Empire; Wartburg Castle near Eisenach, where the famous reformer Martin Luther first translated the Bible into German; or Dresden, where Elector Augustus the Strong developed his impressive Baroque splendour, you will find unique sights all around the region. You will be charmed by art treasures, Gothic cathedrals and imposing castles, and fascinated by beautiful landscape gardens.
Many towns invite you to stroll around their lovingly restored historical centres. Whilst walking through quaint cobble-stoned lanes, you will discover places that have been shaped by the Middle Ages, such as Erfurt, Meissen or Bautzen, to name a few. Again and again, you will find yourself in the footsteps of influential historic personalities. Germany's most famous poets and composers lived and worked in the area of these three states, so it is no surprise that today the Cultural Heart of Germany is still one of the country's liveliest regions for theatre and music.
For those who are looking for a bit of peace and quiet, the scenic countryside has a lot to offer. Mountain ranges and lush forests will provide fabulous walking trails and the regions' chefs master the balancing act between hearty and haute cuisine.
The Cultural Heart of Germany symbolises a pure joy of life!
This Gothic basilica is Magdeburg's main historical sight, and dates all the way back to 937 when it was founded by Otto I. It is now the burial place of Otto and his wife Editha and is filled with artistic highlights including sculptures and a antiwar memorial. While in the city, a must-visit is the Rathaus. The original bronze door for the town hall was destroyed during World War 2, and now boast a new bronze relief door designed by artist Heinrich Apel.
Visit one of Europe's most beautiful churches. Destroyed during the Second World War and reopened in 2005, this church is a memorial for the war and also the key landmark of Dresden. In winter time, there is a beautiful Christmas market around the church. The Zwinger Palace is a beautiful restored Baroque palace with a bell pavilion. It is also home to an old Masters Picture Gallery, Armoury and an impressive Porcelain Collection.
St. Nicholas Church contains Saxony's biggest church organ. Here, none other than Johann Sebastian Bach was inducted into his post as Leipzig's director of music. The church became famous due to the prayers for peace that took place here every Monday, which were the starting point for the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. The church is a symbol of the German Reunification. The Bach Museum is located next to St. Thomas Church, this was home to the Bach family and it is the largest Bach archive and museum in Germany.