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Architecture Bauhaus World Heritage Sites

Bauhaus building in Dessau-Roßlau

Bauhaus building in Dessau-Roßlau

The Bauhaus building Dessau was built in the years 1925 – 1926 to plans by Walter Gropius. It served as a school building for the Bauhaus art, design and architecture school. Since 1996 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [German]

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Museums Palaces Renaissance

Dessau City Museum in Dessau-Roßlau

Dessau City Museum in Dessau-Roßlau

The Johannbau, a wing of the former Residenzschloss Dessau, houses the Dessau City Museum (Museum für Stadtgeschichte). The edifice was built in the style of Early Renaissance and is a remain of the palace which was destroyed in World War II. [German]

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World Heritage Sites

Seven Pillars in Dessau-Roßlau

Seven pillars in Dessau-Roßlau

The “Seven Pillars” (Sieben Säulen) represent an artificial Roman ruin in Georgium. Thus, an English-style landscape park in Dessau-Roßlau is called. Together with the Wörlitzer Park, this forms the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz”. The name of the building raises a question: why does it have eight pillars? [German]

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Theatres

Anhalt Theatre in Dessau-Roßlau

Anhaltinian theatre in Dessau-Roßlau

The Anhalt Theater (Anhaltisches Theater) in Dessau-Roßlau has one of the largest revolving stages in Germany. The building was built in 1938 and rebuilt after its destruction in World War II. The quote “Begegnen wir der Zeit, wie sie uns sucht” (Meet the time as it seeks us) origins from a play by Wilhelm Shakespeare. [German]

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Manhole Covers

Manhole cover II in Naumburg (Saale)

Manhole cover displaying the cathedral of Naumburg (Saale), Germany

This manhole cover displays the cathedral of Naumburg (Saale). The German full name is Naumburger Dom St. Peter und St. Paul. The cathedral dates back to 13th century and is part of the tourist route Romanesque Road (Straße der Romanik) in Saxony-Anhalt.

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Museums

Handel House in Halle (Saale)

Under the sun of Arcadia, a room at the Handel House

Georg Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel) was born in Halle (Saale) in 1685 and lived in this city for 18 years. Today, his birthplace houses an exhibition on the life and work of the composer. It is generally known as the Handel House (Händel-Haus). [German]

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Souvenirs

Salt from a 19th-century saline in Halle (Saale)

Salt produced in a 19th-century saline in Halle (Saale)

Halle’s early history relates to harvesting of salt. The names of the city Halle and the river Saale origin from old expressions related to salt. An appropriate souvenir from Halle (Saale) could be a portion of salt, produced with technologies of the 19th century in the Hallors and Saline Museum (Halloren- und Salinenmuseum).

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Ships

MS Händel II in Halle (Saale)

MS Händel II, a ship for river cruises on the Saale river

With the MS Händel II, a ship named after composer Georg Frederik Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel), one can take relaxing tours on the river Saale around Halle. A highlight of these trips is passing Giebichenstein Castle. If you are interested in the works of the composer, the Handel House is worth a visit.

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Castles

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale)

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale), Germany

Giebichenstein Castle (Burg Giebichenstein) is part of the Romanesque Road (Straße der Romanik). Today it is used by the Kunsthochschule Halle (Academy of Arts). Being a Burgward in the 9th century, the castle became a royal residence of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Railways

Talent 2 at railway station Halle (Saale)

Talent 2 at the railway station of Halle (Saale), Germany

The Talent 2 is a multiple unit railcar manufactured by Bombardier Transportation. The first trains were produced in 2008. The design of the cab ends made Germans call this type of train Hamsterbacke (hamster cheek). The depicted train is run by the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland.

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Libraries

Marienbibliothek in Halle (Saale)

Iron stairs at the Marienbibliothek in Halle (Saale), Germany

The Marienbibliothek, a library named after the nearby church Marienkirche was founded by Sebastian Boetius in 1552. In the beginning, the books were stored in a tower of the Marienkirche. Today the library is housed in a typical magazine of the late 19th century with iron stairs and iron-cast pillars.

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Fountains Sculptures

Donkey fountain in Halle (Saale)

Donkey fountain on the Old Market in Halle (Saale), Germany

The Donkey Fountain (Eselsbrunnen) on the Old Market (Alter Markt) in Halle (Saale) was built in 1913. The bronze sculpture was created by the sculptor Heinrich Keiling. The man who walks with a donkey over a rug of roses refers to an old legend. [German]