Library of the Francke Foundations in Halle (Saale)

Library of the Francke Foundation in Haale (Saale), GermanyThe library was founded at the beginning of the 18th century by August Hermann Francke for the teachers and pupils at the schools of the Francke Foundations. The edifice built in the years 1726-1728 is regarded as Germany’s oldest surviving secular library building. [German]


Cabinet of curiosities at the Francke Foundations

Crocodile at the cabinet of curiosity in Halle (Saale)

The cabinet of art and natural history (Kunst- und Naturalienkammer) was established by August Hermann Francke in 1698. Today this collection is regarded as the only fully preserved cabinet of curiosities dating from the Baroque age. [German]


Cathedral of Halle (Saale)

Cathedral of Halle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

In the beginning, the later cathedral of Halle was a church built by the Dominican. Traditionally churches of a mendicant order don’t have a tower. The lovely gables were added by Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg. Today it is just a church again but people of Halle still call the edifice a Dom (cathedral).


German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle (Saale)

Headquarter of the German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle (Saale), Germany

Right next to the buildings of the Francke Foundations I came across this fascinating architecture. It’s the headquarter of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes). The purpose of this foundation is to promote and fund art and culture within the framework of federal responsibility.


Leipzig Tower in Halle (Saale)

Leipzig Tower in Halle (Saale), Germany

The Leipzig Tower (Leipziger Turm) was built in the 15th century. Canopy, roof lantern and the clock were added at the end of 16th century. The 44-metre-high edifice was used as a fire lookout tower. Today it is a prominent point on the Leipziger Straße, one of the main shopping streets in Halle.


Beatles Museum in Halle (Saale)

Beatles Museum in Halle (Saale), Germany

The Beatles Museum in Halle (Saale) shows the history of the Beatles from the foundation of the band in 1960 up to their separation in 1970. It also displays material about their solo careers after 1970. The museum is located in a Baroque building dating back to 1708.

Coat of arms Manhole Covers

Manhole cover in Halle (Saale)

Manhole cover in Halle (Saale), Germany

This manhole cover in Halle (Saale) displays the coat of arms of the city. The city arms of Halle consist of a moon between two stars of different size. The colour of these symbols is red; the ground is silver.

Industrial Heritage Museums

Hallors and Saline Museum in Halle (Saale)

Hallors and Saline Museum in Halle (Saale), Germany

The museum was established in 1967 in the buildings of the former Royal Prussian saline to Halle (Saale). In these rooms, salt is still traditionally extracted. On regular events, the visitors can look over the Hallors’ shoulders during salt production. [German]


Seeburg Castle in Seegebiet Mansfelder Land

Seeburg Castle in Seegebiet Mansfelder Land, Germany

Seeburg Castle (Schloss Seeburg) is located on the shores of a lake called Süßer See (Sweet Lake). Contrary to its name the lake is salty. It was created by the natural leaching of rock salt in the subsoil. The name of the municipality Seegebiet Mansfelder Land refers to the fact there are several such lakes in this region.


Cruise vessel ‘Fröhliche Dörte’ (1888)

Cruise vessel 'Fröhliche Dörte' (1888) on the river Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt, GermanyCruise vessel 'Fröhliche Dörte' (1888) on the river Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

A steamboat from 1888 brings us along the Unstrut river from Freyburg to Naumburg. The cruise leads partly through a landscape conservation area. A few months later, I learn that these rides are no longer available. What a pity!

Castles Museums Wine

Neuenburg Castle high over Freyburg (Unstrut)

Neuenburg Castle high over Freyburg (Unstrut), Germany

Neuenburg Castle (Schloss Neuenburg) located in the wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut accommodates a wine museum. I took this photo while enjoying a boat trip on the Unstrut River.


Wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt

Vineyards in the Saale-Unstrut region of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

While travelling through the wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut one can see a lot of steep terraces with centuries-old dry walls and romantic vineyard cottages. The region is open for many kinds of movement: Hiking, cycling and even canoeing.