Today, Magdeburg is a medium-sized and beautiful city, with a population of some 230,000 residents and an exceptional base for research and innovation provided by its universities and research institutes. The city is situated just 130 km from Berlin and is linked conveniently to the country's railroad network and the A 2 highway.
Magdeburg is rich in interesting sightseeing spots. There you can admire the Gothic Magdeburg Cathedral, the oldest one in Germany, the construction of which as started in 1209. The Cathedral square, where it is located, is surrounded by Baroque buildings. The Romanic Monastery of Our Lady, founded in 1015 by archbishop Gero, is now the city's art museum and concert hall. There is also the Old Market and the Town Hall, which sustained damage during World War II, but large part of them has been reconstructed. There you can also see the Magdeburg Horseman's stature.
Magdeburg has a number of fascinating parks, which entitle it to be termed the 'green city'. The Rotehorn Park is on an island in the middle of the river. The Herrekrug Park has been around since the 19th century, and it is a little reminiscent of English gardens. Due to the park's beauty, as well as the region's favorable climate, various open-air activities are held there on a regular basis.
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