Magdeburg is an ancient city and the capital of the Saxony-Anhalt federal district. This place is situated on the bank of the river Elbe. During the times of Emperor Otto I the Benedictine monastery was built in the city, but because of this monastery the city was ambushed all the time by enemies who wanted to establish their authority. Their attempts finally brought success in spring 1631, when the imperial commander Tilly had ordered his troops to storm the city and destroy Magdeburg. Terrible destructions came upon the city during World War I. The historical center of Magdeburg laid totally in ruins. Later it was reconstructed, but only partially. However, those sights, which are precious to the city and its history, stand by now.
Magdeburg is divided into two parts - the "spiritual" and "secular." In "secular" part of the city is located Market Square, which overlooks the two-story City Hall built in the XVII century and featuring the early Baroque style. In front of the City Hall is installed the monument devoted to Roland - the knight and the keeper of the city. He is also a symbol of justice and protects Magdeburg from various disasters such as plague or war. We suggest entering a wine restaurant located on this square. This place attracts passers-by delicious cuisine and old wines, as well as free exhibitions and music played by young musicians.
"Spiritual" part of the city is represented by numerous monasteries and churches. The most famous ones show a true heart of the German Romanesque - the monastery of St. Mary, St. Maurice and St. Catherine Cathedral. All these churches were built centuries ago. Today visitors can enjoy mesmerizing sound of organ concerts that are conducted there. A beautiful Rotehorn Park is located nearby. This truly wonderful place was planted yet in the XIX century.