Do you want to get to know the East of Germany?
I have lived in Magdeburg for three years due to work. Magdeburg is the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt and has approximately 230,000 inhabitants. Many old West Germans have unfortunately still prejudices when it comes to East Germany. Before I moved to Magdeburg I have lived for 8 years in Berlin. It was first a big change to move from a big city to a smaller town. But it also had its advantages. Life is not as stressful as in Berlin in a smaller town. The air is better, people are relaxed and friendly. Long hours in the Metro don#t exist here and take the lifetime of the people.
Magdeburg is over 1,200 years old and one of the oldest cities in Eastern Germany. It was once an imperial residence, then the Hanseatic city and finally Prussian fortress. The Magdeburg Cathedral is the highlight of this city on the Elbe. It is the first gothic designed building of a cathedral in Germany and one of the largest church buildings on German soil at all. Near the cathedral is the Green Citadel, a house by the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Green Lungs has some to offer the city. The park Rotehorn on the urban river island is one of the most beautifully situated English landscape parks in Germany. The Elbauenpark was created by the local Federal Garden Show in 1999. It is worth a visit to the Millennium Tower. With a height of 60 meters, it houses an interactive exhibition on 6,000 years of science and technology history.
Saxony-Anhalt has much to offer from the Harz to the Elbe. In the fairly flat region, you can easily do biking and hiking. On the rivers Elbe, Saale and Unstrut you can go by canoe.
Those people who are interested in culture can find a lot of it in Saxony-Anhalt, because Martin Luther brought here the Reformation in motion. At the Castle Church in Wittenberg, he beat his 95 theses at the door.
You should not miss the cozy town of Quedlinburg in the Harz Mountains. With its picturesque Old Town and deer Collegiate Church this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.