Picturesquely situated along the Saale River, the largest city in Saxony-Anhalt is just a stone’s throw away from seven UNESCO World Heritage Treasures – and a beauty itself. Welcome to Halle!
Full of Sound
When you hear the “Halle-Lujah” of Europe’s largest carillon, you have arrived in Georg Friedrich Händel’s birthplace. In honor of its greatest son, the Händel Festival has been inviting baroque stars and fans from all over the world to Halle for 100 years. If you prefer something more modern, you can groove at the Women in Jazz festival, for example.
Green, greener, Halle
The Saale is the city’s lifeline, flowing through it’s middle and creating green islands with secluded spots and countless leisure opportunities. No wonder Halle is one of the greenest cities in Germany.
The magical Nebra Sky Disc, a UNESCO “Memory of the World” document, explains the stars in the State Museum of Prehistory, one of the most important archaeological museums in Central Europe. If you want to dive even deeper into the vastness of space, we recommend a visit to the state-of-the-art Halle Planetarium, which just opened in 2023. Even the architecture of the former gasometer is impressive.
Historical, young, and creative – all at once
In Halle, old meets new, young meets old, vibrant city life meets relaxing on the banks of the Saale. The well-preserved old town tells the story of over 1,200 years of city history, which continues to be written today by almost 245,000 residents, including more than 20,000 students, scientists and creative minds from the arts and culture.
A packed calendar of events invites you to the next exhibition at the Moritzburg Art Museum, a concert at the opera, or a voyage of discovery through the showrooms of the Francke Foundations, home to the world’s largest half-timbered house at over 100 meters in length.
The city owes its origins to salt. The oldest brotherhood in the world, the “Salzwirker-Brüderschaft im Thale zu Halle”, still boils salt according to ancient tradition. Halle also offers culinary delights with chocolate from Halloren – the oldest chocolate factory in Germany.
Worth a trip
Seven of Germany’s 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in and around Halle alone: The Nebra Sky Disc in the Halle State Museum of Prehistory, the majestic Naumburg Cathedral, the idyllic Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, the pioneering Bauhaus in Dessau and Weimar, picturesque Quedlinburg, the world-changing Luther memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg, and Classical Weimar, shaped by Schiller and Goethe. The unique buildings and treasures are a maximum of 90 minutes away by car or can be easily reached by public transport from the main station.