Therefore, the city at the river Saale offers numerous reasons for a visit all year round, especially for tourists interested in culture or city trips. The cityscape is characterized by contemporary witnesses of this time as well as a historically valuable old town. Additionally, with 53 per cent of green space and riverbanks, and the rivers capes between the old and new town Halle is one of the greenest major cities in Germany.
The city of Halle owes its development to the existing salt springs – the name Halle means “place of salt production”. The old and until today well-tended tradition of salt seething is demonstrated in the Technical Halloren and Saline museum. The town’s landmark, the five towers, can be found on the market square: The two round caps as well as the two blue peaks of the church Marienkirche, and the tower Roter Turm form this great ensemble. One of the cultural highlights of Central Germany is the annual Handel Festival, taking place in Halle. It is supposed to remind of George Frederick Handel, who was born in Halle. His life and work, Halle’s long tradition of music as well as a large collection of musical instruments are the topics on display in the Handel House. Fans of another kind of music will surely enjoy the world’s largest Beatles Museum.
Architectural monuments of different epochs document the development and life of the city of Halle. The proudly cherished characteristic is represented by the historical old town, which is one of Germany’s largest architectural monuments. Built in the 12th century, the castle Giebichenstein has once been the seat of government of the archbishops of Magdeburg. Today, it is used to house the University of Art and Design. Halle’s cathedral, which was once used as a monastery, has been built without a tower. Therefore, it appears to be quite modest, however, due to its remarkable acoustics, it is often used for concerts and plays. The Moritzburg, a fortress and castle respectively of the late gothic, which has been partly destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War, was extensively restored between 2005 and 2008. In the now extended exhibition spaces, the Art Museum of the region Saxony-Anhalt is located with its worth seeing collection of classical art. The Foundation of the Great Pedagogue August Hermann Francke originated as a poorhouse and orphanage around 1700. Today, these buildings accommodate one of the oldest libraries with more than 60.000 books from the 17th and 18th century. At the same time, the historical seat of learning is the biggest timber-framing ensemble in Europe and home to a peerless baroque collection of art and natural products.
Halle’s reputation as a modern site of education and science is based on the more than 500 years old history of the university, a University of Art rich in tradition, the Leopoldina, which has been officially nominated as the national academy of sciences in 2008, as well as the in 2006 opened media centre of Central Germany.
With a population of about 233.000, Halle is the largest city and at the same time the cultural capital of Saxony-Anhalt.