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The two largest cities in the state of Saxony-Anhalt are the state capital Magdeburg and Halle (Saale), and another regional centre is Dessau-Roßlau.
Saxony-Anhalt has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Bauhaus, the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, the Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg, the old town of Quedlinburg and the Naumburg Cathedral. In the country there is a diverse landscape of castles, palaces and churches and other valuable cultural monuments. With several universities and research institutions, Halle and Magdeburg are scientific centres.

Frosty hike up to the Brocken at Harz Mountain

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 Frosty hike up to the Brocken at Harz Mountain

When it comes to hiking, the Harz region really offers something for everyone. Even those who associate hiking more with the term “walking” will find a network of easy-to-use terrain paths in most tourist locations, which can often be varied as desired.

Cycling - Joining the Saale-Unstrut-Elster-Rad-Eight

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Cycling - Joining the Saale-Unstrut-Elster-Rad-Eight

The Saale-Unstrut-Elster-Rad-Eight (Acht) is a 178 km long regional tourist cycle route in Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, which connects the cycle routes along the Saale, Unstrut and White Elster.

Wendelstein Castle - stop on Unstrut cycle path

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Wendelstein Castle - impressive stop on Unstrut cycle path

Visible from afar and therefore attractive for visitors, the Wendelstein castle ruins are located between 30 and 50 meters above the Unstrut river on a gypsum rock that slopes steeply towards the shore.

Nebra Sky Disc - 100 million insurance value

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Nebra Sky Disc - 100 million insurance value

The thriller about the Nebra Sky Disc still never ends. It was initially the tense story about the professional robbery of the artefacts after the sky disc was found on July 4th, 1999 on the Mittelberg in the former municipality of Ziegelroda near the city of Nebra in Saxony-Anhalt, now it's the analyses of the actual age the sky disc that excite the mind.

Bad Bibra - Finne Kneipp cures and cycling

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Bad Bibra - Finne Kneipp cures and cycling

The small town of Bad Bibra is in the Saale-Unstrut tourist region and in the Saale-Unstrut-Triasland nature park, a destination for us that we have already visited several times with the HNF bikes.

With the e-bike to the Apostel Bridge near Bad Bibra

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With the e-bike to the Apostel Bridge near Bad Bibra

Autumn sunshine and the desire for exercise, once again the most important reasons to get on our bikes and explore the still new surroundings. Our motto, which is confirmed again and again: there is still so much to discover, you just have to do it.

The Saale Bridge in Bad Kösen - not just a monument?

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The Saale Bridge in Bad Kösen - not just a monument?

Located just a few kilometers below the well-known Rudelsburg, the historically valuable Saale bridge connects the older part of Bad Kösen on the right of the Saale with the newer part on the left bank of the river and has long been an important Saale crossing in the course of the medieval Via Regia, the course of which in big parts is the modern federal highway 87.

Another hike - this time to Saaleck Castle

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Another hike - this time to Saaleck Castle

Visit from our friend Philipp and his girlfriend Jule, with whom we had undertaken countless hikes and discovery excursions during the project work on the Balkans and here especially in Greece.

Hike to Rudelsburg - Bad Kösen as a starting point

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Hike to Rudelsburg - Bad Kösen as a starting point

In our blog article "Ghost beech in Bad Kösen" we had already described a section of the hiking trail network that ultimately leads to the Rudelsburg, partly through wonderful shady deciduous forest and partly within sight of the Saale river.

Stolberg – One of the pearls of the Southern Harz

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Stolberg – One of the pearls of the Southern Harz

On the way to our authors' meeting in Halle, we wanted to visit the Harz town of Stolberg again, which we could only pass by during our last excursion in the spring due to lack of time, but which we had still had in mind due to the wonderful half-timbered buildings.

A walk through the old town of Naumburg

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A walk through the old town of Naumburg

The research for an ATM machine led us into the city centre of Naumburg in southern Saxony-Anhalt for the first time, whose landmark, the early Gothic cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, is one of the most valuable European monuments today.

On the way to Eckartsburg - passing summer tobogga

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On the way to Eckartsburg - summer tobogga in Eckartsberga

Brilliant sunshine in April had motivated us to take another walk, far away from large numbers of people despite Corona, so in choosing our destination we were sure not to meet anyone, which should also prove to be correct since all of the so-called local attractions were closed anyway.

Imposing graduation tower in Bad Kösen - on Saale River

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Imposing graduation tower in Bad Kösen - on Saale River

If you are traveling in different regions of Germany, you will occasionally come across interesting buildings of bygone eras, which, sometimes surprisingly, will be given high priority again due to changing use and changed tourist interests.

Meadow landscape - a walk along the Lossa

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Meadow landscape - a walk along the Lossa

Another walk has taken us along the Lossa creek, where we came across an almost heavenly piece of land, beginning at the end of village Billroda.

Halle - Donkey fountain and Beatles Museum at Old Market

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Halle - Donkey fountain and the Beatles Museum at the Old Market

The next day was to be followed by another tour of downtown Halle, so Detlef did not just have the Old Market with its donkey well in mind, but also the only existing Museum of music history of the Beatles.

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