Magdeburg is the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt. The city lies at the intersection of the Elbe, Elbe-Havel and Mittelland Canal and has transformed itself from a rather unattractive industrial city into a green city attractive to tourists, ideal for a city trip to Magdeburg.
Visitors to Magdeburg are mainly drawn to the city centre with its imposing cathedral and the Green Citadel Grüne Zitadelle), which was designed by Hundertwasser. A trip to the green lungs of the city, such as the Elbauenpark or a boat trip on the Elbe, should not be missed on a city trip to Magdeburg.
Attractions in Magdeburg
City trip to Magdeburg – Travel information
Magdeburg does not have its own airport. The nearest larger airports are in Leipzig/Halle (110 km away), Hannover-Langenhagen (150 km away) and Berlin-Brandenburg (150 km away). From there you can reach the city easily by car or train.
Magdeburg’s main railway station is on the route of several Intercity lines. ICEs coming from Berlin, Cologne or Munich do not stop so frequently in the city.
There is a RegionalExpress to Berlin and numerous regional trains to the region.
The station is about 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre.
The central bus station (ZOB Magdeburd) is located at Damaschkeplatz, directly at the main railway station. Bus companies from all over Germany travel to the city regularly. International connections, such as to Amsterdam or Prague, are also served from Magdeburg.
To the north of the city runs the A2 east-west motorway towards Berlin and Hanover. To the west of the city is the A14 coming from Leipzig.
There are mooring facilities for river cruise ships at the Petriförder jetty.
Magdeburg is located on the Elbe Cycle Route, which is part of the National Route D 10. Magdeburg is an ideal stop on a cycling tour.
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An environmental zone has been introduced in Magdeburg in accordance with the fine dust ordinance. Vehicles in groups 1,2,3 are not allowed to enter this zone.
In the city centre around Magdeburg Cathedral there are only limited parking facilities.
Local public transport
The local public transport network is very well developed. During the day, 9 trams and 13 bus lines run through the city. The service is limited from 9-6 pm.
Tickets are available from ticket machines at many stops and on tram trains.
The S-Bahn Mittelelbe runs from Stendal to Schönebeck through the city.
Boats of the Magdeburg White Fleet depart from the Petriförder pier for various tourist tours.
There is no free parking in the city centre.
There are some paid parking garages in the large shopping centres. There is paid parking on Schleiufer/Petriförder and Erzbergerstr./Virchowstraße.
In public car parks, parking tickets can be purchased using a mobile phone app and paid for without cash. The advantage is that you can conveniently extend your parking time while on the move.