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Where the Middle Ages come alive for more than 1.5 million visitors a year


Like pearls in an exquisite necklace, the medieval sights arrayed along the Romanesque Route (Strasse der Romanik) invite visitors to get to know Saxony-Anhalt’s history, art, and other treasures – from magnificent cathedrals and working monasteries to storied fortresses, castles, and palaces. The region also beckons with medieval festivals and entertainments, including activities for children, culinary specialties, and fun for the whole family.

Discover historical treasures, experience the Middle Ages

Since 1993, when the Romanesque Route was opened with a southern and northern leg, Germany’s heartland, Saxony-Anhalt, has been honoring its rich medieval heritage. The combination of beautiful scenery and historical sites that awaits visitors imparts an authentic appreciation of life in the era from 1000 to 1230. The Romanesque legacy was shaped by legendary individuals such as Thietmar (Dietmar) Prince-Bishop of Merseburg, King Henry I, Emperor Otto the Great, the eccentric preacher Heimerad as well as Emperor Otto II and his consort Theophanu. The towns and small cities along the two routes make history spring to life and offer a varied calendar of exhibitions, themed festivals (castles, gardens, and wine), concerts, fairs/markets, and much more.
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