Approximately 1,000 years ago the Saxony Duke Heinrich received the East Franconian king’s crown as a recommendation.
Under the early German monarchy of the Ottonians the region around Harz and Magdeburg became the center of occidental history. Heinrich’s son, Otto the Great formed the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Along the tourist passage, “Romanesque Route”, you can now experience this exciting history at 80 original settings.
They will encounter imperishable traces of this time, fortresses and king palaces, sensational cathedrals, vital monasteries in various ways and the four highlights on the “Romanesque Route”, the cathedral treasures in Halberstadt, Merseburg, Naumburg as well as the Collegiate Church in Quedlinburg.
On the more than 1,000 kilometers route discover both for buildings of unusual beauty, along with vital history with knight plays, medieval markets, town festivals. Show dinners, jongleurs and mistrals will delight your heart, let the love go through the belly and take of amusement. The north and south route yield attention to the center of Otto the Great’s favorite city, Magdeburg. Inside the Magdeburg Cathedral, the first building in Germany of Gothic layout, there are also tombs of Otto the Great and his first wife Editha.
Since 2007 the Romanesque Route has been interconnected throughout Europe and part of the European cultural route, TRANSROMANICA as stated by the Council of Europe, which connects Romanesque structures in Sachsen-Anhalt and Germany with Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and Serbia.