Throughout the Middle Ages up to 1680, Halle was a section of the Archbishopric of Magdeburg, whose ruling archbishop-electors established castles in the city at Moritzburg and the Residenz of Neue.
The biggest city in Saxony-Anhalt, Halle, is a one-time ducal town affluent in history. George Frideric Handel, the Baroque songwriter, was born in 1685 in Halle and lived here until 18. His birthplace has been conserved, and you visit the churches where he was baptized and played the instrument.
With 160 displays in sequential order, you can trace Handel’s early life in Halle and his European career from 1703 to 1759. In addition, there’s a small Baroque theatre where you can experience an animated Handel performance. At the same time, that pile of instruments made in Antwerp in 1599 has 700 pieces in addition to a Ruckers harpsichord.
The tradition of painting the facade yellow originated in the first part of the seventeenth century when the building was famous as the Zum Gelben Hirsch. The museum has three major strands: Handel, the musical heritage of the Halle region and a compilation of historical musical instruments.
2. Kunstmuseum Moritzburg
The palace is an Early rebirth building from the 16th century but was demolished in the Thirty Years’ War a century later and remained in relics. In 2010 the palace was modified into a contemporary design by Spanish architecture firm Nieto Sobejano. In the modern halls, there’s an excellent display of Art by Lyonel Feininger, Kandinsky, Klee, Klimt, Kirchner, Ernst and many other luminaries of Expressionism and Symbolism.
3. Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen
One of Central Germany’s beautiful Late Gothic churches, Halle’s 16th-century Marktkirche is discernable thanks to its four towers. Also, four of the five towers confer Halle its alias, “Stadt der fünf Türme.” That uncommon duo towers on the east side are the watchmen’s towers connected by a bridge. Martin Luther delivered an admonition at the Marktkirche three times, and George Frideric Handel was baptized here 140 years later.
4. The Francke Foundations
The Francke Foundations in August Hermann Francke’s donation to Halle was established in 1695. Within 30 years, the Francke Foundations had become a massive educational complex with teacher training facilities, a pharmacy and businesses like a publishing house. Although, those educational ideas were out of the ordinary at the time, and you can explore the sites like the “Lange Haus,” the enormous half-timbered building in Europe.
5. Stadtgottesacker (City Cemetery)
Located East of the city walls, the Stadtgottesacker is a rebirth cemetery constructed in 1557. The style is based on Pisa’s Camposanto Monumentale, and the structure is seen as a sensation of German Renaissance architecture. A wall surrounds the cemetery, and facing within are 94 beautifully decorated arcades sheltering tombs. You can also find the burial ground of some significant personalities like the 17th-century philosopher Christian Thomasius, Georg Händel, philanthropist August Hermann Francke and 18th-century Lutheran clergyperson.
6. Zoologische Garten Halle
Halle’s zoo is called Bergzoo as it sticks to the 130-meter Reilsberg in the city’s north. The terrain around the ring may be steep, which can be delicate if you have kids under five. The newly reconstructed big cat ring has jaguars, Malaysian tigers Southwest African lions, and, while attached to this, is a “predator house” for agamas and boa constrictors. The indoor crocodile house has crocodiles and alligators in a warmed-up environment, while exotic birds and iguanas can roam freely in the tropical house. This site should be considered in your list of attractions to Visit in Halle with kids.
7. Neue Residenz
The other showpiece of Cardinal Albert’s rebuilding project was a luxurious Renaissance palace constructed in 1531 close to the cathedral. Again, hints of Italian Renaissance architecture are seen in its courtyards and arches. Also, this is an ideal attractions to Visit in Halle to explore it’s architectural design.
8. Hallors and Saline Museum
That is located down to the saline wells, a geological concern oddity generating concentrated brine. The name Hallors originates from a brotherhood of salt workers established at the end of the 15th century. There are also glass cases containing ceremonial Artworks dating back to the 17th century, connected to the brotherhood, like trophies and cups.
9. Roter Turm (Red Tower)
Halle’s fifth tower is also the largest, measuring 84 meters on Marktplatz, precisely a few meters away from Marktkirche. The tower was 88 years in the beginning and was finished in the Late Gothic style in 1506. The tower consists of a carillon of 76 bells, the hugest in Europe, with a total weight of nearly 55 tons. The tinniest weighs only 10.7kg, while the biggest is known as Dame Händel measuring 2.36 meters in diameter and is the third-biggest playable bell in the world.
10. Halloren Chocolate Factory
Halloween Chocolate Factory is the oldest chocolate factory in Germany since the beginning of the 19th century. This is one of the best attractions to Visit in Halle where you can watch Halloren’s chocolatiers working at the “Pralineum” behind a pane of glass and see personally the artistry that goes into creating pralines. Also, there’s a chocolate gallery where 1.5 loads of chocolate have been refined into works of Art.