Discover Magdeburg for riverside meetings
Magdeburg - an inspiring meetings destination
Beautifully located on the Elbe river, Magdeburg was one of the most important medieval cities in Europe. The river that runs through it plus the many green spaces give the city its unique character. Add to that some stunning historical sights plus an astonishing array of special venues and you have a truly inspiring meetings destination.
A hidden gem
International visitors usually don’t have Magdeburg on their map. Which is a shame because Saxony-Anhalt’s state capital is a gem worth exploring, providing a high quality of life to its 230,000 inhabitants. Once the imperial seat of the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Otto the Great, and a leading member of the Hanseatic league, it is characterised by medieval structures, Baroque facades and the distinctive late 19th century Gründerzeit style – with some eye-catching contemporary architecture thrown in, such as the Green Citadel building by artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Event planners should take a closer look at the many historical and special venue options the city offers and be surprised by Magdeburg’s potential as an inspiring MICE destination.
Transport & Location
Transport & location
Magdeburg is about 75 miles north of Leipzig and Leipzig/Halle Airport is the closest international airport. The city is well served by high-speed ICE train connections.
From church to theatre via one of the world’s highest wooden structures or the old city fortification and including modern congress centres and conference hotels with up to 1,000 beds – there’s no shortage of venues in Magdeburg. For big occasions, try the modern GETEC Arena, a large multi-purpose venue with seating for 7,800. The city’s exhibition ground and convention centre, Messe Magdeburg, benefits from its location right next to the beautiful Elbauen Park and features three halls that can be flexibly used.
To make the most of Magdeburg’s stunning Elbe location, look no further than Stadthalle Magdeburg: The 1920ies town hall sits on an island in the river, perfect for meetings and congresses with a difference and there’s also an open-air space attached to the premises for up to 6,000 visitors. Then, there’s Festung Mark, once the city’s fortification and dating back to the 19th century, and now a culture and convention centre, or – a true one-off – the Millennium Tower in Magdeburg’s Elbauen Park which is at 60 metres high one of the tallest wooden towers in the world and suitable for events of up to 420 people. For a special hotel, take a look at artHotel in Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s Green Citadel building. It’s funky and colourful, offers different spaces for conferences and the SKYroom@artHotel on the 8th and 9th floor comes with a roof terrace and great views over town.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Not to be missed: Magdeburg’s impressive Cathedral of St. Mauritius and St. Catherine. It is not only Germany’s first Gothic cathedral and the city‘s landmark but also one of the most spectacular architectural monuments in central Germany. Otto the Great is buried here and it is known for its beautiful sculptures and carvings. The locals love their cathedral and another one of their favourites should be on every visitor’s agenda, too: The Elbauen Park by the river is among Germany’s most beautiful parks, featuring a variety of themed gardens, a butterfly house, sports facilities, art objects, play areas – and more than one idyllic spot to grab a deckchair, sit back and relax. Tip: Book your guests on one of the boat trips of the Weiße Flotte (white fleet) and let them see the best of Magdeburg’s historic skyline from the river!
The city’s economy has been fast growing since the reunification and mainly medium-sized industrial and service sector companies operate in Magdeburg and the region. Two universities foster research and innovation, with international scientific conferences such as Active Healthy Aging 2015 bringing together experts from around the world in Magdeburg.
Energy and the environment
Technology and innovation
Transport and logistics