Romanesque Route

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 88 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.


Castle and palace, Allstedt

As a Franconian imperial castle founded in the 8th century, Allstedt was one of the most frequented palaces in Saxony during the reign of the Ottonians. The imposing complex obtainedits appearance during the late-Gothic to Baroque era. Today, the ... [read more]

Cathedral and chatedral treasure of Halberstadt

The cathedral of St. Stephen was built between 1236 and 1486, following the collapse of a 9th century Carolingian building and the destruction by fire of an Ottonian building on the same site. The diocese of Halberstadt (804-1648) was one of the ... [read more]

Cathedral of St John and St Lawrance, Merseburg

The cathedral of SS. John and Laurence (1015) is a landmark on the ‘Romanesque Road’ tourist trail, and a synthesis of the arts. Of particular note are the 11th century hall crypt, early 11th century bronze tomb slab, and Ladegast organ. The ... [read more]

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, Naumburg

The cathedral of St. Peter and Paul is a landmark on the ‘Romanesque Road’ tourist trail and was built in about 1210. The early Gothic west choir dates from 1250-60. Naumburg Cathedral is one of the most famous buildings on the ”Romanesque ... [read more]
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Tourismusverband Sachsen-Anhalt e.V. (LTV)
Danzstraße 1
39104 Magdeburg

Contact Person

Manuela Fischer
Koordinatorin "Straße der Romanik / Reisen für Alle"

Leaflet of Romanesque Route

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Romanesque Road Saxony-Anhalt
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