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.


Bebertal cemetery chapel

At the western extremity of Bebertal is a cemetery chapel built in field stone. A roofed entrance was added in about 1830 by setting back the east wall. There are two circular Romanesque windows in the south wall. Bebertal cemetery chapel is ... [read more]

Benedictine convent of St Lawrence, Hillersleben

Hillersleben was probably established as a nun’s convent in the second half of the 10th century, making it one of the earliest of its kind in central Germany. The famous chronicler and bishop Thietmar of Merseburg first mentioned the convent in ... [read more]

Benedictine convent of St Mary, Arendsee

The construction of the convent church of SS. Mary, John and Nicholas began in 1185. Margrave Otto I, the son of Albert the Bear, founded the Benedictine convent slightly earlier, in 1183. The convent church at Arendsee is one of the most important ... [read more]

Benedictine convent of St Vitus, Drübeck

The convent was established in the 11th and 12th century beside an ancient trade route. The church of the Benedictine nun’s convent of St. Vitus in Drübeck is one of the most remarkable Romanesque structures on the northern fringe of the Harz ... [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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