Halberstadt

A town in the northern foothills of the Harz Mountains of central Germany, Halberstadt is known as The Gateway to the Harz Mountains and retains many important historic buildings.

Understand

Church of Our Lady

Halberstadt, a town of about 50,000 people, is only a few minutes by car from the mountains and travellers are welcomed from afar by the impressive towers of the 1200-year old Bishop`s Seat. The town was severely damaged in World War II, but retains many important historic buildings and much of its ancient townscape. Notable places in Halberstadt include the Liebfrauenkirche and St. Stephen Cathedral, churches built in the 12th and 13th centuries, respectively. Halberstadt is the site of the first documented large, permanent pipe organ installation in 1361. The cathedral is notable among those in northern European towns in having retained its medieval treasury in virtually complete condition. Among its treasures are the oldest surviving tapestries in Europe, dating from the 12th century.

Get in

By plane

Leipzig/Halle is the closest international airport to Halberstadt, sometimes called Schkeuditz Airport, and is 22km northwest of central Leipzig. The airport is the second biggest airport in Eastern Germany after Berlin. Halberstadt is approximately 135 km from Leipzig/Halle airport by road with an estimated driving time of 1 hour 40 minutes. Trains run between the airport and the city every 30 minutes; the trip takes 14 minutes. Hanover. The next closest international airport to Halberstadt is Hanover airport which is a main international airport with regular flights from all over the world and services to most European capitals and major cities. The airport is in Langenhagen which is 11 km to the north of Hanover centre and has easy access to the autobahn. It's the ninth largest airport in Germany and is one of the very few German airports which are open 24 hours a day, although there are very few flights 23:00-04:00. The centre of Halberstadt is approximately 150 km from Hanover airport with an estimated driving time of 1 hour 40 minutes. Hanover airport is also accessible by a combination of trains, buses and taxis.

Braunschweig Airport is mainly a research airport. It is, however, currently served by Air Berlin (offering flights to Moscow) and Volkswagen Air Services, Volkswagen 's corporate airline, with select destinations in Europe (currently Prague, Poznan, or Ingolstadt). Tickets can be booked through the respective airlines, or directly at the airport. Halberstadt is approximately 85 km from Braunschweig airport with an estimated driving time of 1 hour.

By train

Halberstadt has a busy railway station which has regular trains travelling to both regional and national destinations. There are frequent daily direct connections to Magdeburg approx 40 minutes, Halle approx 1 hour 30 minutes and Hanover approx 2 hours. A train timetables can be found at the following links.

By road

Halberstadt is served by both the B79 and the B81 which provide access from all directions and lead to the main regional road B6 to the south. The B6 in turn, leads north west to the A395 and Braunschweig, or east to the A14 which goes north towards Magdeburg or south to Halle and Leipzig.

Get around

By tram

TIP: The www.insa.de HarzTourCard enables you to travel by bus, train and narrow gauge train (only Schierke–Brocken) as much as you like within three days. It costs €18, family: €34,50 from the local tourist information or website.

By bus

By historical tram

By taxi

The following link gives the name address and telephone details for 19 Halberstadt Taxi firms, many of whom are also available for airport transfer.

See

Museums

There are many half timbered houses and cobbled streets in Halberstadt

Places of Worship

The Cathedral of Saints Stephanus and Sixtus
Church of Saint Burchardi

Places of Interest

Do

Buy

General

Halberstadt town centre has the normal array of shops expected in a town of this size. C&A, indoor shopping malls, clothes shops like New Yorker and Orsay and electronic shops.

Eat

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Drink

Sleep

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Connect

For Wi-Fi and internet please visit Harzer Kaffeehaus Löper, Trillgasse 2.

Many of the hotels and guest houses offer internet or Wi-Fi access.

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