Halle

For other places with the same name, see Halle (disambiguation).

Halle is the largest city in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany with a population of 233,700. Located on the river Saale, it is often referred to as Halle an der Saale, or Halle (Saale) for short, to distinguish it from other municipalities in Germany sharing the same name.

Halle has always been an important industrial centre - its industrial heritage spans salt mining, chemical industries and chocolate confectionery. Internationally, Halle is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the Baroque composer Georg Friedrich Händel, who later went on to a successful career in London.

Get in

By plane

The train station is right underneath the terminal of Leipzig/Halle Airport

Leipzig/Halle Airport (IATA: LEJ) , sometimes called Schkeuditz Airport, is 30 km away from central Halle. The airport is the second biggest airport in Eastern Germany after Berlin. Trains between the airport and Halle Central Station run roughly every 30 minutes, alternating a S-Bahn (S 5X) and an IC-train enroute to Hanover. The trip takes 11 minutes and costs €4.20 (S-Bahn) and 6 € (IC). The train station is below the terminal building and can be reached by stairs, escalators and elevators.

Berlin's airports are just one hour away by train and offer more direct flights.

By train

Halle's main train station (Hauptbahnhof)

Deutsche Bahn operates regular train service between Halle and nearby cities such as Leipzig (€9, 25 minutes), Magdeburg (€16, 50 minutes), Erfurt (€19, 80 minutes), Jena (€16, 75 minutes), Weimar (€16, 60 minutes), Dessau (€11, 50 minutes), Lutherstadt Eisleben (€7, 30 minutes), Lutherstadt Wittenberg (€12, 30 minutes), Potsdam (€40, 2 hours), and Berlin (€37, 75 minutes). High speed express trains are available via Leipzig to major cities in Germany including Frankfurt (€72, 3.5 hours), Munich (€89, 5 hours), Hamburg (€74, 3.5 hours), and Dresden (€34, 2 hours). Prague (€58, 5 hours) can be reached with an additional transfer in Dresden.

By bus

see long distance bus travel in Germany

By car

From Leipzig, take the A14 west to the B100.

Get around

By tram

Hallesche Verkehrs-AG (HAVAG) operates the local surface street tram. It passes most major attractions downtown and will take you to and from the main train station. Tickets are available at the office in the Marktplatz, from vending machines or from the drivers. 1-hour tickets cost €1.50 if bought from a vending machine, or €1.70 if bought from the driver. Day passes cost €4.

Market square in Halle

See

Do

Festivals

Buy

Leipziger Straße is the main shopping street in downtown Halle. It branches off of the Southeast corner of the Marktplatz. There you will find many retail shops and chain fast food restaurants.

Eat

Budget

Make sure you try some döner kebap. It's heavily Germanized Turkish food. Halle has some of the best döner in Germany.

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

A street in the Paulusviertel district

Bars and pubs

Clubs

Sleep

The Riebeckplatz in Halle

Budget

Wasserturm

Mid-range

Splurge

Connect

Internet

Go next

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