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Magdeburg - Neighbouring city on the river Elbe

Magdeburg is a city with a very rich and colourful history. Emperor Otto the Great and Otto von Guericke left their mark on Magdeburg and are the namesakes of the City of Otto.

Magdeburg, the neighbouring city on the river Elbe, capital of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, was first documented in 805. Otto I, crowned the first German emperor in Rome in 962, was buried after his death in the grave still preserved in Magdeburg Cathedral. In the 17th century, the vacuum experiments of the scientist and Lord Mayor Otto von Guericke became famous.

Today the metropolis with approximately 240,000 inhabitants, which has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its history, is not only characterised by impressive historic medieval buildings, picturesque Baroque facades and monumental districts from the 19th century, but also by its modern architecture.

Some of the city’s most famous sights and attractions are the Magdeburg Cathedral, which is dedicated to St. Maurice and St. Catherine, and the Art Museum in the Monastery of Our Lady. Magdeburg is not only home to a number of historical sights and landmarks, but also a multitude of modern attractions such as the Magdeburg Waterway Junction, which boasts the world’s longest canal bridge, the „Elbauenpark“ with the Millennium Tower and the “Green Citadel of Magdeburg”, a building designed by the famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Braunschweig was among the first cities in the old Federal Republic to apply intensively for a partnership with a city in the former German Democratic Republic. On 8 December 1987, the partnership agreement with Magdeburg was concluded in a ceremony. Difficult negotiations and a complicated correspondence with the federal and state ministries of the German Democratic Republic government preceded the signing of the agreement. 

In 1988 and 1989, "workers' and women delegations" visited Braunschweig. There were also exchanges of cultural, youth and sports groups, based on officially negotiated annual programs of both cities. They became redundant after the opening of the Inner German border. 

In the following years, the city of Braunschweig helped to build up local autonomy in Magdeburg. On 8 December 1992, a new partnership agreement was signed in Magdeburg. The exchange of experiences continued, including mutual visits of council committees.

Today there are intensive exchange programs in the fields of youth, culture and sport as well as links between numerous associations and private initiatives. A further expression and sign for a growing sense of community is the twinning cycle path between Braunschweig and Magdeburg, which was opened on 3 October 2016.


  • Youth exchange
  • Exchange in the fields sports and culture

To learn more about the current activities with Braunschweig’s twin city, please click here: 


Mayor's Office

Coordinator for town twinning

Uwe Zachert


Alter Markt 6
39104 Magdeburg, Germany

Mayor's Office

Town twinning

Annica Hilger


Alter Markt 6
39104 Magdeburg

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