Saxony-Anhalt is the federal state of Germany. An administrative center is the city of Magdeburg. The name Anhalt was first mentioned in 1212.
To the north of this sparsely populated land cereals, sugar beets, vegetables are cultivated. There are also a lot of food processing industry enterprises. To the south, in the Saale and the Unstrut rivers valleys is the northernmost wine region of Germany. Magdeburg is the center of heavy industry.
Saxony-Anhalt is proud of the oldest cultural centers. Germany\\\\\\\'s first Gothic cathedral, consecrated in 1361, was built in Magdeburg. Germanic King Otto I - the founder of the Holy Roman Empire was buried there. The city is also a birth place of famous composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), and music festival in his honor is held here annually. Quedlinburg is famous for half-timbered houses. The city’s centre is listed in World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO. Famous Catholic Church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) was born and died in Lutherstadt Eisleben. The Berlin park with a palace, built in 1773 for Leopold III near Dessau is one of the most beautiful landscape parks of Europe.
Lovers of nature will enjoy the National Park Harz and the Biosphere Reserve about the Elbe River, where wild beavers still live.
Germany is replete with medieval castles, green river valleys, mysterious forests and neat villages. Every city has the unique character, shaped by its history and surroundings