The town lies at the heart of Saxony-Anhalt in the Lower Saale Valley Nature Park, approximately 25 km from the Bauhaus city, Dessau-Roßlau. Dubbed the „Crown of Anhalt“, Bernburg Castle sits picturesquely above the Saale banks. Visitors will find a wonderful historic city filled with impressive buildings and histories, as well as a throbbing city life and numerous cultural offerings and leisure opportunities.
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In a deed of gift by Otto I dating to the year 961, Bernburg was referenced for the first time -1050 years ago. The favorable geological and climatic conditions were the decisive factor in the early settlement of the region. The city, divided by Saale river in an upper and a lower part, has been the site of eventful history ever since. The principality and future duchy Anhalt-Bernburg is mentioned as early as 1245; back then, it partly covered what today is known as Aschersleben, Staßfurt, and Quedlinburg. It existed right until the death of duke Alexander Carl in 1863, at which point it merged with Anhalt-Dessau to form the duchy Anhalt.
Bernburg Castle, with the Eulenspiegel tower and the royal vault with the magnificent coffins of those of Anhalt-Bernburg lineage bespeak the city’s past as the residence city of dukes and princes. With its numerous sights– among them the Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Theater, the town hall showcasing the famous floral clock, and the geographical-astronomical art clock –, the elaborately restored old city offers the perfect backdrop for a beautiful walk.
Today, Bernburg is a lively, pulsing university town with important industry at its periphery and a diverse offering of cultural and leisure activities. A miniature railway leads through the local recreation area Krumbholz with its zoo, the Keßler tower, and the fairy-tale garden called „Paradies“. The fully air-conditioned passenger ship MS Saalefee sets out for Lower Saale Valley Nature Park. The landscape around Bernburg has been shaped by the Harz foreland and the Saale floodplains. Three tourist routes lead through this scenery: The Romanesque Road, the Blue Ribbon, and the Luther Trail.
The manifold cultural attractions and leisure opportunities as well as the partly hidden beauties of the former residence town of Anhalt-Bernburg are waiting to be discovered. We are looking forward to your visit!
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Opening hours of the tourist information
Mon - Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat 9am - 2pm
Getting there by bike
Saale Cycling Path
The Orange Route
Getting there by public transport
Via Köthen, Aschersleben, Schönebeck, Magdeburg to Bernburg (Saale)
Getting there by car
A14 Leipzig-Magdeburg – Exit Bernburg
B6n – B185 – B71 – Town Center
The Permanent Exhibition of the Bernburg Castle Museum provides insight into early history of the idyllic Saale landscape, the cultural and technical history of the mills and millers in the Lower Saale Valley Nature Park and the city history of Bernburg.
As above, groups are invited to experience the spectacular nature by foot on a full day hike through the lovely meadowland of Bernburg, called “Krumbholz”; to get a deeper look into the city’s history in the probably largest Eulenspiegel monument; or to come and learn about the Bernburg bear […]
Explore the varied landscapes of the idyllic Lower Saale Valley Nature Park during a guided hiking, bus or bicycle tour. English tours on request.
Fahrgastschiff MS Saalefee
Kirche St. Aegidien
Waldauer Dorfkirche St. Stephani