Halle combines centuries of history and culture with an affinity for modern art and music. Admire one of the most beautiful medieval churches in the region, visit a museum dedicated to The Beatles and enjoy a bounty of local cheeses, meats and beers. Beyond urban sightseeing, Halle is a great launchpad to the ancient beech forests and rugged mountains of Central Germany.
Things to do in Halle
Halle is dotted with buildings that recall the city’s ancient past. Marienkirche towers over the city and dates to the 16th century. It’s one of the most beautiful in Saxony-Anhalt and features a dramatic Gothic façade and four soaring towers. Opposite the church is Roter Turm, an enormous Gothic bell tower topped by a copper spire.
Händel-Haus celebrates the city’s connection to the famous Baroque composer. The museum occupies the former home of the German musician and features exhibits on his life and famous works, including Messiah. If you prefer pop over classical, head to the colourful Beatles Museum. It’s packed with memorabilia dedicated to the Fab Four.
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg is housed in a beautifully restored Renaissance castle. Inside you can admire a wealth of classic and contemporary art, including works by famous German Expressionist, Lyonel Feininger. Break up your visit with coffee and cake in the sun-drenched courtyard café.
Halle is a fantastic place to savour hearty food from Central Germany. Börde Speck, a semi-soft cheese with a rich and creamy flavour, is a local specialty. Of course, you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy national favourites like crumbed pork schnitzel and bratwurst.
Getting around Halle
Halle is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while street trams are a fun and efficient way to get around the city. Leipzig/Halle Airport is a 20-minute drive from the city centre or 10 minutes on the train. High-speed trains run between Berlin and Halle Central Station in under two hours.