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Saxony-Anhalt – the federal state with the early risers. The wide-awake people between the Elbe and Saale rivers have been pioneers in many fields. Otto the First was the founding father of the European vision. The Reformation started in Wittenberg, in whose university Martin Luther taught. Saxony-Anhalt can also claim the glory for sowing the seeds of experimental physics and inventing colour film. The federal state was founded in 1990 following reunification. Early industrialization has left its mark in Saxony-Anhalt. The rich mineral deposits were the foundation stones of Saxony-Anhalt’s flourishing extractive and chemical industries with lignite mining providing the energy needed for industrial development. Even today, it is the traditional branches such as the chemical industry, mechanical engineering and the food industry that dominate. But future-oriented sectors such as biotechnology, renewable energies and pharmaceuticals are also key. The federal state with the early risers also offers seven universities and many non-university institutions.
The places where Luther lived and worked, Bauhaus Dessau and the Händel-Haus Halle are captivating attractions for visitors. But Saxony-Anhalt is also home to eleven state theatres, music festivals, the Telemann Festival and the Handel Festival. The landscape is dominated by the Elbe river with its wide floodplains and the Harz Mountains towering over the north German plain at a height of over 1100 metres. South-east of the Harz lies the picturesque Saale-Unstrut region, dotted with castles. Further to the north, the fertile Magdeburger Börde region borders the heaths and moors of the area known as the Altmark.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (January 2013)