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The Romanesque Road in Saxony-Anhalt belongs to Germany's most popular holiday routes and has been a part of the European Cultural Route TRANSROMANICA since 2003.


Linking 80 buildings in 65 places the Romanesque Road runs through Saxony-Anhalt in the shape of an "eight". The provincial capital Magdeburg is the intersection point of the northern and southern route and thus a good starting point for discovery tours.


In 1993, the Romanesque Road was inaugurated by the then Federal Presindent Richard von Weizsäcker at the Monastery of Our Lady in Magdeburg . Since that day, the holiday route has stongly developed: Being completely signposted, with information plates, partly equipped with audio guides and documented in numerous travel guides the route hosts approximately 1.6 million guests per year.


Various special tours, exhibitions, celebrations and concerts attract various visitors to the Romanesque monuments throughout the year.


In the anniversary year 2013, there is a particular theme: "Within 80 days around the Romanesque Road". Therefore, one special day is dedicated to every building or monument. On that day, "hidden treasures and highlights along the Romanesque Road" are presented to the visitors.


Here you can find some of the highlights:


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Adventure Tour "On the roofs of Ilsenburg" with liqueur tasting at the Benedictine Monastery St. Peter and St. Paul in Ilsenburg


Sunday, 2 June 2013

Discovery Journey "Gargoyles, Cross and Lily": A full-day-programme with lively services incl. theatre play and procession, games, tournaments and quizz tours is awaiting you at Neuenburg Castle in Freyburg.


Saturday and Sunday, 6 and 7 July 2013

In Halberstadt you can experience a feast for the senses: Between the Cathedral and the Church of Our Blessed Lady the sensous festival "Clay at the Cathedral" takes place.


Saturday, 3 August 2013

The "Music and Literature" discovery journey makes stop at Jerichow Monastery. Following the theme "Education and Science - Saxony-Anhalt as reflected in contemporary history" the Rossoni-Quartet presents masterpieces of Central German baroque music.


Friday to Sunday, 6 to 8 September 2013

Magdeburgs city festival - the Festival for Otto the Great invites you to the provincial capital. A visit of the information center "Haus der Romanik" between the Monastery and Magdeburg Cathedral should definitely be on your agenda!


Thursday, 3 October 2013

At the Romanesque Day at Hundisburg Castle adults and kids can experience a full-day-programme with prayers, lectures, guided tours, children's programme and concerts.


Here you can find the complete overview of all events.


The anniversary year is inaugurated by a central ceremonial act at the Premonstratensian Monastery of Our Blessed Lady on 6 May 2013. On the occasion of this event the Romanesque Prize is also going to be awarded. Participation upon invitation only.


This special year at the Romanesque Road is concluded by the scientific conference "Cultural Routes as a concept" which is going to take place in Merseburg from 13 to 17 November 2013. Here you can find more information on the conference.


More information on the Romanesque Road can be found on www.strassederromanik.de


(Picture 1: Ilsenburg Monastery; Picture 2: Monastery of Our Lady in Ilsenburg)