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Halle is a city in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany with a population of 233.700.

Understand

Get in

By plane

Leipzig/Halle Airport (IATA: LEJ) [1], sometimes called Schkeuditz Airport, is 30 km away from central Halle. The airport is the second biggest airport in Eastern Germany after Berlin. Trains run between the airport and the city every 30 minutes; the trip takes 11 minutes and costs €4.00.

The following airlines operate service to/from Leipzig/Halle Airport:

Air Berlin (Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Luxor, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South, Antalya, Corfu, Djerba, Faro, Funchal, Heraklion, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Monastir, Nuremberg, Sharm el-Sheikh, Thessaloniki), Air France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle), Air Malta (Malta), Air Via (Korfu, Palma de Mallorca), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), Condor (Antalya, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Marsa Alam, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South, Dalaman, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Larnaca, Malaga, Rhodes, Sharm-el-Sheikh), Germanwings (Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart), Germania (Antalya, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes), Hamburg International (Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Heraklion), Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf), Nouvelair (Monastir), Pegasus Airlines (Antalya) , Sky Airlines (Antalya), SunExpress (Antalya), TUIfly (Antalya, Heraklion, Rhodes), Tunis Air (Djerba, Monastir), Turkuaz Airlines (Antalya), XL Airways Germany (Heraklion, Monastir)

Berlin's airports are just one hour away by train and offer more options.

By train

Deutsche Bahn [2] operates regular train service between Halle and nearby cities such as Leipzig (€9, 25 minutes), Magdeburg (€16, 50 minutes), Erfurt (€19, 80 minutes), Jena (€16, 75 minutes), Weimar (€16, 60 minutes), Dessau (€11, 50 minutes), Lutherstadt Eisleben (€7, 30 minutes), Lutherstadt Wittenberg (€12, 30 minutes), Potsdam (€40, 2 hours), and Berlin (€37, 75 minutes). High speed express trains are available via Leipzig to major cities in Germany including Frankfurt (€72, 3.5 hours), Munich (€89, 5 hours), Hamburg (€74, 3.5 hours), and Dresden (€34, 2 hours). Prague (€58, 5 hours) can be reached with an additional transfer in Dresden.

By car

From Leipzig, take the A14 west to the B100.

Get around

By tram

Hallesche Verkehrs-AG (HAVAG) [3] operates the local surface street tram. It passes most major attractions downtown and will take you to and from the main train station. Tickets are available at the office in the Marktplatz, from several shops throuhout the city, vending machines at the stations or in the cars, or from the drivers. 1-hour tickets cost €1.70 if bought from a vending machine in the car (cash-card required), or €1.90 if bought from the driver. Day passes cost €4.40 (as of Aug. 2012).

See

  • Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen, [4]. The place where Luther preached. Contains Luther's death mask. Handel was baptized here. Church: Free; Luther exhibit: €2.
  • Händel-Haus Halle, Große Nikolaistraße 5, [5]. The house where Georg Friedrich Händel lived for a time. Displays his works, letters, manuscripts. Adult: €4; Student: €2.
  • Burg Giebichenstein, Seebener Strasse 1 (Take tram 7 or 8 to Burg Giebichenstein). Old Castle that's now been converted into an art school. Is right on the Saale river. Great views of the city.
  • Kuntsmuseum Moritzburg, Friedemann-Bach-Platz 5 (take a tram from markt platz to Mortizburgring. Go left down Mortizburgring), [6]. Castle which has now been converted into a great art museum. Has exhibits which include works by Klimt, Ernst, and Klee. Highlights include Lyonel Feininger's paintings of famous Halle landmarks. Adult: €5; Student: €3.
  • Neustadt, (take tram 2). The township built by the GDR in the 80s to house chemical plant workers. It is a poignant example of East German architecture.
  • Schokolade Museum, Delitzscher Straße 70, [7]. The Halloren Chocolate Factory is the oldest in Germany. The origins date back to the founding of a honey cake bakery in 1804.
  • Beatles Museum, Alter Markt 12, [8]. W-Su 10am-8pm. Three floors of memorablia owned by fan Rainer Moers. Adult: €5.

Do

  • Reederei Riedel River Tours, [9]. Hourly from 10am-6pm, except Mondays. Runs 45-minute river tours. Adult: €5.


Festivals

  • Handel Festival. In the second week of June.


Buy

Leipziger Straße is the main shopping street in downtown Halle. It branches off of the Southeast corner of the Marktplatz. There you will find many retail shops and chain fast food restaurants.

Eat

Budget

Make sure you try some döner kebap. It's heavily Germanized Turkish food. Halle has some of the best döner in Germany.

  • NT Cafe, Grosse Ulrichstrasse 51, [10]. Artsy place affiliated with the Neus Theatre. €3-9.

Mid-range

  • Okoase, Kliene Ulrichstrasse 2. Vegetarian restaurant popular among the hippie crowd. Try the arabic tomato soup, Greek vegetable stew, or Swiss chard coconut soup. €5-12.
  • Palais 5, Ackerstrasse 3c. Waterfront terrace. Serves everything from pasta to schnitzel to steak. €7-14.
  • Sushibar am Opernhaus, August-Bebel-Strass 3. Has an all-you-can-eat special on Tuesday and Sunday nights for €16.
  • Wok Bar, Bernburger Strasse 16, [11]. Select your ingredients that get put into your stir fry. €5-11.
  • Zum Schad, Reil Strasse 10 (Take tram 7, 8, 12, 6, 0r 3 to Reilleck), [12]. Great German restaurant and private brewery that boasts having served Mikhail Gorbachev.


Splurge

  • Chateau & Co, Am Kirchtor 27, [13]. €20.

Drink

Bars and pubs

  • Café Noire, Kleine Ulrichstraße 30. It is by far the best bar/cafe on Kleine Ulrichstraße.
  • Hallesches Brauhaus, Grosse Nikolai Strasse 2, [14]. Brewery that also serves good food.
  • Lucy's, Burgstrasse 49 (Take tram 8 to Volkspark), [15]. Great bar that has lots of live pub music.

Clubs

  • Charivari, Kaulenberg 1. Karaoke club.
  • Klub Drushba, Kardinal-Albrecht-Straße 6, [16]. Indie club with good dance parties.
  • Objekt 5, Seebener Strasse 5 (Take the 7 or 8 to Burggiebichenstein and it's a short walk from there), [17]. Great indie club and cafe. Folk and rock music and good food.
  • Potemkin, Kliene Ulrichstrasse 27.
  • Turm, Friedeman-Bach-Platz 5, [18]. Student club. Techno, house,hip-hop, drum & bass.

Sleep

Budget

  • CityStation Hostel, Raffineriestraße 16 (Tram 2, 12 or bus 99 to Pfännerhöhe), +49 174 3154413 (), [19]. Dorm bed: €16; Single: €25.
  • Hostel No5, Robert-Franz-Ring 5 (Tram 10, 11, 94 or bus 91 to Ankerstraße), +49 177 7431263, [20]. Dorm bed: €13; Single: €21.
  • Jugendherberge Halle, August-Bebel-Straße 48a (Tram 3, 7, 8 to Hermannstraße), +49 (0)345 - 202 47 16 (), [21]. Located in an old villa in the city center. Dorm bed: €16.50; Single: €21.50; Bed linens: €3.50; €3 surcharge if 27 or older.

Mid-range

  • Ankerhof Hotel, Ankerstrasse 2a (Tram 10, 11, 94 or bus 91 to Ankerstraße), +49 345/2323, [22]. Former Royal Customs Office. Gym and saunas. Some rooms have river view. $87-116.
  • Apart-Hotel Halle, Kohlschütterstraße 5 (Tram 6 to Adolfstraße), +49 345/5259 (), [23]. Really nice murals in the suites. Sauna. Single: €72; Double: €89.
  • Best Western Grand City Hotel Halle, Neustädter Passage 5 (Tram 2, 9, 10, 11 or bus 21, 34, 91 to Zentrum Neustadt), +49 345/693100, [24]. €41-56.
  • City Hotel am Wasserturm, Lessingstraße 8 (Tram 6, 12, 95 to Lessingstraße), +49 345/2982, [25]. $106.
  • Dorint Charlottenhof Halle / Saale, Dorotheenstraße 12 (Tram 2, 4, 7, 9, 12 to Riebeckplatz), +49 345/2923, [26]. 4 star hotel that caters to the business crowd. Pool, gym, sauna. €57-108. Breakfast: €15.
  • Dormero Hotel Rotes Ross, Leipziger Straße 76 (Tram 4, 7, 9 or bus 91, 97, 99 to Am Leipziger Turm), +49 345/23343, [27]. 4-star hotel aimed mostly towards business travelers. Feels like a small Grand Hotel and the rooms are very individually decorated. Has a small fitness room, a sauna, and a whirlpool in the basement. Breakfast buffet includes selection of cheese, sausage, breads, cereals, and fruits. Italian restaurant and 24-hour room service €52-€113.
  • Dormotel Europa Halle, Delitzscher Straße 17, (S7 or tram 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 or bus 30, 43 to Hauptbahnhof), +49 345/5712, [28]. €39-55.
  • Esprit Hotel, Torstraße 7 (Tram 1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 95 or bus 30, 97, 99 to Rannischer Platz), +49 345/21220, [29]. €42-60.
  • Hotel am Steintor, Krukenbergstraße 29 (Tram 2, 12 to Magdeburger Straße), +49 345/50096, [30]. €35-49.
  • Hotel Atlas Halle, Delitzscher Straße 32 (Tram 7, 10 or bus 44, 91 to Freiimfelder Straße), +49 345/6853630. $59 - $99.
  • Hotel Eigen, [31]. €69.
  • Hotel Konsul, Hotelstraße 1, +49 34602/670, [32]. $70.
  • Hotel Marthahaus, Adam-Kuckhoff-Straße 5 (Tram 6, 10 to Stadtbad), +49 345/5108, [33]. Run by a Christian mission. Soft carpet, well furnished, stained glass windows in the lounge. Beautiful dining hall. Single: €45-60; Double: €65-85.
  • Hotel Sankt Georg, Winnebrockstrasse 2, [34]. $57-88.
  • Hotel Schweizer Hof, [35].
  • Hotel Westfalia Halle, Grenzstraße 35 (Tram 10, 94 or bus 32, 91, 97 to Betriebshof Freiimfelder Straße), +49 345/560, [36]. €38-50.
  • Maritim Hotel Halle, Riebeckplatz 4 (Tram 2, 4, 7, 9, 12 to Riebeckplatz), +49 345/5101, [37]. €53-96.
  • Ramada Leipzig Halle, Hansaplatz 1, (1km from Zöberitz train station), +49 345/5647, [38]. $54-81.

Contact

Internet

  • Internetcafe Speed, Am Bauhof 1. €3 per hour.

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