Magdeburg, the capital city of Germany's Saxony-Anhalt, is known by many people as "The City of Otto the Great". The Holy Roman Emperor lived here and is buried in the beautiful Cathedral of Magdeburg, a popular landmark and symbol of the city to many local people. There is far more to the city than this, though. Magdeburg has 1,200 years of history and a vibrant population of some 230,000 people. Architecturally, there is a huge amount to see, from the ancient to the modern. The 11th century “Unser Lieben Frauen” Monastery and “Magdeburger” Reiter statue (probably of Otto himself) sit comfortably alongside the grand 19th century Hasselbachplatz and medieval cathedral. Expats living in Magdeburg can also enjoy modern sights including the Magdeburg Water Bridge, the modern “Grüne Zitadelle” and the wonderfully playful millennium tower. The city's parks are no less impressive, and life as an expat in Magdeburg promises to be comfortable, stimulating and culturally rich.
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The city is easily accessible by car or train. Expatriates moving to Magdeburg can drive in along the A2 autobahn, while S-bahn trains serve the central Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof train station with a good number of services from larger German cities and transport hubs. The nearest airport, Leipzig/Halle Airport, runs a direct train service to the city every hour. As an expat moving to Magdeburg, you can be reasonably confident of a straightforward journey as Germany's infrastructure is of a high standard and many Germans speak very good English. However, you may nevertheless like to get in touch with other global minds and expats living in Magdeburg before you arrive, and this is easy to do via the forums, discussion groups and private messages on the InterNations website. You can look for members of the city's international community for information, or even to organize a meet-up with fellow expats in Magdeburg for soon after you arrive.
The city may be full of history, but it also has a modern dynamism. The city being home to two of Germany's best universities, the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and the Otto-von-Guericke University, gives expatriates working in Magdeburg the feeling of an intellectual economy, while the development of new industries, including a strong wind power sector and considerable urban redevelopments, make this a city on the up. For any issues and questions you come across as an expatriate working in Magdeburg, the Expat Magazine on our InterNations website is full of useful articles on expatriation topics. This is a great way to get information and advice on general topics like expat finance and insurance, family and relationships, or working abroad. For more anecdotal content and tips from fellow expats, we also have a good selection of content by other InterNations members.