The capital of the state of Saxony-Anhalt has a colorful past as an imperial residence and a Hanseatic City. Numerous persons leave their mark on the city, but the self-imposed nickname "Otto City" honors in particular two of them: Emperor Otto the Great, who declared Magdeburg as a seat of the government of the Holy Roman Empire, and Otto von Guericke, who went down in history as a diplomat and scientist.
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The city's most famous attractions include St. Mauritius and St. Catherine Cathedral, as well as the Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Art Museum. However, Magdeburg also has modern buildings: Grüne Zitadelle built by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a residential and commercial building, is a unique architectural accent, while the water crossing with the world's longest canal bridge impresses by an idyllic landscape. Visitors but also can find idyll on the green banks of the Elbe River or in any of the numerous parks and gardens, for example the beautiful Elbe Park /Elbauenpark/, a former place of the federal garden exhibition. Travel inexpensively, quickly and safely to Magdeburg by the comfortable buses of Deutsche Touring.