Within the old walls of the Lukasklause building, which boasts an octagonal tower that was first mentioned in the 14th century, you can view historic replicas, pictures and documents, as well as live experiments, that will give you an insight into the life and work of Otto von Guericke (1602-1686). The Guericke Centre was opened in 2010.
Since the 13th century this particular tower, the so-called "Welsche Turm" has dominated the north-eastern corner of the city's defence installations. It formed part of the city wall and secured the northern end of the Elbe river fortifications. It was near the tower that imperial troops under Tilly broke through the walls, invaded the city and brought nearly complete destruction upon Magdeburg in 1631.
Today it hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and work of the famous scientist and Lord Mayor of Magdeburg. In addition, it is a very popular venue for cultural events, exhibitions and conferences.
Tip of advice:
Public guided tours:
Fridays at 2pm, free guided tour and hands-on experiments
Guided tours for groups by prior arrangement:
39104 Magdeburg, Germany
Telephone: +49(0)391 / 6 71 69 87 (Ms Winkler)