Stadtpark Rotehorn

Created on an Elbe island facing the city centre, the largest park and the most important recreation area of Magdeburg can be found, the so-called Stadtpark (city park) on the Rotehorn Island. At the beginning of the 19th century, the eastern banks of the island were used as a bathing beach after the Cracauer weir was built in 1819. In 1871, the City Council decided that the wild southern part of the island should be transformed into a park landscape. It was again garden director Paul Niemeyer who designed the Stadtpark and supervised its creation on an area which covered 25 hectares.

The southern tip of the island, home to old fortress installations which went under the name of Fort XII, and the eastern banks towards the Alte Elbe river arm were excluded from the park area because they were often flooded by the river. They were only included in 1898 following the decisive extension of the park area. Around this time, the Adolf-Mittag-Lake and the temple on the Marieninsel were created. The Stadtpark was directly connected to the city centre via the Sternbrücke and a tram line. Due to this excellent traffic connection, the northern park area was transformed into an exhibition ground and the new Civic Hall (Stadthalle ) was erected in only four and a half months in 1926/1927. Later, a view tower soaring to 60m and the Pferdetor were added. At the end of the 60s the Hyperschale, a hall for special events, was finally built. The exhibition ground was much used until the end of the 90s. However since the erection of new exhibition halls in the Elbauenpark, it has been less frequented.

Today the Stadtpark is the most popular recreation area for the locals. Particularly in summer they flock to the park in order to paddle around the Adolf-Mittag-See or to relax in the beer garden, have a drink and enjoy the view of the lake. There are always many sports activities going on in the park, however you can also just hang out and saunter along the many winding paths

Size: 200 ha
Opening hours: free access, open all year
Admission: free, dogs must be kept on leash at all times
Restaurant & Coffee bar
Parking facilities
Wheelchair access to main areas

Tram no. 4, 6
Zollbrücke Stop
Bus no. 59
Heinrich-Heine-Platz stop