Destination guide

History, culture and cosmopolitan cities in Saxony-Anhalt

From cobblestone towns to soul-stirring mountain scenery, Saxony-Anhalt offers a little bit of everything. There's over a millennium of history to soak up, not to mention a handful of cosmopolitan cities just waiting to be discovered. You can gaze up at a Gothic cathedral in Magdeburg, admire European art in Halle and discover Bauhaus design in Dessau-Rosslau. Whatever makes you tick, Saxony-Anhalt vacation rentals promise a local experience in this multifaceted pocket of Germany.

Things to do

Classical meets contemporary in Saxony-Anhalt

Magdeburg, the state's vibrant capital, is a natural base for exploring Saxony-Anhalt. The city is anchored by Magdeburg Dom, an ancient cathedral that's survived fires, floods and WWII blitzes. At the other end of the scale is Grune Zitadelle, also known as the Green Citadel. The whimsical building awes visitors with its rooftop gardens, pastel pink façade and higgledy piggledy design. Saxony-Anhalt's musical legacy runs deep, with George Frideric Handel one of the state's most famous sons. Music lovers should make a beeline for Halle, where the Handel-Haus museum celebrates the legacy of the Baroque composer.


Discover the "birthplace of Bauhaus" in Saxony-Anhalt

Saxony-Anhalt treats visitors to some of Germany's best street scenes. In Wittenburg, you can walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther, the German theologist who shook the foundations of the Roman Catholic Church and sparked the Protestant Reformation. Fueled by a lively student population, Dessau-Rosslau feels lively and upbeat. Spend your days admiring "cubist" Bauhaus architecture, shopping at quirky boutiques and sipping Pilsners at riverside beer gardens. While Dessau-Rosslau is an easy day trip from Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt vacation rentals give you the chance to experience the city through a local lens.


Catch summer festival season in Saxony-Anhalt

Like most of Germany, summer is high season in Saxony-Anhalt. The state enjoys long days and warm temperatures that are perfect for sightseeing and beer garden hopping. While you will encounter crowds, cities like Magdeburg are nowhere near as busy as Berlin. This makes Saxony-Anhalt a fantastic destination for travelers craving a laidback scene. You could also catch events like Halle's Handel Festival, which sees the city come alive with operas, oratorios and soaring concertos. Spring and fall are considered sweet spots, with sunny weather and shoulder season deals.

Natural features

Escape to the Harz in Saxony-Anhalt

Landlocked Saxony-Anhalt doesn't scrimp on scenery. The Harz Mountains ripple across the state, creating a landscape of rugged peaks, alpine meadows and lush coniferous forests. Saxony-Anhalt vacation rentals make the most of the setting, with a host of serene mountain properties. Whether you want to sip coffee on a sunny terrace or cozy up by a blazing fireplace, there's no better way to enjoy the Harz. Beyond natural beauty, Saxony-Anhalt is home to Worlitz Park, one of Europe's most beautiful English gardens. It's anchored by a magnificent neo-Gothic house, surrounded by emerald-green lawns, perfectly clipped hedges and strutting peacocks.

Can I find a vacation rental around Saxony-Anhalt?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,531 vacation rentals near Saxony-Anhalt. From 400 Houses to 48 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saxony-Anhalt for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Saxony-Anhalt?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saxony-Anhalt. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Wernigerode: 1,618 vacation rentals
  • Harz Mountains: 2,892 vacation rentals
  • Bitterfeld-Wolfen: 73 vacation rentals
  • Quedlinburg: 596 vacation rentals
  • Magdeburg: 72 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Saxony-Anhalt! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Saxony-Anhalt?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saxony-Anhalt:

  • Wernigerode: 1,618 rentals
  • Bitterfeld-Wolfen: 73 rentals
  • Quedlinburg: 596 rentals
  • Magdeburg: 72 rentals
  • Halle (Saale): 76 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Saxony-Anhalt?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Saxony-Anhalt are:

  • Magdeburg-Cochstedt Airport (CSO): 371 vacation rentals
  • Lueneburg (ZOG): 434 vacation rentals
  • Braunschweig Wolfsburg Airport (BWE): 43 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Saxony-Anhalt?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Saxony-Anhalt. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lutherstadt Wittenberg-Labetz Station: 206 rentals
  • Bitterfeld-Wolfen Bitterfeld Station: 230 rentals
  • Ilberstedt Station: 51 rentals
  • Eilsleben (Magdeb) Station: 71 rentals
  • Ferropolis: 255 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saxony-Anhalt listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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