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Magdeburg

German location
Administration
CountryGermany
StateSaxony-Anhalt
DistrictKreisfreie Stadt
BrgermeisterLutz Trümper
PartySPD
Basic statistics
Area (km2)200.95
Elevation (m)43
Population230140
Other information
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plateMD
Postal code39104-39130
Area code0391

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Magdeburg (-deˈmakdəbʊɐ̯k; local: -dediaˈmaxdəbʊɪç; Low Saxon: Meideborg, -dediaˈmaˑɪdebɔɐx), is the largest city and the capital city of the Bundesland of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Magdeburg is situated on the Elbe River and was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe.

Emperor Otto I, the first Holy Roman Emperor, lived for most of his reign in the town and was buried in the cathedral after his death. Magdeburg's version of German town law, known as Magdeburg rights, spread throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The city is also well known for the 1631 Sack of Magdeburg, which hardened Protestant resistance during the Thirty Years' War.

Magdeburg is the site of two universities, the Otto-von-Guericke University and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences.

Nowadays Magdeburg is a traffic junction as well as an industrial and trading centre.

The production of chemical, steel, paper and textile products are of particular economic significance, along with heavy mechanical engineering.

Along with ten other cities in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia, Magdeburg is a member of the Central German Metropolitan Region.

In 2005 Magdeburg celebrated its 1200th anniversary.


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