After doing some research on the things that are typical and stand out for the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, many of you are wondering what the answers to the Guessing Quiz on the most sparsely populated state in Germany but also one with lots of surprises. Well, here are some facts that are worth thinking about:
- Which of the four states does Saxony-Anhalt border? a. Thuringia b. Brandenburg c. Lower Saxony d. Saxony e. all of them
ANS: e. all of them
- List the following cities in Saxony-Anhalt in order of population, beginning with the largest:
ANS: 1. Halle (Saale)-232,470
- Magdeburg- 232,306
- Dessau-Rosslau- 83,061
- Lutherstadt-Wittenberge- 46,621
- Halberstadt- 40,440
- Weissenfels- 39,918
- Bernburg- 33,633
- Merseburg- 33,317
- Naumburg (Saale)- 32,756
- Sangerhausen- 30,648
- Quedlinburg- 24,742
3. Match the following photos with the cities listed in Nr. 2. (Hint: Two of these belong to one city.)
E. Naumburg (Saale): City Hall
- True or False: No police commissioners from the German mystery series Tatort has ever covered Saxony-Anhalt.
ANS: False: The nearest Tatort episodes were taped in Leipzig and Hannover. Interesting Fact is that another police series Polizei 110 has its venue in Magdeburg
- True or False (2 answers): The slogan for Saxony-Anhalt is Frühaufsteher, which stands for people going to work early in the morning (_____). The people who do that (mainly farmers) are proud of that heritage (_______).
ANS: False on BOTH counts. The slogan Frühaufsteher refers to people commuting to bigger cities for work during the week but have their residence in Saxony-Anhalt. It is easy to have a word-for-word translation for this slogan and refer this to the farmers getting up at 5:00am to start their work, yet it is not true in this case. Most of the people in Saxony-Anhalt (farmers included) hate the slogan so much that after five years, it was removed from the highways this year.
- True or False (3 answers) Martin Luther, the Protestant who presented the 95 Thesis harshly criticizing the Catholic Church, was born in and died in the same city (_______). His wife Katherina von Bora was not from Saxony-Anhalt originally (_______). She crafted the first champaign for him as a refresher for the brain (________).
ANS: True for the first answer- Lutherstadt Eisleben. He was born there in 1483 and died there in 1546
True for the second answer. She was born in Lippendorf in Saxony. It’s located near Leipzig.
False for the third answer. She created the first handcrafted beer for Martin Luther (see article here)
- Walter Gropius is famous for this (choose one):
_The founding of Bauhaus Dessau-Rosslau
_The creation of Worlitz Park near Dessau-Rosslau
_ The Nebra Arch
_The creation of the East German Museum in Bernburg
ANS: A. Walter Gropius (* 1883) founded the Bauhaus University of Architecture in Dessau-Rosslau in 1919. Despite leaving his mark in architectural designs of his buildings and memorials, he emigrated to the US in 1934 after the Nazis attacked and condemned his architecture as a work of Marxism. He resided there until his death in 1969.
- Which of the following concertos was written by George Friedrich Handel, a composer originating from Saxony-Anhalt in the city of (____________)?
ANS: Halle (Saale). Handel (* 1685; died 1759) was famous for the following pieces: Alexander’s Feast, Messiah, Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks, and others in the Baroque Era.
- True or False: Johann Sebastian Bach originated from Magdeburg.
ANS: False. Bach was born in Eisenach (Thuringia) and died in Leipzig.
- True or False: The late Hans Diedrich Genscher, one of the founding fathers of the Free Democratic Party of Germany originated from Halle (Saale).
ANS: Genscher, who established the FDP as a liberal party in East Germany, was born in Halle (Saale). He was an influential figure for the people of the former East Germany at the time of its reunification with West Germany. He died in 2016 in Wachtberg. The party itself was established in West Germany in 1948 and has been the longest running party on the German scene, having had members in the Bundestag for every year until 2013.
- True or False: Sven Köhler, one of the longest tenured soccer head coaches from Halle FC, grew up in and played for the team in Halle.
ANS: False. Köhler coached Halle FC for eight years, yet his origin is in Chemnitz, where he is now head coach of Chemnitz FC (since March 2016)
- True or False: Halle FC and FC Magdeburg are the only two teams in Saxony Anhalt which marched through the regional soccer league in one season enroute to the national stage (counting the 3rd tier of the German Bundesliga).
ANS: True. Halle achieved this in 2012/13 and Magdeburg in 2014/15.
- True or False: The handball teams of SC Magdeburg (men) and the Halle Lions (women) compete in the premere league.
ANS: False. Only the SC Magdeburg has a men’s handball team in the premere league. The Halle Lions have a women’s basketball team in the premere league.
- Which of the following beers originate from Saxony-Anhalt?
Porter Hasseröder Gessener St. Moritz Glauchauer
ANS: Hasselrödaer beer originates from Saxony-Anhalt and is brewed in Wenigerode
- Which of the following specialties are NOT considered a pastry?
Bienenstich Nähstänge Garley Baumkuchen Streuselkuchen
ANS: Garley. Garley is not only a traditional soup for Saxony-Anhalt, but also the name of the oldest brand named beer in the world, having been brewed in Saxony-Anhalt from 1314 until its closure in 2013.
- True or False: The Nähstänge is a pastry that originate from Tangermünde.
ANS: True. Consisting of a burro-shaped pastry filled with chocolate, the Nähstänge is a local specialty of Tagermünde, in northwestern Saxony-Anhalt.
- What constitutes a typical Bauernfrühstück in Saxony-Anhalt?
ANS: This one consistes of potatoes, onions and eggs. More on the recipe here.
- The Weinmeile is an annual event that takes place in Freyburg (in the Saale-Unstrut Region), famous for the production of wine and sect
- What is a Feuerstein from Schierke?
ANS: The Schierke Feuerstein is a half-bitter herbal liquor with 35% alcohol and is 70-proof. Best served cold and in combination to form long drinks, the beverage was developed by Willy Drube and the name was derived from the redness of the color of granite, located in the Harz Mountain region. Still exists today and highly recommended.
20. If legend is true (and it still is), salt is the most priceless commodity that exist in Saxony-Anhalt. Which areas can you find salt production?
ANS: True. Salt is still being mined today in areas west and south of Halle (Saale) and has a lot of value as a mineral.
- Salt is used for what purposes?
ANS: Salt is used for spicing food, as an inhalant for colds and other ailments, and for various forms of physical and psychological therapy.
- Which of the cities in Saxony-Anhalt does NOT have a castle?
Halle (Saale), Naumburg (Saale), Magdeburg, Sangerhausen, Quedlinburg, Dessau-Rosslau, Tangermünde
- Which of the following cities have a cathedral?
Naumburg (Saale), Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), Havelberg, Lutherstadt Wittenberge, Arendsee
ANS: All except Arendsee have at least one cathedral. Arendsee is a lake and resort town.
- How many churches and “klosters” does Magdeburg have?
ANS: One cathedral and 13 churches exist in Magdeburg. Before World War II the number of churches was 20.
25. How many bridges do the following cities have? Name two of them per city you know. (Click on the names of the cities for more information on the city’s bridges)
Merseburg: 3- including the Leuna Arch Bridge, the stone arch bridge and the railroad overpass at the train station.
26. Match the pictures of the bridges with that of the locations below. Name the bridge if you know it.
Halle (Saale) Magdeburg Zeitz Bad Kösen Saale-Unstrut Region Merseburg Quedlinburg Tangermünde Köthen
Check out sister column the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles for more on the bridges in Saxony-Anhalt, including those in Quedlinburg, Magdeburg and the Saale-Unstrut Region. In the meantime, onto the next German state…… 🙂