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About Magdeburg (Magdeburg-Cochstedt)

Magdeburg, the capital and second largest city of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, is located on the banks of the Elbe River. The city dates back 1,200 years and was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe. Magdeburg is the state’s center for science, culture, art, transportation and trade. The city is home to highly developed organizations in the field of mechanical engineering. Magdeburg, defined as a great shopping paradise in the state, also houses the oldest exhibition center of the country.

The city’s developed sectors include chemistry, steel, and textile. Eco technological research, studies, and production are among the city’s notable activities. In addition, a major German automobile company has a large factory near the city. The city is also home to the Magdeburg Water Bridge, which is one of the world’s greatest engineering wonders. The bridge is built on the Elbe River. Construction of the bridge began in 1997 and it became operational in 2003. The structure was built with environmental protection in mind. It is the longest aqueduct in the world with a length of 918 meters and width of 34 meters. With a water depth of 4.25 m large commercial ships are able to pass through.

Major tourist attractions in the city include the Magdeburg Water Bridge, the Magdeburg Cathedral, which is the oldedset Gothic cathedral in Germany, the Green Citadel of Magdeburg, Elbauenpark, the Art Museum in the Monastery of our Lady, Magdeburg Museum of Cultural History, Otto-von-Guericke-Museum, Fürstenwall, and Hasselbachplatz. The city experiences hot and temperate climates and receives considerable precipitation throughout the year. The Magdeburg-Cochstedt Airport is located 34 km southwest of the city.

Transportation to Magdeburg (Magdeburg-Cochstedt) City Center from Airport

Magdeburg-Cochstedt Airport, which is located about 40-45 minutes away from Magdeburg city center, was closed to scheduled air traffic in 2016. The closest international airport to the city is Leipzig-Halle Airport. The airport contains tourist information offices to assist passengers with their travel plans. There are a variety of transportation alternatives available to get to Magdeburg city center from Leipzig-Halle Airport including trains, buses, taxis, and rental cars.


The railway network in Germany, as well as Magdeburg city, is very expansive and advanced. S-Bahn inter-city and suburban trains provide transportation throughout the country. There is a train station located in close proximity to the Leipzig-Halle Airport exit. Suburban trains from this station provide direct transportation to Magdeburg city center. As of 2016, the price of a single-use ticket varied between 24 and 35 euros. The train provides direct transportation to Magdeburg in about 1 hour and 3 minutes.


There is no direct bus service from Leipzig-Halle Airport to Magdeburg. Although traveling to Magdeburg from the airport by bus is a little difficult and requires a transfer it is a very economical transportation alternative. To get to Magdeburg from Leipzig-Halle Airport by bus you have to first take one of the S-Bahn trains to the city of Halle. Once you’re in Halle you can transfer to bus number 205 or bus number 267, which takes about 1 hour and 8 minutes to get to Magdeburg city center. The main bus station in Magdeburg is located a few minutes’ walk away from the city center. In addition to city buses, there are shuttle buses with private transfer services that provide transportation to Magdeburg from Leipzig-Halle Airport.


Taxis are another transportation alternative to get to Magdeburg from Leipzig-Halle Airport. However, due to the distance between the two cities taking a taxi can be an expensive option. Nevertheless, taxis are easily accessible at the terminal exit. We recommend trying to bargain with the taxi driver for a cheaper fare.

Rental Car

There are well-known international rental car companies, such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, InterRent, Hertz, and Sixt, located at Leipzig-Halle Airport. If you make a reservation in advance the prices can be more advantageous. It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to Magdeburg from Leipzig-Halle Airport by car.

Last Updated: December 28, 2016
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