Week in Halle (Saale)

We stayed the last week of July in Halle (Saale). We enjoyed the huge nearby park and went to Dölauer Heide, Halle’s biggest forest for a walk. I also visited Botanical Garden and explored the neighborhood by bike.

We stayed in an old house, the same house where Hans Litten (1903-1938) was born in. He was a German lawyer who represented opponents of the Nazis at important political trials between 1929-32, defending the rights of workers during the Weimar Republic.

Halle (Saale) is situated in the southern part of Saxony-Anhalt, along the river Saale. Halle’s early history is connected with harvesting of salt. The name Halle reflects early Celtic settlement given that halen is the Brythonic (Welsh/Breton) word for salt (cf. salann in Irish). The name of the river Saale also contains the Germanic root for salt, and salt-harvesting has taken place in Halle at least since the Bronze Age (2300–600 BC).

Halle is a green town of residence and with its more than 7000 hectares of water and green spaces is also a leisure and sporting paradise.

The town is also an important business, technology and scientific location. Together with Leipzig, which is located at a distance of 38 kilometres from Halle, it forms the centre of the urban economic metropolitan area of central Germany.

Halle has an approximate population of 230,000 making it Saxony-Anhalt’s largest town in terms of residents.

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