Magdeburg is located along the Elbe River in northern Germany about 90 miles west of Berlin. The importance of the city extends from the middle ages through the Reformation to the present. Just to the east of the former inner-German border, Magdeburg is now the capital of Saxony-Anhalt. It has maintained a very active partnership with Nashville for several years and became its official sister city in 2003.
Magdeburg Committee Co-chairs:
Tom Elmlinger (email)
Sister Cities since May of 2003, the Nashville-Magdeburg relationship grew out of a series of personal contacts and friendships that developed into informal exchanges and, finally, official recognition. This partnership has featured a strong and active high-school student exchange program (since 2005) as well as artistic, musical, cultural and social services exchanges.
The April 2004 Magdeburg Kulturwoche (Cultural Week) in Nashville featured a reenactment of the famous Otto von Guericke vacuum experiment with two teams of magnificent draft horses, performances by the world-renowned Magdeburg puppet theater, and a recital by the Teleman baroque music ensemble. Professional country musicians from Nashville have regularly participated in music festivals in Magdeburg. Both cities have hosted professional and amateur classical players and groups from their counterpart.
In 2005, theater groups in the two cities organized an experimental simultaneous trans-atlantic theater production ("Das Treffen; the Other Side") in which audiences in Magdeburg and Nashville saw the same play being performed simultaneously and could observe the audience on the other side of the Atlantic as it reacted to the material.
In October of 2009, in recognition of the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nashville hosted a photographic exhibit, film premiere, puppet theater production, and civil rights panel discussion, all celebrating the themes of human freedom and non-violent social protest.
A highlight of the Magdeburg-Nashville relationship has been the creation of an opportunity for young German men to satisfy their military obligation by completing a social services year at the inner city charity the Martha O'Bryan Center. This program has been going on since 2004. In 2009 and 2010, there was also an opportunity provided for young women to have a similar Sozialjahr, working at Siloam Health Center and at the Preston Taylor Homes.
In May of 2010, citizens in Magdeburg organized a relief concert for Nashville flood victims, raising over $6,000.
City Population: 229,924
Area: 77.59 square miles
Country Population: 80,620,000
Lord Mayor: Lutz Trumper
Alter Markt Magdeburg
Butterfly House Elbauenpark
Cathedral of Magdeburg
Die Gruene Zitadelle von Magdeburg
Green Citadel of Magdeburg
Kloster (Cloister) Unser Lieben Frauen
Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg
Magdeburg Water Bridge