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In the 19th century, the so called Glacisanlage was created, a green belt of parks and public gardens which began at the western corner of the old city centre, ran along the railway tracks and main train station and followed the course of the Sachsenring, Adelheidring and Editharing.

The name Glacis was originally a military term which refers to the free space in front of a defence installation. It becomes clear that the name of the green belt, the Glacisanlage which also included the Geschwister-Scholl-Park and the Fürstenwall area, dates back to the time when Magdeburg was a major fortress. The design of the green belt goes back to Peter Joseph Lenné and after 1824 it was meant to connect the Volksgarten south of the city centre (now Klosterbergegarten) and the parks north of the city centre such as today's Nordpark. Thus, a network of parks and public gardens was created which made it possible for the locals and visitors to take long walks around the city centre without ever leaving the green belt. However, an extension of the city in 1870 brought changes upon this network. Garden director Paul Niemeyer was in charge at that time and he tried to continue with Lenné's original plans and preserve the fresh green atmosphere of the city.

Today the Glacisanlage no longer exists in its former guise because part of it was used for the city motorway, the so-called Tangente, and its exits. In fact, the motorway separates the green belt.

Size: 8.3 ha
Opening hours: free access, open all year
Admission: free, dogs must be kept on leash at all times
Parking facilities
Disabled access to main areas

Tram no. 3, 9 and 10
Hallische Straße stop;
Tram no. 1,3,4,5,6
Damaschkeplatz/ZOB stop

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