The small Park am Fürstenwall which can barely be separated from the actual Fürstenwall promenade can be found south of the cathedral. It also once belonged to the former defence installations of the old city of Magdeburg and was created on the grounds of the former "Gebhard"-Rondell which was erected in 1536.
In 1900, the garden architect Johann Gottlieb Schoch worked on a new plan for the area which was implemented on the occasion of the mounting of a war memorial which commemorates the many victims of the wars in 1866, 1870 and 1871. Since then, the area has remained almost unchanged.
However, the park has undergone extensive restoration work in the last few years. Flowers and shrubs were added to the many beautiful and valuable old trees.
Back in the Middle Ages, the old city of Magdeburg could pride itself in its strong and well-fortified defence installations. Unconquerable walls were particularly built in the vicinity of the cathedral. In the course of time, several towers and bastions, palisades and walls were built. In the Fürstenwall area two massive and parallel city walls were erected between the monastery and the south-eastern corner of the cathedral in the 15th and 16th century in order to defend this part of the city against intruders. When Prince Leopold I of Anhalt-Dessau (the so-called "Alte Dessauer") was in charge of the Magdeburg stronghold, he had the gap filled between the two walls and transformed it into a promenade which is even 12m wide in some places. Today the Fürstenwall is a picturesque promenade adorned by many trees and lush green spaces which offers a magnificent view of the Elbe, the eastern Rotehornpark, the broadcast studios of the MDR and the Civic Hall (Stadthalle).
Size: 1.7 ha
Tram no. 2, 9 and 10 to Magdeburg Cathedral stop