With its honorary citizen charter, the capital city Magdeburg laid the foundation for the grant of honorary citizenships and honorary titles as well as awards to Magdeburg citizens on a variety of occasions.
Honorary awards are a gesture of respect as well as an expression of acknowledgement and appreciation. Citizens who have been a shining example and an inspiration to others can thus be awarded in public recognition of their service in all areas of society.
Therefore, an honorary citizenship is the most important award the city of Magdeburg can grant. When the decision has been made by the city council, the Mayor grants an honorary citizenship to notable personalities for their outstanding services to the city.
The honorary ring of the capital city Magdeburg, the award of the titles Honorary City Councilwoman and Honorary City Councilman, Honorary Community Councilwoman and Honorary Community Councilman as well as honorary memberships of city organisations are further possibilities to acknowledge and thank citizens for their outstanding services rendered to the city of Magdeburg.
The City Badge of Magdeburg is also a sign of appreciation and recognition extended to local companies, associations, societies, corporations and clubs.
With the granting of honorary awards, the acknowledgement of great sporting achievements as well as the awarding of citizens who are involved in voluntary work, dedicated to fight against any form of extremism, violence and xenophobia, the capital city Magdeburg has an opportunity to demonstrate its appreciation as well as express its recognition for the outstanding services.
Honorary guests, high-ranking politicians and diplomats as well as those who have won major public recognition of their achievements for Magdeburg are asked to sign the city’s Golden Book.
In addition, a Visitors’ Book is available to national and international guests who visit the Magdeburg Town Hall on various occasions.
Since 2003, the capital city Magdeburg together with the Otto von Guericke University has offered the Otto von Guericke Scholarship and, since 2005, the Eike von Repgow Scholarship.