Welcome to Halle
Halle was once a hotbed for the GDR’s chemical industry. When the GDR collapsed, the chemical factories gradually disappeared and the smoke began to clear. Change was slow, but some intelligent planning and major projects leading up to Halle’s 1200th birthday in 2006, combined with the presence of some 25,000 students attending the Martin Luther University, injected some life into this very old town.
Once more, though, Halle has seen better days: its beautiful bits are beautiful indeed, but if you look closely into its darker corners, you might make out the hairline cracks that are beginning to appear on the facade of unified Germany.