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Gatersleben is a section of Seeland, a town located in Salzland county in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. Some 2,600 people reside in Gatersleben, north of the Harz Mountains. The village dates back 1,050 years and was incorporated into the town of Seeland in 2010. Its history goes as far back as the Stone Age. The Bayer Group has been operating its European Wheat Breeding Center in Gatersleben since 2012.
The Gatersleben site at a glance:
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Address for visitors:
European Wheat Breeding Center Gatersleben
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research
Phone: +49 394825-0
Download: Directions & map
Frequently asked questions about the Gatersleben site
Bayer employees at the European Wheat Breeding Center in Gatersleben are engaged in breeding new varieties of wheat. In addition, they manage the wheat breeding stations located in France and Ukraine. The employees at the European Wheat Breeding Center currently cultivate an approximately 40-hectare breeding nursery. The center further has laboratories, greenhouses and a seed treatment station.
The Association for Promoting Culture in Gatersleben (Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Kultur in Gatersleben e.V.) has set itself the goal of offering a diverse program of high-quality cultural events in this rural area. It organizes various events, such as chamber music concerts, song recitals, readings, talks on literary, historical or political topics, exhibitions, gallery visits and outings to sites of cultural or historical interest. A new program of events is published every six months.
A special attraction for natives of Germany’s Rhineland region: For such a small town, Gatersleben even has its own carnival association! Founded in 1968, the members of the “Gaterslebener Carneval Club e.V.” participate in the Carnival Monday Parade in Aschersleben and organize parties for the entire family.
Gatersleben is on the outskirts of the Selke Valley, the gateway to the Harz Mountain region, the highest of the upland areas in Northern Germany. It has plenty to offer outdoor types and sports enthusiasts. One insider tip is the “Selketal-Stieg” hiking trail established in 2006 by the Harz Transportation Authority. The off-road trail runs for 67 kilometers along the banks of the Selke River, passing through villages typical of the Harz region.
- Romanesque Road
The Romanesque Road takes visitors on a discovery tour of the German Middle Ages. It boasts eighty Romanesque buildings at 65 different stations: Castles, cathedrals, monasteries and churches bear witness to the Christianization that took place in this area between the 10th and 13th centuries.
The castles of Bernburg and Plötzkau, built over 1,000 years ago, are only about a half hour’s drive from Gatersleben.
- Museum and Restaurant Boat
In the fishing village of Breitenhagen, in the beautiful Elbe-Saale region, barges for the Elbe River were built in the town’s own boatyard up until 1914. The last remaining barge built in Breitenhagen – the “Marie Gerda” – was returned to its hometown and turned into a Museum and Restaurant on the banks of the Elbe. Visitors to the “Marie Gerda” can learn more about the history of inland shipping, enjoy a meal of the galley and even venture out on deck.
- Salt water spa
Just forty-five minutes from Gatersleben, in Schönebeck/Bad Salzelmen, is one of the oldest salt water spas in Germany. People have taken advantage of the healing power of natural mineral and salt water baths here since 1802. The special microclimate at this historic spa is perfect for a few hours of relaxation and enjoyment.
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