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Humour Summer School 2013
13th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications



Magdeburg is the largest city (pop. 230,000) and the capital city of the Bundesland (state) of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the Elbe River and was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe. In its varied past Magdeburg experienced alternating times of heavy destruction and prosperity which today shape the cityscape. Among the architectural treasures are a number of well preserved architectural monuments from all stylistic periods, including the spectacular Gothic cathedral which can be traced to 937 A.D., and the equally eye-catching "Green Citadel," last building designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser (completed in 2005). Magdeburg is the site of two universities, the Otto-von-Guericke University and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences.

Magdeburg is proud to be a green city. Throughout the city you can find plenty of large, open parks and green spaces. The well known and most popular parks are Rotehorn Park on an island in the middle of the river Elbe and Herrenkrug Park. At the beginning of the 19th century, Herrenkrug Park was designed by the famous landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné (1779–1866) who was modeling it on English landscape gardens as a recreation area for the population. In summer there are several open-air-events. The nearby river Elbe, cycle paths and trails are ideal possibilities to explore and enjoy the countryside.

Tourist-Information Magdeburg

Magdeburg University

Magdeburg's "Otto-von-Guericke" University was founded in 1993 and is one of the youngest German universities. It was formed in a merger of the existing Technical University, the Teacher Training College and the Medical School. It now comprises 9 faculties and is home to almost 13,800 students. The university is becoming increasingly important as a center of education and research. Read more . . .

Check the Campus map for fuller details of the venue and its surroundings.

Map showing location of the main Summer School sites.

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