Pömmelte Woodhenge

Stone Age cult on the Elbe

South of Magdeburg, archaeologists discovered the remains of a more than 4,000-year-old cult site. Not far from the Elbe, the circular ditched enclosure was reconstructed at its original location. In size, structure, and function the Pömmelte Woodhenge resembled the English Stonehenge. At Pömmelte, however, the architecture was not made from large stones but thousands of wooden posts. Both structures were built at the end of the Stone Age. The circular sanctuary at Pömmelte was an important cult site at the end of the Stone Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age. The finds, which were excellently preserved in the ground, provide unusually detailed insights into the life of the time. They uniquely testify to the complex rituals and sacrifices of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.

In the neighbouring Salzland Museum in Schönebeck (Elbe), original finds from the complex and its surrounding area are on display in one room of the exhibition – impressive remains of the cult site on the Elbe.

Pfännerstraße 41
39218 Schönebeck (Elbe)
Tel.: +49 (0) 3471 684 624410
Fax: +49 (0) 3471 684 563244

Opening hours
The Woodhenge is freely accessible all year round.

Salzland Museum
Tue 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat and Sun 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (April – October); 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (November – March)
Outside of the opening hours only by prior appointment.

More information about your visit to the Pömmelte Woodhenge and the Salzland Museum can be found under Visitor Information.