My apartment is close to the Zoologischer Garten Magdeburg (Magdeburg Zoo) and Neustädter See (Neustädter Lake). You will definitely love it because of the coziness and the location. It may a bit far (about 15 min with tram to the city center) but the tram stop is right across the street. Every 10 min comes a tram and you can directly use it to go to the center. Also you can find a small center with supermarkt and some small stores to buy some stuff and food in case you needed.