Amidst the gentle, green pastures of the Altmark region, cows graze, rivers flow and villages and towns go about life with a relaxed and optimistic attitude. Flanked by major cities and luscious lakes, the Altmark regions offers visitors a rejuvenating respite with its lovely living towns, traditional and aesthetically stunning architecture and natural beauty. Historical heritage and rich tradition are rife and beat from the charming centres of provincial towns and villages.
The Stunning Sights of Stendal and Salzwedal
The region’s most prominent and picturesque township is undoubtedly Stendal, a magnificent mosaic of medieval architecture, Gothic grandeur and ancient engravings. The town boasts a captivating collection of ‘brick gothic’ buildings, from the imposing Uengling Gate to the mythical St. Peter’s Church. The painstakingly preserved Medieval Inner City blooms with cultural and artistic sites, and a smattering of intriguing museums include the Winkelmann and Old Mark Museums, which house exhibitions that take visitors on a journey deep into the city’s history.
The tiny and traditional town of Salzwedel occupies the picturesque banks of the Jeetze River, and is filled with authentic timbered houses, crumbling churches and remarkable ruins. The renowned Baumkuchen bread was conceived in this provincial town, and Baumkuchen Bakeries decorate the streets, punctuated by the timbered houses and medieval monasteries. Enjoy the ethereal elegance of the Fairy Tale Garden before touring prominent cultural heritage sights such as The Monk Church, the ornate and opulent Town Hall and the Local Magistrates Court of Salzwedel.
The rolling hills, rushing rivers and lush lowlands of the Saxony-Anhalt region are positively perfect for energising outdoor activities such as hiking, horse-riding or cycling. For stunning scenery and energetic exertions, explore the trails of Heinrichshohenweg and Hohnekamm, picturesque paths that lead to remarkable rock formations and dense forests, revealing fascinating flora and fauna along the way.