Cities & Hanseatic towns
Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages
Most of the towns in the Altmark let you immerse yourself in the Middle Ages. Whether it is venerable Stendal as the largest town in the Altmark with its stately church buildings, the old imperial residence and half-timbered town of Tangermünde, where Emperor Charles IV lived and reigned, or the old Hanseatic town of Salzwedel with the genuine "Salzwedeler Baumkuchen" cake.
Eight towns – Stendal, Tangermünde, Salzwedel, Werben, Seehausen, Osterburg, the Hanseatic City of Havelberg and Gardelegen – were once members of the Hanseatic League. In 1998 they joined together to form the "Altmärkischer Hansebund" and today they are once again highly regarded in the international Hanseatic League of modern times. Towns such as Arendsee, Bismark, Kalbe, Tangerhütte and Klöte embody the close connection between the town and country, especially architecturally. One romantic little town on the steep slope to the Elbe is Arneburg with its fishermen's and skippers' cottages.