Hanseatic town of Stendal
Welcome to the Hanseatic City of Stendal!
In the north of Saxony-Anhalt, in the beginning of the North German Plain, lies the Hanseatic city of Stendal, economic, cultural and administrative center of the Altmark region with its current population of about 41,000. The city in the heart of the Altmark is complemented by 18 districts from the surrounding area. In the economic upswing after reunification, Stendal is picking up on old trading and commercial traditions. As early as 1160, Stendal received market and city rights and developed into a flourishing Hanseatic city in the 15th century. The characteristic brick buildings of the cathedral, St. Mary's, St. Jacob's and St. Peter's churches, St. Anne's and St. Catherine's churches, the town hall and the Tangermünde and Uenglingen gates were built during this period. The latter is, after Lübeck's Holsten Gate, probably the most architecturally attractive city gate of the North German Brick Gothic.
Living & working in Stendal
The face of the Hanseatic city of Stendal has changed noticeably and visibly in recent years. In addition to the ongoing revitalization of the old town, the Hanseatic city of Stendal has extensive, fully developed commercial areas, a well-developed infrastructure and an attractively designed residential environment. As a location, the Hanseatic city of Stendal is particularly attractive to private individuals and entrepreneurs because of its inexpensive housing in attractive locations, complete range of educational and training facilities up to the Magdeburg/Stendal University of Applied Sciences, rich and sophisticated cultural offerings in a modern and historic ambience, places available at all times in childcare facilities and the intact natural and cultural landscape in the heart of the Altmark.
Work & Business in Stendal
As the economic center of the Altmark region, the Hanseatic city of Stendal builds on the vital tradition of the old Hanseatic city with trade, service and production functions. In the Middle Ages, the Hanseatic League brought economic prosperity and today the Hanseatic city of Stendal benefits from its central location in Central Europe on the EU internal market. Medium-sized service companies, small and medium-sized craft and commercial enterprises form the basis for a balanced economic structure. Stendal's small and medium-sized businesses have been able to adapt flexibly to changing economic conditions, although the generally strained economic situation in combination with structural weaknesses in rural areas has not left the regional economy unscathed. However, the Hanseatic city can offer companies an attractive range of commercial sites, favorable land prices and basic and trade tax rates. The municipal economic development policy is dedicated in particular to the maintenance of existing businesses and the support of young companies and start-ups, which receive professional and organizational assistance at the IGZ BIC Altmark GmbH.
Sports & Recreation
The Altmärkische natural landscape offers rich leisure and local recreation opportunities such as the untouched and protected Elbe meadows or the Wische with its "heavy soils" lying below the water level of the Elbe. The numerous Romanesque village churches and the fascinating stork nests can be quickly discovered on hiking and biking tours or on horseback. Popular places for active recreation are the city lake, the zoo, the city forest, the swimming pool "AltOa" and the city's
sports facilities (e.g. the stadium »Am Hölzchen«). A lively club life offers the right forum for every age.
Citizens and visitors alike appreciate the living cultural heritage of Stendal. Unique treasures of international standing are the 22 stained glass windows of St. Nicholas Cathedral, created between 1425 and 1470 and recently restored. St. Jacob's Church, a meeting point for pilgrims on the Way of St. James, has a »Children's Angel« where parents can pray for their children. St. Mary's Church, the central church on the market square, houses a magnificent high altar and an astronomical clock. The oldest German wood-carved wall from 1462 can be found in the council chamber. Since 1525, the colossal figure of Roland has stood in front of Stendal's town hall, now a copy, as the weather irreparably damaged its predecessor despite all efforts. With its considerable overall height of 7.80 m, it is the third largest Roland in Germany. Every year in June, the traditional Roland Festival takes place.
The Tangermünder Tor and the Uenglinger Tor are witnesses to the wealth of the city during the Middle Ages and components of the former fortifications. The Katharinenkirche, which has been converted into a music forum and regularly hosts a variety of concerts, offers those interested in art a special musical treat thanks to its excellent acoustics. The Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation in Stendal, which has its headquarters in the Altmärkisches Museum, supports young musicians and scientists. As another part of the former monastery complex, the Altmärkisches Museum is home to a valuable collection of cultural history and regional history from several centuries. Another museum is dedicated to the great son of the Hanseatic city of Stendal: Johann Joachim Winckelmann. He is considered the founder of classical archaeology and art history. His image of antiquity influenced the literature of German classicism and European art. He also shaped archaeological research as a science. As the "Theater der Altmark" (Theater of the Altmark), the Landestheater Sachsen-Anhalt-Nord (Saxony-Anhalt North Regional Theater) is located in Stendal and delights and convinces a growing number of spectators with its varied cultural offerings in the completely renovated theater building. Music and art schools, the municipal adult education center, cinemas, youth centers, all types of schools and numerous other offerings round out Stendal's cultural diversity.
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