Tourism in the Altmark
Whether you would like to explore the region on foot, by bike, or on horseback, there is a well-developed network with hiking trails, bicycle paths, and horse trails available, through which the beauty and charm of the landscape becomes accessible for everyone.
For hiking enthusiasts...
...there are many gorgeous hiking trials where you can discover the Altmark from a different side. Whether its small villages, hidden lakes, or Romanesque churches, there is something to be had for everyone.
...the Altmark circuit track goes directly past Calberwisch castle and the Elbe cycle path, which shows the visitor the fascinating meadow landscape of the Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve, is only a few kilometres away. You can rent bicycles directly from us.
For horse riders ...
...there is a signposted, 1600 km long network of horse trails throughout the whole Altmark available. The interest group “Sternreiten in der Altmark” offers a number of different guided trail rides to explore the region on horseback. Among them is a castle themed trail ride.
For friends of equestrian sports, the event schedule offers a whole series of tournaments and shows every year, which take into account the importance of horse breeding and equestrian sports in the Altmark.
For those interested in history, the Romanesque Road, with its art-historically significant buildings, definitely has a lot to offer. Many visitors feel like they are in a different time when they are exploring and admiring the famous road of the middle age with its 65 towns boasting 80 historical buildings. The close by monastery “Arendsee” at the most northern point of the Romanesque Road is absolutely worth a visit and if you would like to cool down afterwards you should not miss “Arendsee” beach. In addition to the numerous Romanesque village churches, in the nearby area of Calberwisch the Krumke Castle with its lovely park, manor house, and monastery church in Krevese are also worth a visit.
For ambitious art lovers there are always many events worth enjoying throughout the whole year. Concerts at the Havelberg Cathedral, the Osterburg Literature Days, the Old Markish Music Summer, and the numerous exhibitions and cultural events in the castle itself are just a few examples.
In the surrounding area of the castle, you can explore the historically interesting Stendal. Stendal was, and still is, the biggest town in the Altmark and its historic old town is a monument with a considerable size of 94 hectare. Castle Döbbelin in Stendal has been owned by the Bismarck family in the Altmark for 19 generations. Walks through the castle park, which was erected in 1736 along with the castle, are very popular.
Nearby Tangermünde is also a hot tip. It is one of the few German cities where there still exists an almost completely preserved city wall, which was built around 1300. With a length of approximately 1.8 km it encloses the entire old-town. Other good reasons for a visit are the church St. Stephan (15th century), the medieval half-timbered houses, and the castle, which was once a fortress.
In addition, the monastery town of Jerichow has a lot of interesting things to offer. The small town is especially known for its Romanesque monastery complex. The monastery with its mighty towers can be seen from far away and is the landmark of the town. In summer, visitors can also expect a great medieval spectacle within Jerichow's historic walls.
Seehausen, which is only 20 km away, is also part of the Romanesque Road. With its small picturesque old-town and the town church St. Petri of Romanesque origin it is definitely worth a stop. The west building of the church with its magnificent portal from 1220 was built around 1160. The originally Romanesque church was converted into a hall church in the 15th century.
If you feel like a longer, exciting day trip and want to explore Saxony-Anhalt even further, we recommend the Luther sites in Wittenberg, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These include the castle and town church, as well as the birth and death house in Eisleben. Also absolutely worth seeing is the beautiful, small town of Quedlinbrug, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 with its 80 hectares of historic town centre, boasting over 2000 half-timbered buildings.
There are also several attractions for the connoisseur. The Altmark offers many possibilities to discover delicious local food. For example, at the Atrium in Stendal, chef de cuisine Martin Krollmann serves new interpretations of traditional German dishes with international influences.