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German tanker Altmark Image:Altmark Incident.jpg, German dead are brought ashore for burial after the incident. ''Altmark'' was a German oil tanker and supply vessel, one of five of a class built between 1937 and 1939. She is best known for her support of the German com ...
for the ship named after Altmark and
Stary Targ Stary Targ (literally "Old Market"; formerly german: Altmark) is a village in Sztum County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, in northern Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Stary Targ. It lies approximately east of S ...
for the Polish village named Altmark in
German German(s) may refer to: Common uses * of or related to Germany * Germans, Germanic ethnic group, citizens of Germany or people of German ancestry * For citizens of Germany, see also German nationality law * German language The German la ...

German
.'' The (English: Old
March March is the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar The Gregorian calendar is the calendar A calendar is a system of organizing days. This is done by giving names to periods of time, typically days ...
Hansard, ''The Parliamentary Debates from the Year 1803 to the Present Time ...'', Volume 32. 1 February to 6 March 1816, T.C. Hansard, 1816
pp. 82
Article XXIII of the
Final Act of the Congress of Vienna The Congress of Vienna (, ) of 1814–1815 was the most important international diplomatic conference in European history, reconstituting the European political order after the downfall of the French Emperor Napoleon I. It was a meeting of amba ...
) is a historic region in
Germany ) , image_map = , map_caption = , map_width = 250px , capital = Berlin Berlin (; ) is the Capital city, capital and List of cities in Germany by population, largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3,769,495 inh ...

Germany
, comprising the northern third of
Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt (german: Sachsen-Anhalt ; nds, Sassen-Anholt) is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper ...

Saxony-Anhalt
. As the initial territory of the
March of Brandenburg The Margraviate of Brandenburg (german: link=no, Markgrafschaft Brandenburg) was a major principality of the Holy Roman Empire from 1157 to 1806 that played a pivotal role in the history of Germany and Central Europe. Brandenburg developed out of ...
, it is sometimes referred to as the "Cradle of Prussia", as by
Otto von Bismarck Otto, Prince of Bismarck, Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen, Duke of Lauenburg (german: Otto Fürst von Bismarck, Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen, Herzog zu Lauenburg ; 1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898), born Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, was a c ...

Otto von Bismarck
, a native from
Schönhausen
Schönhausen
near
Stendal The Hanseatic City of Stendal () is a town A town is a human settlement In geography Geography (from Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, featur ...

Stendal
.


Geography

The Altmark is located west of the
Elbe The Elbe (, ; cs, Labe ; nds, Ilv or ''Elv''; Upper and dsb, Łobjo), historically in English also Elve, is one of the major river A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake o ...

Elbe
river between the cities of
Hamburg en, Hamburgian(s) , timezone1 = Central (CET) , utc_offset1 = +1 , timezone1_DST = Central (CEST) , utc_offset1_DST = +2 , postal_code_type = Post ...

Hamburg
and
Magdeburg Magdeburg (; nds, label=Low German, Low Saxon, Meideborg ) is the capital and second-largest city of the Germany, German States of Germany, state of Saxony-Anhalt, after Halle (Saale). It is situated on the Elbe River. Otto I, Holy Roman Emp ...

Magdeburg
, mostly included in the districts of
Altmarkkreis Salzwedel Altmarkkreis Salzwedel is a district in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the districts Gifhorn (district), Gifhorn, Uelzen (district), Uelzen, Lüchow-Dannenberg in Lower Saxony, and the districts of Stendal (d ...
and
Stendal The Hanseatic City of Stendal () is a town A town is a human settlement In geography Geography (from Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, featur ...
. In the west, the
Drawehn The Drawehn is a partly wooded and partly agricultural region of hills in the northeastern part of the German state of Lower Saxony, lying between the districts of Landkreis Lüneburg, Lüneburg and Landkreis Uelzen, Uelzen in the west and Landkreis ...

Drawehn
hill range and the
Drömling Drömling is a sparsely populated depression on the border of Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt in Germany with an area of about . The larger part belonging to Saxony-Anhalt in the east has been a nature park since 1990. The former swampland was tra ...

Drömling
depression separate it from the
Lüneburg Heath near Schneverdingen Lüneburg Heath (german: Lüneburger Heide) is a large area of heath (habitat), heath, geest Geest is a type of landform, slightly raised above the surrounding countryside, that occurs on the plains of Northern Germany ...
in
Lower Saxony Lower Saxony (german: Niedersachsen ; nds, Neddersassen; stq, Läichsaksen) is a German state The Federal Republic of Germany, as a federal state, consists of sixteen partly sovereign federated states (german: Land (state), plural (st ...
; the Altmark also borders the
Wendland The Wendland is a region in Germany on the borders of the present states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Its heart is the Land Hannover, Hanoverian Wendland in the county of Lüchow-Dannenberg in Lower ...
region in the north and the
Magdeburg Börde The Magdeburg Börde (german: Magdeburger Börde) is the central landscape unit of the state of Saxony-Anhalt and lies to the west and south of the eponymous state capital Magdeburg. Part of a loess belt stretching along the southeastern rim of th ...
in the south. Adjacent east of the Elbe is the historical
Prignitz Prignitz () is a ''Kreis'' (district) in the northwestern part of Brandenburg, Germany. Neighboring are (from the north clockwise) the district Ludwigslust-Parchim in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the district Ostprignitz-Ruppin in Brandenburg, th ...
region. The population is small. The
cultural landscape Cultural landscape is a term used in the fields of geography, ecology, and heritage studies, to describe a symbiosis of human activity and environment. As defined by the World Heritage Site, World Heritage Committee, it is the "cultural properti ...
within the
North European Plain The North European Plain (german: Norddeutsches Tiefland – North German Plain; ; pl, Nizina Środkowoeuropejska – Central European Plain; da, Nordeuropæiske Lavland and nl, Noord-Europese Laagvlakte ; French : ''Plaine d'Europe du Nord ...
is rural and widely covered with forests and
heathlands A heath () is a shrubland Shrubland, scrubland, scrub, brush, or bush is a plant community A plant community is a collection or Association (ecology), association of plant species within a designated geographical unit, which forms a relative ...
. The largest towns are
Stendal The Hanseatic City of Stendal () is a town A town is a human settlement In geography Geography (from Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, featur ...

Stendal
, with a population of 39,000, and
Salzwedel Salzwedel (, officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel; Low German: ''Soltwedel''), is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of the district (''Kreis'') of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, and has a population of approximately 21,500. Salz ...
(21,500).


History

Before the
Migration Period The Migration Period, also known as the Barbarian Invasions (from the Roman and Greek perspective), is a term sometimes used for the period in the history of Europe The history of Europe concerns itself with the discovery and collection, the ...
of 300 to 700 AD, the
Lombards The Lombards () or Langobards ( la, Langobardi) were a Germanic people The Germanic peoples were a historical group of people living in Central Europe Central Europe is an area of Europe between Western Europe and Eastern Europe, based on ...
had settled the future Altmark. Subsequently, Old Germanic
Saxon The Saxons ( la, Saxones, german: Sachsen, ang, Seaxan, osx, Sahson, nds, Sassen, nl, Saksen) were a group of early Germanic Germanic may refer to: * Germanic peoples, an ethno-linguistic group identified by their use of the Germanic langua ...

Saxon
tribes lived in the northwest and
Polabian Slavs Polabian ( dsb, Połobske słowjany, pl, Słowianie połabscy, cz, Polabští slované) is a collective term applied to a number of () tribes who lived along the river in what is today . The approximate territory stretched from the in the ...

Polabian Slavs
in the eastern territories along the Elbe. After the
Saxon Wars #REDIRECT Saxon Wars#REDIRECT Saxon Wars The Saxon Wars were the campaigns and insurrections of the thirty-three years from 772, when Charlemagne Charlemagne (; ) or Charles the Great or ''Carolus'', whence in English or in German (for ...
, waged by
Charlemagne Charlemagne ( , ) or Charles the Great ( la, Carolus Magnus; 2 April 748 – 28 January 814) was King of the Franks The Franks—Germanic-speaking peoples that invaded the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century—were first led by i ...

Charlemagne
from 772 to 804, the lands became part of the
Carolingian Empire The Carolingian Empire (800–888) was a large Frankish Frankish may refer to: * Franks The Franks ( la, Franci or ) were a group of Germanic peoples The historical Germanic peoples (from lat, Germani) are a category of ancient nort ...
. They formed part of the
Eastphalia Eastphalia (german: Ostfalen; Eastphalian language, Eastphalian: ''Oostfalen'') is a historical region in northern Germany, encompassing the eastern ''Gau (country subdivision), Gaue'' (shires) of the historic stem duchy of Duchy of Saxony, Saxon ...
n territory of the
Duchy of Saxony The Duchy of Saxony ( nds, Hartogdom Sassen, german: Herzogtum Sachsen) was originally the area settled A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established a permanent residence there, often to colonize Colonization, or colo ...
, which, from 843 onwards, constituted the eastern borderlands of
East Francia East Francia (Medieval Latin Medieval Latin was the form of Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. Latin was originally spoken in the area around Ro ...
under
Louis the German Louis the German (c. 806/810 – 28 August 876), also known as Louis II of Germany and Louis II of East Francia , was the first king of East Francia East Francia (Medieval Latin Medieval Latin was the form of Latin Latin (, or , ) ...
. The bishops of Verden and of Halberstadt promoted the
Christianisation Christianization (American and British English spelling differences#-ise.2C -ize .28-isation.2C -ization.29, or Christianisation) was the Conversion to Christianity, conversion of societies to Christianity beginning in late antiquity in the Rom ...
of the Saxon population. In 936 the German king
Otto I Otto I (23 November 912 – 7 May 973), traditionally known as Otto the Great (german: Otto der Große, it, Ottone il Grande), was East Francian king from 936 and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. He was the oldest son of Henr ...

Otto I
allotted the territory of the later Altmark to the Saxon Count
Gero Gero I ( – 20 May 965), sometimes called the Great ( la, magnus),Thompson, 486. Also se was a German nobleman who ruled an initially modest march March is the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar Th ...

Gero
, in order to subdue the West Slavic
Wends 230px, ''Germaniae veteris typus'' (Old Germany). Aestui, Venedi, Goths, Gythones and Ingaevones are visible on the right upper corner of the map. Edited by Willem and Joan Blaeu, 1645. Wends ( ang, Winedas; Old Norse: ''Vindr''; german: Wenden ...
settling on the Elbe. Gero thereafter campaigned in the Slavic lands far beyond the river Elbe and thereafter established the Saxon stretching up to the
Oder The Oder ( , ; Czech Czech may refer to: * Anything from or related to the Czech Republic The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name Czechia and formerly known as Bohemia, is a landlocked country A landlocked country is ...

Oder
in the east. Upon Gero's death in 965, his was split and the
Northern March The Northern March or North March (german: Nordmark) was created out of the division of the vast ''Marca Geronis 200px, The hatched portion of the map in the northeast excepting the March of the Billungs was the ''marca Geronis'', notice the '' ...
was granted to
Dietrich of Haldensleben , house = Billung The House of Billung was a dynasty A dynasty (, ) is a sequence of rulers from the same family,''Oxford English Dictionary'', "dynasty, ''n''." Oxford University Press Oxford University Press (OUP) is the univers ...
, who nevertheless turned out to be an incapable ruler and lost all the territories east of the Elbe in the Slavic
Lutici The Lutici or Liutizi (known by various spelling variants) were a federation of West Slavic Polabian tribes, who between the 10th and 12th centuries lived in what is now northeastern Germany ) , image_map = , map_caption = , map_ ...
uprising of 983. He retained only his margravial title and the initial land basis of his predecessor Gero's conquests west of the river. For further one-and-a-half centuries, the lands east of the Elbe defied German control, until in 1134 Emperor
Lothair of Supplinburg Lothair III, sometimes numbered Lothair II and also known as Lothair of Supplinburg (1075 – 4 December 1137), was Holy Roman Emperor from 1133 until his death. He was appointed List of rulers of Saxony, Duke of Saxony in 1106 and elected List o ...
bestowed the Northern March on the
Ascanian The House of Ascania (german: Askanier) is a dynasty A dynasty (, ) is a sequence of rulers from the same family,''Oxford English Dictionary'', "dynasty, ''n.''" Oxford University Press Oxford University Press (OUP) is the univers ...
count
Albert the Bear Albert the Bear (german: Albrecht der Bär; 1100 – 18 November 1170) was the first margrave of Brandenburg Margrave was originally the Middle ages, medieval title for the military commander assigned to maintain the defence of one of the bor ...
. Albert signed an inheritance contract with the Slavic
Hevelli The Hevelli or Hevellians/ Navellasîni, also known as Svatodorans/ Sγatodorans, a name referring to the Golden Arrow, (sometimes ''Havolane''; german: Heveller or ''Stodoranen''; pl, Hawelanie or ''Stodoranie''; cs, Havolané or ''Stodorané'') ...
prince
PribislavPribislav, ''Przibislaus'' (from Slavic ''пробивающая слава'', "pribi" – ''pierced, breaking'' or "more, much more" and "slav" - ''glory'') is a Slavic origin name. Its feminine form is Pribislava. Notable bearers of the name incl ...
and in 1150 succeeded him in his eastern territory around the fortress of
Brandenburg an der Havel Brandenburg an der Havel () is a town in Brandenburg Brandenburg (, also , ; nds, Brannenborg; dsb, Bramborska) is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published ...
, which became the nucleus of his newly established
Margraviate of Brandenburg The Margraviate of Brandenburg (german: link=no, Markgrafschaft Brandenburg) was a major principality A principality (or sometimes princedom) can either be a monarchical A monarchy is a form of government in which a person, the ...
in 1157. As the Brandenburg margraves expanded their territory during the course of the , the original western territory of the Northern March became known as the Altmark (literally "Old
March March is the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar The Gregorian calendar is the calendar A calendar is a system of organizing days. This is done by giving names to periods of time, typically days ...
") in contrast to the (Middle March) and (New March) beyond the Oder river; the written record first mentions it in 1304 as . As part of Brandenburg, from 1415 held by the
House of Hohenzollern The House of Hohenzollern (, also , , german: Haus Hohenzollern, ro, Casa de Hohenzollern) is a German royal dynasty A dynasty (, ) is a sequence of rulers from the same family,''Oxford English Dictionary'', "dynasty, ''n''." Oxford ...
, the Altmark became part of
Brandenburg-Prussia Brandenburg-Prussia (german: Brandenburg-Preußen; ) is the historiographic Historiography is the study of the methods of historian ( 484– 425 BC) was a Greek historian who lived in the 5th century BC and one of the earliest historians w ...

Brandenburg-Prussia
and (from 1701) of the
Kingdom of Prussia The Kingdom of Prussia (german: Königreich Preußen) was a German kingdom Kingdom may refer to: Monarchy * A type of monarchy * A realm ruled by: **A king, during the reign of a male monarch **A queen regnant, during the reign of a female ...
. After Prussia's defeat at the hands of
Napoleon Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader. He rose to prominence during the French Revolution The French Revolution ( ) refers to the period that began with the Estates General o ...
in 1806, the terms of the
Treaty of Tilsit The Treaties of Tilsit were two agreements signed by of in the town of in July 1807 in the aftermath of his . The first was signed on 7 July, between and of France, when they met on a raft in the middle of the . The second was signed with ...

Treaty of Tilsit
(1807) assigned the territory of the Altmark to the new
Kingdom of Westphalia The Kingdom of Westphalia was a kingdom in Germany, with a population of 2.6 million, that existed from 1807 to 1813. It included territory in Hesse Hesse (, , ) or Hessia (, ; german: Hessen ), officially the State of Hessen (german: links=n ...
. Prussia regained the area upon Napoleon's defeat (per Article XXIII of the Final Act of the
Congress of Vienna The Congress of Vienna (, ) of 1814–1815 was an international diplomatic conference to reconstitute the European political order after the downfall of the French Emperor Napoleon I Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) w ...

Congress of Vienna
, 1815); however, it was incorporated into the new Prussian
Province of Saxony The Province of Saxony (german: Provinz Sachsen), also known as Prussian Saxony () was a provinces of Prussia, province of the Kingdom of Prussia and later the Free State of Prussia from 1816 until 1944. Its capital was Magdeburg. It was formed ...
rather than being attached to the
Province of Brandenburg The Province of Brandenburg (german: Provinz Brandenburg) was a Provinces of Prussia, province of Prussia from 1815 to 1945. Brandenburg was established in 1815 from the Kingdom of Prussia's core territory, comprised the bulk of the historic Marg ...
. Within Prussian Saxony, the Altmark was subdivided into the districts of
Salzwedel Salzwedel (, officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel; Low German: ''Soltwedel''), is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of the district (''Kreis'') of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, and has a population of approximately 21,500. Salz ...
,
Gardelegen Gardelegen (; nds, Garlä) is a town in Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt (german: Sachsen-Anhalt ; nds, Sassen-Anholt) is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine publishe ...
, Osterburg, and
Stendal The Hanseatic City of Stendal () is a town A town is a human settlement In geography Geography (from Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, featur ...

Stendal
, all administered within the of
Magdeburg Magdeburg (; nds, label=Low German, Low Saxon, Meideborg ) is the capital and second-largest city of the Germany, German States of Germany, state of Saxony-Anhalt, after Halle (Saale). It is situated on the Elbe River. Otto I, Holy Roman Emp ...
. After
World War II World War II or the Second World War, often abbreviated as WWII or WW2, was a global war A world war is "a war War is an intense armed conflict between states State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literatur ...
the Altmark, lying to the east of the
inner German border The Inner German border (german: Innerdeutsche Grenze or ; initially also ) was the border Borders are boundaries of or legal s, such as s, , , and other . Borders are established through agreements between political or social entities t ...
, became part of the new state of
Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt (german: Sachsen-Anhalt ; nds, Sassen-Anholt) is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper ...

Saxony-Anhalt
in the
Soviet occupation zone The Soviet Occupation Zone ( "East Zone"; , ''Sovetskaya okkupatsionnaya zona Germanii'', "Soviet Occupation Zone of Germany") was an area of Germany ) , image_map = , map_caption = , map_width = 250px , capital = Berlin B ...
. The regional administration of
East Germany East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic (GDR; german: Deutsche Demokratische Republik, , DDR, ), was a state that existed from 1949 to 1990 in eastern Eastern may refer to: Transportation *China Eastern Airlines, a current ...
saw it administered within from 1952 to 1990. With
German reunification German reunification (german: Deutsche Wiedervereinigung) was the process in 1990 in which the German Democratic Republic German(s) may refer to: * Germany (of or related to) **Germania (historical use) * Germans, citizens of Germany, peop ...
in 1990, the Altmark became part of a reconstituted Saxony-Anhalt.


Rivers and lakes

The region is drained by the
Elbe The Elbe (, ; cs, Labe ; nds, Ilv or ''Elv''; Upper and dsb, Łobjo), historically in English also Elve, is one of the major river A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake o ...

Elbe
, joined by the
Havel The Havel () is a river in northeastern Germany ) , image_map = , map_caption = , map_width = 250px , capital = Berlin Berlin (; ) is the Capital city, capital and List of cities in Germany by population, largest city of G ...

Havel
at
Havelberg Havelberg () is a town in the district of Stendal, in Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt (german: Sachsen-Anhalt ; nds, Sassen-Anholt) is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly ma ...
, and its left tributaries of the Milde-Biese- Aland system and the
Jeetzel The river Jeetzel, which begins in the Altmark:''See German tanker Altmark for the ship named after Altmark and Stary Targ for the Polish village named Altmark in German language, German.'' The (English: Old March (territorial entity), MarchHan ...
river. The largest natural lake of the Altmark is the
Arendsee Arendsee () is a municipality in the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is named after the lake Arendsee (lake), Arendsee, located north of the town. Geography The municipality is located in the Altmark region and on the southern ...
.


Transport


Road

The Altmark is located off the main traffic routes. The
Bundesautobahn 14 is an autobahn The Autobahn (; German plural ) is the federal controlled-access highway system in Germany. The official German term is Bundesautobahn (abbreviated ''BAB''), which translates as "federal motorway". The literal meaning of the ...
leads to the
Bundesautobahn 2 is an autobahn in Germany that connects the Ruhr area in the west to Berlin in the east. The A 2 starts at the junction with the Bundesautobahn 3, A3 near the western city of Oberhausen, passes through the north of the Ruhr valley, through ...
from
Hanover Hanover (; german: Hannover ; nds, Hannober) is the capital and largest city of the German States of Germany, state of Lower Saxony. Its 534,049 (2020) inhabitants make it the List of cities in Germany by population, 13th-largest city in Germa ...
to
Berlin Berlin (; ) is the Capital city, capital and List of cities in Germany by population, largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3,769,495 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2019 makes it the List of cities in the European Union by ...

Berlin
, it however ends north of Magdeburg. A continuation through the Altmark towards
Schwerin Schwerin (, , ; Mecklenburgian Low German : : : : : , minority = (70,000) (30,000) (8,000) , familycolor = Indo-European , fam2 = Germanic Germanic may refer to: * Germanic peoples, an ethno-linguistic group ...
is planned. Beside which the , B107, B188, B189, B190, B248 run through the region.


Rail

Stendal station is a stop on the Hanover–Berlin high-speed railway. Other lines include: * Stendal–Salzwedel–Uelzen *
Wittenberge Wittenberge () is a town of eighteen thousand people on the middle Elbe in the district of Prignitz, Brandenburg, Germany. Geography Wittenberge is situated at the right (north-eastern) bank of the middle Elbe at its confluence with the Stepeni ...
Salzwedel Salzwedel (, officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel; Low German: ''Soltwedel''), is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of the district (''Kreis'') of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, and has a population of approximately 21,500. Salz ...
Oebisfelde Oebisfelde () is a town and a former municipality in the Börde district A district is a type of administrative division that, in some countries, is managed by local government. Across the world, areas known as "districts" vary greatly in siz ...
* Magdeburg–Stendal–Wittenberge * Bismark *
Stendal The Hanseatic City of Stendal () is a town A town is a human settlement In geography Geography (from Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, featur ...

Stendal
Tangermünde Tangermünde () is a historic town on the Elbe The Elbe (, ; cs, Labe ; nds, Ilv or ''Elv''; Upper and dsb, Łobjo), historically in English also Elve, is one of the major river A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually ...


Towns

*
Salzwedel Salzwedel (, officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel; Low German: ''Soltwedel''), is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of the district (''Kreis'') of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, and has a population of approximately 21,500. Salz ...
*
Oebisfelde Oebisfelde () is a town and a former municipality in the Börde district A district is a type of administrative division that, in some countries, is managed by local government. Across the world, areas known as "districts" vary greatly in siz ...
*
Arendsee Arendsee () is a municipality in the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is named after the lake Arendsee (lake), Arendsee, located north of the town. Geography The municipality is located in the Altmark region and on the southern ...
* Seehausen *
Diesdorf Diesdorf is a municipality (''Flecken'') in the district Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Geography Diesdorf is situated in the western Altmark about east of the border between Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony, which between 19 ...
*
Beetzendorf Beetzendorf is a municipality in the district Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 January 2009 it has incorporated the former municipalities of Jeeben and Hohentramm. Among other more older villages like Mellin, an ecolo ...
* Klötze *
Mieste Mieste is a village and a former municipality in the district Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 January 2011, it is part of the town Gardelegen. Mieste evangelische Kirche.JPG, The Protestant Church Mieste Kirche Elisabet ...
*
Gardelegen Gardelegen (; nds, Garlä) is a town in Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt (german: Sachsen-Anhalt ; nds, Sassen-Anholt) is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine publishe ...
* * Bismark * Osterburg *
Stendal The Hanseatic City of Stendal () is a town A town is a human settlement In geography Geography (from Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, featur ...

Stendal
*
Havelberg Havelberg () is a town in the district of Stendal, in Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt (german: Sachsen-Anhalt ; nds, Sassen-Anholt) is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly ma ...
*
Tangermünde Tangermünde () is a historic town on the Elbe The Elbe (, ; cs, Labe ; nds, Ilv or ''Elv''; Upper and dsb, Łobjo), historically in English also Elve, is one of the major river A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually ...
* Tangerhütte * Uchtspringe


External links


Altmarkwiki
the regional wiki for the Altmark


Notes and references

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