Hanseatic city of Stendal
The Hanseatic city of Stendal is the first stop on our summer trip through the Altmark in Sachsen-Anhalt. Stendal is one of the Hanseatic cities of the Altmark. We like Hanseatic cities. That is why we are particularly interested in them. Hanseatic cities have fascinated us since our trip to Stralsund. We were curious about what can be seen in Stendal from the Hanseatic period. However, we do not have much time for them City, we are accompanied on this day by a TV team from the MDR. We are here on the occasion of our invitation by the LEADER action group Uchte-Tanger-Elbe to get to know the region as #AltmarkBlogger. The Altmark wants to become known and show its tourist attractions. This also includes the Hanseatic city of Stendal.
Hanseatic city of Stendal sights
We drive to Winckelmann Platz in Stendal. Some old city gates are still standing. One of them happens on our way to the city. Directly in front of us rises St. Mary's Church with its two pointed church towers. The church was first mentioned 1283. In the 15. Century it is consecrated in its present form. It served as a council church of the Hanseatic merchants and is thus one of the buildings that are of particular interest to us.
On our tour of the city center, we can also take a quick look inside the church. There we are particularly impressed by the choir barrier from the 15. Century. This separates the sanctuary from the prayer room for the community. From this time also comes the remarkable pulpit.
At the Winckelmann Platz we then get an overview of the city on a model. You can also see the medieval layout of the residential districts and streets.
Johann Joachim Winckelmann - the most famous son of the Hanseatic city of Stendal
The statue of Johann Joachim Winckelmann rises right next to the model of the city. The son of a Stendal shoemaker showed early on that he was called to higher things. Although he came from a humble background, he had an extraordinary career. With diligence and determination, Winckelmann rose to become the most important art scholar of his time. He is considered the founder of modern German art history and classical archeology. In this function his path even led him to Rome. There he was entrusted with the city's collection of antiquities.
Winkelmann's tragic end
Less honorable, however, was the end of this influential man. After many years in Rome, he made his way back to Stendal. Already in Vienna, however, he decided not to complete his journey and returned again to return to the city on the Tiber. During a stopover in Trieste, he finally fell victim to an assassination attempt whose background is still unclear. The idea for the Winckelmann monument in Stendal was none other than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who already suggested to 1826 to the mayors of the city to erect a monument to their most important son. That should still be up to the 20. Last century. Today there is also a museum dedicated to him in Stendal.
Old Town and Market Square
The market square of Stendal can be reached in a few steps on the other side of St. Mary's Church. There is also the town hall of the city. This building also bears witness to the economic boom of the Hanseatic League. The older part of the town hall is a brick building from the 15. Century. Later, the building was extended and the cultivation changed in the 16. Century in the style of the Renaissance. The two parts of the building dominate today the market place of Stendal.
In front of the brick building of the Stendaler Rathaus is a statue of Roland. This is a copy of the original statue from the year 1525. This Roland is depicted as a knight and holds a sword as a sign of his power in one hand. The other holds a sign depicting the Brandenburg eagle.
First of all, restaurants and cafes are few and far between in the Altmark. That's because, after the fall of the Wall, many people in the region moved away looking for better paid jobs. Few have returned. Instead, entrepreneurs came from the West, who set up their own business here. So the owner of Kaffeehaus Kaffeekult is not a local, as he tells us. His café is located in the historic brick building of the town hall and looks very cozy with its medieval vault and the shimmering golden coffee bins. These take up an entire wall of the café and exude a beguiling scent of freshly roasted coffee.
For coffee you will not only get cakes of all kinds, but also homemade chocolates with imaginative ingredients, such as pralines with sea buckthorn ganache or dark chocolate balls filled with chilli orange ganache. Instead, we laugh at the red cassis chocolates that we can taste. Their fresh-fruity filling is just the thing for the hot late August day we visit.
On the other side of the market place we see the wine shop "The Olive Tree". However, there is not enough time for a personal visit. Instead, we eat in the evening in the only award-winning restaurant in the Altmark: the Atrium restaurant. This is just a few steps from the St. Marien church in Breite Straße 17. In the pretty apple garden behind the restaurant building, we finally enjoy the country house kitchen in the evening, which was worth 13 points to the testers from Gault Millau. Definitely a good choice, we think.
In Petar's video you can also join us on our journey through the Altmark. Check it out! It is worth it:
That has to be in the suitcase for the visit to Stendal
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The nearest airport is Berlin Tegel. From there, take the train to the Altmark. Alternatively, you can also arrive by car or bike.
Accommodations in Stendal:
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Our accommodations in the Altmark:
Bismarcksche Landgut Welle (there is a holiday apartment in which we did not live) Click here for a map
Weller Dorfstrasse 21 - 25
39576 Stendal OT wave
Manor house Birkholz Click here for a map
Birkholzer Schulstrasse 5
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Source: own research on site.
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