Where to go in Tangermuende? This question arises when we visit this Hanseatic city on the Elbe in the Altmark. Tangermünde is a town that is worth a visit. It lies at the mouth of the Tangier and the Elbe. No wonder that Travelbook readers voted Tangermünde the most beautiful small town in Germany in 2019. The city looks back on a history that goes back more than 1000 years. It was an imperial city. The Hanseatic League also had its headquarters here for many years. The cityscape from the Middle Ages is still almost completely preserved. The city is surrounded by a city wall that is still almost completely intact. Three city gates still provide access to the old town today. The Tangermünde sights include a castle hotel, a historic hotel with regional cuisine and brick Gothic architecture that extends from the town hall to the city gates. There is also a lot to discover in the Tangermünde area, as our video shows.
There are definitely a lot of sights to discover in Tangermünde. Therefore, we answer your question here:
Where in Tangermünde?
We start our visit to Tangermünde for lunch. This brings us straight to a restaurant where we taste one of the specialties of the region.
Tangermünde city map and sights
Old tradition in Tangermünde
Old traditions are kept alive in Tangermünde. Regardless of whether it is a matter of hotels and inns or specialties of the region.
Book a Tangermünde hotel – spend the night in Saxony like in the Middle Ages
- Ringhotel Tangermünde Castle * Four-star superior Schlosshotel Tangermünde with a view of the Elbe and a wellness offer in the Kaisertherme.
- Hotel Schwarzer Adler * Tangermünde Hotel in the city center
- Example of sleeping rooms and Langer Hans quarter * – In this Tangermünde hotel you can sleep like you would in the Middle Ages in Saxony. The hotel is located in the old town and is an ideal starting point for exploring the city.
- Other Accommodation near Tangermünde * you can find under this link.
Kuhschwanzbier in the Exempel Gaststuben
A Facebook friend had already drawn my attention to the cowtail beer. When I see the menu in front of the example dining rooms, the choice of meal is easy for me. Cowtail beer is announced on a slate. I definitely want to try that. Ideally with a sip of beer.
However, the Exempel Gaststuben are worth a visit for another reason. Here the former school has been converted into a cozy inn. Each room has a different motto. Here you can eat in Grandma's living room, in the laundry room or even on the school desk. Apparently the word has already gotten around. Because we always have guests coming into Grandma’s living room who just want to take a look at the restaurant rooms. Understandable! We copy them.
Cozy dining room
The host's menu is also an experience. You should have time for this. A look inside is surprised. You will look in vain for starters, main courses and desserts. Instead, we first learn a lot about the history of the city and the restaurant. In between, the specialties of the region are hidden. But they are also exciting! Or can you imagine something under Soljanka or Tangerwiese? Pig's ears and peas are served as an imperial meal. Hansesack, gold gulden and copper gulden also sound interesting. Or do you know what horse droppings from the fodder molle are? So it goes on for pages. If you want, you can buy this menu card as a souvenir. I think it's a nice idea.
We both try cowtail beer: I am light, Petar is dark. We also like them as non-beer drinkers. But I'm not that convinced of cow tail beer meat. That's too hearty for me. I should have chosen gold guilders. "A golden apricot on chicken breast" is what the menu announces. "Topped with herb sour cream and gratinated with cheese."
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Worth knowing about the Tangermünde cowtail beer
The “Tangermünder Kuh Schwanzbier” is a beer from the city of Tangermünde in Saxony-Anhalt. It is a dark beer with an alcohol content of around 5-6%.
The name of the beer refers to an old legend according to which the cattle in the Tangermünde area liked to quench their thirst in the Tangier. When the brewers got the water there for their beer, there was always at least one of the cow's tails hanging in the water. Apparently this is why the water owes its good taste. Today it is no longer possible to determine whether the brewers actually got their water for their beer from the river or from clean wells. What remains, however, is the name, which definitely arouses curiosity.
Today, Tangermünde cowtail beer is particularly popular in the region around Tangermünde and Magdeburg. It has a malty taste and is often served with hearty dishes such as pork knuckle or bratwurst.
After our lunch we go to the town hall square. Here is one of the most beautiful brick buildings on our trip through the Altmark:
The town hall of Tangermünde
With its white and red facade, the town hall offers a sight that takes my breath away. It is also one of the most beautiful buildings of the late Middle Ages in northern Germany. It was created around 1430. We climb the stairs. The court arbor and the council chamber are located there. This is now used for weddings. The court arbor looks back on events that are hard to beat in terms of drama. The city leaders sat in judgment on Grete Minde. Grete came from a middle-class family from Tangermünde. Her mother was Spanish. Her father died early. Grete was a thorn in the side of her brother and his wife. They didn't care about her.
So she joined a neighbor. She moved around the country with him for three years. She had a child by him and was apparently happy. However, her companion died early. He advised her to return to her hometown after his death. However, her brother and sister-in-law refused to take her in. They also didn't want to pay her her inheritance. The trial took place in the courthouse. Contrary to her legal rights, the judges also denied her her inheritance.
When a fire finally destroyed almost all of Tangermünde in 1617, Grete was quickly accused of being an arsonist. Theodor Fontane made her story famous in his novella. In the meantime, however, the real Grete Minde has been rehabilitated. She was a victim of resentment and corrupt justice. She sentenced her to death at the stake. Her statue stands in front of the entrance to the city museum and commemorates the episode in the city's history.
From the town hall we follow the Kirchstraße to
However, this is no longer completely preserved. Originally there was an external and an internal gate and a bridge over the city moat. Remains of the outer gate and walls are still preserved. Likewise the rectangular tower of the first gate system. The round tower and the towers date from the 15th century.
Past the Sankt Nikolai Zecherei, a rustic inn that we only see from the outside, the path finally leads us back towards the center.
What is reminiscent of the Hanseatic League in Tangermünde?
- the chapter tower, the prison tower and the "old Kanzley" called dance house near the castle
- the city wall and the city gates
- the town hall of Tangermünde
- St. Stephan and St. Nicolaikirche from the 12th century
- the carousing (seen in the video below)
The Stephanskirche is one of the Tangermünde sights, which is also worth a visit. It cannot be overlooked, towering over all the buildings in the city. Even from a distance it is easy to see. The Gothic church was built in the 14th and 15th centuries. The church also offers some sights inside. Here the pulpit and the Scherer organ are worth a look. The organ dates from the early baroque period. They have been restored. Therefore, it is one of the few musical instruments on which one can play the music of the early baroque authentically.
Before we leave Tangermünde, we make a detour
Castle and park Tangermünde
These are located at the other end of the old town on a hill at the mouth of the Tangier and the Elbe. From the castle park we have a view of the Elbe meadows and the Schlosshotel Tangermünde. These are reminiscent of parks with their groves of trees. The Störtebecker finally anchored permanently at the mouth of the Tangier. There is now a restaurant in this ship. The Schlosshotel Tangermünde also rises above. This is located in a castle from the 14th century. A celebratory event definitely shows that you can still celebrate in a very royal way here today.
Tangermuende Christmas market
The Tangermünde Christmas market usually takes place around the town hall and in the old courtyards.
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In any case, Tangermünde Castle looks back on a long history. In 925 it was created at this point. The city on the Elbe owes its status as an imperial city to her. Emperor Charles IV had his secondary residence here. He finally had the castle rebuilt in 1373.
Do you like to travel by motorhome?
- Do you want to rent a mobile home? Then you will find here, for example, information and a selection of Booking options. Or would you rather sleep in roof tent on the car? You can also... camping tents sleep.
- Be sure to check our packing list for camperswhether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- A campsite is, for example, the campsite of the Tangermünde water sports club, Am Hafen, 39590 Tangermünde. However, there are others in the region. You can find a good one here Selection of campsites in the Tangermünde area*. You can also book these online. There you can, for example, relax in one after a trip Dutch Oven or on the portable grill or maybe on a campfire . You can also find Dutch oven accessories you can also find here.
- You want to know where you can stay overnight in Germany Can you and are you looking for campsites? You can find information about this under this link, for example.
- Gifts for motorhome fans
- Why is a folding e-bike useful when camping?
Tips for a day trip from Tangermünde
- Romanesque street between Havelberg and Jerichow Abbey
- Hotel Seeblick in Klietz - A look into the cooking pots
- Make butter yourself in butter churn – This is possible in the court museum in Klietz, for example
- Hanseatic city of Stendal, a city in the Altmark
- Three days in Stendal, Tangermünde and Tangerhütte
Questions and answers about the sights in Tangermünde
Where to go in Tangermünde if I want to try local specialties?
“Schulzens Restaurant” is an excellent choice. Here you can enjoy regional dishes, including game dishes and seasonal specialties.
What attractions should I visit in Tangermünde?
In Tangermünde you should definitely take a look at the Tangermünde Castle, the Old Town Hall and the well-preserved city wall. A visit to St. Stephen's Church and the Owl Tower is also worthwhile.
Which is the oldest building in Tangermünde that I can visit?
The oldest building in Tangermünde is the Old Town Hall, a brick building from the 15th century. It is an important part of the city's history and definitely worth a visit.
Are there parks in Tangermünde that I can visit?
Yes, the Tangermünde City Park at Tangermünde Castle is a wonderful green oasis in the city. Here you can go for a walk, enjoy nature and let your soul dangle.
What sights can I visit outside of Tangermünde?
If you have some time, you should visit the “Elsholzwiesen” nature reserve. It's a little outside the city, but the variety of plants and animals is impressive. It is definitely a perfect place for nature lovers.
Parking at the airport
How to get there
Find your hotel here:
In addition to the Schlosshotel Tangermünde, you can also use these Accommodation in Tangermuende *
Hotels in Tangermünde and the surrounding area:
Tangermünde Castle Hotel*
Office 1 / lock freedom
Ottersburg Manor 1
Pension Kunsthof Dahrenstedt *
Dahrenstedter Dorfstr. 6
Weller Dorfstrasse 21 - 25
39576 Stendal OT wave
Manor house Birkholz
Birkholzer Schulstrasse 5
Do you know this?
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- The Weinberg Hotel in Würzburg
- The Schlosshotel Rosenau for connoisseurs & Freemasons
- Enjoy beautiful cities in Austria
- The most beautiful (small) cities in Germany
- Two good restaurants in Aachen near the town hall
Source Tangermünde sights: research on site. We would also like to thank the Leader Group for supporting this trip to the city. However, our opinions remain our own.
Text Schlosshotel Tangermünde: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TWO
Photos of Tangermünde sights © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TWO