Where to go in Tangermuende? This question arises when we visit this Hanseatic city on the Elbe in the Altmark. Tangermünde is a lovely town. It lies at the confluence of the Tangiers with the Elbe. No wonder that the readers of Travelbook voted Tangermünde 2019 as the most beautiful small town in Germany. The city looks back on more than 1000 years of history. It was an imperial city. The Hanseatic League had a seat 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. To this day, three city gates provide access to the old town. Tangermünde's sights include a castle hotel, a historic hotel with regional cuisine and brick Gothic, which extends from the town hall to the city gates. There is definitely a lot to discover. Therefore we answer the 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.
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 * Family-run Tangermünde hotel in the city center
- Example of sleeping rooms and Langer Hans quarter * – In this Tangermünde Hotel you can spend the night like in the Middle Ages in Saxony. The hotel is located in the old town and is an ideal starting point for sightseeing in the city.
- Find more 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.
The Exempel Gaststuben are still worth a visit for another reason. Here, the former school has been converted into a cozy guesthouse. Every room has a different motto. Here you can eat in Grandma's living room, in the laundry room or even at the school desk. This has apparently already gotten around. Because with us, guests keep looking in grandma's living room, who just want to take a look at the restaurant rooms. Understandable! We do it to 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."
Church street 40
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 is 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 as a wedding room. The Judicial Arbor looks back on events that are hard to beat in terms of drama. In it the city leaders sat in judgment over Grete Minde. Grete came from a middle class family from Tangermünde. Her mother was Spanish. Her father passed away early. Grete was a thorn in the side of her brother and his wife. They didn't care about her.
Therefore, she joined a neighbor. With this she traveled through the country for three years. She had a child from him and was apparently happy. However, her companion died early. He advised her to return to her hometown after his death. However, the brother and sister-in-law refused to accept her. They did not want to pay her share of the inheritance either. The trial started, which took place in the arbor. Contrary to her legal claim, the judges also denied 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. Your 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 not completely preserved. Originally there was an outer and an inner gate and a bridge over the moat. Remains of the outer gate and the walls are still preserved. Likewise, the rectangular tower of the original gate system. The round tower and the Torreste are from the 15. Century.
Past the Sankt Nikolai coal mine, a quaint inn that we can only see from the outside, our path finally leads us back towards the city 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)
St. Stephen's Church is another of Tangermünde's sights that is well worth a visit. It cannot be overlooked, as it towers over all the buildings in the city. It can also be seen from a distance. The Gothic church was built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Inside, the church also offers some sights. The pulpit and the Scherer organ are worth a look here. The organ comes from the early baroque. 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 confluence of the Tangiers into the Elbe. From the castle park we have a view of the Elbe and the castle hotel Tangermünde. With their tree groves, these are reminiscent of park landscapes. The Störtebecker finally anchored at the mouth of the Tangiers. There is now a restaurant in this ship. The Schlosshotel Tangermünde also rises above. This is housed in a castle from the 14th century. A celebratory event shows that you can still celebrate royally here today.
Tangermuende Christmas market
The Tangermünde Christmas market usually takes place around the town hall and in the old courtyards. The date for the Tangermünde Christmas market in 2022 has not yet been set.
That must be in the for the visit to Tangermünde in your suitcase
Tangermünde Castle looks back on a long history. It was created at this point in 925. The city on the Elbe owes its status as an imperial city to her. Emperor Charles IV had his secondary residence here. He had the castle rebuilt in 1373.
Do you like to travel by motorhome?
- Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information and a selection in these booking options. Or would you prefer to stay overnight roof tent on the car? Also the overnight stay in a camping tent is possible.
- Check our packing list for campersto see whether 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. There you can after a day trip in a Dutch Oven or on the portable grill or maybe on that Campfire prepare your dinner. There is also the Tangermünde RV park, Klosterberg/Stendaler Straße, 39590 Tangermünde, Tel. +49 039322 22393, which is open all year round.
- You want to know where to stay overnight in Germany can and are you looking for parking spaces and campsites? You can find information about this under this link.
- Gifts for motorhome fans
- Why is a folding e-bike useful when camping?
Tips in the area
Find your hotel in Tangermünde here:
Accommodation in Tangermuende * You can also book through our partner booking.com.
Our accommodations in the Altmark:
Ottersburg Manor 1
Pension Kunsthof Dahrenstedt *
Dahrenstedter Dorfstr. 6
Bismarck's estate Welle (there is also a holiday apartment in which we did not live)
Weller Dorfstrasse 21 - 25
39576 Stendal OT wave
Manor house Birkholz
Birkholzer Schulstrasse 5
Do you already know:
- The Wiesenburg Castle Park in Fläming
- The Weinberg Hotel in Würzburg
- The Schlosshotel Rosenau for connoisseurs & Freemasons
Find more Slow Travel Tips here.
Source: On-site research. We would also like to thank the Leader Action Group for supporting this trip to the city of Tangermünde. However, our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline