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Salzwedel Overview

Salzwedel, officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel, is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, and has a population of approximately 21,500. Salzwedel is located on the German Framework Road.

Salzwedel is situated at the Jeetze River in the northwestern part of the Altmark. It is located between Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) and Magdeburg (Magdeburg vacation rentals | Magdeburg travel guide). Distances from Uelzen (Uelzen vacation rentals | Uelzen travel guide) are 44 km W, 12 km N of L├╝chow, 41 km S of Gardelegen (Gardelegen vacation rentals | Gardelegen travel guide) and 24 km E of Arendsee (Arendsee vacation rentals | Arendsee travel guide). In 1968 test drillings reveal a significant reservoir of natural gas near the city.

Things to See in Salzwedel

Salzwedel's sites of interest include the historic part of town, encompassed by the historic city wall and town gates. The city also contains the birth house of Jenny von Westphalen, later the wife of Karl Marx.

Remains of a castle (Castle Tower and Garden)

Rathaus which is a former monastery

The Monk Church

Gothic Brickchurches St.Marien, St.Katharina andSt.Lorenz

Fairy-Tale Garden

Johann-Friedrich-Danneil-Museum

"Baumkuchen" Bakeries

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More about the History of Salzwedel

The castle of Salzwedel in the Altmark was first documented in 1112. As part of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, the settlement was first mentioned as a town in 1233. To the northeast of the old town (Altstadt), a new town (Neustadt) began development in 1247. In the Middle Ages Salzwedel belonged to the Hanseatic League from 1263 to 1518.

The city from 1247 began developing as a reestablishment from the old part of the town. In 1701 it became part of the Kingdom of Prussia. In 1713, the two towns Altstadt and Neustadt became one. Salzwedel became part of the Prussian Province of Saxony in 1815 after the Napoleonic Wars. In 1870 it received a railroad connection. The medieval part of the town remains the commercial and administrative center of the town until today.

On November 9, 1989 the East-West German border crossing near Salzwedel was openend, along with East-West border crossings in the rest of the country, allowing East Germans residing in Salzwedel and elsewhere to travel freely to West Germany for the first time since the building of the Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) Wall. In 1990 Salzwedel received its first democratically elected city government. The official name of the city was changed into Hansestadt Salzwedel on 1 April 2008, in reference to its history as a member of the Hanseatic League.

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Salzwedel, officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel, is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, and has a population of approximately 21,500. Salzwedel is located on the German Framework Road.

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