The Altmark is located in Saxony-Anhalt and borders the Wendland region in the north and the Prignitz region in the northeast. The holiday region is characterised by forests and heathland.
The Altmark has very fertile soils that were responsible for the region’s wealth in the past. Some of the towns still display imposing buildings in beautiful brick Gothic that reflect this era.
Spending a holiday in the Altmark means above all taking time out in a beautiful landscape. The Elbe lowlands in particular, with their cycle paths and hiking areas, attract numerous visitors every year.
Holidays in the Altmark – excursion tips
Travel information for the Altmark
There are no international airports in the Altmark. The nearest departure points are in Berlin, Leipzig, Hannover and Hamburg and are at least 150 – 200 kilometres away.
Those arriving by car will not find any motorways in the region. The planned connections to the region have not yet been completed. So there is nothing left to do but to approach the region via federal highways and country roads.
The most important railway junction in the Altmark is Stendal. ICE trains from Hannover-Berlin and Magdeburg-Stendal stop here. IC connections and regional trains also stop regularly in Stendal.
The Elbe runs through the region and is navigable.
On the way in…
Many of the smaller towns are very rarely served by buses. Often only in the mornings to take the pupils to school and then again after school. Some places have therefore set up call buses. These run on request, but must also be booked in good time. In Osterburg there is a citizens’ bus, which is partly run by former bus drivers.
Buses run regularly in and between the larger towns.
The Elbe Cycle Route, the Havel Cycle Route and the Altmark Circular Route run through the region. In total, you will find about 1500 kilometres of well-signposted cycle paths in the Altmark.
Around 700 kilometres of signposted hiking trails criss-cross the Altmark region.