The German district Altmarkkreis Salzwedel is located in the heart of Northern Germany. Just about 85,000 people live on 2,300 square kilometres, which results in an exceptionally low population density. Historic Hanseatic towns with medieval-looking town centres as well as dense forests and wide meadows are characterising the landscape. Right in the middle between Berlin and Hamburg, visitors find one of the oldest cultural landscapes in Germany and manifold opportunities for nature experiences and recreation.
Megalithic tombs are the oldest and most striking visible evidence of human settlement in the Altmark region. Even the notable historians Johann-Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768) and Johann-Friedrich Danneil (1783-1868) were admirers of the regional megalithic tombs. Almost 50, of the former more than 200 Neolithic structures in the Altmark, are still preserved. In the district Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, the density of 43 preserved megalithic tombs is exceptionally high, even by European standards.
This culturally and historically valuable potential shall be exploited in the coming years. Hence, a jury of experts selected 13 striking megalithic tombs for tourist marketing and preservation. As a result, the sites are to be made accessible via a 40 km long tourist theme route. This so-called MEGALITH ROUTE ALTMARK is to be laid out as a car, bicycle and hiking route.
Thus, not far from the National Nature Monument "Green Belt" and the supra-regional cycle path "Altmarkrundkurs", a permanently accessible tourist offer is to be created, which will open up the regional sights for guests from near and far.