Gardelegen, Germany

Gardelegen is a town in the district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, in northern Germany. It covers 632 sq km (244 sq mi) and has a population of 24,000 people (2012 estimate).

The history of Gardelegn goes back to the 10th century. It joined the Hanseatic League in 1358. After a period of prosperity it went into decline by the 17th century and was greatly devastated during the Thirty Years’ War, when the French burned it down in 1775.

As with many of the cities in this part of Germany, Gardelegen had a concentration camp during the Second World War. Here the Nazis killed over a thousand slave laborers on 13 April, 1945.

How to go to Gardelegen


Magdeburg, take Highway 71 heading north to reach Gardelegen. If you are coming from Braunschweig, take Autobahn 39 heading north to Wolfsburg and then continue heading east on Highway 188 to reach Gardelegen.

Places of Interest in Gardelegen

  1. Dorfkirche Breitenfeld
  2. Gardelegen Castle
  3. Gardelegen Town Hall
  4. Salzwedeler Tor

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