Bismark, Germany

Bismark is a town in the Stendal district, in the historic Altmark region, which is located in the northern part of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated approximately 22 km (14 mi) west of Stendal in north-eastern Germany.

Coat of arms of Bismark
Coat of arms
Location of Bismark within Stendal district
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Bismark is located in Germany
Bismark is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Coordinates: 52°40′0″N 11°33′0″E / 52.66667°N 11.55000°E / 52.66667; 11.55000Coordinates: 52°40′0″N 11°33′0″E / 52.66667°N 11.55000°E / 52.66667; 11.55000
 • MayorAnnegret Schwarz
 • Total289.43 km2 (111.75 sq mi)
55 m (180 ft)
 • Total8,143
 • Density28/km2 (73/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
39576, 39579, 39599, 39606, 39624, 39629
Dialling codes039080, 039083, 039089, 039320, 039324, 039325, 039328
Vehicle registrationSDL
Parish church

In the early 12th century, the area then under the rule of Albert the Bear was settled with peasants migrating from the Low Countries. The town's name is derived from the nearby river Biese (after Dutch: bies meaning rush plants); though it may also refer to the bishop's march, a possession of the Havelberg bishops mentioned in a 1209 deed issued by the Ascanian margrave Albert II. With the Altmark, Bismark was part of the Margraviate of Brandenburg until it was adjudicated to the Prussian Province of Saxony after the 1815 Congress of Vienna.

One Herbordus of Bismarck was mentioned holding the office of a Schultheiß in Stendal about 1270. His descendant Otto von Bismarck received the honorary citizenship of Bismark in 1895.

Since an administrative reform that became effective on 1 January 2010, the town of Bismark has comprised the former municipalities of Badingen, Berkau, Büste, Dobberkau, Garlipp, Grassau, Hohenwulsch, Holzhausen, Käthen, Kläden, Könnigde, Kremkau, Meßdorf, Querstedt, Schäplitz, Schernikau, Schorstedt and Steinfeld.


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31. Dezember 2019" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German).