Salzwedel is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, which in the Middle Ages belonged to the Hanseatic League from 1263 to 1518. Interesting is the historic part of the town, having numerous half-timbered houses, historic city wall and town gates.
On November 9, 1989 the East-West German border crossing near Salzwedel was opened, along with East-West border crossings in the rest of the country. This allowed East Germans residing in the town and elsewhere to travel freely to West Germany for the first time since the building of the Berlin Wall. As being part of East Germany it has likely saved the historic part of the town due to lack of money to create a modern town.
I visited the town in February 2014 during a course for my work. Although it was very bad weather in the Netherlands I decided last minute to bring my camera with me. On our first lunch walk I discovered the historic city part; a mix of nice restored houses sometimes adjacent to houses almost falling apart. Luckily during the week the weather remained sunny and I could take many nice photos from the city. I will definitive come back to this town.