Stendal is located not far west of the Elbe in the south-eastern Altmark. Berlin is about 120 kilometers away, Hanover about 150 kilometers. Leipzig is about 160 kilometers and Hamburg about 180
kilometers away. Stendal is about 55 kilometers north of Magdeburg on the Wolfsburg-Berlin axis.
In Stendal you can find many cultural facilities, such as: the theater of the Altmark, the Uppstall cinema, swimming pools u.v.m.
There are also some hotels in Stendal where you can stay during the VGC. More about this under this link
The Stendaler Marktplatz, which is located in the heart of the city, was redesigned from 2016 to 2017 and is located directly on the Breite Straße, which is home to many small shops.
The Altmark is a region in the north of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. The historical cultural landscape stretches from Drawehn in the west to the Elbe in the east, bordering the Magdeburger Börde to the south and the Wendland to the north. The name Altmark appeared for the first time in 1304 - Antiqua Marchia (Old Mark) - and refers to its importance as a westelbian starting point in the establishment of Mark Brandenburg. This also refers to flowery characterizations as "cradle of Brandenburg" or even "cradle of Prussia". As a whole it belonged to the Mark Brandenburg since the foundation of the Mark Brandenburg, and to the Prussian state which emerged from it. Altmark is today divided into the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel and the district Stendal. Only since the administrative district of Stendal, also east of the Elbe area, the territories include, these historically belong to Jerichow and Prignitz, occasionally with the Altmark. Source: Wikipedia