Territory of the Holy Roman Empire

The administratively united duchies of Bremen and Verden made ​​an imperial territory in the Elbe - Weser triangle, ie in the area of present-day districts of Cuxhaven, Stade, Rotenburg ( Wümme), Harburg, Easter wood, a small portion of today's county Heidekreis and Verden as well as in the area of ​​present-day Bremerhaven, and some areas which today are part of the city of Bremen and Hamburg. Administrative headquarters was Stade.


The territory was created with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, when the former Archbishopric of Bremen, together with the equally secularized former Bishopric of Verden fell to Sweden. In such newly created Duchy of Stade was declared the capital. 1651 was the Lutheran Church Bremen- Verden an organizational structure with Consistory and general superintendent in Stade ( until 1885 even without Hadeln, where some time was a country church ). In the Swedish -Brandenburg War from 1675 to 1676 this Swedish duchy was conquered in the so-called Bremen- Verden campaign by several States of the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark, and remained until the war ended in 1679 in Allied possession. In the wake of the Peace of Saint- Germain in 1679 Bremen- Verden fell back to Sweden.

After a brief period under Danish rule Bremen- Verden in 1715 fell by purchase to the Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg and remained there ( with further interruptions by Swedish and French rule ), to 1866, the Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by Prussia. In 1823 the territory in the Landdrostei Stade of the Kingdom of Hanover, the future district of Stade had risen.

After 1945, the territory of the former duchy belonged as part of the district of Stade first to land Hannover and later to the state of Lower Saxony. To the cultural heritage of the territory of today seeks Regional Association of Stade.

Dukes of Bremen and Prince of Verden (1648-1823)

House Wasa:

House of Pfalz- Zweibrücken:

House of Hanover:

President of the Brem - Verden 's government (1648-1823)

Governors general in the time of the personal union with Sweden (1646/1648-1712)

Chairman of the Government at the time of the personal union with Hanover (1730-1807, 1813-1823)

From 1739 in personal union also Grefe of the country Hadeln:

Chairman of the Government during the annexation of Westphalia (1807-1810)