Stade (district)

The Stade is a district in the north of Lower Saxony. It belongs to the Hamburg metropolitan region and is bordered to the west largely following the course of the Oste to the district of Cuxhaven, on the east by the city of Hamburg, in the southeast of the district of Harburg, and on the southwest by the district of Rotenburg (Wümme ). In the north, the Elbe forms the natural boundary ( located across the river in Schleswig-Holstein circles Steinburg and Pinneberg ).

  • 6.1 Economics
  • 6.2 traffic
  • 6.3 Public Finance


The northeastern boundary of the district is marked by the same. For the district of Stade next to the Old Country well-known part of the landscape Kehdingen and the Stade Geest. Through the county, some smaller rivers, such as the swingarm, the Este, and the Liihe draw.


The district of Stade was re-formed in 1932 from the formerly independent circles York, Kehdingen and Stade and has since remained virtually unchanged in its current cut. As part of the Greater Hamburg Act 1937 an eastern territory was ceded ( with Cranz ) to Hamburg.


  • CDU: 19 seats
  • SPD: 17 seats
  • GREEN: 7 seats
  • FWG: 6 seats
  • FDP: 1 seat
  • LEFT: 1 seat
  • NPD: 1 seat
  • District: Michael Roesberg

District administrators and senior district directors

District in the Weimar Republic and the "Third Reich "

Senior district directors (until 1999)

  • Around 1949 Dr. Werner pit
  • 1956-1977 Thassilo from the ceiling
  • 1977 -? Gerhard Geerdts (non-party, elected with the votes of the CDU and FDP)
  • ? -1987 Dieter Diekmann (CDU )
  • 1987-1999 Dr. Karsten Ebel (CDU from 1998 independent)

Volunteer district administrators (until 1999)

Full-time district administrators (since 1999)

Coat of arms

Blazon: "Divided, split up: the front in gold, a black tower, back in blue a silver key, down in Gules, a jumping horse. "

The three symbols to represent three important periods of history Stader. The tower represents the time of the counts of Stade in the 10th to 12th century. The key corresponds to the key Bremer and symbolizes the time under the Archbishopric of Bremen. Moreover, it is this is the coat of arms of the main town, the Hanseatic city of Stade. The Sachsenross stands for the Hanover and Lower Saxony time.

Economy and infrastructure


The rural population lives largely on agriculture, especially fruit growing ( fertile soils and the resulting crops ) or commute to nearby Hamburg. The number of trucking companies in the county is higher than average.

Companies such as Dow Chemical, AOS, Airbus or E.ON also employ a significant proportion of the residents. Especially the old country relies heavily on tourism and is very successful. There are a variety of restaurants and hotels.

According to the news magazine Focus is the circle of strongest economy in all of Lower Saxony and thus even Wolfsburg with Volkswagen, superior Salzgitter and Salzgitter AG ( steel) or the Emsland district with the resident Meyer Werft. In a nationwide comparison of the circle lies on the business situation at number 22, and thus improves by three places in contrast to the previous year. He is well connected by road, rail and seeschifftiefe waters of the Elbe to the entire European market.


By B 3 and B 73, the district is relatively well connected to the city of Hamburg. The construction of the A 26 is a direct access to the A - 7 in Hamburg Moorburg be realized. Currently, it ranges from Stade to Horne castle. With the in the planning section of the A 20 at Stade another option is to be created to cross the Elbe. To date (2004 ) it is such that it is only when wiping port is the option between Cuxhaven and Hamburg, the Elbe river to cross by car with a Elbfähre. From the A 20 at some point the A 22 should secede and lead to the Weser tunnel.

The Stade has several railway stations, a majority of which is connected to the lower Elbe Bahn Hamburg - Cuxhaven. Another part is connected to the KBS 122 EVB Bremerhaven Buxtehude. In addition, the museum train " Moor Express" runs on summer weekends on the otherwise disused since 1993 for passenger route Stade - Bremervörde. Since 12 December 2004, the entire circuit to the HVV is connected, which ensures the most part affordable fares on buses and trains and also wants to encourage motorists to train travel. Until that time, was only for the municipality York ( since 1 October 1967) HVV fare. The railway line Stade - Hamburg - Neugraben was connected with the timetable change at the Deutsche Bahn on 9 December 2007 at the Hamburg S-Bahn. Since also the route Cuxhaven is - Hamburg Hbf (Lower Elbe Railway ) from the private metronom Railroad Company operated with modern double -deck cars.

The fast ferry from Stader sand ( near the town of Stade ) to Hamburg has its Service set without replacement in the spring of 2008. The Stade is crisscrossed by many biking trails, including the Elbe cycle path.

For industry in Stade is also the industry - station Brunshausen in the homonymous district of Stade Brunshausen available, which are primarily used by the Dow Chemical as well as the two large trucking companies Bertschi and Alfred Talke. In the near future, a container port at Bützfleth to be constructed in Stade next to the already existing general cargo port, with reached the resident industries with an even better connection to the markets.

After the closure of the Stade nuclear power plant is now the construction of a coal power plant in conversation, which would be associated with the expansion of general cargo port.

By October 2008, there was no paved completed highway in the county. Since the first part of the federal highway 26 between Stade and Horne Castle is passable.

On 28 May 1984, a fighter aircraft of the Bundeswehr type F -104 Starfighter crashed onto a located between Stader Moor and Great Star Mountain Home. From the fire got into the house a woman were found dead and four other people sheltered seriously injured, two of whom died shortly afterwards. The pilot was able to escape with the ejection seat.

Public Finance

The indebtedness of the district Stade could be reduced from 57 to € 50 million in 2008. This results in a mountain of debt to € 168 million at 31 December 2008.


Traditionally, the area of ​​today's Stade County is dominated Evangelical Lutheran. The municipalities belong to the Lutheran Church of Hanover. In particular, after the war have been formed by influx of many a refugee, migrant workers from southern Europe and ethnic Germans from Central and Eastern Europe large Catholic communities belonging to the diocese of Hildesheim. By leaving the church both great Christian churches are subject to restructuring processes. Furthermore, live in the district, among other Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses and members of the Free Churches.


To care for cultural bodies of the Stade Regional Association was founded as a registered association.

Through the district leads with Deutsche Fährstraße one opened in May 2004, approximately 250 kilometers long vacation road that connects around 50 ferries, bridges and other maritime attractions between Kiel and Bremervörde, including in the district the Elbe ferries in wiping harbor, the Ostesperrwerk in Nordkehdingen and two barge ferries in Brobergen and Gräpel in Samtgemeinde Oldendorf.

Cities and Towns

(Population at 31 December 2012)

Unit communities

Joint communities with their member communities

* Head Samtgemeinde management

  • 2 Samtgemeinde Fred Beck ( 12,690 )
  • 4 Samtgemeinde Horne Castle ( 11,900 )
  • 5 Samtgemeinde Liihe ( 9725 )
  • 6 Samtgemeinde Nordkehdingen ( 7523 )
  • 7 Samtgemeinde Oldendorf - Himmelspforten ( 17 453 )