Heide

Heide (German pronunciation: ['haɪ̯də]) is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the capital of the Kreis (district) Dithmarschen. Population: 21,000.

Heide

Coat of arms
Location of Heide within Dithmarschen district
Heide
Heide
Coordinates: 54°11′46″N 9°5′36″E
CountryGermany
StateSchleswig-Holstein
DistrictDithmarschen
Government
  MayorUlf Stecher (CDU)
Area
  Total31.8938 km2 (12.3143 sq mi)
Elevation
11 m (36 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total21,684
  Density680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
25746
Dialling codes0481
Vehicle registrationHEI
Websitewww.heide.de

The German word Heide means "heath". In the 15th century four adjoining villages decided to build a church in the "middle of the heath". This remained the town's name to date. The exact foundation date is now unknown, but by 1447 Heide was already the main village of Dithmarschen. At this time Dithmarschen was an independent peasant republic. Heide became a town in the 19th century.

Heide has the largest un-built-upon market square in Germany, with 4.7 hectares. It is used primarily as a parking lot and has approximately 500 parking spaces. In 2016, the city staged 3 car-free Sundays on the market square for the first time.


Sport

The association soccer club Heider SV plays in the Oberliga Schleswig-Holstein (V).

Sightseeing

  • St. Jürgen church (1560)
  • Water tower (1903)
  • Museum of Dithmarschen history
  • Brahmshaus, dwelling house of the ancestors of the composer Johannes Brahms, now a museum

Notable residents

International relations

There is a twinning between Kreis Dithmarschen and Restormel Borough Council.[2]

References


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