Jesteburg

Jesteburg is a municipality in the district of Harburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated approximately 25 km south of Hamburg, and 6 km east of Buchholz in der Nordheide.

Jesteburg

Coat of arms
Location of Jesteburg within Harburg district
Jesteburg
Jesteburg
Coordinates: 53°18′28″N 09°57′15″E
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictHarburg
Municipal assoc.Jesteburg
Subdivisions6
Government
  MayorUdo Heitmann (SPD)
Area
  Total27.97 km2 (10.80 sq mi)
Elevation
34 m (112 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total7,903
  Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
21266
Dialling codes04181, 04183
Vehicle registrationWL

Jesteburg is also the seat of the Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") Jesteburg.

In Jesteburg lies the confluence of two small rivers, the Schmale Aue and the Seeve.

History

The first official mentioning of Jesteburg dates back to the year 1202, in a document signed by the Hartwig II, Archbishop of Bremen.

The castle which gave the town its name is supposed to have guarded the Seeve passage until the 13th century. Remains of this Burg have not yet been found.

In 1872/73, the railroad between Buchholz in der Nordheide and Lüneburg which still runs through Jesteburg was built.

During an Allied air raid on nearby Hamburg in January 1943 incendiary bombs where dropped on Jesteburg, several buildings where destroyed. On 19 April 1945, the railroad bridge was blown up by the Wehrmacht to slow the advance of British troops.

Between 1933 and 1945 the population of Jesteburg nearly doubled, mostly due to refugees.

Attractions

In 1986/87, the Heimathaus was re-erected on the Niedersachsenplatz. The Heimathaus is a 450-year-old building originally from Eyendorf.

The town of Jesteburg also hosts the Kunststätte Bossard, an expressionist Gesamtkunstwerk.

References

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