Seevetal is a municipality in the district of Harburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated approximately 20 km south of Hamburg, and 15 km west of Winsen (Luhe). Its seat is in the village Hittfeld. It is named after the river Seeve.


Coat of arms
Location of Seevetal within Harburg district
Coordinates: 53°23′N 09°58′E
StateLower Saxony
  MayorGünter Schwarz, SPD
  Total105.20 km2 (40.62 sq mi)
3 - 70 m (−227 ft)
  Density390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
21220, 21217, 21218
Dialling codes04105, 04185, 040
Vehicle registrationWL


On July 1, 1972, the administrations of 19 independent smaller municipalities were merged to form the Seevetal municipality. The 19 towns and villages forming Seevetal are Beckedorf, Bullenhausen, Emmelndorf, Fleestedt, Glüsingen, Groß Moor, Helmstorf, Hittfeld, Holtorfsloh, Horst, Hörsten, Klein Moor, Lindhorst, Maschen, Meckelfeld, Metzendorf, Ohlendorf, Over and Ramelsloh.

Several of these towns have a rich history: the existence of Ramelsloh was first vouched in the year 845, Maschen was first mentioned in official documents in 1294, and Hittfeld celebrated its 900th anniversary in June 2007. The St. Mauritius church in Hittfeld dates back to the 12th century. Remarkable archaeological finds of the region are the Metzendorf-Woxdorf head burial dating to ca. 2200 BCE or the early Christian Maschen disc brooch which are in the permanent exhibition of the nearby Archaeological Museum Hamburg.


Population of Seevetal (as of December 31 of each year):

  • 1998 – 39.564
  • 1999 – 40.164
  • 2000 – 40.536
  • 2001 – 40.819
  • 2002 – 41.060
  • 2003 – 41.157
  • 2004 – 41.287
  • 2005 – 41.614

Seevetal is the most populous German municipality that has no city rights, i.e., it is the most populous rural municipality ("Gemeinde") in Germany.


The council of the Seevetal municipality consists of 40 seats. The current council was elected on September 10, 2006 and consists of:

The current mayor Günter Schwarz (SPD) was elected on October 2, 2005.


  • TuS Fleestedt
  • HSG Seevetal
  • TSV Eintracht Hittfeld
  • SC Seevetal
  • VfL Maschen
  • ESV Maschen
  • MTV Ramelsloh
  • PBC Seevetal e.V. – Poolbillard
  • SV Emmelndorf
  • TV Meckelfeld
  • Schützenverein Moor
  • TSV Over Bullenhausen
  • Windsurfer Seevetal e.V.

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