Altenau ([ˈʔaltənaʊ] (About this soundlisten)) is a town and a former municipality in the district of Goslar, in Lower Saxony, Germany. Since 1 January 2015 it is part of the town Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

Altenau
Saint Nicholas Church
Coat of arms of Altenau
Coat of arms
Location of Altenau
Altenau is located in Germany
Altenau
Altenau
Altenau is located in Lower Saxony
Altenau
Altenau
Coordinates: 51°48′10″N 10°26′44″E / 51.80278°N 10.44556°E / 51.80278; 10.44556Coordinates: 51°48′10″N 10°26′44″E / 51.80278°N 10.44556°E / 51.80278; 10.44556
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictGoslar
TownClausthal-Zellerfeld
Subdivisions2 districts
Area
 • Total4.66 km2 (1.80 sq mi)
Elevation
460 m (1,510 ft)
Population
 (2018)
 • Total1,758
 • Density380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
38707
Dialling codes05328
Vehicle registrationGS
Websitewww.altenau.de

It is situated in the middle of the Harz mountains, between Clausthal-Zellerfeld and the Brocken. It was part of the former Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") Oberharz.

GeographyEdit

DistrictsEdit

HistoryEdit

DemographicsEdit

 
Population statistics
Year Inhabitants
1821 1,244
1848 1,963
1871 2,179
1885 2,145
1905 2,091
1925 1,914
Year Inhabitants
1933 1,947
1939 2,505
1946 2,744
1950 2,717
1956 2,442
Year Inhabitants
1961 2,304
1968 2,209
1970 2,250
1975 2,500
1980 2,522
Year Inhabitants
1985 2,541
1990 2,405
1995 2,287
2000 2,146
2005 1,980

SightsEdit

  • Saint Nicholas Church, a Protestant wooden church with three naves, built in 1670[2]
  • The modern Catholic Saint Oliver Church of Altenau, built in 1976
  • The former railway station of Altenau, a wooden building dating from 1914[3]

PoliticsEdit

Town councilEdit

2006 local elections:

  • SPD: 7 seats (54.16%)
  • CDU: 6 seats (45.84%)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Statistik. "Bevölkerungsfortschreibung" (in German).
  2. ^ Josef Walz: Der Harz, p.83. Köln 1995
  3. ^ Evert Heusinkveld: Die Innerstetalbahn Langelsheim - Altenau, p.89. Nordhorn 2007

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