Freiburg, Lower Saxony

Freiburg (in High German, officially Freiburg an der Elbe; short: Freiburg/Elbe,[2] Freiborg/Elv (in Low German), or Freiborg (in Low Saxon) is a municipality in the district of Stade, Lower Saxony, Germany.


Freiburg an der Elbe (German)
Freiborg an'e Elv (Low Saxon)
Panorama of the town in the early morning fog
Panorama of the town in the early morning fog
Coat of arms of Freiburg
Coat of arms
Location of Freiburg within Stade district
Freiburg in STD.png
Freiburg is located in Germany
Freiburg is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 53°49′23″N 9°17′4″E / 53.82306°N 9.28444°E / 53.82306; 9.28444Coordinates: 53°49′23″N 9°17′4″E / 53.82306°N 9.28444°E / 53.82306; 9.28444
StateLower Saxony
Municipal assoc.Nordkehdingen
 • MayorWalter Wolfkühler (CDU)
 • Total34.11 km2 (13.17 sq mi)
Highest elevation
5 m (16 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total1,869
 • Density55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04779
Vehicle registrationSTD


View of the town with Evangelical Lutheran St. Wulphardi Church.

Freiburg belonged to the Prince-Archbishopric of Bremen, a territory of imperial immediacy established in 1180. In the mid-16th century Freiburg adopted Lutheranism. During the Leaguist occupation under Johan 't Serclaes, Count of Tilly (1628–1630), Freiburg suffered from attempts of re-Catholisation.

In 1648 the prince-archbishopric was transformed into the Duchy of Bremen, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. In 1807 the short-lived Kingdom of Westphalia annexed the duchy, before France annexed it in 1810. In 1813 the Duchy of Bremen was restored to the Electorate of Hanover, which - after its upgrade to the Kingdom of Hanover in 1814 - incorporated the duchy in a real union and the ducal territory, including Freiburg, became part of the Stade Region, established in 1823.


  1. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle 12411: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2019.
  2. ^ Thus Freiburg is differentiated from Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg (officially: Freiburg im Breisgau) and Freiburg, Fribourg, also distinguished as Freiburg im Üechtland.