Höfer, Germany

Höfer is a village and a former municipality in the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. Since 1 January 2014, it is part of the municipality Eschede. The nearest town is Am Aschenberg.

Höfer
Ortsteil of Eschede
Coat of arms of Höfer
Coat of arms
Location of Höfer
Höfer is located in Germany
Höfer
Höfer
Höfer is located in Lower Saxony
Höfer
Höfer
Coordinates: 52°40′N 10°15′E / 52.667°N 10.250°E / 52.667; 10.250Coordinates: 52°40′N 10°15′E / 52.667°N 10.250°E / 52.667; 10.250
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictCelle
MunicipalityEschede
Area
 • Total21.87 km2 (8.44 sq mi)
Elevation
64 m (210 ft)
Population
 (2006-12-31)
 • Total922
 • Density42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
29361
Dialling codes05145
Vehicle registrationCE
Websitewww.hoefer-celle.de

Höfer has an abandoned mine named Mariaglück, about 910 m deep, from which the sum of 13.2 million tons of common salt and potash salt was mined between 1916 and 1977. As the maximum, in 1943 about 241,000 tons of salt were produced. The excavation left a hole of 5 million cubic metres. In World War II some military equipment was manufactured underground, safe from bombing raids.

Radioactive waste from the deep geological repository Schacht Asse II in the Wolfenbüttel district and ashes from waste incineration facilities, containing toxic metals, were frequently transported to the mine Mariaglück. In 2009, the district court of Lüneburg prohibited any further waste transports by issuing a preliminary injunction.

Höfer has its own volunteer fire brigade, an open-air bath, and a kindergarten.

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