Heide (German pronunciation: ['haɪ̯də]) is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the capital of the Kreis (district) Dithmarschen. Population: 21,000.

Heide
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Coat of arms of Heide
Coat of arms
Location of Heide within Dithmarschen district
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Heide is located in Germany
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Heide
Heide is located in Schleswig-Holstein
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Heide
Coordinates: 54°11′46″N 9°5′36″E / 54.19611°N 9.09333°E / 54.19611; 9.09333Coordinates: 54°11′46″N 9°5′36″E / 54.19611°N 9.09333°E / 54.19611; 9.09333
CountryGermany
StateSchleswig-Holstein
DistrictDithmarschen
Government
 • MayorUlf Stecher (CDU)
Area
 • Total31.8938 km2 (12.3143 sq mi)
Elevation
11 m (36 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total21,684
 • Density680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
25746
Dialling codes0481
Vehicle registrationHEI
Websitewww.heide.de

The German word Heide means "heath". In the 15th century four adjoining villages decided to build a church in the "middle of the heath". This remained the town's name to date. The exact foundation date is now unknown, but by 1447 Heide was already the main village of Dithmarschen. At this time Dithmarschen was an independent peasant republic. Heide became a town in the 19th century.

Heide has the largest un-built-upon market square in Germany, with 4.7 hectares. It is used primarily as a parking lot and has approximately 500 parking spaces. In 2016, the city staged 3 car-free Sundays on the market square for the first time.


SportEdit

The association soccer club Heider SV plays in the Oberliga Schleswig-Holstein (V).

SightseeingEdit

  • St. Jürgen church (1560)
  • Water tower (1903)
  • Museum of Dithmarschen history
  • Brahmshaus, dwelling house of the ancestors of the composer Johannes Brahms, now a museum

Notable residentsEdit

 
Klaus Groth, 1888

International relationsEdit

There is a twinning between Kreis Dithmarschen and Restormel Borough Council.[2]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2018 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. ^ The official Restormel Dithmarschen Twinning Association Accessed 2008-08-16

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