St Peters Church (St Petri Kirche)
|• Mayor||Klaus Groß (FDP)|
|• Total||179 km2 (69 sq mi)|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|• Density||130/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||04488, 04409|
It is known for hosting the Rhodo Festival, the biggest exhibition of rhododendrons in Europe. The festival is hosted every four years.
The villages of Burgforde, Eggeloge, Felde, Fikensolt, Garnholt, Gießelhorst, Halsbek, Halstrup, Hollriede, Hollwege, Hollwegerfeld, Hüllstede, Ihausen, Ihorst, Karlshof, Linswege, Linswegerfeld, Mansie, Lindern, Moorburg, Neuengland, Ocholt, Ocholterfeld, Ollenharde, Petersfeld, Tarbarg, Torsholt, Westerloy, Westerloyerfeld and Westerstederfeld are part of Westerstede.
The mayor of Westerstede is since 2006 Klaus Groß (FDP). He was reelected in 2014.
- Eilhardus Lubinus (1565–1621), professor of poetics, theology, mathematics, geography, and Rector of the University of Rostock
- Friedrich Tietjen (1834–1895), astronomer
- Wolfgang Hackbusch (born 1948), mathematician
- Bruno Steinhoff (born 1937), billionaire businessman, founder of Steinhoff International
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