Westerstede (Low German: Westerstäe) is the capital of the Ammerland district, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated approximately 25 km northwest of Oldenburg.

St Peters Church (St Petri Kirche)
St Peters Church (St Petri Kirche)
Coat of arms of Westerstede
Coat of arms
Location of Westerstede within Ammerland district
WesermarschBad ZwischenahnEdewechtApenWesterstedeRastedeWiefelstedeAmmerlandLower SaxonyCloppenburg (district)OldenburgOldenburg (district)Leer (district)Friesland (district)Westerstede in WST.svg
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Westerstede is located in Germany
Westerstede is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 53°15′N 7°55′E / 53.250°N 7.917°E / 53.250; 7.917Coordinates: 53°15′N 7°55′E / 53.250°N 7.917°E / 53.250; 7.917
StateLower Saxony
Subdivisions24 districts
 • MayorKlaus Groß (FDP)
 • Total179 km2 (69 sq mi)
6 m (20 ft)
 • Total22,952
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04488, 04409
Vehicle registrationWST

It is known for hosting the Rhodo Festival, the biggest exhibition of rhododendrons in Europe. The festival is hosted every four years (next time in 2023).

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.

alt The belltower for Westerstede's St. Peters Church is housed in its own building next to the church.
Belltower for St Peters Church - The belltower for Westerstede's St. Peters Church is housed in its own building next to the church.

The railway station of Westerstede is located in the village of Ocholt, 6 km south of the town. Trains from and to Leer and Oldenburg halt there every hour.

The community (and the whole Ammerland region) is famous for its tree nurseries. They grow rhododendrons that are sold outside Germany as well. The slightly acid pet soil is very suitable for this type of horticulture.

Near Linswege village, 7 km north-east of Westerstede, a Rhododendron Park has been established next to a beautiful wooded area. The park is open to visitors in May and June every year.


The mayor of Westerstede is since 2006 Klaus Groß (FDP). He was reelected in 2014.[2]

Notable peopleEdit

Friedrich Tietjen

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