The Stade District comprises the old country to the south and east, the Kehdingen region in the north, and the so-called Stader Geest to the southwest. Each has its own distinct character.
Stade District Map
Towns & Villages in the Stade District
- Freiburg (Elbe)
- Kranenburg (Nieder.)
The capital, Stade, on the left bank of the Elbe, due west of Hamburg, is representative of the old country, where river commerce and industry have been the focus for more than a thousand years. Canal boat excursions, wagon trips and bicycle tours are a few of the ways you can experience the town best. Be sure to include the historic artillery fort of Grauerort and the museum ship Greundiek on your itinerary.
Buxtehude on the Este River also represents the old country, As the district’s second largest town, it also counts a millennium of history and is said to be the location for a famous story, “The Hare and the Hedgehog” by the Brothers Grimm. Visit reclaimed land near here, the Altes Land (Old Land), to see the largest continuous fruit orchard in Central Europe growing apples and cherries.
Drochtersen resides to the north in the quiet countryside known as Kehdingen. Its old harbor and bird sanctuary are worth a visit, as are its sandy beaches on the Elbe.
Marshes, agricultural farms and grazing land characterize the Stader Geest. In Harsefeld, you can see the unique Garden of Stones and the centrally located Park Monastery with its 900-year-old ruins and seasonal open-air markets.