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City of Soltau
Coordinates: 53 ° 0 ′ 37 ″  N , 9 ° 50 ′ 37 ″  E
Incorporation : March 1, 1974
Postal code : 29614
Area code : 05191
Ahlften (Lower Saxony)

Location of Ahlften in Lower Saxony

Memorial at the prisoner of war cemetery in Ahlften

Ahlften is a village and a district of the city of Soltau in the district of Heidekreis in Lower Saxony . The village has about 515 inhabitants.


Ahlften lies in the Lüneburg Heath north of Soltau. The river Böhme flows around the village to the west. Bundesstraße 3 runs through the village .

The hamlets Ebsmoor and Einfrielingen also belong to the half .

Ahlftener Flatt
Groundless hollow, a geological karst form


The name Ahlften is derived from Alechte , which means something like on the Au .

On March 1, 1974, Ahlften was incorporated into the city of Soltau.

The place was and is characterized by agriculture. There is no industry in half. From the mid-1980s, the Exxon company began producing natural gas near the town, but production was discontinued in 2006.


Mayor is Wilhelm Bostelmann.

Culture and sights

Ahlften is the Halifax Park and the Ahlftener Flatt , a pond in a wind blowout basin from the last ice age , which is often used for ice skating in winter.

About 1100 meters southeast of Ahlften is the so-called Grundlose Kuhle . A circular earth funnel about 40 m in diameter, with an almost circular small pond about 5 m deep and 20 m in diameter. The water level is 1 ½ m above the nearby Böhme. Although it has neither an inlet nor an outlet, it hardly changes. The sinkhole was caused by the leaching of salt in the earth and represents a geological karst form of national importance. There are many legends about the Grundlose Kuhle. One says that there was a lock at this point in ancient times.

In the list of architectural monuments in Soltau , four architectural monuments are listed for half of the population .


  • Wilhelm Ehlers: The history of the 96 courtyards of the rural community of the Soltau parish in Hanover with partial family chronicle , 1914.

Web links

Commons : Ahlften  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Main statute of the city of Soltau. (PDF; 17 kB) (No longer available online.) City of Soltau, December 9, 2011, archived from the original on March 22, 2014 ; accessed on March 21, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.soltau.de
  2. half. City of Soltau, accessed on March 21, 2014 .
  3. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 236 .
  4. Mayor of the city of Soltau ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Info on the Grundlose Kuhle near Soltau ( Memento from December 22nd, 2015 in the Internet Archive )