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Coat of arms of the Drochtersen community
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Coordinates: 53 ° 42 '  N , 9 ° 23'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Stade
Height : 2 m above sea level NHN
Area : 126.74 km 2
Residents: 11,176 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 88 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 21706
Primaries : 04143, 04148, 04775
License plate : HOURS
Community key : 03 3 59 013
Address of the
municipal administration:
Sietwender Strasse 27
21706 Drochtersen
Website : www.drochtersen.de
Mayor : Mike Eckhoff (independent)
Location of the municipality Drochtersen in the district of Stade
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Drochtersen ( Low German Drochters ) is a municipality in the Lower Saxony district of Stade . It is located south of the Elbe , about 45 kilometers northwest of Hamburg and almost 50 km east of Cuxhaven . The community has a good 11,000 inhabitants and covers large parts of the south of Kehdingen .



The unified municipality borders the Elbe island Krautsand over a length of about 15 km on the Lower Elbe . In the south it borders on the town of Bützfleth, which belongs to the city of Stade . In the southwest extends as the hinterland to the pearly gates Oldendorf-integrated municipality adjacent Kehdinger Moor .

Community structure

The unified municipality Drochtersen has 11,515 inhabitants (December 31, 2011) and is made up of the five districts Assel (3,605) (including Ritsch and Barnkrug ), the Elbe island Krautsand (495), Hüll (769) and Dornbusch (1,176) and the main town Drochtersen ( 5,470).


The old Saxon settlement of Drochtersen was first mentioned in 1287.

In the municipality of Drochtersen, in the Hüll district, there was the KunstRaum Hüll, a publicly funded private initiative with a gallery and educational institution that was known nationwide for its exhibitions and concerts by modern artists. In 2010, however, the sponsoring association had to file for bankruptcy.

Origin of the place name

Old names of the place are in the 12th century Drochterse, 1293 Drochtersen and 1351 Drogterssem. The name is formed from the basic word "-husen", which appears in Drochtersen in the shortened form "-sen", in the 14th century with "-em" or "-um", which is a weakening form of "-husen" or " -heim "is. Based on the oldest evidence, the basic word “-heim” cannot be assumed. The similar sounding personal name Druhtheri contains Old Saxon "druht" for "crowd" and "hēri" for "army, warband".


On April 1, 1936, the Krautsand was incorporated.

On July 1, 1972, the communities Assel and Hüll were incorporated.


In Drochtersen there is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Johannis and Catharinen ( Stade Church District ) and a New Apostolic Church .

In the district of Elbinsel Krautsand stands the ev.-luth. Church of the Good Shepherd.

The Catholic chapel no longer exists. It was set up in the 1950s in the hall of a former inn. Today the Catholics in Drochtersen belong to the parish of the Holy Spirit in Stade.


The old port of Krautsand in 1951 with the view from the customs house. On the left the boatman's house, on the right the old lighthouse and the mill.

Municipal council

The municipal council of the Drochtersen municipality consists of 28 councilors. This is the specified number for a municipality with a population between 11,001 and 12,000.

The council members are elected for a five-year term by local elections. The current term of office begins on November 1, 2016 and ends on October 31, 2021.

The full-time mayor is also entitled to vote and sit on the council of the municipality.

The last local election on September 11, 2016 resulted in the following:


Mike Eckhoff ( independent ) has been the second directly elected mayor in office since July 1, 2015 ; he was elected on March 8, 2015.

His predecessor Hans-Wilhelm Bösch (CDU) was directly elected as the first full-time mayor on March 4, 2007 and took office on July 1, 2007. His term of office ended on June 30, 2015.

The last municipal director, Emil Frerichs, retired on June 30, 2007; at the same time the term of office of the last honorary mayor Hans-Wilhelm Bösch (CDU) ended.

coat of arms

The municipal coat of arms of the community Drochtersen was on March 5, 1938 by Provincial President of the Province of Hanover awarded.

Drochtersen coat of arms
Blazon : "In silver (white) two red step rafters."
Reasons for the coat of arms: The origin of the coat of arms cannot be clearly proven. According to old church documents, four families lived in Drochtersen in the 14th century. One family obviously bore the name "von Drochtersen". According to Klemens Stadler , this local nobility was part of the ministry of the Archbishopric of Bremen . In their coat of arms there was a small shield with the two step rafters in the upper coat of arms . Since the territorial reform of 1972, the coat of arms also applies to the new unified municipality of Drochtersen. The communities of Hüll and Assel did not have a coat of arms at the time. The districts of Assel, Dornbusch and Krautsand now have their own coats of arms.


Flag Drochtersen.svg 00Hoisted flag: "The flag is in a ratio of 1: 4: 1 red-white-red stripes with the coat of arms in the middle."

Town twinning

When it merged with Assel, the municipality of Drochtersen took over the partnership with the northern French town of Rosières-en-Santerre in the Somme department (Picardy).

Culture and sights


In Barnkrug there is a 42 m high scrap tower of the "Jagd-Schrot & Hagel-Fabrik Haendler & Natermann " for the manufacture of shotgun pellets. This tower is no longer used to manufacture shotgun pellets. In Assel next to the church is the Heimatstube, a rural museum that shows life from the past. An extension of the Heimatstube is being built next door. In the Jagemann Foundation, which is run by the members of the Assel e. V. is expanded, life and work from back then is shown even better and more intensely.


The largest football club is SV Drochtersen / Assel (merger of TVG Drochtersen and VTV Assel ), which was founded in 1977. The first men's team took 1st place in the Lower Saxony Oberliga in the 2014/2015 season and has played in the fourth-class regional soccer league since the 2015/2016 season . The club won the Lower Saxony Cup in 2016, 2018 and 2019 and qualified for the DFB Cup the following season.

The home games are played in the Kehdinger Stadium in Drochtersen (3000 seats). The stadium has 501 covered seats, two standing stands (one of which is mostly covered) and a separate guest area.

Regular events

Drochtersen is a sea of ​​flowers when the crocus is in bloom and celebrates the flower festival. A classic car meeting takes place at this festival. Historic cars , tractors , trucks , motorcycles and scooters come to the meeting.

In the summer of 2013, a horse race similar to the Duhner Wadden race took place on the Elbe beach on Krautsand .

In autumn, when the wild geese move in, the Wild Goose Days are held throughout Kehdingen. In the Dornbusch district there are special cultural events during the Wild Goose Days.

Every year in the summer the Drochterser Schützenfest takes place with many shooting clubs from the surrounding communities.

The New Year's Eve run essentially runs around 10 kilometers along the Elbe every year.

Literary activities

In the Drochtersen area, around the so-called Deutsche Krimi-Straße , more than a hundred crime novels and crime scripts have been written.

Culinary specialties

A regional specialty is the “Kehdinger wedding soup”, first of all clear soup with roots and meatballs is served, followed by rice with slices of boiled beef, with raisins or plums cooked in cinnamon and horseradish sauce served. These two courses are eaten alternately until one is full. "Kehdinger Klüten" (dumplings) are served with roast goose.

Economy and Infrastructure

The old Krautsander lighthouse, photo 1951
Hatecke GmbH


The Drochters economy is characterized by medium-sized companies. Most of the companies are run by the Drochtersen trade association. V. represented. The association is committed to strengthening the regional economy and plans to introduce the regional currency "Kehdinger". The Hateckewerft, a family business that mainly builds lifeboats and exports them all over the world, offers 115 Kehdingers work. The largest employer in the Kehdingen region is Dow Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH, which provides work for around 1500 people and several hundred members of external companies.


The Stader Tageblatt appears with the Südkehdinger local section.


There is a comprehensive school in Drochtersen . The Cooperative Comprehensive School Drochtersen (“Elbmarschen School”) combines the three branches of secondary school, secondary school and grammar school under one roof. Since 2012, the students of the grammar school have also been able to complete the Abitur at the Elbmarschen School. The secondary school students can achieve the extended secondary school certificate.


Drochtersen is located on the main road  111 (also Obstmarschenweg called) and the Federal Highway  495. When the planning process for the federal motorways A 20 and A 26 have been completed, is probably one in Drochtersen motorway interchange to be built for both highways. At the same time, an Elbe tunnel from Drochtersen to Kollmar in Schleswig-Holstein is to be built; the tunnel is to belong to the A 20 .

The Ruthenstrom barrage for flood protection against the Elbe has been located east of the village since 1978 .

The narrow-gauge Kehdinger Kreisbahn , which had connected Drochtersen with Stade and Itzwörden (Oste) since 1899, was shut down and dismantled in 1936. Individual vehicles were sold on the island of Sylt , where they connected the northern and southern tip of the island (List with Hörnum). But it has long since been discarded on Sylt as well. See: Sylter Inselbahn

Sons and daughters of the church


  • Fritz Drewes, Gerda Becker: Drochtersen - pictures from bygone days . Drochtersen municipal administration, Drochtersen 1977, 1978.

Web links

Commons : Drochtersen  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Office for Statistics Lower Saxony, LSN-Online regional database, Table 12411: Update of the population, as of December 31, 2019  ( help ).
  2. Bankruptcy: KunstRaum Hüll closes. In: Website Hamburger Abendblatt . January 20, 2010, accessed April 19, 2013 .
  3. ^ Jürgen Udolph (research): The "place name researcher". (No longer available online.) In: Website NDR 1 Lower Saxony . Archived from the original on January 26, 2016 ; accessed on August 3, 2019 .
  4. ^ Michael Rademacher: German administrative history from the unification of the empire in 1871 to the reunification in 1990. stade.html. (Online material for the dissertation, Osnabrück 2006).
  5. ^ 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, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 245 .
  6. ^ Lower Saxony Municipal Constitutional Law (NKomVG) in the version of December 17, 2010; Section 46 - Number of Deputies. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  7. Drochtersen - municipal council election 2016, announcement of the official final result. In: Website of the Drochtersen municipality. Retrieved February 15, 2019 .
  8. ↑ Mayoral election 2007. ( Memento from December 16, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) In: Website of the Drochtersen community. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  9. a b The coat of arms of the Drochtersen community. In: Website of the Drochtersen municipality. Retrieved August 23, 2020 .
  10. Ulf B. Christen: McAllister wants Autobahn in the east of Hamburg. In: Website Hamburger Abendblatt. February 7, 2011, accessed February 7, 2011 .