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Coat of arms of the municipality of Hambergen
Map of Germany, position of the municipality of Hambergen highlighted

Coordinates: 53 ° 19 ′  N , 8 ° 49 ′  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Osterholz
Joint municipality : Hambergen
Height : 27 m above sea level NHN
Area : 30.28 km 2
Residents: 5637 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 186 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 27729
Area code : 04793
License plate : OHZ
Community key : 03 3 56 003
Community structure: 7 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Bremer Strasse 2
27729 Hambergen
Website : www.hambergen.de
Mayor : Gerd Brauns ( SPD )
Location of the municipality of Hambergen in the district of Osterholz
Bremen Bremen Landkreis Cuxhaven Landkreis Oldenburg Landkreis Rotenburg (Wümme) Landkreis Verden Landkreis Wesermarsch Axstedt Grasberg Hambergen Holste Lilienthal Lübberstedt Osterholz-Scharmbeck Ritterhude Schwanewede Worpswede Vollersodemap
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Hambergen is a municipality of the combined municipality of Hambergen and is located on the northern edge of the Osterholz district in Lower Saxony .


Hambergen is located in the North German Plain 37 kilometers north of Bremen . It is the most populous municipality in the joint municipality . Over 5400 residents live in an area of ​​around 30 square kilometers. The old village thus has the function of a center within the integrated community.

Hambergen consists of the districts Hambergen, Heilsdorf, Heißenbüttel, Kiebitzsegen, Oldenbüttel, Spreddig and Ströhe . Hambergen also developed into a popular community in the Osterholz district because of its good transport links to Bremen and Bremerhaven .


Hambergen was first mentioned in a document in 1056 as a small Ambergen estate owned by the Archbishop of Bremen . The field name Up den Eddelhofe is still a current reference to the estate. Here was the core of the old village. The Knights of Luneberg were often treasurers in the Archdiocese of Bremen. The Germanic tribe of the Chauken used to live here and then merged with the Saxons . The old Pippelnburg was north-west of Hambergen; today a small hill overgrown with trees.

The farmers from Hambergen with their isolated settlements and farms built their own chapel in 1335 as a subsidiary of the main church in Scharmbeck, to which they belonged. In 1546 Hambergen received its own clergyman. In 1581 the chapel was enlarged by an extension.

An old Hamberger farm register with 22 farms came from 1536. In 1670 about 400 people lived in the village. The Bullwinkeler Hof is known with 84 acres of land, on which a water mill was operated until 1846.

In 1752 a baroque church was built, which received an organ in 1850. During the Napoleonic Wars , troops of many nationalities - French, English, Scots, Dutch and Russians - had to be tolerated and received; In 1806 there were even six hundred English soldiers who were taken care of. From 1811 to 1813 Hambergen was in the French canton of Osterholz .

The forest, heather and swampy lowlands of the Giehler Bach increasingly became an agricultural landscape. Crafts and trades increased in the 19th century; the peat litter factory, two brick factories, a cigar factory, the brown beer brewery and a schnapps distillery were also built. The railway line from Bremen to Geestemünde with the stations in Lübberstedt and Oldenbüttel accelerated the development of the place since 1862.


On March 1, 1974, part of the dissolved community of Freißenbüttel was incorporated.


City council and mayor

The local election of September 11, 2016 led to the following result:

Party / list Share of votes +/-% p Seats +/-
SPD 62.6% - 6.7 11 - 1
CDU 22.8% + 4.1 5 + 1
left 4.6% + 4.6 1 + 1
FDP - - 3.2 0 - 1
NPD 3.6% + 3.6 0 -
UKA * 6.5% - 2.3 1 ± 0

* Independent local political working group

Linke and UKA have formed a parliamentary group for the current electoral term.

Gerd Brauns (SPD) has been mayor since November 1, 2011. He is also a voting member of the council.

An administrative committee chaired by the mayor as well as an environmental, road, building and planning committee, a finance and tourism committee and a committee for youth, senior citizens, sport and culture act in an advisory capacity.

coat of arms

The chapel, built in 1335, is shown in the municipality's coat of arms. The location of the village on the Geest hills is represented by the silver Dreiberg. At the foot of the shield, the blue brook is reminiscent of the Hamme headwaters . The green basic color symbolizes the forest belt and agriculture.

Community partnerships

Culture and sights

  • Ströhe-Spreddig museum complex, a moor cottage based on a historical model in the Hamberg district of Spreddig
  • Part of the Heilsmoor nature reserve lies within the municipality's territory.

Economy and Transport


The service sector is important for Hambergen. Before 1945 Hambergen gained regional importance through the horseshoeing . From the 1970s to the mid-1980s, Kaffee Hag was based in the Kiebitzsegen district. Several commercial areas offer space for manufacturing industry; the industrial area in the Kiebitzegen district is occupied by several companies. Solar power has been increasingly generated since 2013 .

Compared to an older wind farm in the border area of ​​the municipalities of Hambergen and Wallhöfen, another wind farm was to be built in the border area of ​​the municipalities of Lübberstedt and Hambergen , which should be commissioned in the 2nd quarter of 2016. The seven systems are 186 meters high and generate 57 million kilowatt hours of electricity for 18,000 households each year. The structural investments amount to almost 35 million euros.


There is a connection to the Bremen – Bremerhaven (- Cuxhaven ) railway (Oldenbüttel and Lübberstedt stations) and to the A 27 ( Walsrode - Cuxhaven motorway triangle ). The main traffic axis is the federal highway 74 Bremen - Stade . The Green Coastal Road and the German Fairy Tale Route run through the town.


On July 1, 1942, the later Chancellor Helmut Schmidt married Hannelore "Loki" Schmidt (née Glaser) in the St. Cosmae and Damiani Church in Hambergen . When the war broke out, she had completed a country school internship there for several weeks.


Web links

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

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. ^ 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. 243 .
  3. Result of local election 2016 Hambergen , accessed on December 6, 2019
  4. https://www.landkreis-osterholz.de/portal/mektiven/windenergie-ausbau-schritt-weiter-voran-901002748-21000.html
  5. See H. Schmidt, What else I wanted to say. Munich 2015. p. 82.
  6. On the question of what a "rural school internship" was in teacher training at that time, here is a quote (from: Cellesche Zeitung, Celle already had a university, January 30, 2015): "In the first semester, every student had a three-week socio-educational internship, im In the second semester, a three-week city school internship and in the third a rural school internship. After each semester they wrote an internship report, in the second semester a semester paper on a completely free topic. Another mandatory joint task for all semesters was the weekly folk song singing with instrumentalists every Wednesday from 12 until 1 p.m. with Prof. Schmidt. Compulsory course - a special feature of Celle that was widely noticed and probably unique in Germany - the instrumental lessons were given for each individual, mostly in the private apartments of the Celle music teachers. "