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Coat of arms of the municipality of Harsum
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Coordinates: 52 ° 12 ′  N , 9 ° 58 ′  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Hildesheim
Height : 87 m above sea level NHN
Area : 49.96 km 2
Residents: 11,379 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 228 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 31177
Area code : 05127
License plate : HI, ALF
Community key : 03 2 54 020
Community structure: 9 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Oststrasse 27
31177 Harsum
Website : www.harsum.de
Mayor : Marcel Litfin ( independent )
Location of the municipality of Harsum in the Hildesheim district
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Harsum is a municipality in the Hildesheim district in Lower Saxony, north of the city of Hildesheim .


Most of the community has a share of the fertile black earth arable land of the Hildesheimer Börde and is characterized by agriculture. Smaller forest areas such as Borsumer and Aseler Wald as well as Subeeksholz and Hollenmeerholz also characterize the landscape. The Unsinnbach flows through the main town of Harsum.

Geographical location

Harsum is close to the branch canal Hildesheim and the Federal Highway A 7 in the Hildesheim flange .

Community structure

The municipality of Harsum is divided into the following localities:

  1. Adlum
  2. Asel
  3. Borsum
  4. Harsum (main town)
  5. Hönnersum
  6. Hüddessum
  7. Klein Forste
  8. Power sum
  9. Rautenberg

Neighboring communities

The municipality borders clockwise, starting in the northeast, on Hohenhameln ( district of Peine ), Schellerten , Hildesheim , Giesen , Sarstedt and Algermissen (all district of Hildesheim).



The area around Harsum was already settled in the Neolithic , which has been proven by finds since the 1980s. The discovered artefacts prove a settlement by farmers of the band ceramic culture . This was confirmed by excavation work from the summer of 2017 in a new development area on the northern edge of the village of Harsum, in which five linear ceramic house floor plans on a 78.5 m high knoll with black earth came to light. The longhouses , measuring up to 30 × 9 m , formed a hamlet-like settlement. It was made around 5700 BC. BC, so that Harsum has one of the oldest rural settlements in northern Germany. In 2017 another settlement from the Iron Age 700 BC was opened in the area. Discovered BC, in which ceramic shards, a well and animal bones were found.

middle Ages

In the oldest still existing documents, the medieval town was referred to as "Hardessem" in 1224. The place name probably goes back to the original word * Hardeshem , meaning 'settlement of a man named Hard-'. In the Principality of Hildesheim Harsum was one of the largest villages. During the Battle of Dinklar on September 3, 1367, the Harsumers fought on the side of their sovereign, the Hildesheim prince-bishop Gerhard von Berg , against the Brunswick and their allies. Because of the victorious outcome for the Hildesheim side - according to the legend - the Harsum row people (farmers on their own land) got the privilege of being able to choose the pastor of the place themselves. This privilege only ceased with the Second Vatican Council . The Bishop of Hildesheim has appointed the pastor since the 1970s.


On March 1, 1974, the formerly independent municipalities of Adlum, Asel, Borsum, Hönnersum, Hüddessum, Klein Förste, Machtsum and Rautenberg were incorporated into the municipality of Harsum for regional reform in Lower Saxony .

Population development

year Residents source
1885 1,582
1910 2.023
1925 2,206
1933 2,270
1939 2,668
1950 4,051
1956 3,783
1973 3,863
1975 10,582 ¹
year Residents source
1980 10,597 ¹
1985 10,373 ¹
1990 10,391 ¹
1995 11,117 ¹
2000 11,909 ¹
2005 12,227 ¹
2010 11,751 ¹
2015 11,445 ¹
2018 11,359 ¹

¹ as of December 31st


Municipal council

Distribution of seats in the municipal council
A total of 28 seats

The council of the municipality of Harsum consists of 28 councilors and 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 began on November 1, 2016 and ends on October 31, 2021.

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

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

One seat of the CDU is vacant.


The full-time mayor is Marcel Litfin (non-party). In the last mayoral election on September 25, 2016, he was elected in a runoff election with 70.16% of the vote. His opponent Konrad Steinmann (CDU) received 29.84% of the vote. The turnout was 58.10%. Liftin replaced the previous incumbent Gundolf Kemnah (CDU), who had not started again. His deputies are Ellen Krone (CDU) and Marc Ehrig (SPD).

Local council

The local council of Harsum consists of 9 council members. In addition, there are 4 advisory members in the local council (CDU: 2, SPD: 2).

  • CDU: 5 seats
  • SPD: 3 seats
  • Non-party: 1 seat

(Status: local election September 11, 2016)

Local mayor

The local mayor of Harsum is Reinhard Wirries (CDU). His deputies are Michael Wedig (SPD) and Monika Neumann (CDU).

coat of arms

Municipal coat of arms

Coat of arms of Harsum
Blazon : "In red a silver ring , covered with a golden ear ."
Reasons for the coat of arms: still open

Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Harsum
Blazon : "Three red crossbars in silver ."
Justification for the coat of arms: The following is mentioned on the website of the municipality of Harsum:

“A silver shield with three red bars on it. It is the coat of arms of the vom Hasenkamp family, which is extinct. Hildesheim canon Karl Gottfried von Hasenkamp built a house for himself near the church, had it, including the garden and forecourt, moved with a high moult and also attached his coat of arms to it. Shortly before his death in 1750 he built the Primissariat in Harsum and donated the house and garden to it. Because the coat of arms still exists in Harsum and at the same time honors the name of a great benefactor of the community, this coat of arms was chosen, which is appealing in its simplicity. It may well be reminiscent of another fact. Harsum belonged to the cathedral chapter since 1445; this even exercised the embarrassing jurisdiction in the village, through a canon who was called "Regent of Harsum". "

Partnerships with other communities

  • The village of Asel maintains a partnership with Göriach .
  • The village of Rautenberg has a partnership with Wiesing .

Together with Algermissen , Hohenhameln and Sehnde, Harsum is a member of the ILEK region.

Culture and sights

Harsum from the north, in the background the forewood and the Hildesheim forest
St. Cecilia

Economy and Infrastructure


The most important employer is the Transnorm System (conveyor system construction), which has the headquarters of its group of companies and its largest development and production site here. Another large employer is Jensen GmbH (formerly Jensen- Senking GmbH), which relocated its production (laundry technology) from Hildesheim to Harsum in 2002. The pharmaceutical wholesaler Alliance Healthcare Deutschland (formerly Andreae-Noris Zahn AG) also has a logistics center here and TomTom (digital cartography) has a German branch (formerly Tele Atlas ). The specialty chemicals manufacturer Stockmeier has a plant in Harsum. LUCHS Medizin OHG (oxygen and ventilation technology) and LUCHS Medizin Verwaltungs GmbH are based here. The largest company in Harsum was Nordzucker AG's sugar factory, which no longer exists for a long time . The Laschinger Seafood maintains a local production site for the processing of fresh fish. Likewise, the Schlote Group as an automobile parts manufacturer with headquarters in Harsum and Agravis / NewTec Landmaschinentechnik as a major employer. In addition, there is Enno Roggemann Holzgroßhandel GmbH & Co.Kg, as well as various medium-sized and small companies from various industries.

Local supply and infrastructure

  • Shops and gas stations in Harsum
  • Primary schools in Harsum and Borsum
  • Molitoris School in Harsum ( secondary school with high school branch)
  • Kindergartens / crèches in Harsum, Borsum, Asel, Adlum, Rautenberg and Hönnersum
  • Sewage treatment plant and building yard of the municipality in Harsum
  • Swimming pool in Harsum
  • Village community facilities in all districts
  • Fire departments in all districts
  • DLRG Wasserrettung OG Harsum (water rescue / diving / technology / disaster control)
  • Police station in Harsum
  • Deutsche Post branch in Harsum
  • Banks in Harsum and Borsum
  • Retirement homes in Harsum
  • Youth care of the community in Harsum
  • "Nordfeld" industrial park in Harsum
  • Weekly market on Thursdays on the Harsum fairground

The municipality is being supplied with broadband connections by Deutsche Glasfaser as part of the fiber-optic expansion, the expansion began in spring 2019. Large residential areas are currently being developed on the outskirts of Harsum and Borsum.


Harsum is on the Lehrte – Hildesheim railway line . Since 2008, the S 3 line of the Hanover S-Bahn has been offering hourly connections via Lehrte to Hanover main station and to Hildesheim main station . The inland development and the connection with neighboring towns are carried out by bus routes from the Hildesheim regional transport network .

Junction 61 “Hildesheim Drispenstedt” between the villages of Asel and Drispenstedt on the A 7 is near Harsum. In addition, the federal road 494 and the Hildesheim branch canal run through the municipality. The airport of Hildesheim is located a few kilometers from Harsum removed.


Sons and daughters of the church

  • Carl Flohr (1850–1927), mechanical engineer and entrepreneur, founded the Carl Flohr machine factory, which was one of the leading elevator manufacturers in Germany in the first half of the 20th century
  • Johannes Nordhoff (1870–1950), chairman of the employers' association of German insurance companies
  • Konrad Algermissen (1889–1964), Catholic dogmatist, moral theologian, lecturer in diocesan history, sociologist, publicist and ecumenist
  • Agnes Asche (1891–1966), socialist and resistance fighter against National Socialism
  • Franziska Henze (* 1931), former table tennis player
  • Martha Behrens (* 1932), former table tennis national player, she played for TTC Blau-Weiß Harsum
  • Konrad Dettmer (* before 1940), former table tennis national player, he played at TTC Blau-Weiß Harsum
  • Peter Gendolla (* 1950), literary and media scholar
  • Teja Tscharntke (* 1952), agricultural biologist and university professor

People connected to the community

  • August Schaper (1840–1920), organ builder who mainly worked in the Hildesheim diocese, in 1886 he built the organ of the local St. Cäcilia Church
  • Valentin Volk (1846 or 1849 or 1850–1909), art and church painter from Mainz, who painted in the neo-Romanesque style, he painted the local St. Cäcilia Church from 1896 to 1898
  • Christoph Hehl (1847–1911), architect and university professor, he built the local Catholic parish church of St. Cäcilia from 1884 to 1886
  • Johann Blankemeyer (1898–1982), politician (NSDAP), died in the district of Machtsum
  • Alfred Delp (1907–1945), Jesuit and member of the Kreisau Circle in the resistance against National Socialism, Alfred Delp Street in Harsum was named after him
  • Joop Bergsma (1928–2011), Dutch Roman Catholic clergyman and theologian, lived and worked in the diocese of Hildesheim since 1951, died in Harsum
  • Hermann Schnipkoweit (1928–2018), politician (CDU), he was a member of the Lower Saxony state parliament and Lower Saxony Minister of Social Affairs from 1976 to 1990, lived and died in the Borsum district
  • Karsten Surmann (* 1959), former soccer player, runs a sports school in Harsum

See also


  • Udo Stenger: Harsum, Asel and Klein Förste - pictures and stories from days gone by. Geiger publishing house, Horb a. N. 1984.
  • Hildesheim and Kalenberger Börde. Nature and landscape in the Hildesheim district. Communications of the Paul Feindt Foundation Volume 5. Hildesheim 2005, ISBN 3-8067-8547-3 .

Web links

Commons : Harsum  - 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. When the broken pieces revealed the secret of the first farmers. (No longer available online.) In: Website Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung . July 6, 2017, archived from the original on November 20, 2018 ; accessed on February 21, 2020 .
  3. Hans-Joachim Wünsche: Building at the Ährenkamp: Now we go. (No longer available online.) In: Website Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung. January 10, 2018, archived from the original on October 31, 2018 ; accessed on February 21, 2020 .
  4. S. Agostinetto: Oldest linear ceramics in the Hildesheimer Börde? In: Archeology in Germany . No. 03 , 2018, p. 48 ff .
  5. Thomas Wedig: Scherbe tells: This is how Harsum was 2700 years ago. (No longer available online.) In: Website Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung. June 27, 2018, archived from the original on December 3, 2018 ; accessed on February 21, 2020 .
  6. ^ Manfred Niemeyer (ed.): German book of place names . De Gruyter, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-11-018908-7 , pp. 246 .
  7. ^ 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.  209 .
  8. a b c d Michael Rademacher: German administrative history from the unification of the empire in 1871 to the reunification in 1990. Hildesheim district ( see under: No. 18 ). (Online material for the dissertation, Osnabrück 2006).
  9. ^ Ulrich Schubert: Community directory Germany 1900 - District Hildesheim. Information from December 1, 1910. In: gemeindeververzeichnis.de. January 5, 2020, accessed February 21, 2020 .
  10. a b Statistisches Bundesamt Wiesbaden (ed.): Official municipality register for the Federal Republic of Germany - 1957 edition (population and territorial status September 25, 1956, for Saarland December 31, 1956) . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1958, p.  167 ( digitized version ).
  11. Lower Saxony State Administration Office (ed.): Municipal directory for Lower Saxony . Municipalities and municipality-free areas. Self-published, Hanover January 1, 1973, p. 30 , district of Hildesheim-Marienburg ( digitized [PDF; 21.3 MB ; accessed on February 21, 2020]).
  12. a b c d e f g h i j community directory - archive - regional structure - annual editions - Lower Saxony. (All politically independent municipalities in EXCEL format). In: Destatis website. Federal Statistical Office, accessed on February 21, 2020 .
  13. ^ Lower Saxony Municipal Constitutional Law (NKomVG); Section 46 - Number of Deputies. In: Lower Saxony Regulations Information System (NI-VORIS). December 17, 2010, accessed February 21, 2020 .
  14. a b c Harsum municipal council. In: Website of the municipality of Harsum. Retrieved February 21, 2020 .
  15. Preliminary results of the runoff election on September 25, 2016. (PDF; 18 KB) In: landeswahlleiter.niedersachsen.de. September 26, 2016, accessed February 21, 2020 .
  16. a b Local Council Harsum. In: Website of the municipality of Harsum. Retrieved February 21, 2020 .
  17. ^ Main statute of the municipality of Harsum. (PDF; 38 kB) In: Website of the municipality of Harsum. December 15, 2011, accessed February 21, 2020 .
  18. a b History of the coat of arms of the town of Harsum. In: Website of the municipality of Harsum. Retrieved February 21, 2020 .