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Coat of arms of the community of Himmelpforten
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Coordinates: 53 ° 37 '  N , 9 ° 18'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Stade
Joint municipality : Oldendorf-Himmelpforten
Height : 6 m above sea level NHN
Area : 18.29 km 2
Residents: 5499 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 301 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 21709
Area code : 04144
License plate : HOURS
Community key : 03 3 59 025
Community structure: 3 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Mittelweg 2
21709 Himmelpforten
Website : www.samtgemeinde-oldendorf-himmelpforten.de
Mayor : Bernd Reimers ( SPD )
Location of the community of Himmelpforten in the district of Stade
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Himmelpforten ( Low German : Himmelpoorten ) is a municipality in Lower Saxony in the municipality of Oldendorf-Himmelpforten in the Stade district . In addition to the main town of Himmelpforten, the towns of Kuhla and Breitenwisch also belong to the municipality.

Heavenly gate is on everyone's lips , especially at Christmas time . The place then becomes the Christkinddorf . For numerous children all over the world, the place is the postal address of the Christ Child or Santa Claus . This tradition has been cultivated since the 1960s, see also: Christmas Post Office

Aerial view of the Himmelpforten


In 1255 the nuns cisterze Conventus Porta Coeli moved from Westerberg near Rahden near Lamstedt to the place that was then called Eulsete . The procession of the Cistercian women was recreated on the occasion of the 750th anniversary in 2005.

Eulsete (Low German: Eylsede, etymologically interpreted as the [residential] seat of an Eylos / Eilhard) took over the course of time the Low German translation of the Latin monastery name Porta Coeli , Klooster to der Himilporten or more recently tor Hemmelpoorten , which in High German as Himmelpforten later became official.


On July 1, 1972, the communities of Breitenwisch and Kuhla were incorporated.


Rathaus Himmelpforten
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Mary

Municipal council

After the last three elections to the municipal council, the distribution of seats was as follows:

year SPD CDU Green FWG
2006 6th 7th 1 1
2011 7th 6th 1 1
2016 9 6th 1 1

In the election to the municipal council on September 11, 2016 , the individual lists were elected with the following proportions of votes:

0000 SPD CDU Green FWG
49.32% 37.22% 5.62% 7.82%


1945 to? Johann Lünstedt
1991-2001 Hermann Bardenhagen (SPD)
2001-2013 Lothar Wille (SPD)
since May 22, 2013 Bernd Reimers (SPD)

coat of arms

The coat of arms of the community of Himmelpforten shows a golden, Gothic gate on a blue background, in which stands a silver-clad abbess with a golden crook.

The coat of arms adopted in 1955 is based on the oldest surviving version of the monastery seal, as can be found in the declaration of renunciation of the monastery of March 17, 1291, with which it gave up the claim to the personal inheritance of Dorpater Prince-Bishop Friedrich von Haseldorf that was intended for him in Stralsund .

The colors of the municipality are blue-yellow (stripes across).

Parish partnership

Himmelpfortens partner municipality is Lorrez-le-Bocage-Préaux in the French region Île-de-France .

Local history and school museum from the east


In Himmelpforten there is a local history and school museum , where you can learn a lot about the development of the school in the past centuries from the area.

Economy and Infrastructure


Several commercial, service and handicraft businesses are based in Himmelpforten. The companies known regionally or in the Elbe-Weser triangle include u. a .:

  • the family company Brödenfeldt founded in 1953 (heating and building materials trade, transport and earthworks).
  • the household, do-it-yourself and garden market Wehbers Mühle with an attached restaurant in the mill tower and in the former granary of the Himmelpforten windmill , a Dutch windmill built in 1871 and completely restored in 1985/86 , the entire building ensemble of which is a listed building.
Issendorff's villa from the south

The Himmelpforten Christmas market, which takes place regularly in the run-up to Christmas and turns the town into a Christmas village , is known beyond the region. The Christmas market was founded in 2005 to complement the Himmelpforten Christmas post office , which has existed since 1962 . It takes place around the Villa von Issendorff cultural and conference center in Himmelpfort and now includes over 50 handicraft stalls.


The federal highway 73 , which connects the town with Cuxhaven, Stade and Hamburg , runs through Himmelpforten . Himmelpforten also has a train station on the Niederelbebahn route between Cuxhaven and Hamburg.

The regional planning procedure for the planned federal highway 22/20 has been carried out since October 2007 , which is to run through the district of Breitenwisch and which will affect the town directly on the western edge of the town. A citizens' initiative with almost 400 members is fighting against the Autobahn .

Porta Coeli School from the west


In addition to the Porta Coeli School , a school center with classes from the 5th to the 10th grade, Himmelpforten has its own elementary school .


Sons and daughters of the church

  • August Elfers (1897–1959), mission director of the Hermannsburg Mission
  • Udo Pollmer (* 1954), food chemist, nutrition expert and book author

Persons who are connected to Himmelpforten


Web links

Commons : Himmelpforten  - 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. Silvia Schulz-Hauschildt: Himmelpforten - Eine Chronik , Gemeinde Himmelpforten (ed.), Hansa-Druck Stelzer, Stade 1990, p. 23. No ISBN.
  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. 245 .
  4. KDO - overall result of the municipal council election in Himmelpforten , September 11 , 2016, accessed on March 7, 2019
  5. Silvia Schulz-Hauschildt: Himmelpforten - Eine Chronik , Gemeinde Himmelpforten (ed.), Hansa-Druck Stelzer, Stade 1990, p. 5. No ISBN.
  6. ^ Georg von Issendorff: Monastery and Office Himmelpforten. Illustrated from files and documents , reprint of the edition of the "Stader Archive", 1911/1913, expanded by Clemens Förster, Krause, Stade / Buxtehude 1979, p. 8. No ISBN.
  7. Citizens' initiative against western route A 20