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Coat of arms of the parish of Ihlienworth
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Coordinates: 53 ° 44 '  N , 8 ° 55'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Cuxhaven
Joint municipality : Land Hadeln
Height : −1 m above sea level NHN
Area : 40.29 km 2
Residents: 1524 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 38 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 21775
Area code : 04755
License plate : CUX
Community key : 03 3 52 025
Community structure: 5 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Main Street 21775 Ihlienworth
Website : www.ihlienworth.de
Mayor : Horst-Christian Deck ( CDU )
Location of the community of Ihlienworth in the district of Cuxhaven
Nordsee Schleswig-Holstein Bremerhaven Landkreis Osterholz Landkreis Rotenburg (Wümme) Landkreis Stade Landkreis Wesermarsch Armstorf Armstorf Belum Beverstedt Bülkau Cadenberge Cuxhaven Geestland Hagen im Bremischen Hechthausen Hemmoor Hollnseth Ihlienworth Lamstedt Loxstedt Mittelstenahe Neuenkirchen (Land Hadeln) Neuhaus (Oste) Nordleda Oberndorf (Oste) Odisheim Osten (Oste) Osterbruch Otterndorf Schiffdorf Steinau (Niedersachsen) Stinstedt Stinstedt Wanna Wingst Wurster Nordseeküstemap
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Ihlienworth [ ˌiːli̯ən'vɔ: ʁt ] ( Low German Helnnworth ) is a municipality in the municipality of Land Hadeln in the Lower Saxony district of Cuxhaven .



Affected area during a storm surge of 4.5 m when a dike breached at Glameyer-Stack, Otterndorf

The resort of Ihlienworth is located between Otterndorf and Bad Bederkesa . Only the place Ihlienworth lies on an artificial settlement hill ( Wurt ). The other parts of the community are typical row villages .

The proximity to Elbmündung and the North Sea brings with it the danger that in the event of a dike break at a storm surge , the m below the  mean sea level would be flooded to a large extent lying municipality. One possible scenario is described in the article Glameyer Stack .

The Medem has its source in Ihlienworth and takes the Emmelke there on the left.

Community structure

  • Medemstade
  • Mislag
  • Oster-Ihlienworth
  • Road dike
  • Wester-Ihlienworth (with Hasendorf, middle section and Westerende)

Neighboring communities

North Leda Neuenkirchen Easter break
Wanna Neighboring communities Bülkau
Steinau Odisheim



Ihlienworth, St. Wilhadi's Church

The St. Wilhadi Church in Ihlienworth is one of the oldest in the region and is dedicated to Saint Willehad († 789). It is therefore believed that the saint may have preached here after Charlemagne had subjugated the Saxons . The first documentary mention as "Illingstede" comes from 1139, a little later as "Elingewerh". In 1185 a "Dutch hoof " is mentioned on the Emmelke . Apparently the reclamation ( elder colonization ) of the boggy Hadler Sietland was already largely complete by this time.

Since the Middle Ages, Ihlienworth was the main town of the "Five Parishes" (originally the parishes of Ihlienworth, Steinau, Odisheim, Wanna and Süderleda ). After the demolition of the chapel in Süderleda there were only four churches left in Sietland, but since 1481 Ihlienworth has been divided into the parishes of Oster- and Wester-Ihlienworth. The term Sietland only became popular in the 18th century.

Since the Sietland was very dependent on water, every yard had a flute to get around.

In 1970 the parishes of Ihlienworth, Steinau and Odisheim voluntarily joined together to form the Sietland parish. Two years later, the Wanna Congregation also joined. Ihlienworth was the administrative seat of the joint parish.

Place name

Old names of the place are around 1139 Illingstede, 1230 Jlingiworth, 1306 Ilegenworth and 1355 Ilingeworth.

The place Ihlienworth lies on an artificial settlement hill. Originally the settlement was called Ylingi. When the term "-worth" came up, both terms were mixed up. However, since we are dealing with a large village and not with a single settlement, the term “Ylingi-worth” was retained instead of “Ilingaword”. The basis is the personal name of the "Ilo", either with an additional "-ing" in the sense of "Settlement of the Ilo clan" or "Settlement of the Iling".

Population development

year Residents source
1885 02044 ¹
1910 01855²
1933 1697
1939 1686
1950 3056
1956 2215
1973 2067
1975 01945 ³
1980 01856 ³
date Residents source
1985 1860 ³
1990 1879 ³
1995 1902 ³
2000 1820 ³
2005 1721 ³
2010 1633 ³
2015 1588 ³
2019 1524 ³
0 0 0

¹ of which Oster Ihlienworth: 768, Wester Ihlienworth: 1276
² of which Oster Ihlienworth: 666, Wester Ihlienworth: 1189
³ as of December 31st


Municipal council

The Council of the Municipality Ihlienworth consists of ten council women and councilmen. This is the specified number for the member municipality of an integrated municipality with a population between 1001 and 2000 inhabitants. 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 mayor is also entitled to vote and sit on the council.

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

Political party Proportional votes Number of seats
CDU 67.19% 7th
SPD 32.80% 4th

The turnout in the 2016 local elections was 55.29%, slightly below the Lower Saxony average of 55.5%.


The local council elected council member Horst-Christian Deck (CDU) as honorary mayor for the current electoral term. His deputy is Christian Roth (CDU).

coat of arms

The design of the municipal coat of arms of Ihlienworth comes from the heraldist and coat of arms painter Albert de Badrihaye , who designed around 80 coats of arms in the district of Cuxhaven. The community Ihlienworth was by then on February 3, 1939 Provincial President of the Province of Hanover granted the right to use the assistance requested by the mayor after hearing the local councils crest.

Ihlienworth Coat of Arms
Blazon : "In silver over green triple mount one of three diagonally crossed red beams formed six-pointed star ."
Justification for the coat of arms: Six stars as Hagalsrune and Dreiberg as Wurt are supposed to symbolize the controversial interpretation of the place name as a “holy worth”.

Culture and sights

The tower of the St. Wilhadi Church
The Medem pumping station


  • St. Wilhadi Church
In the middle of the village, on a large river directly on the Medem , with its own pier, as many farmers used to come to the church by boat , is the oldest church in the Hadeln region . It is not documented in writing, but it is concluded from the naming that Saint Willehad preached the word of God in the 8th century as an Anglo-Saxon missionary in the country of Hadeln and became the first bishop in Bremen . The current appearance of the building made of field stones in Romanesque style in the 13th century is mainly determined by the enlargement of the windows in 1785. The wooden ceiling, the choir and the nave are painted with tendrils and family coats of arms and give the church an appearance that is typical of many churches in Hadeln . This painting was restored by the church painter Ebeling according to patterns from the 17th century in 1904/05. The Gothic winged altar from the 15th century shows pictures from the life of Willehad and the New Testament . The pulpit , a foundation of 17 community members from 1671, was made by the Otterndorf carver Jürgen Heydtmann , who is very well known in Hadeln . The sandstone baptismal font with a brass bowl dates from 1717 . Not much is known about the organ , only that the prospectus dates from around 1730 and was renewed in the last century. A church tower typical of Hadeln, a stand-alone wooden bell tower, some of which are in the parish , complete the picture of the church.
  • Medem pumping station

Art and environmental projects

  • In 2004, the "RE-ART ONe" project was launched in Ihlienworth under the patronage of the Environment Minister of Lower Saxony, Hans-Heinrich Sander . In a former recycling plant, works by 35 artists from twelve countries who produce art from waste materials (Arte Povera and recycled art) were shown under the direction of the Heidelberg concept artist Samuel J. Fleiner . In 2005 this exhibition was recognized as the world's first art project in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainability. As a result, the art show became a German contribution to World Environment Day in San Francisco and was exhibited there for several months in the City Hall. Then she was the first art exhibition in the new Federal Environment Agency in Dessau and was then invited by the United Nations Environment Agency ( UNEP ) to Nairobi, Kenya. In the meantime it has grown to 50 artists from 15 countries. In Nairobi, the exhibition was on display in 2006 in the Main Lobby of the United Nations Offices Nairobi ( UNON ). The opening was carried out by Klaus Töpfer together with the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Muta Maathai and the head of the UN Habitat Anna Tibajuka . A total of over 30,000 visitors were counted. RE-ART ONe was shown in 2008 as a German contribution to the “Dubai Summer Surprise” festival. The opening ceremony was hosted by the Minister of the Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) H. E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad and the Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany and cultural attaché Hans-Burkhart Sauerteig. Great media coverage: a total of six television stations, a good dozen press photographers and Radio Arabia reported on the opening.
  • In 2007 there were follow-up projects to this successful exhibition with “Art in Climate Change” and in 2009 with “Arte Sustenibile UNO”. "Arte Sustenibile UNO" is under the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission as well as the Environment Minister of Lower Saxony Hans-Heinrich Sander and the Environment Minister of Baden-Württemberg Tanja Gönner and makes the term sustainability a first-hand experience. “Arte Sustenibile UNO” was also exhibited in the Federal Environment Agency and was also a cultural accompanying program for the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Bonn. The exhibition was also u. a. on display in the Bundeskunsthalle and in the Federal Environment Agency and thus became a project in the dialogue sustainability of the federal government.

Regular events

Annual festivals:

  • Sietländer Kahnfest
  • Wood market

Economy and Infrastructure

Excursion boat for trips on the Medem

Ihlienworth takes i. S. of the regional spatial planning was the function of a basic center .

Water tourism on the Medem and other waters is of major tourist importance ; these include boat trips, boat trips, canoe trips and fishing.


Sons and daughters of the church

  • Gustav Stille (1845–1920), country doctor and writer
  • Heinrich Küver (1889–1983), politician (DHP / DP) and member of the Lower Saxony state parliament
  • Georg Arp (1890–1945), innkeeper, gas station attendant, cattle, grain and flour trader
  • Johannes Nintzel, one of the last milk carts on the water (Medem)
  • Emil Schmalfuß (* 1946), lawyer, politician ( independent ) and Minister for Justice, Equal Opportunities and Integration of the State of Schleswig-Holstein from 2009 to 2012

People connected to the community

  • Carl Langhein (1872–1941), painter and graphic artist; The Prof. Carl Langhein Foundation , which was founded in 1999 by Carl Langhein's great-grandson, the Hamburg notary Gerd H. Langhein (1956–2015), who was born in Otterndorf, supports various exhibitions, art projects and cultural projects, among others. a. in Ihlienworth
  • Else von Bonin (1874–1952), wife of the Prussian administrative lawyer and district administrator Ernst von Troschke , she died in Ihlienworth
  • Heinrich Böse (1783–1867), sugar manufacturer and captain of the Bremen Voluntary Jäger Corps, he founded a. a. A charity association with the mayor from Ihlienworth to alleviate the hardship caused by repeated floods in Hadler Sietland
  • Hilke Tiedemann alias Hilly Martinek (* 1977), screenwriter and book author, she grew up in Ihlienworth

Myths and legends

The sagas of the country of Hadeln are presented at 32 stations on the Hadler Legends Trail.

  • The hilly wurt
  • The witch ride
  • The Goeshof



  • Giesela Tiedemann: No room in the hostel. The hostel system in the country of Hadeln . In: Men from Morgenstern , Heimatbund an Elbe and Weser estuary e. V. (Ed.): Niederdeutsches Heimatblatt . No. 808 . Nordsee-Zeitung GmbH, Bremerhaven April 2017, p. 2 ( digitized version [PDF; 5.9 MB ; accessed on July 16, 2019]).
  • Giesela Tiedemann: The Ihlienworther Liedertafel. The author of the song "Hodlerland, min Heimatland" . In: Men from Morgenstern, Heimatbund an Elbe and Weser estuary e. V. (Ed.): Niederdeutsches Heimatblatt . No. 836 . Nordsee-Zeitung GmbH, Bremerhaven August 2019, p. 3 ( digital version [PDF; 2.9 MB ; accessed on September 5, 2019]).

Web links

Commons : Ihlienworth  - 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. Overview map of the Cuxhaven district. In: cuxland-gis.landkreis-cuxhaven.de. November 2016, accessed December 28, 2019 .
  3. ^ Jürgen Udolph (research): The "place name researcher". (No longer available online.) In: Website NDR 1 Lower Saxony . Archived from the original on December 3, 2016 ; accessed on October 11, 2018 .
  4. ^ A b c Michael Rademacher: German administrative history from the unification of the empire in 1871 to the reunification in 1990. Landkreis Land Hadeln ( see under: No. 23 ). (Online material for the dissertation, Osnabrück 2006).
  5. ^ Ulrich Schubert: Register of local authorities in Germany 1900 - Hadeln district. Information from December 1, 1910. In: gemeindeververzeichnis.de. January 5, 2020, accessed March 5, 2020 .
  6. 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.  187 ( digitized version ).
  7. Lower Saxony State Administration Office (ed.): Municipal directory for Lower Saxony . Municipalities and municipality-free areas. Self-published, Hanover January 1, 1973, p. 44 , Landkreis Land Hadeln ( digitized version ( memento from August 7, 2019 in the Internet Archive ) [PDF; 21.3 MB ; accessed on June 3, 2020]).
  8. 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 December 18, 2019 .
  9. ^ Lower Saxony Municipal Constitutional Law (NKomVG); Section 46 - Number of Deputies. In: Lower Saxony Regulations Information System (NI-VORIS). December 17, 2010, accessed July 17, 2019 .
  10. a b Municipality of Ihlienworth - overall results of the municipal council election 2016. In: Website Zweckverband Kommunale Datenverarbeitung Oldenburg (KDO). September 11, 2016, accessed July 17, 2019 .
  11. The CDU gets the most votes nationwide. In: Website Norddeutscher Rundfunk . September 12, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2017 .
  12. ^ Council members. In: Ihlienworth Parish website. Retrieved February 14, 2017 .
  13. a b Festschrift for the 875th anniversary of the village of Ihlienworth. (PDF; 7.3 MB) In: Ihlienworth parish website. Pp. 22–23 , accessed on March 2, 2017 .
  14. ^ Rudolf Lembcke: Land Hadeln district. Past and present . Ed .: District of Hadeln. Buchdruckerei Günter Hottendorff, Otterndorf 1976, p. 36 (coat of arms).
  15. Eberhard Michael Iba (Ed.): Hake Betken siene Duven. The saga of the Elbe and Weser estuaries (=  special publications by the men from Morgenstern , Heimatbund at the Elbe and Weser estuaries . Volume 16 ). 3. Edition. Men from Morgenstern Verlag, Bremerhaven 1999, ISBN 3-931771-16-4 .