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Coat of arms of the city of Seelze
Map of Germany, position of the city of Seelze highlighted

Coordinates: 52 ° 24 '  N , 9 ° 36'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Hanover region
Height : 50 m above sea level NHN
Area : 54.04 km 2
Residents: 34,401 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 637 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 30926
Primaries : 05137, 0511, 05031
License plate : H
Community key : 03 2 41 015

City administration address :
Rathausplatz 1
30926 Seelze
Website :
Mayor : Detlef Schallhorn ( independent )
Location of the city of Seelze in the Hanover region
Region Hannover Niedersachsen Wedemark Burgwedel Neustadt am Rübenberge Burgdorf Uetze Lehrte Isernhagen Langenhagen Garbsen Wunstorf Seelze Barsinghausen Sehnde Hannover Gehrden Laatzen Wennigsen Ronnenberg Hemmingen Pattensen Springe Landkreis Hameln-Pyrmont Landkreis Schaumburg Landkreis Nienburg/Weser Landkreis Heidekreis Landkreis Celle Landkreis Peine Landkreis Gifhorn Landkreis Hildesheimmap
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Downtown streetscape
Town hall during the weekly market

Seelze is a town and independent municipality with around 34,000 inhabitants in the Hanover region , Lower Saxony , which is part of the Calenberger Land .



The city is located at the intersection between the Leine , the Mittelland Canal and the Hanover-Linden branch canal as well as on the Bremen – Hanover railway line and the railway lines to the Ruhr area and to Osnabrück .

Neighboring communities

Seelze borders Garbsen , Hanover , Gehrden , Barsinghausen and Wunstorf (clockwise, starting in the north).

City structure

The city consists of the two largest districts of Seelze (core city) and Letter (including the Letter-Süd residential area) and the villages of Almhorst , Dedensen , Döteberg , Gümmer , Harenberg , Kirchwehren , Lathwehren , Lohnde and Velber . A large building area is located south of Seelze, Seelze-Süd (1207 inhabitants, as of July 31, 2010).



The origin of the city of Seelze is largely unknown.

Incorporation and granting of city rights

On March 1, 1974, the municipalities of Almhorst, Dedensen, Döteberg, Gümmer, Harenberg, Kirchwehren, Lathwehren, Letter, Lohnde, Seelze and Velber were initially merged to form the large municipality of Seelze, which has been a town since 1977. The new development area Seelze-Süd has been developing as a residential area since 2001.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Martin on Martinskirchstrasse, named after Martin von Tours , was built in the 18th century. Your parish belongs to the Hannover City Church Association , which also includes the parish hall, which was inaugurated in 2007, and a kindergarten next to the church. Other Evangelical Lutheran parishes are located in localities belonging to Seelze.

The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity was built on Südstrasse in 1913 and expanded in 1969/70. Its interior was redesigned in 2001 by Gerd Winner . Your parish is part of the dean's office in Hanover, which also includes the St. Michael day-care center next to the church and a branch church in Letter .

The New Apostolic Church on the street “Sandrehre” was given up in 2005, the building is now used for profane purposes.


City council election 2016
Turnout: 52.8%
Template: election chart / maintenance / notes
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City Council

After the local elections on September 11, 2016 , the city ​​council , with its 39 council members, has been composed as follows since November 1, 2016:

SPD 16 seats
CDU 12 seats
Green 3 seats
FDP 2 seats
left 2 seats
CitizenForum 3 seats
Non-party 1 seat


The mayor of the city of Seelze is Detlef Schallhorn (independent). His deputies are Wilfried Nickel (SPD), Gerold Papsch (CDU) and Knut Werner (Greens).

Town twinning

Seelze maintains a city ​​partnership with the following cities :

FranceFrance Grand-Couronne , France , since 1969
GermanyGermany Schkeuditz , Saxony , since 1990
PolandPoland Mosina , Poland , since 2000

coat of arms

The design of the Seelze municipal coat of arms comes from the heraldist and coat of arms painter Gustav Völker , who designed all the coats of arms in the Hanover region.

  • The first approval of the coat of arms was granted by the Prussian State Ministry on July 5, 1934.
  • A second permit was necessary because the community of Seelze, which was newly formed by law on March 1, 1974, today the town of Seelze, has adopted the coat of arms of the previous community of Seelze. This approval was granted by the district president in Hanover on May 6, 1974.
Seelze coat of arms
Blazon : "A black cock on a silver background with gold reinforcement ."
Reasons for the coat of arms: A knightly family von Seelze ( de Selesse, von Zelessen and similar) appears in the documents kept in the State Archives in the 13th and 14th centuries. From this it can be seen that this family owned a noble farm in Seelze. The knight dynasty probably died out in the 15th century. The seal “a rooster” is preserved on the documents in the State Archives. The rooster is the symbol of vigilance and readiness to fight.

Culture and sights

Obentraut monument

Obentraut memorial by the sculptor Jeremias Sutel from 1630

In honor of the equestrian general Hans Michael Elias von Obentraut , a memorial was erected in Seelze in 1630 at the place where he was fatally wounded in battle on October 25, 1625 during the Thirty Years War . The six-meter-high monument in the form of a stone pyramid was created by the Hanoverian sculptor Jeremias Sutel (1587–1631). In 1989 a riding boot and a helmet were placed next to the monument as oversized metal objects. They point to the pieces of equipment without which, according to legend, Obentraut threw himself into the fray.

Obentraut fought on the side of the Evangelical Union in the Thirty Years' War . After the successful defense of Nienburg / Weser , Obentraut wanted to take the fortress Calenberg in Schulenburg near Pattensen, which was occupied by Tilly's army, in a coup. This did not happen because there was a fight at Seelze between his unit with 700 riders and 10,000 men from Tilly's army. When Obentraut found out about it, according to legend, he should have rushed to the aid of his troops so quickly that he set off without a helmet and only with one boot. He was fatally hit by a bullet in battle.

Architectural monuments


Seelzer Heimatmuseum in Letter with a wedding room in a historic half-timbered house from 1856

The local history museum, which was moved from the Letter district to Seelze in 2018, provides insights into regional half-timbered construction . The permanent exhibition focuses on historical rooms: a shoemaker's workshop, hairdressing salon and village school. In addition, special exhibitions are regularly organized, for example on the topics of Christmas in the Ore Mountains, Seelze in the First World War, 100 years of the Catholic Church in Seelze, angels.

Green spaces


sports clubs

The new local history museum in Seelze in the former restaurant "Alter Krug"
  • SG Letter 05
  • Bürgerschützen Seelze from 1848
  • Shooting Society Letter
  • RSV Seelze
  • TuS Seelze
  • SG Seelze
  • Tennis Club Letter

Economy and Infrastructure


The largest employer in Seelze is a chemical factory owned by Honeywell (formerly Riedel-de Haën ). Craftsmen and businesses have settled in the commercial areas in Lohnde and Letter-Süd.

Public facilities

From September 2007 to 2010, a rapid response group for the workers' Samaritan Association with a staff of 13 was stationed in Seelze . She was subordinate to the 20th service train Barsinghausen. Helpers were on duty on larger occasions, such as the European Football Championship in 2008 in Switzerland and Austria, some bomb evacuations in Hanover , and the Coldplay concert in 2009, the memorial service for national goalkeeper Robert Enke in Hanover. They were also used annually at the weekend at the Jade in Wilhelmshaven .

The Seelze train station with Intercity. According to the plan, only S-Bahn trains stop here and, rarely, regional express trains
The Hanover S-Bahn serves Seelze every half hour. In the rush hour there is an additional sprinter line every hour


Main street in Seelze
Central square on the main street

Thanks to the good transport connections to Hanover and the proximity to the VW , Johnson Controls and Continental factories , Seelze and its districts have developed into a typical sleeping city . The B 441 runs through Seelze . The Wunstorf-Luthe junction of the BAB 2 is in the immediate vicinity of the Gümmer district. The B 6 is not far from the Letter district .

Seelze is on the Wunstorf – Hanover railway line , and the Dedensen -Gümmer , Seelze and Letter stations are served by the Hanover S-Bahn .

Lines and cycle times of the S-Bahn:

line Line course Tact Remarks
S1 Minden - Bückeburg - Haste - Wunstorf - Soulze - Hanover - Weetzen - Barsinghausen - Haste 60 ′ With S2 30 'cycle Wunstorf – Haste
S2 Nienburg - Neustadt am Rübenberge - Wunstorf - Seelze - Hanover - Weetzen - Barsinghausen - Haste 60 ′ With S1 30 'cycle Wunstorf – Haste

On Sundays only Nienburg – Hanover

S51 Hameln –Springe – Hanover – Seelze 60 ′ HVZ sprinter line, only stops at a few stations

Mon – Fri seven pairs of trains daily

RE1 Hanover– (Seelze) –Wunstorf – Nienburg – Verden – Bremen – Oldenburg – Emden – Norddeich Mole 120 ' Only partially stops if the sprinter line fails


RE8 Hanover– (Seelze) –Wunstorf – Nienburg – Verden – Bremen – Osterholz-Scharmbeck – Bremerhaven-Lehe 120 ' Only partially stops if the sprinter line fails


The Seelze train station was rebuilt locally in 1984, the old station building further west, at the end of Bahnhofstrasse, was given up. At the same time, the station was expanded from two to four platform tracks, so that the capacity of the line was expanded. The Seelze marshalling yard , which is one of the largest German marshalling yards, is located in Seelze .

Local transport is provided by bus routes operated by the Greater Hanover Transport Authority (GVH) .

The professional , leisure and passenger shipping is at the ports Seelzes handled.


sons and daughters of the town

People connected to the city

  • Hans Michael Elias von Obentraut (1574–1625), equestrian general who died fighting in Seelze during the Thirty Years' War
  • Jeremias Sutel (1587–1631), sculptor, created the monument for General Hans-Michael Elias von Obentraut in Seelze
  • Friedrich von Sachsen-Altenburg (1599–1625), Duke of Sachsen-Altenburg and Jülich-Kleve-Berg, died in Seelze
  • Cuno Josua von Bülow (1658–1733), field marshal of Kurfürstendamm-Lüneburg, inherited the Seelze manor at the beginning of the 18th century
  • Wilhelm Johann Julius Hoppenstedt (1726–1788), Lutheran theologian and pastor who held important positions in Hanoverian church and state offices
  • Gottfried Justus Frankenfeld (1741–1808), Lutheran pastor, took office in 1789 and lived in Seelze until his death
  • Melchior von Hugo (1872–1939), officer, painter and sculptor, was buried in Seelze
  • Horst Niebuhr (1936–2013), youth officer for the city of Hanover, politician (SPD), council member (1974–1986) and mayor (1986–2006) of Seelze
  • Wilhelm Bachmann (1885–1933), chemist and researcher, lived here
  • Fiete Münzner (1946–2015), musician and presenter, interpreter of sea shanties, died in Seelze
  • Heiger Scholz (* 1957), administrative lawyer, political official and politician (SPD), since 2017 State Secretary in the Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality
  • Hauke ​​Jagau (* 1961), politician (SPD), chairman of the administrative board of Sparkasse Hannover, was active on the state board of the DLRG youth in Lower Saxony and was technical director, rescue diver and operations manager of DLRG-Seelze
  • Michael Thürnau (* 1963), television and radio presenter, entertainer and specialist book author
  • Susanne Grote (* 1969), politician (SPD) in the state parliament of Lower Saxony (1997-2004), previously worked for the city of Seelze
  • Chris-Carol Bremer (* 1971), swimmer, Olympian (Barcelona 1992), grew up in Seelze
  • Christos Pantazis (* 1975), doctor, politician (SPD), member of the Lower Saxony state parliament since 2013, grew up as the son of Greek parents in Seelze
  • Anja Brinker (* 1991), gymnast, Olympian (Beijing 2008), grew up in Seelze


  • Wolfgang Schulze: All about Seelze and Garbsen. Historical forays through the country between Deister and Steinhuder Meer . 2nd Edition. Harenberg Verlag , Hannover 1987, ISBN 3-89042-024-9 .

Web links

Commons : Seelze  - 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. ^ History of the districts. In: website of the city of Seelze. Retrieved November 5, 2019 .
  3. Dud keeps Seelze awake all night. In: Website Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. September 9, 2014, accessed February 19, 2018 .
  4. City portrait of Seelze. In: website of the city of Seelze. Retrieved February 19, 2018 .
  5. Seelze City Archives. In: website of the city of Seelze. Retrieved February 19, 2018 .
  6. ^ 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.  196 .
  7. ^ Council of the city of Seelze. In: website of the city of Seelze. February 16, 2018, accessed February 19, 2018 .
  8. ^ Politics - The mayor and his deputies. In: website of the city of Seelze. September 11, 2016, accessed February 19, 2018 .
  9. a b c Hanover district (ed.): Wappenbuch Landkreis Hannover . Self-published, Hanover 1985, p. 348-349 .
  10. Seelze Local History Museum. In: Museum website. Retrieved February 19, 2018 .