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Coat of arms of the municipality of Seester
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Coordinates: 53 ° 43 '  N , 9 ° 36'  E

Basic data
State : Schleswig-Holstein
Circle : Pinneberg
Office : Elmshorn country
Height : 7 m above sea level NHN
Area : 11.57 km 2
Residents: 1017 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 88 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 25370
Primaries : 04125, 04121, 04122
License plate : PI
Community key : 01 0 56 033
Office administration address: Lornsenstrasse 52
25335 Elmshorn
Website :
Mayor : Claus Hell ( CDU )
Location of the municipality of Seester in the Pinneberg district
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“Ceester” 1650, map by Johannes Mejer

Seester is a municipality in the Pinneberg district in Schleswig-Holstein .

Geographical location

The municipality of Seester is located on the Krückau between Elmshorn and Seestermühe in the Schleswig-Holstein Elbmarsch, more precisely in the Seestermüher Marsch , in the southern district of Pinneberg and administratively belongs to the Elmshorn-Land . Directly adjacent neighboring towns and communities are Elmshorn, Klein Nordende , Groß Nordende , Neuendeich and Seestermühe as well as Neuendorf and Raa-Besenbek beyond the Krückau .

Community structure

The districts of Seester, Seesteraudeich, Klein Sonnendeich, Groß Sonnendeich, Kurzenmoor and Finkenburg belong to the municipality of Seester.

The center of the community is the Seester district with its church built in 1428 and the surrounding historical buildings. Most of the public buildings and places such as community rooms, elementary schools, kindergartens, fire brigades, churches, cemeteries, sports fields and gyms can also be found here.

In the center of the village, on a formerly agricultural area north-west of Dorfstrasse, the new development area “Zur Rönnwetter” is currently being built.


The place is named after the Seesterau, today's Krückau and was first mentioned in a document from 1141. The development of the former Saxon settlements was largely shaped by settlers from Friesland and the Netherlands who were called into the country, who built dykes , drainage systems and sluices to make the land safe from the floods of the Elbe river and to create fertile farmland and pasture land.


Wisch and Köhnholz
When the Prussian rural communities were founded in 1892, the Köhnholz patch and the Wisch residential area were added to the Kurzenmoor rural community (today Seester municipality). Wisch and Köhnholz had shared a school with Lieth (Klein Nordende, today partly part of Elmshorn) since 1824. After this was completely destroyed in a fire on March 13, 1894, the children's school attendance had to be clarified and reorganized as quickly as possible. At a meeting of the district school supervisory authority with the school association and representatives of the Elmshorn magistrate in March 1894, the proposal was discussed to send the children from Flecken Wisch and Köhnholz to the Elmshorn school on Klostersande (later Hafenstrasse) and a new one for the children from Lieth To set up the school location in their own location. The way to the existing school in Seester via the roads and paths through the moorland, which were largely not yet fully developed, seemed too far for the children. The city of Elmshorn, however, only promised its approval on the condition that Wisch and Köhnholz would also be politically transferred to Elmshorn. The background to this was the contracts signed just a few months earlier in January 1894 for the location of the new riding and driving school with a racing track, which the nationally important Holstein Association wanted to build in the Wisch (now Westerstraße) patch. The prospect of relocating this prestige property in the town of Elmshorn was very tempting for the magistrate . In return, Elmshorn agreed to take on a considerable part of the Kurzenmoor community debts in the amount of 10,000 marks. By the decision of the district committee in Schleswig , the reorganization was approved on September 17, 1894 and became legally effective at the beginning of October 1894. A total of 304 hectares, 12 ares and 51 square meters with 247 inhabitants and several farms were transferred to the city of Elmshorn and were finally re- parish in May 1897 from the parish of Seester to the parish of Elmshorn.

A smaller area east of the Kurzenmoor road between the footpath and bridle path in the direction of Liether Wald and the local border with Elmshorn was transferred from the municipality of Seester to the city of Elmshorn in the 1990s. The background to this was the planned relocation of the sports facilities of the Elmshorn sports club FTSV Rasensport Elmshorn . The location of the old sports facility in the middle of a residential area on Wilhelmstrasse brought on the one hand ever-increasing problems with noise pollution for the residents and did not offer the club , which sometimes played in the top football league , room to expand, and on the other hand, the city had long been toying with it the existing sports grounds as a new development area. However, due to various problems and a difficult financial situation as well as various club mergers in Elmshorn and not least the sporting decline of today's FC Elmshorn , the relocation of the sports grounds was never carried out.

Citizens' decision to rename the municipality

The community was founded in 1991 after a referendum of Kurzenmoor in Seester renamed.
In the course of the establishment of the Prussian rural communities, the rural community of Kurzenmoor emerged from the farmers and spots Groß- and Klein Sonnendeich, Seesteraudeich, Finkenburg, Kurzenmoor and Seester and the spots Wisch and Köhnholz, which were later transferred to Elmshorn. The individual localities became districts, the name Kurzenmoor stood for almost 100 years not only for the municipality name, but also for a district within the municipality. The parish of Seester existed long before and now extended over the areas of the rural communities Kurzenmoor, Seestermühe, parts of Neuendeich (district Schlickburg) and at times also parts of Elmshorn.
Since in the 20th century a large part of public life took place in the Seester district, where all public facilities and buildings such as school, kindergarten, gym, sports field, community rooms, fire department, post office and bank were and are and many clubs and local companies " Seester ”in their name (including Seester Süßmostkelterei oHG , Seester primary school , Seester Liedertafel von 1860 eV ), a group emerged from the population at the end of the 1980s, which in 1991 finally initiated a
referendum with a petition . This was only the second of its kind in Schleswig-Holstein, especially since a change in the law had only recently made this type of co-determination possible for citizens. The advocates of the renaming were able to prevail in this with 58.8 percent with a vote participation of 80.2 percent. The referendum in Seester also met with a great response in the media, for example the NDR reported on the events in a special broadcast on radio and television and allowed local politicians, tradespeople and citizens to have their say in a discussion.


Community representation

Distribution of seats in the municipal council
A total of 11 seats

Result of the local elections on May 6, 2018

Political party percent Seats
CDU 69.2% 8th
SPD 30.8% 3

In the past, with the "Voters 'Initiative Seester-Kurzenmoor" (WISK) and the "Free Voters' Community Seester" (FWS), local voter communities also ran for local elections in Seester. The formally still existing WISK are currently dormant. The fWS, which was represented with two seats in the municipal council at that time, disbanded due to a membership decision in 2015, with one representative subsequently renouncing her mandate and the second member ending the legislative period as a non-attached candidate.


Claus Hell (CDU) has been mayor since 2008.

coat of arms

Blazon : “Divided by silver and green according to the profile of a dike. Above a left-facing jumping blue fish (coalfish), below a bridled silver horse's head. Blue and silver waves in front of the flat edge of the dike profile. "

Seester has had this municipal coat of arms since 1990. The rather unusual coat of arms reflects both the former employment situation of the inhabitants ( fishing and agriculture , especially the breeding of Holstein horses), as well as the topography of the community with its protective dykes on the Krückau . The colors indicate life on this side (green) and on the other (blue) of the dike.

Culture, sights, tourism and TV

The marshland is a popular destination for day trips for the population from the surrounding cities and communities who want to experience the beauty of the marshland by car, bike or on foot, especially during the fruit trees and rape blossoms in spring. You can cross the Krückau with the Kronsnest ferry , the smallest hand-operated ferry in Germany, to Neuendorf ( Steinburg district ) or get to the Haseldorfer- or Kollmar-Marsch via the barrages . With the North Sea Cycle Route , the Elbe Cycle Route and the Ochsenweg , three nationally known cycle routes lead through the municipality.

In addition to taking the ferry, it is also worth taking a look at St. John's Church with its free-standing wooden belfry on Dorfstrasse. Inside the church, built in 1428, the baroque altar , the pulpit from 1631 and the poor block (sacrificial stock) with the statue of Lazarus from 1613/1656 are captivating with their beauty. The building ensemble of the church in the village center still includes the pastorate, the old restaurant (today kindergarten building and church office) and the hall building (church hall).

In the village center there are also some publicly visible works of art: In front of the church hall at the intersection of Dorfstraße / Twiete there is a large bronze sculpture The great duck , created by the sculptor Elsa Maria Gerhardt, made available to the parish as a permanent loan by her son Karsten Gerhardt from Kiebitzzeile. The farrier Harald Piening has also created some works. In front of his forge in the village street, there is a blacksmith made of old horseshoes with an anvil, on the side wall hang the spider and several horse representations. A new addition is a sculpture "Three Worlds", also forged from horseshoes, which circle each other.

A large part of the residents of Seester is organized in the various local clubs and associations. The largest clubs here are the TSV Seestermüher Marsch v. 1924 eV as a popular sports club, the Anglerverein Seester eV , the Seester Liedertafel from 1860 , the interest group of the boat owners Seester eV as a water sports association, the Speeldeel ut de Masch eV (Low German theater group), various music groups and the hunting community. The local association Seestermühe-Seester of the German Red Cross and the volunteer fire brigade of the Seester community are also organized on a voluntary basis and the parish offers a range of activities and discussion groups.

In addition to the community's own sports facility with football pitches and a running track at the elementary school, the sports hall of the school association and the hall of the parish, which are regularly used by the clubs and associations, there is a small boat harbor on the Krückau. On a meadow on the Kurzenmoor road, the Elmshorn model building club has been operating a model airfield approved by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Economics and Transport since 1973.

Various locations in the municipality of Seester served as a backdrop for the disaster film Residual Risk in 2010 and in 2012 for the fourth part of the ZDF TV crime thriller Stralsund with the title Tödliches Promise . A feature film with the title Three Fathers Are Better Than None , produced in summer 2015 for ARD , was also made at various locations in Seester and with the participation of some residents of the community as extras and was first broadcast on Das Erste in April 2016 . In September and October 2018, filming for episode Things of Life of the ARD crime film series Nord bei Nordwest took place in Seester , with both Kurzenmoor Street and a homestead on Holstendorf Street serving as a film set. It was first broadcast on January 23, 2020.

In addition to the fictional location "Deichgraben", Itzehoe , Hamburg and Drei , Seester is the scene of the crime novel Bluthaus by the author Romy Fölck.


In the past, the inhabitants of the Seester community lived mainly from agriculture, cattle breeding and fishing. Today this picture has changed a lot, currently fewer ten families live on agriculture and the last fishing operation ended a few years ago in Seester.

The Kurzenmoorer Ziegelwerke, founded in 1889, also played an important role in the community . The ruins of the old brickworks with its high chimney, which was closed in 1971 , could still be seen on Seesteraudeich opposite the harbor until September 2010, before they had to be demolished for safety reasons.

Today, instead of the traditional businesses, a number of new craft or service companies, but also artists, have settled here. For example, the EisBahn Seester is known , a mobile sales car in the style of a railway wagon , which is pulled by a tractor that is visually adapted to a locomotive. A veterinary clinic has also settled in Seester.

The Seestermüher Marsch is known for its fruit growing. In addition to some fruit farms, the Seester sweet cider press is also located in Seester . Several main and sideline businesses in agriculture or fruit growing offer their products to customers as direct marketers in farm shops.

However, the majority of the population drives to work during the day in the surrounding smaller towns such as Elmshorn , Pinneberg or Wedel , or to Hamburg .


There is a Protestant kindergarten and a primary school in the community . The kindergarten is run by the Ev.-luth. Seester parish operated and maintained by the Seester parish. The primary school is run by the Seestermüher Marsch school association from the Seester and Seestermühe communities. In addition to these two communities, the Seester primary school is also the local primary school for the children of Neuendeich. Secondary schools are mostly attended in Elmshorn, less often in Uetersen. There are also various training opportunities such as adult education centers , vocational training centers, etc. and private schools in Elmshorn.


  • Heiko Hell (born May 5, 1980), former competitive swimmer, multiple German champion and two-time Olympic participant, grew up in Seester.
  • Wolfgang Sieg (* October 22, 1936; † September 11, 2015), Low German writer, lived in the community for many years and wrote many of his works in a quiet, former farmhouse.
  • Frank Suplie (born August 28, 1956 - † August 6, 2002), German journalist, lived in Seester.
  • Martin Stahlberg (born January 29, 1985), German soccer player, lived in Seester and began his sporting career in the youth teams of TSV Seestermüher Marsch.

Honorary citizen

  • Uwe Hell (born September 13, 1934; † August 8, 2010), holder of the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Medal , became a member of the Seester community on September 11, 2008 due to his more than 40 years of voluntary political and social engagement Appointed honorary mayor. Among other things, Hell was mayor of the Seester community for 30 years from 1978 to 2008 , a member of the Pinneberg district council for 20 years from 1974 to 1994, head of the Elmshorn-Land office from 1990 to 1994 and head of the Seestermüher Marsch school association for 25 years.


  • Peter Danker-Carstensen, Seester community, history of a village in the Elbmarsch at the same time a contribution to the history of the Seester parish , 320 p., 1994, published by the Seester community

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. North Statistics Office - Population of the municipalities in Schleswig-Holstein 4th quarter 2019 (XLSX file) (update based on the 2011 census) ( help on this ).
  2. Schleswig-Holstein topography. Vol. 9: Schönberg - Tielenhemme . 1st edition Flying-Kiwi-Verl. Junge, Flensburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-926055-91-0 , p. 74 ( [accessed July 31, 2020]).
  3. Seester - local election 2018 - this is how Seester voted! Retrieved June 7, 2018 .
  4. Schleswig-Holstein's municipal coat of arms
  5. Jakob Koch: "We're shooting now, please rest". Elmshorner Nachrichten , May 10, 2012, accessed on March 7, 2017 .
  6. "ZDF TV film of the week: Stralsund - Tödliches Promise". ZDF , accessed on February 4, 2013 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  7. Hendrik Pflaumbaum: "And Action: ARD produces feature film in the march". Elmshorner Nachrichten, July 25, 2015, accessed on July 30, 2015 .
  8. Susi Große: "This comedy takes place in the march". Uetersener Nachrichten, April 28, 2016, archived from the original on April 30, 2016 ; Retrieved April 29, 2016 .
  9. Romy Fölck: Bluthaus. Publisher: Bastei Lübbe, Cologne, 2018. ISBN 978-3-431-04111-8