Stade Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Kathrin_E
  • Things to Do
    by Kathrin_E
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    Brick pattern
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Stade Things to Do

  • Historical Museum Schwedenspeicher

    In the 1970s the former storage of the Swedish garrison was renovated and turned into a historical museum. Exhibitions on three floors present the history of the town and area from the Stone Age to modern times.The ground floor has a fascinating exhibit of archaeological finds that were discovered during excavations in the old port: personal...

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  • The Swedish Fortress

    At the end of the 30 Year War Stade was occupied by the Swedes and remained in their hands for almost seven decades, from 1645 to 1712. Sweden used Stade as seat of the administration and, most of all, as a garrison town. The town was surrounded by huge fortifications, the necessarily ground for which was taken from private property without...

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  • Church of St Wilhadi

    St Wilhadi is one of two large medieval city churches in Stade (the other one being St Cosmae and Damiani, see separate tip). It used to be the church of the Archbishop of Bremen, and parish church for the southern part of the old town. Since the reformation it has been a protestant church.The gothic church is entirely built from bricks. The nave...

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  • Knechthausen

    The beautiful half-timbered house named Knechthausen used to be the guild house of the brewers’ journeymen. The young craftsmen organized themselves – they had to travel and work in various workshops for some years after completing their apprenticeship to gain experience. They were young guys, new in town without family background. The guild...

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  • Bäckerstraße

    Bäckerstraße, the “bakers’ street”, is one of the finest streets in Stade’s old town with a number of interesting half-timbered houses. It leads slightly downhill and has a few light bends, which creates interesting photo perspectives.The most imposing house is the large townhouse at the beginning of the street, No. 1-3, three storeys high (photo...

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  • The Fish and Fisherman Fountain in...

    Pferdemarkt square, the former horse market, is the entrance to the old town when you are coming from the train station. The lower part is occupied by the bus station and a taxi stand. Car traffic can enter this part and continue into a parking garage but not proceed any further. The rest of the square is for pedestrians only, as are the three...

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  • Zeughaus – Arsenal

    The large white building in Pferdemarkt square was built in the era of the Swedish occupation shortly before 1700. It served as arsenal for the troops in the fortress. The inscription on the portal contains the date 1698. The relief in the gable shows the monogram of the Swedish King Carl XII and the royal crown.The building now contains a number...

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  • Büttelbrücke: Stade's "Little Venice"

    Every town with water must have a "Little Venice", LOL. Before entering the old port, the river Schwinge runs along a canal through the town. From the bridge in the middle, you have a view to both sides which reveal the houses' back fronts, balconies and gardens known as Klein-Venedig in Stade. I have seen many "Little Venices" in various places...

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  • Baumhaus - "Tree House"

    The small half-timbered house by the entrance of the port used to be the seat of the port master who controlled the trade and the incoming and outgoing ships. The "tree" was a large wooden beam which closed the port entrance and had to be pulled up for ships entering or leaving. Unwanted vessels could be kept out this way.The monument next to it...

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  • Lämmertwiete: Stade's Smallest Street

    Lämmertwiete is the smallest street in the old town with a name of its own - it is rather a narrow passage between two houses. It is completely harmless but rather dark and feels a bit creepy... Its width is less than two outstretched arms. The lane is a shortcut from Bächerstraße to Büttelbrücke and "Little Venice".

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  • Hökerstraße

    Hökerstraße is the main street of the old town. It leads past the town hall and the entrance to the churchyard of St Cosmae slightly downhill to Fischmarkt and the old port. "Höker" in North-German dialect is just a neutral word for "merchant". To the rest of the country, though, it has the taste of a slang expression for a cheap or even dubious...

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  • The Sundial

    Another little discovery behind the church of St Cosmae et Damiani - believe me, it is worth walking round the whole church. A house in the corner of Cosmae-Kirchhof to the street behind has this cute sundial high up on the facade. The sun is half-hidden but twinkling at you - exactly the weather I experienced that day.

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  • Former Synagoge

    Easily overlooked: A small half-timbered house in the corner behind the church of St Cosmae et Damiani. It has been well restored and served as a residential house now. A plaque on the wall tells that this was the former synagogue of the Jewish community in Stade.

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  • Church of St Cosmae: The Huß/Schnitger...

    The church's greatest pride is their organ. The magnificent instrument fills the whole Western wall of the nave. It was designed and begun by the master organ builder Berendt Huß from Glückstadt in 1668. His assistant and cousin Arp Schnitger, who later became a master organ builder much more famous than his teacher and mentor, took an important...

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  • Church of St Cosmae: The Votive Ship

    Model ships can be found in many churches along the coast. They are reminders to remember and pray for the seafaring members of the community, and at the same time a symbol of the Christian community in general. They are usually private donations, often from sailors as sign of gratitude for rescue and protection. This one here, though, is rather...

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  • Church of St Cosmae: Interior

    The whole medieval interior was destroyed in the fire of 1659, all the present interior except one chandelier dates from the baroque era. The parish community hired the best artisans from Hamburg and other surrounding towns to create a worthy environment for their worship. Note the details of the pulpit, a masterrpiece of woodcarving, its many...

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  • Church of St Cosmae et Damiani

    Short "St Cosmae", this brick gothic church is the oldest parish church of the town, and the most impressive. The first church here was already built in the 9th/10th century. The present church's nave dates from around 1250. Soon after it was extended by the transept and chour. Its most striking feature is the majestic tower above the intersection...

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  • Model of Old Stade in the Town Hall

    The entrance hall of the town hall hosts a large model of old Stade in a showcase underneath the stairs, opposite the main entrance. It shows Stade the way it was before the big fire of 1659 that devastated two thirds of the town. The church of St Wilhadi still has its pointed spire. In the location of the arsenal in Pferdemarkt you can spot the...

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  • Town Hall

    Stade's town hall is a renaissance building, erected after the destruction of its precedessor in the big townwide fire of 1659. Wrought-iron anchors on the facade display the date 1667. The town hall is built from bricks, with whiteish sandstone ornaments and window frames, and resembles Dutch renaissance architecture. The sculpted portal shows the...

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  • Monastery of St Johannis

    The former Franciscan monastery of St Johannis was closed down after the Reformation and became a hospital for poor people. Since the big fire of 1659 the church is gone, only the convent building was repaired as a plain half-timbered structure. Nowadays they host the offices of several social and cultural institutions. The modern town archive has...

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  • Spiegelberg

    Spiegelberg is an artificial hill by the port and river. It was created in the early middle ages, probably around 900, to build a small castle on top. The castle is long gone. Nowadays it is a residential quarter with a handful of historical half-timbered houses. The general appearance is a bit run down. From the footpath in the back you have a...

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  • Fischmarkt and Waage

    Fischmarkt is the old market square by the port, where not only fish was traded but most goods which were unloaded from the ships here. The half-timbered building in the middle of the square is the scale where all arriving goods were weighed, controlled and taxed before merchants got the okay to put them on sale.Nowadays there are several...

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  • The Fish Merchant Woman

    The sculpture by the port depicts a woman selling fish. She proudly presents the largest catch of the day to all passers-by and potential customers. Note the cat who is clearly interested in stealing from the contents of her basket...The stature (1986) had a real model, a woman nicknamed "Mutter Flint mit dem Stint" who used to sell fish by the...

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  • Schwedenspeicher

    The large building by the exit of the old port was erected around 1700 during the Swedish occupation, hence the name. Stade was ruled by the Swedes from the end of the 30 Year War until 1712. It served as storage for supplies of the Swedish garrison. The building is rather plain, its only ornament is the baroque portal towards the quay. The relief...

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  • The Old Crane

    A crane has been known to be in the port since the 14th century. Two years after the big fire of 1659 a new one was built. Being considered uselsee, it was demolished in the late 19th century. So the original crane is gone for good. The present one is a reconstruction which was built in the 1970s. It is just the empty shell without the machinery,...

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  • Ewer "Willi"

    "Willi" is a historical sailboat built in 1926. This type of sailboat is named Ewer. They were used in the 19th and early 20th century for freight transport on rivers and close to the coasts. A typical Ewer is about 16 metres long and has one or two masts. Originally they were only run by windpower in the sails but in the 20th century most of...

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  • Bürgermeister-Hintze-Haus

    The most splendid facade around the port is the one of Bürgermeister-Hintze-Haus, the house of a mayor of the town and wealthy merchant. Originally it was a late gothic house but it received the new ornated facade in the renaissance style of the Weser region in 1621. The facade, however, is the only preserved part of the house. In the 1930 the...

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Stade Hotels

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  • Hotel Am Fischmarkt

    Fischmarkt 2, Stade, Lower Saxony, 21682, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel-Restaurant Vier Linden

    Schoelischer Strasse 63, Stade, Lower Saxony, 21682, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Ramada Hotel Herzog Widukind Stade

    Grosse Schmiedestr. 14, Stade, NI, D-21682, DE

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Stade Local Customs

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    Town Gardens, a Project of the igs

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 22, 2013

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    Stade's old town and the ramparts are full of little "town gardens" planted into those huge garbage bags which are used on construction sites. This is a project of the igs (Internationale Gartenschau, International Horticulture Show) which is currently on in Hamburg in summer 2013. There are 80 of these gardens-in-the-bag in total. Each of them has a "godfather" or "godmother" who planted it to their liking and keeps taking care of it.

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Stade Off The Beaten Path

  • New Port

    Stade’s active river port is the so-called “new” port on the eastern side of the old town. It is entered from the Elbe through the mouth of Schwinge river, and open so the water level changes with the tides. It is navigable for rather small vessels only. Small freighters are able to enter, a historical one docked along the quay and two cranes tell...

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  • The Seminary, and the Traces of Carl...

    Foreigners will never have heard of him, but every (West) German schoolkid and ex-schoolkid knows his name. "The Diercke" is the common school atlas which is used in geography lessons through all grades almost everywhere. The author of the first Diercke Atlas was Carl Diercke (1842 - 1913), director of the teachers' seminary in Stade from 1874 to...

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  • Big Moose and Little Elephant

    Walking the promenade on the fortress walls near Schiffertor, two animal statues catch the eye: a huge moose which is impossible to overlook, and a much smaller elephant among the lawns and flower beds a few steps further ahead. The moose , together with the inscribed boulder next to it, is a memorial for the refuge at the end of World War II....

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Stade Favorites

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    Bricks, Bricks, Bricks

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 16, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Most cities have a particular colour, and Stade's is certainly brick red in all shades. Bricks are the favourite material in a landscape which has no stone quarries which would provide material for building, but at the same time lots of natural clay. Most houses are built from bricks, either pure or in combination with timberframe constructions. Even the pavement in the streets is partly made from bricks.

    Fondest memory: Most timberframe buildings have the "fields" in the walls filled with bricks, often in ornamental setting. Look for details like in photo 4.

    Brick wall Brick pavement Timberframe and bricks Brick pattern
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