"Stade: Small Town Gem With Hanseatic History" Stade by Kathrin_E

Stade Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 189 photos

Stade is a recent discovery of mine - a charming small town which is hardly on anyone's itinerary, it seems. Stade is located on the Southern Elbe bank, about an hour from Hamburg and halfway to Cuxhaven and the North Sea coast.

The town still lives on its past glory when it used to be a respected member of the Hansa and a wealthy merchants town. Its history has seen ups and downs, including a century of Swedish occupation. All eras have left their traces in the old town centre which has been preserved almost unharmed during the wars and the modernizations of the 20th century. The result is an authentic historical centre dominated by brick and timberframe architecture.

The port, as shown in the top photo, reaches into the old town. The model on the left shows the situation in the 16th century, with the port basin and the river Schwinge, a side river of the Elbe, in the background. The old port is Stade's most treasured and romantic feature.

  • Last visit to Stade: Mar 2015
  • Intro Updated May 4, 2015
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  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2015 at 2:18 AM

    A very charming small town. The details of the brick/timber-frame architecture are amazing. Love the old port district. Too bad (or not?) the town is overlooked by too many tourists.


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