The old centre of Buxtehude

Half-timbering and gothic brickwork

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City center of Buxtehude
© Tourismusverband Landkreis Stade / Elsen

City center of Buxtehude

Buxtehude’s old town centre is surrounded by water. An old moat still separates the historic part of the town from the more modern areas. Cross cobbled streets and pass by beautifully restored merchants’ houses and ornate half-timbered gables as you walk down to the old port in the centre of town, the natural centre of attraction on any town tour. The intricate system of canals in the town is characteristic of the old Buxtehude, and until 1962 they were used by freight lighters. The lighter “Margareta“, a beautifully restored example of the typical flat-bottomed freight boats that were used on the Niederelbe River, can be viewed in the harbour. The Mühle am Fleth mill, the church of St. Petri, the town hall, the Stavenort and the Marschtorzwinger bear testimony to the past life of this town. The Zwinger tower is the last of five round towers that formerly stood around the town wall. A small remnant of the town wall, dating back to the 18th century, can still be viewed. The town lies on the Brick Gothic Route.


Tourismusverband Landkreis Stade / Elbe e.V.

Kirchenstieg 30, 21720 Grünendeich

Phone: +49 (0) 4142 / 813838
Fax: +49 (0) 4142 / 813840


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