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For the German Baroque composer, see Dieterich Buxtehude.
Coat of arms of Buxtehude
Buxtehude is located in Germany
Coordinates 53°28′37″N 9°42′4″E / 53.47694°N 9.70111°E / 53.47694; 9.70111
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Stade
Town subdivisions 15 districts
Mayor Jürgen Badur (Ind.)
Basic statistics
Area 76.49 km2 (29.53 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m  (16 ft)
Population 39,642  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 518 /km2 (1,342 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate STD
Postal code 21614
Area codes 04161, auch 04163, 04168
Location of the town of Buxtehude within Stade district

Buxtehude is a town in Northern Germany. It has 39,000 inhabitants. It is by the Este river which joins the city to the important river Elbe just 6 miles away.

Buxtehude is known as "The Fairytale Capital" of the world. The tale of "The Bunny and the Hedgehog" by the Brothers Grimm is set in this town.

The Pistennacht is an event where bars, restaurants and clubs in the old part of town are open all night long. The Pfingstmarkt is a big fair which is held at Whitsun (Pfingsten). There is a lot to do including rides on a Ferris Wheel. On the first weekend of June there is a big feast in the old part of the town, which also has a wine festival every year.