Stade is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the seat of the district which is named the same as the city.

Stade 2006, Hansehafen.jpg
Coat of arms of Stade
Coordinates: 53°36′3″N 9°28′35″E / 53.60083°N 9.47639°E / 53.60083; 9.47639Coordinates: 53°36′3″N 9°28′35″E / 53.60083°N 9.47639°E / 53.60083; 9.47639
StateLower Saxony
 • MayorSilvia Nieber (SPD)
 • Total110.03 km2 (42.48 sq mi)
9 m (30 ft)
 • Total56,820
 • Density516.40/km2 (1,337.48/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
21680, 21682–21684
Vehicle registrationSTD

The city was founded in 994 when it was called "Stethu".[1] A city on the banks of the Lower Elbe it became an important market town, and a port. It was given a town charter in 1209.[1] From 1645 to 1712, the Stade was controlled by Sweden, who made it an important military town.[1] On May 26, 1659, the "Great Fire" destroyed more than half the city.[1]

Stade Media


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The 1,000 Year-old Town - STADE - Stade, Stethu, Lower Elbe, harbour, trade, 994, 1209, Swedish, Sweden, fire, town fire, Middle Ages, fortification, old town, Hansa". Retrieved 14 August 2010.