Luftbild Buxtehude Altstadt ©Martin Elsen, Hansestadt Buxtehude


Clever, if you’re already there or as the town’s charming German dialect has it, ‘Ick bün al dor!’ That’s what the hedgehog called to the hare in the fairy tale told by Wilhelm Schröder about a race between the two. The Hanseatic town and place of fairy tales that is Buxtehude is located in the ‘Alte Land (Old Country) on the banks of the River Elbe’ – a region where many come to spend their holidays. Maritime flair may be encountered throughout the historic old town that is also home to many timber-framed houses. Buxtehude was the first town in Germany to be planned and built around a central harbour basin. It was thus the first modern port to be founded on German soil. The Fleth is the former harbour inside the town – and is its most important historical monument after the Church of St. Petri, which is a brick basilica built in the Gothic style. Hikers and cyclists may explore the diverse natural landscapes around Buxtehude: The upper and lower reaches of the River Este, the Neukloster Forest, the beginning of the Alte Land and different moor, marsh and moraine terrains. Why not start your own personal exploration of the area?


Buxtehuder Fleth ©Madeline Jost, Hansestadt Buxtehude


The Fleth was based on the Dutch model and already laid out as a harbour basin within the town when it was established at the end of the 13th century. The canal-like Flethanlage is, next to the St.-Petri-Kirche, Buxtehude’s most important architectural monument. Lighters delivering goods or grain for unloading and milling were frequent visitors here until 1962.

St.-Petri-Kirche ©Daniela Ponath Fotografie, Hansestadt Buxtehude

St.-Petri Kirche

The outstanding brick-built Gothic church was first mentioned in 1296. The exterior was based on the original period during its restoration at the end of the 19th century. This three-nave basilica, however, has preserved its original interior layout. Due to the clerestory – the row of windows in the upper part of the nave – the church appears remarkably bright. The highlights inside include the Halepaghen Altar by Wilm Dedeke (circa 1500-1520), the choir stalls (circa 1400), a carved crucifix (circa 1470) and the baroque altar from 1710.

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Marschtorzwinger ©Madeline Jost, Hansestadt Buxtehude


Until 1851, a gate with Gothic elements existed alongside the Marschtorzwinger, which is still standing. Its pointed arch led into the town. It was formerly an important part of the town’s fortifications, which consisted of the town wall, the moat (the Viver), three town gates and five such round towers with two rows of embrasures. The two-storey brick building is used today for exhibitions and cultural events.

Buxtehude Museum ©Madeline Jost, Hansestadt Buxtehude

Buxtehude Museum für Regionalgeschichte und Kunst

The Buxtehude Museum of Regional History and Art is a multi-articulated complex that illustrates several stages of the building's history. In 1913, a building reflecting regional architecture was erected on St. Petri Square in place of an old farmhouse: Infill with brick ornaments, as also found in the Altes Land (Old Country), a typical Klöndoor, the Utlucht, a bridal door. After several extensions, the extensive collection on the history of the town, craftsmanship, domestic culture and the spectacular finds from the Immenbeck burial ground are presented in a contemporary way.

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Gästeführung ©Daniela Ponath Fotografie, Hansestadt Buxtehude

City tour "Butter bei die Fische"

"Hat he denn ok Butter bi de Fische?" was a well-known question in the days of the Hanseatic League. The tour provides insights into the Hanseatic history of the city as well as the everyday life of the people at that time. So you can find out which fabrics and garments were in vogue at that time. During the two-hour tour, culinary samples will be presented at selected locations. At the end, the participants can look forward to a Hanseatic meal (pan-fried fish with fried potatoes in Dijon sauce) in a restaurant.

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