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State:Lower Saxony
Adm. Region:Lüneburg
Area:1245 km²
Inhabitants:237,200 (2002)
pop. density:191 inh./km²
Car identification:WL

Harburg is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the east and clockwise) the districts of Lüneburg, Soltau-Fallingbostel, Rotenburg and Stade, by the city of Hamburg and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (district of Lauenburg).

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Coat of arms
4 Towns and municipalities
5 External links


In 1885 the Prussian government established three districts in this region: the district of Harburg, the district of Winsen and the district-free city of Harburg. In 1932 the districts of Winsen and Harburg were merged; the city of Harburg-Wilhelmsburg (which had been renamed in 1927) became the capital of the district, although it remained district-free and hence was not a part of the district.

In 1937 the city of Harburg-Wilhelmsburg was incorporated into the city of Hamburg. Harburg and Wilhelmsburg became two boroughs of Hamburg. The district of Harburg retained its autonomy. Winsen became the new capital of the district in 1944.


The district is located south of Hamburg and includes several suburbs of the Hamburg metropolitan area. In the south of the district there is the northwestern part of the Lueneburg Heath (Lüneburger Heide).

Coat of arms

The lion was the heraldic animal of the Welfen family and the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. The key is from the arms of Bremen, since in early medieval times the region was property of the archbishops of Bremen.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Buchholz
  2. Winsen
  1. Elbmarsch
  2. Hanstedt
  3. Hollenstedt
  4. Jesteburg
  5. Salzhausen
  6. Tostedt
Free municipalities
  1. Neu Wulmstorf
  2. Rosengarten
  3. Seevetal
  4. Stelle

External links

Official website (German)