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Stade, the small Hanseatic City on the outskirts of Hamburg, offers an undestroyed, beautifully preserved old town.

Updated February 12, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    The old port in the middle of the old town is Stade's top attraction. Surrounded by historical houses from various eras, its setting is as beautiful and romantic as can be. Several restaurants, cafes, pubs have outdoor seating on the quay, so you can…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    Every town with water must have a "Little Venice", LOL. Before entering the old port, the river Schwinge runs along a canal through the town. From the bridge in the middle, you have a view to both sides which reveal the houses' back fronts, balconies…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    Short "St Cosmae", this brick gothic church is the oldest parish church of the town, and the most impressive. The first church here was already built in the 9th/10th century. The present church's nave dates from around 1250. Soon after it was extende…
    This review was featured on Tuesday February 21st, 2017
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    St Wilhadi is one of two large medieval city churches in Stade (the other one being St Cosmae and Damiani, see separate tip). It used to be the church of the Archbishop of Bremen, and parish church for the southern part of the old town. Since the ref…
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    Pferdemarkt square, the former horse market, is the entrance to the old town when you are coming from the train station. The lower part is occupied by the bus station and a taxi stand. Car traffic can enter this part and continue into a parking garag…
  6. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    The large building by the exit of the old port was erected around 1700 during the Swedish occupation, hence the name. Stade was ruled by the Swedes from the end of the 30 Year War until 1712. It served as storage for supplies of the Swedish garrison.…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    Stade’s active river port is the so-called “new” port on the eastern side of the old town. It is entered from the Elbe through the mouth of Schwinge river, and open so the water level changes with the tides. It is navigable for rather small ves…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    Stade's town hall is a renaissance building, erected after the destruction of its precedessor in the big townwide fire of 1659. Wrought-iron anchors on the facade display the date 1667. The town hall is built from bricks, with whiteish sandstone orna…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Stade, Germany
    At the end of the 30 Year War Stade was occupied by the Swedes and remained in their hands for almost seven decades, from 1645 to 1712. Sweden used Stade as seat of the administration and, most of all, as a garrison town. The town was surrounded by h…
  10. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Stade, Germany
    In case you wonder what that "factory building" might be that you spot from the southeastern corner of the ramparts and east of the train station - this isn't a factory. The large storage building contains the memory of the region. It is the regional…
  11. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Stade, Germany
    A memorial plaque in Bahnhofstraße commemorates Carl Diercke. Foreigners will never have heard of him, but every (West) German schoolkid and ex-schoolkid knows his name. "The Diercke" is the common school atlas which has been used in geography lesso…
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