Eschede

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This article is about the German municipality. For the similarly named Dutch municipality, see Enschede.
Eschede
Coat of arms of Eschede
Coat of arms
Eschede   is located in Germany
Eschede
Eschede
Coordinates: 52°44′N 10°15′E / 52.733°N 10.250°E / 52.733; 10.250Coordinates: 52°44′N 10°15′E / 52.733°N 10.250°E / 52.733; 10.250
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Celle
Municipal assoc. Eschede
Government
 • Mayor Gerd Bakeberg (CDU)
Area
 • Total 195.87 km2 (75.63 sq mi)
Elevation 87 m (285 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,090
 • Density 31/km2 (81/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 29348
Dialling codes 05142
Vehicle registration CE
Website www.eschede.net

Eschede is a municipality in the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. Situated approximately 15 km northeast of Celle, Eschede lies at the border of the renowned Südheide Nature Park, a protected area of large forests and heaths. Today around 20 small villages are part of the "Samtgemeinde Eschede". In 1975, a large fire destroyed vast tracts of forests in the area. The place is known for the 1998 Eschede train disaster, in which an ICE train crashed, killing 101 and making it the worst German rail accident since the Second World War. The painter Albert Koenig (1881-1944) was born in Eschede, and the "Albert-Koenig-Museum" can be visited in Unterlüß nearby.

Eschede was the seat of the former Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") Eschede.

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