Osterode am Harz
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|Osterode am Harz|
|District||Osterode am Harz|
|• Mayor||Klaus Becker (Ind.)|
|• Total||102.46 km2 (39.56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||220 m (720 ft)|
|• Density||220/km2 (580/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Osterode am Harz often simply called Osterode, is a town in south-eastern Niedersachsen on the south-western edge of the Harz mountains. It is the seat of government of the district of Osterode. The town is twinned with Scarborough, in the United Kingdom. Osterode is located on the German Timber-Frame Road.
The Söse river flows through the town from the Sösetalsperre reservoir lake about 5 km upstream. The dam was built in 1931 and has a capacity of 25.5 million m³. The Harzwasserwerke water company pipes drinking water as far away as Bremen.
The following districts (mainly surrounding villages) are part of the borough of Osterode am Harz, with populations in brackets:
- Dorste (1,650)
- Düna (140)
- Förste (2,000)
- Freiheit (2,100)
- Kazenstein (1,200)
- Lasfelde (1,300)
- Lerbach (1,000)
- Marke (150)
- Nienstedt am Harz (440)
- Osterode am Harz (11,500)
- Petershütte (800)
- Riefensbeek-Kamschlacken (350)
- Schwiegershausen (1,800)
- Ührde (100)
The Gemeinderat or council of Osterode has 34 members:
and one Bürgermeister (mayor). (local election on 10 September 2006)
Klaus Becker has been Bürgermeister (mayor) of Osterode since 1 June 2004 He has no party affiliation.
- Armentières, France (one of the bridges over the Söse is called "Armentieres Bridge").
- Ostróda, Poland, formerly had the same name "Osterode" and formerly in the German territory of Ostpreußen (in the of the town is a stone with the inscription: "Noch 826 Kilometer bis Osterode/ Ostpreußen" – "826 km to Osterode, East Prussia")
- Scarborough, England
Culture and attractions
The Museum im Ritterhaus displays documents from Osterode's history from the Middle Ages to the recent past, as well as occasional temporary exhibitions.
The Lichtenstein Cave is an archaeological site near Dorste, in the western part of the municipality. Two inhabitants of the village Nienstedt am Harz, 2 km north of the cave, have the same rare DNA pattern as that found in the skeletal material of a man whose bones were found in the Lichtenstein Cave dating to about 1000 BC.
The town granary built between 1719 and 1722 is one of the most imposing buildings, built to supply the mining villages in the Upper Harz with grain. Today after a comprehensive renovation it has become the town hall.
Osterode lies on the Herzberg–Seesen railway, with services to Brunswick. In November 2004 the city gained two new stations at a cost of about 1 million Euro, replacing two previous halts and providing a more central access to public transport.
- Tilman-Riemenschneider-Gymnasium (high school), Osterode am Harz
- Berufsbildende Schulen I des Landkreises Osterode am Harz
- Berufsbildende Schulen II
- Realschule Osterode
- Hauptschule Neustädter Tor
- Andreas Cludius (1555–1624), legal scholar, professor
- George William Alberti (1723-1758), essayist
- Paul Homeyer (1853–1908), concert organist
- Fritz Jorns (1837–1910), Reichstag delegate (1893–1907), owner of the Osteroder Kupferhammer
- Otto Wernicke (1893–1965), actor
- Renate Krößner (b 1945), actor
- Regina Seeringer (b 1949), politician (CDU)
- Ulrich Schreiber (b 1956), geologist, professor and writer
- Petra Emmerich-Kopatsch (b 1960), politician (SPD)
- Marco Bode (b 1969), footballer
- Tilman Riemenschneider (1460–1531), sculptor and artist
- Peter Petrusch (b 1944), Opera, Bass-baritone