Steinburg

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Steinburg
District
Coat of arms of Steinburg
Coat of arms
Schleswig-Holstein IZ.svg
Country  Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
Capital Itzehoe
Area
 • Total 1,056 km2 (408 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 130,017
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration IZ
Website kreis-steinburg.de

Steinburg is a district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the districts of Dithmarschen, Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Segeberg and Pinneberg, and by the Elbe River (and the district of Stade beyond).

History[edit]

The district's name is derived from a medieval castle called Steinburg, where the reeves ruled by order of their lords, the dukes of Holstein. This castle was first mentioned in 1307, and it was abandoned and demolished in 1630. However, Steinburg remained the name of the region, and its new centre became Glückstadt before gradually moving to the town of Itzehoe.

When Schleswig-Holstein became a province of Prussia in 1867, the district of Steinburg was established. The borders remained unchanged until 1970 when the newly founded town Schenefeld (formerly part of Rendsburg district) joined Steinburg.

Geography[edit]

The district is situated on the northern bank of the Elbe river, close to its mouth. The countryside is very plain. The Stör river, a right-hand tributary of the Elbe, flows through the district. Today the towns in Steinburg gradually become a part of the growing Hamburg metropolitan area. The lowest land point of the Federal Republic of Germany at 3,54 meters below sea level is located near the city of Wilster. Steinburg's highest point is the Itzespitze (83.4 m).

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms
The coat of arms displays a castle (symbolising Steinburg Castle) above a wavy line (representing the Elbe river). Below the castle's towers there are three shields depicting Christ, a nettle leaf (from the arms of Holstein) and a swan.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Independent towns
  1. Glückstadt
  2. Itzehoe
  3. Wilster
Ämter
  1. Auufer
  2. Breitenberg
  3. Breitenburg1
  4. Kollmoor
  5. Kronsmoor
  6. Lägerdorf
  7. Moordiek
  8. Münsterdorf
  9. Oelixdorf
  10. Westermoor
  11. Wittenbergen
  1. Altenmoor
  2. Blomesche Wildnis
  3. Borsfleth
  4. Engelbrechtsche Wildnis
  5. Herzhorn
  6. Hohenfelde
  7. Horst1
  8. Kiebitzreihe
  9. Kollmar
  10. Krempdorf
  11. Neuendorf bei Elmshorn
  12. Sommerland
  1. Bekdorf
  2. Bekmünde
  3. Drage
  4. Heiligenstedten
  5. Heiligenstedtenerkamp
  6. Hodorf
  7. Hohenaspe
  8. Huje
  9. Kaaks
  10. Kleve
  11. Krummendiek
  12. Lohbarbek
  13. Mehlbek
  14. Moorhusen
  15. Oldendorf
  16. Ottenbüttel
  17. Peissen
  18. Schlotfeld
  19. Silzen
  20. Winseldorf
  1. Brokstedt
  2. Fitzbek
  3. Hennstedt
  4. Hingstheide
  5. Hohenlockstedt
  6. Kellinghusen1
  7. Lockstedt
  8. Mühlenbarbek
  9. Oeschebüttel
  10. Poyenberg
  11. Quarnstedt
  12. Rade
  13. Rosdorf
  14. Sarlhusen
  15. Störkathen
  16. Wiedenborstel
  17. Willenscharen
  18. Wrist
  19. Wulfsmoor
  1. Bahrenfleth
  2. Dägeling
  3. Elskop
  4. Grevenkop
  5. Krempe1, 2
  6. Kremperheide
  7. Krempermoor
  8. Neuenbrook
  9. Rethwisch
  10. Süderau
  1. Aasbüttel
  2. Agethorst
  3. Besdorf
  4. Bokelrehm
  5. Bokhorst
  6. Christinenthal
  7. Gribbohm
  8. Hadenfeld
  9. Holstenniendorf
  10. Kaisborstel
  11. Looft
  12. Nienbüttel
  13. Nutteln
  14. Oldenborstel
  15. Pöschendorf
  16. Puls
  17. Reher
  18. Schenefeld1
  19. Vaale
  20. Vaalermoor
  21. Wacken
  22. Warringholz
  1. Aebtissinwisch
  2. Beidenfleth
  3. Brokdorf
  4. Büttel
  5. Dammfleth
  6. Ecklak
  7. Kudensee
  8. Landrecht
  9. Landscheide
  10. Neuendorf-Sachsenbande
  11. Nortorf
  12. Sankt Margarethen
  13. Stördorf
  14. Wewelsfleth
1seat of the Amt;2town

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kreis Steinburg at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°55′N 9°30′E / 53.92°N 9.5°E / 53.92; 9.5