|• Mayor||Walter Schulz (CDU)|
|• Total||2.71 km2 (1.05 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Wilster was granted town rights under Lübeck law in 1282, and thereby counts itself among Schleswig-Holstein's oldest towns. Wilster forms the centre of the Wilstermarsch, a major cattle raising area in Germany.
On 1 July 2005, the town administration and the Amt of Wilstermarsch merged into one authority.
The Old Town Hall built in 1585 is among Schleswig-Holstein's finest preserved Renaissance buildings.
- 1571, 18 October, Wolfgang Ratke, died 27 April 1635 in Erfurt, didact and pedagogue.
- 1914, 11 February, Hans Hermann Junge, died 13 August 1944 in Normandy, SS-officer and Adolf Hitler's personal valet.
- 1943, 29 April, Klaus Grawe, died 10 July 2005 in Zurich, psychotherapy researcher and psychological psychotherapist.
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