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Bismarck tower in Aumühle
Bismarck tower in Aumühle
Coat of arms of Aumühle
Coat of arms
Aumühle   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°31′54″N 10°18′55″E / 53.53167°N 10.31528°E / 53.53167; 10.31528Coordinates: 53°31′54″N 10°18′55″E / 53.53167°N 10.31528°E / 53.53167; 10.31528
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Herzogtum Lauenburg
Municipal assoc. Hohe Elbgeest
 • Mayor Dieter Giese
 • Total 3.47 km2 (1.34 sq mi)
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,156
 • Density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 21521
Dialling codes 04104
Vehicle registration RZ
Website Official website

Aumühle is a German municipality in Schleswig-Holstein, about 21 km (14 mi.) east of Hamburg. It includes at Friedrichsruh, site of the historic Bismarck family estate and mausoleum.


Aumühle lies on the river Bille in the Sachsenwald, the largest forest in Schleswig-Holstein.


In 1350 Aumühle was first recorded as Au-Mühle (mill on the Au River).

In 1846, a station on the newly constructed Hamburg-Berlin railroad line was opened at Friedrichsruh.

Bismarck Mausoleum

In 1871 Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany gave the Sachsenwald forest, adjacent to the Au, to Otto von Bismarck in recognition of his services to newly unified Germany. Bismarck had a manor house built there, retaining the historic name Friedrichsruh. In 1884 a train stop "Aumühle" was added to the Hamburg-Berlin trunk line.

Karl Dönitz, last head of state of Nazi Germany, moved to Aumühle after his release from Spandau Prison in 1956. He resided there until his death in 1980.


Aumühle is the eastern terminus station on Hamburg S-Bahn line S21.

Twin towns[edit]

Aumühle is twinned with:


External links[edit]

Media related to Aumühle at Wikimedia Commons