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Town hall in Brunsbüttel
Town hall in Brunsbüttel
Coat of arms of Brunsbüttel
Coat of arms
Brunsbüttel   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°53′47″N 09°08′19″E / 53.89639°N 9.13861°E / 53.89639; 9.13861Coordinates: 53°53′47″N 09°08′19″E / 53.89639°N 9.13861°E / 53.89639; 9.13861
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Dithmarschen
 • Mayor Wilfried Hansen
 • Total 65.24 km2 (25.19 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 12,740
 • Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25534–25541
Dialling codes 04851, 04852, 04855
Vehicle registration HEI

Brunsbüttel (About this sound German pronunciation ) is a town in the district of Dithmarschen, in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany that lies on the mouth of the Elbe river, near the North Sea. It is the location of the western entrance to the Kiel Canal, the busiest artificial waterway in the world.


The earliest reference to the town is in a document dated 14 July 1286.

„Brunsbuttel“ 1645 im Atlas Maior von Blaeu
Brunsbüttel um 1895
Matthias-Boie-Haus / Ähren- und Flechtverbund

With the construction of the Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal) in 1911, the town was divided in two.

During the opening days of World War II, on 4 September 1939, the No. 149 Squadron RAF carried out the second bombing of that war, targetting warships near the town.[2]


Brunsbüttel became an industrial area in the 1960s and 1970s. The ChemCoast Park Brunsbüttel is still the most important enterprise zone and with 2,000 ha also the largest industrial area in Schleswig-Holstein.

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Notable residents[edit]