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Coat of arms of Drochtersen
Coat of arms
Drochtersen  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°42′N 09°23′E / 53.700°N 9.383°E / 53.700; 9.383Coordinates: 53°42′N 09°23′E / 53.700°N 9.383°E / 53.700; 9.383
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Stade
 • Mayor Hans-Wilhelm Bösch (CDU)
 • Total 126.74 km2 (48.93 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 11,292
 • Density 89/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 21706
Dialling codes 04143, 04148, 04775
Vehicle registration STD
Website www.drochtersen.de

Drochtersen is a municipality in the district Stade, in Lower Saxony (Germany). It is located 45 km north west of Hamburg.

It belonged to the Prince-Archbishopric of Bremen. In 1648 the Prince-Archbishopric was transformed into the Duchy of Bremen, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. In 1823 the Duchy was abolished and its territory became part of the Stade Region.

Notable places[edit]

The Drochtersen Shot Tower is a 42 meter high shot tower owned by the Haentler & Natermann Jagd-Schrot & Hagel-Fabrik (Hunt pellet and hail fabrication) factory for the production of shot balls at the Elbe. This tower is not in use any more.