Hemmingstedt

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Hemmingstedt
Coat of arms of Hemmingstedt
Coat of arms
Hemmingstedt   is located in Germany
Hemmingstedt
Hemmingstedt
Coordinates: 54°9′N 9°4′E / 54.150°N 9.067°E / 54.150; 9.067Coordinates: 54°9′N 9°4′E / 54.150°N 9.067°E / 54.150; 9.067
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Dithmarschen
Municipal assoc. KLG Heider Umland
Subdivisions 6
Government
 • Mayor Anke Marohn
Area
 • Total 16.02 km2 (6.19 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,892
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25770
Dialling codes 0481
Vehicle registration HEI
Website www.amt-heide-
land.de

Hemmingstedt is a German municipality in the district of Dithmarschen in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

History[edit]

Hemmingstedt is the namesake of the Battle of Hemmingstedt, which took place south of the place in today's municipal area of Epenwöhrden. In 1500 the militia of the then Farmers' Republic of Dithmarschen, led by brave Wulf Isebrand, defeated a grand army of Hans, king of the Kalmar Union, composed of Jutes, Holsteiners, and Dutch mercenaries.

During the Oil Campaign of World War II, the Deutsche Erdöl-Aktiengesellschaft oil refinery at Hemmingstedt, near Heide, was bombed several times, including attacks using Azon and Operation Aphrodite guided missiles.[1]

The Hemmingstedt refinery boasts the highest structure on the West Coast of Germany. Its chimney is 175 metres high.

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