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Coat of arms of Kaltenkirchen
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Kaltenkirchen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°50′23″N 9°57′37″E / 53.83972°N 9.96028°E / 53.83972; 9.96028Coordinates: 53°50′23″N 9°57′37″E / 53.83972°N 9.96028°E / 53.83972; 9.96028
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Segeberg
 • Mayor Hanno Krause (CDU)
 • Total 23.1 km2 (8.9 sq mi)
Elevation 31 m (102 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 20,331
 • Density 880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 24568
Dialling codes 04191
Vehicle registration SE
Website www.kaltenkirchen.de

Kaltenkirchen (nicknamed Kaki) is a town located on the outskirts of Hamburg in Germany. It is part of the Segeberg district, in Schleswig-Holstein. It has about 20,000 inhabitants.


First mentioned in the 14th century, it flourished during the Industrial revolution to accommodate the large number of workers in Hamburg.

During World War II, a temporary airfield protected the northern towns from bombing raids, but during the raids on Hamburg the airfield was destroyed and never rebuilt. Only open fields now remain where it was. A concentration camp [2] was established here from August 1944 to April 1945 as a subcamp to the Neuengamme concentration camp. About 700 prisoners died.

There was talk of moving the Hamburg Airport to Kaltenkirchen in the 1970s, but this did not materialise.[3]


Hanno Krause (born 1964) (CDU) was elected mayor in November 2011. He started in office on January 1, 2012. The predecessor was Stefan Sünwoldt (born 1961)(SPD).


Kaltenkirchen station is well known in northern Germany as being the central node of the AKN railway company (Altona - Kaltenkirchen - Neumünster) trains which link many of the smaller south Schleswig-Holstein towns with the Hamburg underground network. This makes Kaltenkirchen an attractive home for current or potential commuters.

Like many towns in Germany, Kaltenkirchen is constantly being rebuilt by creating new living areas in and around the town. The new railway station has been built to accommodate Kaltenkirchen's ever growing community of workers and tourists to and from other parts of the North.

Kaltenkirchen is largely a bedroom community for commuters to Hamburg. The southern parts of Hamburg include the industrial area where for example boiled sweets are produced. Kaltenkirchen has a few schools and is planning a shopping centre around the new railway station.

International relations[edit]

Kaltenkirchen is twinned with:


  • Bernd Kortmann (born 1960), linguist and director of the FRIAS
  • Aaron Ziercke (born 1972), handball player and handball coach
  • Jan Hartmann (born 1980), actor


  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2015] (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German). 
  2. ^ KZ-Gedenkstätte Kaltenkirchen in Springhirsch
  3. ^ Read Facts About: Hamburg Airport.

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