The 1,000-year-old city of Stade is just an hour's drive from Hamburg, in the Bundesland (state) of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). If you’d like to visit this wonderful city, remember that Lakewood Sister Cities offers the opportunity to ALL of its members to see Stade “up close & personal!”
Many of Stade's buildings date back to the 1600's, and a walking tour of this compact city is a joy. Stade has been a port since 1267, and a ship canal (built for narrow wooden ships) connects the city center with the river Schwinge.
Stade is surrounded by the Altesland (Old Country), one of the principal fruit-growing areas of Europe. This rich farmland is dotted with charming villages and beautiful, ancient farmhouses, in many cases owned by the same families for centuries.
Airships and the Coast
If you’re curious about The Hindenberg, or some of its equally impressive cousins, you can visit the Airship Museum (the “Aeronauticum”) in nearby Nordholz, on the North Sea coast. While you’re there, try some of the great seafood for lunch!