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Hanseatic City of Stade

Hansestadt Stade
Hansestadt Stood
View of the historic harbour in Stade
View of the historic harbour in Stade
Coat of arms of Hanseatic City of Stade
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Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Stade
9 m (30 ft)
 • Total 47,703
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
21680, 21682–21684
Dialling codes 04141, 04146
Vehicle registration STD

Stade is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the seat of the district which is named the same as the city . The city was founded in 994 when it was called "Stethu". A city on the banks of the Lower Elbe it became an important market town, and a port. It was given a town charter in 1209. From 1645 to 1712, the Stade was controlled by Sweden, who made it an important military town. On May 26, 1659, the "Great Fire" destroyed more than half the city.

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