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Bergedorf (German language: pronounced | bærɡɛdɔrf) is the largest of the seven boroughs of Hamburg, Germany and a quarter within this borough. In 2006 the population of the borough was 118,942.


The town received civic rights in 1275, and was jointly owned by Hamburg and Lübeck from 1420 to 1868-01-01, when it was purchased by the State Hamburg. With the Greater Hamburg Act of 1937, Bergedorf became part of the city of Hamburg effective April 1, 1938.


The borough Bergedorf consists of the quarters Allermöhe, Altengamme, Bergedorf, Billwerder, Curslack, Kirchwerder, Lohbrügge, Moorfleet, Neuengamme, Ochsenwerder, Reitbrook, Spadenland and Tatenberg.

In 2006 according to the statistical office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the borough Bergedorf has a total area of convert|154.8|km²|0 and the quarter Bergedorf has a area of convert|11.3|km²|0|abbr=on.

The today's quarter is the old city Bergedorf and located on the river Bille, a right tributary of the Elbe.


Borough Bergedorf

In 2006 in the borough Bergedorf were living 118,942 people. The population density was convert|769|PD/km²|0. 19.3% were children under the age of 18, and 18,.2% were 65 years of age or older. 9,6% were immigrants. 6,027 people were registered as unemployed.Residents registration office, source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)] In 1999 there were 51,752 households and 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals.Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (1999)]

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), in the borough Bergedorf were 48,003 private cars registered (406 cars/1000 people).Source: statistical office Nord of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2006)]

There were 22 elementary schools and 16 secondary schools in the borough Bergedorf and 184 physicians in private practice and 23 pharmacies.

These numbers include the quarter Bergedorf below.

Quarter Bergedorf

In 2006 in the quarter Bergedorf were living 40,678 people. The population density was convert|3587|PD/km²|0|abbr=on. 19% were children under the age of 18, and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. 9.9% were immigrants. 2,479 people were registered as unemployed. In 1999 there were 19,603 households and 38% of all households were made up of individuals.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), in the quarter Bergedorf were 15.104 private cars registered (372 cars/1000 people).

There were 8 elementary schools and 5 secondary schools in the quarter Bergedorf and 112 physicians in private practice and 12 pharmacies.

Unlike the mere quarters of Hamburg, Bergedorf still has its own town hall in being.

Diet of the borough

Simultaneously with elections to the state parliament ("Bürgerschaft"), the "Bezirksversammlung" is elected as representatives of the citizens. It consists of 47 representatives.

:"See also: Boroughs of Hamburg"


Elections were held in Hamburg on 24 February 2008. The four parties having more than 5 percent in recent polls (minimum to qualify) are the conservative CDU, the social-democratic SPD, the ecologist Green Party (GAL), the left-wing Die Linke. The liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) has 2 directly elected representatives. The voter participation were 58.5%. [Final election result, source: statistical office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (2008)]

Postage stamps

Bergedorf is of note to philatelists because it issued its own postage stamps in 1861. At that time it had 2,989 residents, making it by far the smallest of the German towns to do so. The issue included 5 square stamps with denominations from ½ to 4 schillings. All used the same design - a combined coat of arms of Hamburg and Lübeck - but the higher values were larger stamps. All values were printed in black on different colored papers, except for the 3s, which was printed in blue on pink paper.

Since Bergedorf was such a small town, relatively few of these stamps were made, and even fewer used; the price of unused stamps is from US$30–50, while genuinely used stamps go for US$300–2,000. Reprints, forgeries, and especially faked cancellations are quite common.

Bergedorf began using stamps of the North German Confederation in 1868.

Notable structures in Bergedorf

*Fernmeldeturm Hamburg-Bergedorf
*Transmitter Hamburg-Billstedt
*Schloss Bergedorf
*Hamburger Sternwarte
*Hamburg-Bergedorf Observatory

Notable persons

*Johann Adolph Hasse, (1699–1783) composer
*Ida Boy-Ed (1852–1928), writer



* [ Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein, official website] (in German)

ee also

* Wolfe+585, Senior, a.k.a. Hubert Blaine Wolfe, "Had hold the Guinness Book of World Records Longest Name in 1978"

External links

* [ Bergedorf homepage (in German)]
* [ Bergedorf Round Table of the Koerber Foundation]
* [ Bergedorf Citypage (in German)]

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