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Heidekreis – DE938

EU regions: Germany > Lower Saxony > Lüneburg Government Region > Heidekreis

map of Heidekreis DE938
Gross domestic product
GDP per capita in PPS of EU average2021102

More on wikipedia wikidata Q5922 on OpenStreetMap Heidekreis slovensky: DE938


number of inhabitants2023145 394
population density202276.6
old-age dependency ratio202335.9
demographic pyramid DE938 Heidekreis

From Wikipedia: Heidekreis ("Heath district") is a district (Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Harburg, Lüneburg, Uelzen, Celle, Hanover, Nienburg, Verden and Rotenburg.


Historically the region belonged to the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg and its successor states. The district was established in 1977 by merging the former districts of Soltau and Fallingbostel as Soltau-Fallingbostel (German pronunciation: [ˈzɔltaʊ falɪŋˈbɔstəl]). On 1 August 2011 it was renamed to Heidekreis.


The district includes the western half of the Lüneburg Heath (Lüneburger Heide). Since this landscape is so characteristic for the district, it calls itself „the Heath District“. The capital is Bad Fallingbostel, although it has only 11,800 inhabitants and is only the fifth largest town in the district.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms displays:

  • in the upper half the heraldic lion of the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg
  • in the lower half a megalithic grave

Towns and municipalities

Culture and places of interest

Cultural matters are looked after by those charged with communal cultural support within the towns and municipalities, the parishes, the banks, the Lüneburg Regional Association and private cultural initiatives.

Museums and collections

  • Dat ole Hus (heath and open-air museum in Wilsede)
  • German Tank Museum in Munster (German military history of the 20th century)
  • Düshorn Village Museum (life and work around 100 years ago)
  • Hof der Heidmark in Bad Fallingbostel (memorial to the Heidmark)
  • Klingendes Museum (mechanical musical instruments) in Schwarmstedt
  • Museum of the Archaeological Working Group in Bad Fallingbostel
  • Soltau Museum (local history and archaeological exhibition) in Soltau
  • Soltau Toy Museum (toys from four centuries)
  • Peetshof (Zeugen Wietzendorfs um 1900) in Wietzendorf
  • Prussian History (Pavillon im Landschaftspark Iserhatsche) in Bispingen
  • Pult- und Federkielmuseum (Schulmuseum in Insel) in Schneverdingen
  • Rischmannshof Heath Museum (heath and open-air museum) in Walsrode
  • Schäferhof Neuenkirchen (Moorland sheep rearing to preserve the heath and moorlands between Neuenkirchen and Soltau) in Neuenkirchen
  • Heimathaus auf dem Schroershof (historic farmstead with many buildings) in Neuenkirchen
  • Art Society and Springhornhof Foundation in Neuenkirchen
  • Bothmer School Museum (schools in the times of the Emperor) in Schwarmstedt
  • Ehrhorn Woodland Museum (woods – heathland – people) in Schneverdingen


  • Munster: Deutsches Haus
  • Soltau: Gloria-Kino-Center
  • Walsrode: Capitol-Theater

Lüneburg Regional Association

The county is a member of the Lüneburg Regional Association (Lüneburgischer Landschaftsverband), which looks after regional, cultural-political tasks.

Other: Lüneburg Government Region, Stade, Rotenburg (Wümme), Heidekreis, Uelzen District, Celle, Cuxhaven, Harburg, Lüchow-Dannenberg District, Lüneburg, Verden, Osterholz

Neighbours: Lüneburg, Hanover region, Verden, Nienburg an der Weser, Celle, Uelzen District, Harburg, Rotenburg (Wümme)

Suggested citation: Michal Páleník: Europe and its regions in numbers - Heidekreis – DE938, IZ Bratislava, retrieved from: https://www.iz.sk/​PDE938, ISBN: 978-80-970204-9-1, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.10200164