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State: Lower Saxony
Regierungsbezirk: Hanover
District: Hildesheim
Area: 92.96 km²
Population: 103,738(2002)
Population density: 1,113/km²
Elevation: 78 m
Postal code: 31001-31141 (old: 3200)
Area/distance code: 051-21
Location: Template:Coor dm
Municipal code: 03254021
Car designation: HI
Arrangement of the city: 18 districts
Address of the city administration: 1 Markt
Hildesheim 31134
Website: www.hildesheim.de

Hildesheim is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located in the district of Hildesheim, about 25 km southeast of Hannover on the banks of the Innerste river, which is a small affluent of the Leine river. Population: 106,100 (1999).

It is accessed by the Autobahn A7 linking Kassel, Göttingen and Hanover and routes 1, 6, 243 and 494



The town became a bishopric in 815. For four centuries the clergy ruled Hildesheim, before a town hall was built and the citizens gained some influence. In 1367 Hildesheim became a member of the Hanseatic League.

The city was heavily damaged by air raids in 1945. The centre, which had retained its medieval character until then, ceased to exist. It was rebuilt in a completely different style, and concrete houses took the place of the destroyed buildings. In the late 1970s the reconstruction of the historic centre began: The concrete buildings were torn down and replaced by copies of the old buildings.

Also in the 1970s, the University of Hildesheim was founded.

The cathedral of Hildesheim is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 9th century, but damaged in 1945; it was reconstructed soon after the war. A rose tree entwines itself around the apsis, claimed to have been planted simultaneously with the foundation of the church. It was also destroyed in 1945, but the roots survived and began to sprout anew. The roman St. Michael's Church build in 1010 to 1022 is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Knochenhaueramtshaus on market place in Hildesheim, ca. 1895
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Half Timbered house (Umgestülpter Zuckerhut) destroyed in 1945 by the RAF, ca. 1900
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Hildesheim, market place with town hall and Rolandbrunnen, ca. 1895
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St. Michael's Church in Hildesheim - World Heritage
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St. Andreas, 376 feet high spire


¹ one district ² districts with two districts


  • 1911: Moritzberg
  • 1912: Steuerwald
  • 1938: Drispenstedt and Neuhof
  • 1971: Ochtersum
  • 1974: Achtum-Uppen, Bavenstedt, Einum, Himmelsthür, Itzum, Marienburg, Marienrode and Sorsum

Population history

Year Population
1400 ca. 6,000
1450 ca. 8,000
1648 ca. 5,500
1803 11,108
1825 12,630
1849 14,651
1871 20,801
December 1, 1875 ¹ 22,581
December 1, 1890 ¹ 33,481
December 1, 1900 ¹ 42,973
December 1, 1910 ¹ 50,239
October 8, 1919 ¹ 53,499
June 16, 1925 ¹ 58,522
June 16, 1933 ¹ 62,519
May 17, 1939 ¹ 72,101
September 13, 1950 ¹ 65,531
June 6, 1961 ¹ 96,296
December 31, 1970 93,400
June 30, 1975 106,000
June 30, 1980 102,700
June 30, 1985 100,900
January 1, 1989 103,512
June 30, 1997 105,700
December 31, 2002 103,448

¹ census data

Historical mayors of Hildesheim


Places of Interest

  • Thousand-Year-Old Rosebush: 1,000 years old. That's the age the world's oldest living rose is thought to be. Today it continues to flourish on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral.
  • Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - with ancient bronze doors (Bernwards door) (c. 1015)
  • St. Michael's Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - one of the most beautiful early romanic churches in Germany and a unique example of ottonic architecture
  • Knochenhaueramtshaus (butchers guild house): most beautiful and finest specimen of a wooden building of the world
  • Historical market place: the most beautiful market place in the world
  • St. Andreas church: highest church steeple of Lower Saxony
  • The Roemer- and Pelizaeus-Museum: significant collections from the ancient Egypt and Peru and spectacular special exhibitions organized every year
  • Museum of the Cathedral: Cathedral Treasure, also an UNESCO-cultural heritage
  • Theatre: very versatile and offers opera, operetta and musicals, drama, ballet and concerts
  • Rose Route: all other places of interest in Hildesheim: e.g. the charming medieval-appearing half-timbered houses and the old Jewish quarter

Recommended Day Trips:

Events of International Interest

Economy & Transportation

Notable multinational corporations - besides many strong medium-sized companies - in Hildesheim are Blaupunkt, Bosch, Krupp, Thyssen, Fairshild, Phoenix and Coca-Cola.

Hildesheim has a very good traffic infrastructure: it is a regional hub for interstate roads and railroad (high speed railroad station), is connected to the motorway (Autobahn), has a harbor at the artificial waterway Mittellandkanal and an airport.

Notable People from Hildesheim

External links


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