Butjadingen is a peninsula and municipality in the Wesermarsch district, in Lower Saxony, Germany.

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Coat of arms of Butjadingen
Location of Butjadingen within Wesermarsch district
LemwerderBerneBremenElsflethJadeOvelgönneBrakeStadlandNordenhamMellumButjadingenWesermarschWesermarschLower SaxonyDelmenhorstOldenburg (district)OldenburgAmmerlandWilhelmshavenFriesland (district)Wittmund (district)OsterholzBremerhavenCuxhaven (district)Butjadingen in BRA.svg
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Butjadingen is located in Germany
Butjadingen is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 53°33′N 8°20′E / 53.550°N 8.333°E / 53.550; 8.333Coordinates: 53°33′N 8°20′E / 53.550°N 8.333°E / 53.550; 8.333
StateLower Saxony
 • Mayor (2020–25) Axel Linneweber[1]
 • Total129.02 km2 (49.81 sq mi)
2 m (7 ft)
 • Total6,086
 • Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04733, 04735, 04736
Vehicle registrationBRA


Butjadingen is situated on the German North Sea coast. It is bordered on the west and southwest by the Jade River and the east by the Weser River. It forms the northern part of the Wesermarsch district and has a rather low population. The political borough of Butjadingen adjoins Nordenham which geographically is also part of the peninsula Butjadingen.

Typical view of Butjadingen

The peninsula was formed during the Middle Ages when huge floods created today's North Sea coastlines. After the Second Marcellus Flood on January 13, 1362 (which occurred around the day of Marcelli Pontificis) Butjadingen temporarily became an island.

Pipe organ at the St. Laurentius Church, Langwarden (Butjadingen)

Its name is derived from Frisian "Buten" (=outside) and "Jade" and thus means the lands on the other side of the Jade River.

In front of the peninsula is the Wadden Sea which stretches between the Jade's and the Weser's mouths about 23 kilometers to the northwest beyond the Mellum island. It is part of the Nationalpark Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer (Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park), one of three German Wadden Sea National Parks.


Agriculture and tourism constitute the bulk of its economic activity. The main tourist sites are the villages of Tossens, Burhave, and Eckwarden. There are ferries across the Weser from Nordenham to Bremerhaven and (during summer months) across the Jade from Eckwarderhörne to Wilhelmshaven. In Nordenham there is a train station with several connections per day to Bremen.


  • Klaus Dede: Butjadingen - Portrait einer Landschaft. (1975)


  1. ^ "Verzeichnis der direkt gewählten Bürgermeister/-innen und Landräte/Landrätinnen". Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen. April 2021.
  2. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle A100001G: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2020.

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