Hildesheim (district)

Hildesheim is a district (Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Hanover, Peine, Wolfenbüttel, Goslar, Northeim, Holzminden and Hamelin-Pyrmont.

Flag of Hildesheim
Coat of arms of Hildesheim
StateLower Saxony
 • Total1,206 km2 (466 sq mi)
 (31 December 2020)[1]
 • Total275,464
 • Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationHI


In 1885 the Prussian government established districts within the Province of Hanover. The present territory of the district was occupied by four districts: Hildesheim, Alfeld, Gronau and Marienburg. In 1932 the district of Gronau joined Alfeld, and the number of districts was reduced to three.

When the state of Lower Saxony was founded in 1946, the districts were reorganised: Hildesheim became an urban district, the remaining district of Hildesheim and Marienburg were merged to the new district of Hildesheim-Marienburg. The district of Alfeld remained in its former borders.

In 1974 the city of Hildesheim lost its status as an urban district and became part of the surrounding district, which was renamed to Hildesheim. The districts of Hildesheim and Alfeld were merged in 1977.


The district is located southeast of Hanover, and the northernmost parts border the Hanover metropolitan area. The northern half of the district is highly urbanised, while the south is covered with forests. The River Leine enters the district in the south, runs through the towns of Alfeld and Gronau and leaves in the northwest towards Hanover; a small affluent, the Innerste, joins the Leine from the east after flowing through the city of Hildesheim. Between Leine and Innerste there are the forested hill chains of the Hildesheim Forest (Hildesheimer Wald) and the Sieben Berge ("Seven Hills", see Alfeld for more details).

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms displays:

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

Towns and municipalities in Landkreis Hildesheim
Towns Free municipalities Samtgemeinden
  1. Alfeld
  2. Bad Salzdetfurth
  3. Bockenem
  4. Elze
  5. Hildesheim
  6. Sarstedt
  1. Algermissen
  2. Diekholzen
  3. Freden
  4. Giesen
  5. Harsum
  6. Holle
  7. Lamspringe
  8. Nordstemmen
  9. Schellerten
  10. Sibbesse
  11. Söhlde
  1. Duingen
  2. Eime
  3. Gronau1, 2
1seat of the Samtgemeinde; 2town

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

  Media related to Landkreis Hildesheim at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°05′N 9°55′E / 52.08°N 9.92°E / 52.08; 9.92