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Scheeßel is a municipality in the district of Rotenburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Wümme, approx. 10 km northeast of Rotenburg, 45 km east of Bremen, and 70 km southwest of Hamburg.

Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Coat of arms of Scheeßel (Sche esel)
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Location of Scheeßel (Sche esel) within Rotenburg (Wümme) district
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Scheeßel (Sche esel) is located in Germany
Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Scheeßel (Sche esel) is located in Lower Saxony
Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Scheeßel (Sche esel)
Coordinates: 53°10′14″N 9°28′59″E / 53.17056°N 9.48306°E / 53.17056; 9.48306Coordinates: 53°10′14″N 9°28′59″E / 53.17056°N 9.48306°E / 53.17056; 9.48306
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictRotenburg (Wümme)
Government
 • MayorKäthe Dittmer-Scheele (CDU)
Area
 • Total149.70 km2 (57.80 sq mi)
Elevation
30 m (100 ft)
Population
 (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total12,934
 • Density86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
27383
Dialling codes04263
Vehicle registrationROW
Websitewww.scheessel.de
Postcard "Gruß aus Scheeßel",circa 1920-1930

Scheeßel belonged to the Prince-Bishopric of Verden, established in 1180. In 1648 the Prince-Bishopric was transformed into the Principality of Verden, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish Crown - interrupted by a Danish occupation (1712-1715) - and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. The Kingdom of Hanover incorporated the Principality in a real union and the Princely territory, including Scheeßel, became part of the new Stade Region, established in 1823.

The village celebrated its 1200th anniversary in 2005. However, this was based on the mention of Skaesla in the Diedenhofener Kapitular, issued by Charlemagne on 24 December 805 in Diedenhofen (now Thionville), and there are rival theories as to where Skeasla might be.[2]

The village is host to the annual Hurricane Festival close to the Eichenring motorcycle speedway.

Scheeßel hosted the 2011 Team Long Track World Championship, the competition which has in the past been dominated by Germany. It has also hosted seven Long Track World Champion finals.

Twin townsEdit

Scheeßel is twinned with:

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, Tabelle 12411: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2017
  2. ^ "1200 Jahre Scheessel 2005 - eine Gemeinde macht mobil". Scheeßel Gemeinde. Retrieved 2010-01-10.