Seesen is a town and municipality in the district of Goslar, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the northwestern edge of the Harz mountain range, approx. 20 km (12 mi) west of Goslar.

Sehusa Castle
Sehusa Castle
Coat of arms of Seesen
Coat of arms
Location of Seesen within Goslar district
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Seesen is located in Germany
Seesen is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 51°53′35″N 10°10′42″E / 51.89306°N 10.17833°E / 51.89306; 10.17833Coordinates: 51°53′35″N 10°10′42″E / 51.89306°N 10.17833°E / 51.89306; 10.17833
StateLower Saxony
 • MayorErik Homann (CDU)
 • Total102.13 km2 (39.43 sq mi)
205 m (673 ft)
 • Total19,240
 • Density190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05381
Vehicle registrationGS


The Saxon settlement of Sehusa was first mentioned in a 974 deed issued by Emperor Otto II and Chancellor Willigis, from 1235 on it belonged to the Welf dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg who had a castle erected. In 1428 Seesen received town privileges by Duke Otto II the One-Eyed of Brunswick-Göttingen. On 17 July 1810, Israel Jacobson dedicated in Seesen the first synagogue which employed an organ and a choir during prayer and introduced some German liturgy. This day is celebrated by Reform Judaism worldwide as its foundation date. In 1836 Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later named Henry E. Steinway) built his first grand piano in his kitchen in Seesen; the instrument is today on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Seats in the municipal assembly (Stadtrat) as of 2006 elections:

International relationsEdit

Seesen is twinned with:

Famous residentsEdit

Israel Jacobson 1810
  • The composer Louis Spohr (1784 – 1859) spent his childhood at Seesen.
  • In 1801 the merchant Israel Jacobson (1768 – 1828) established the first Haskalah interdenominational school in Germany at Seesen.
  • The piano manufacturer William Steinway was born at Seesen on 5 March 1835 as Wilhelm Steinweg. His father Henry E. Steinway (Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg) built his first grand piano at a Seesen washkitchen in 1836.
  • Emil Wohlwill (1835 – 1912), chemist, born at Seesen.
  • The caricaturist Wilhelm Busch (1832 – 1908) spent his last years at the Mechtshausen vicarage.
  • Konstantin Bernhard von Voigts-Rhetz (1809-1877), Prussian general, born in Seesen
  • Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848-1890), cellist, composer and university teacher, born in Seesen

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