Heide

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Heide is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the capital of the Kreis (district) Dithmarschen. Population: 21,000.

The German word Heide means "heath". In the 15th century four adjoining villages decided to build a church in the "middle of the heath". This remained the town's name to date. The exact foundation date is now unknown, but by 1447 Heide was already the main village of Dithmarschen. At this time Dithmarschen was an independent peasant republic. Heide became a town in the 19th century and now is a tourist resort.

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Sport

The association soccer club Heider SV plays in the Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (V).[2]

Sightseeing

  • St. Jürgen church (1560)
  • water tower (1903)
  • museum of Dithmarschen history
  • Brahmshaus, dwelling house of the ancestors of the composer Johannes Brahms, now a museum

Heide is also the birthplace of show jumper Fritz Thiedemann, a double Olympic champion.

Notable residents

International relations

There is a twinning between Kreis Dithmarschen and Restormel Borough Council.[3]

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