The old town opposite, the harbor in front of the door
In the Elbmarsch between Hamburg and Cuxhaven, Stade is surrounded by the apple trees of the Alte Land. The Hotel Stadthafen Stade is centrally located here at the city harbor and just opposite the picturesque old town. From Stade you can reach the cosmopolitan city of Hamburg or the North Sea in about an hour.
Central at the marina
The Hanseatic city of Stade with its lively old town lies on the Schwinge River which flows into the Lower Elbe only a few kilometers away. The surrounding landscape is characterized by the orchards and farms of the Alte Land.
The Hotel Stadthafen Stade is located directly at the city harbor of Stade and vis à vis the old town. In addition to the local museum ship Greundiek, the harbor hosts many boats and yachts throughout the year. The hotel is part of a complex of buildings with a cinema, bowling and gastronomic facilities. The train station of Stade is within 10 minutes walking distance.
Old Hanseatic harbor
Part of the Schwinge River, which flows through the old town to the north, was developed into the Old Hanseatic Harbor about a thousand years ago. As the economic heart of the city, it was directly connected to the Elbe River until 1968. The shore, which today is mainly used for gastronomy, is lined on both sides by historic half-timbered houses, some of which date back to the 15th century.
To the west, the harbor is bordered by a brick bridge with a barrel vault, the “Hudebrücke” at the fish market. At the other end, the “Schwedenspeicher” from 1705, which today serves as a museum, is a relaxed five-minute walk from the Hotel Stadthafen.
The open-air museum on the island on the western edge of the old town on the Bleicher Ravelin, built in 1692, is one of the oldest open-air museums in Germany.
After the city acquired the site in 1909, the architect Högg and the garden architect Roselius from Bremen began with the design. Today, you can visit in particular the Altländer Haus with its splendid gable of red stone masonry, a Bockwindmühle and the house Himmelpforten No. 6. From the hotel Stadthafen Stade you can get here in fifteen minutes on foot across the old town.
Churches and organ
Two of the churches in Stade’s city center in particular are of artistic and cultural historical significance. The church “Ss. Cosmae et Damiani”, in short “Cosmae Church”, dates back to the second half of the 13th century and was built in the brick Gothic style. The 62-meter-high octagonal tower with the Baroque dome has become a landmark of the city.
The church “St. Wilhadi” is a three-nave Gothic hall church from the 14th century with partly even older origins. The Erasmus-Bielefeld organ from 1736 is worth seeing and hearing. You can walk to both churches from Hotel Stadthafen Stade in just five minutes.
The historic Löwenapotheke is located at Hökerstraße 37. It was founded in 1655, when King Charles X Gustav of Sweden granted the pharmacist Gabriel Luther the privilege of operating a pharmacy in the then Swedish-occupied city. In the magnificent patrician house you can still see the spacious staircase, which was also used as a representative reception room.
In the office there is a solid mahogany wood furniture made in 1867 with old standing vessels. From the hotel Stadthafen Stade you need about five minutes to walk here.
The Alte Land is a part of the Hamburg-Lower Saxony Elbmarsch, which has been characterized by fruit growing since the 17th century. Today, apples, pears, cherries and other fruit grow here on about 10,700 hectares. The traditional villages are “marshland villages”, where the splendid farms of redstone masonry with their ostentatious gates are at the front of the road, and the cultivated land begins just behind them.
As a local recreation and vacation area, the Alte Land invites you to take long walks. You can get more information at the Tourist-Info Altes Land in Jork, which you can reach from Hotel Stadthafen Stade in 20 minutes by car or in 40 minutes by e-bike.