Helmstedt, Germany


Helmstedt is a city located at the eastern edge of the German state of Lower Saxony. It is the capital of the District of Helmstedt. In former times the city was also called Helmstädt.

Helmstedt developed in the vicinity of the Benedictine St. Ludger’s Abbey that was founded around 800 by Saint Liudger as a mission station. Helmstedt was first mentioned in 952; it became a city in 1247. It belonged to the Abbacy of Werden until 1490, when it was bought by the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. From 1576 to 1810, the University of Helmstedt was located here.

From the late 1940s to 1990, the town was the site of a major border crossing between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic. The main rail and autobahn route between West Germany and Berlin, across the GDR, began at the Helmstedt–Marienborn border crossing, also known as Checkpoint Alpha. Official military traffic from NATO countries to West Berlin was only allowed to use this route.

A pictures to Helmstedt photo gallery added 12 of April, 2013 and 15 of December, 2013.

What is happening now in the city. Helmstedt live webcam – Blick auf den Marktplatz:

 





 









One thought on “Helmstedt, Germany”

  1. Roswitha Post says:

    Sehr schoene Bilder, die ich mir immer wieder betrachte, denn Helmstedt ist meine Heimatstadt in der ich geboren wurde, zur Schule ging und bis zu meinem 13. Lebensjahr aufwuchs. Ich lebe schon seit langer Zeit in USA aber Helmstedt wird immer meine Heimat bleiben. Das letzte Mal war ich in der Stadt vor 11 Jahren. Die Erinnerungen sind vielfaeltig und schoen. Im Rueckblick wuenschte ich, ich waere dort geblieben. Das kann vielleicht nur jemand verstehen, der wie ich die Welt bereist hat. Ich freue mich wie die Stadt sich bemueht alles so schoen zu erhalten.

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