For other uses, see Heide (disambiguation).

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 54°11′46″N 9°5′36″E / 54.19611°N 9.09333°E / 54.19611; 9.09333Coordinates: 54°11′46″N 9°5′36″E / 54.19611°N 9.09333°E / 54.19611; 9.09333
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Dithmarschen
  Mayor Ulf Stecher (CDU)
  Total 31.8938 km2 (12.3143 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 21,422
  Density 670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25746
Dialling codes 0481
Vehicle registration HEI
Website www.heide.de

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.


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


Notable residents

International relations

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


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