Oldenburg in Holstein

Oldenburg in Holstein (German: [ˈɔldn̩bʊʁk ʔɪn ˈhɔlʃtaɪn] (listen)) is a town at the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea. The nearest city is Lübeck. The town belongs to the (historical) region of Holstein, today in the state Schleswig-Holstein of Germany.

Oldenburg in Holstein
Town hall
Location of Oldenburg in Holstein within Ostholstein district
Oldenburg in Holstein
Oldenburg in Holstein
Coordinates: 54°18′0″N 10°53′0″E
  MayorMartin Voigt
  Total39.67 km2 (15.32 sq mi)
8 m (26 ft)
  Density250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04361
Vehicle registrationOH

Oldenburg was the chief town of the Wagrians, one of the Slavic peoples that migrated as far west as the river Elbe in or after the 6th century (see Völkerwanderung), also known as Wends and Obotrites. They arrived about A.D. 700 and the Pomeranian/Kashubian (Slavic) name was Starigard or Stargard, meaning "Old Settlement", "Old Castle", "Old City/Town"; the German name Oldenburg is of Low German origin and carries the same meaning. The Obotrites were allies of Charlemagne. Emperor Otto I established the bishopric of Oldenburg under Adaldag, archbishop of Hamburg.

To the Northern Germanic Vikings, the city was known as Brandehuse, i.e. "the burned houses", indicating the bellicose times.

For centuries, Starigard/Oldenburg remained the Slavic competitor of Hedeby on the Baltic trade, until the counts Adolph I and Adolph II of Schauenburg and Holstein, supported by Henry the Lion, finally defeated the Wends during the first half of the 12th century.

The modern town has a partnership with Bergen auf Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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