Osterode am Harz
Old Town Hall
|o Mayor||Klaus Becker (Ind.)|
|o Total||102.46 km2 (39.56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||220 m (720 ft)|
|o Density||210/km2 (550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Vehicle registration||GÖ, OHA|
Osterode am Harz often simply called Osterode, is a town in south-eastern Niedersachsen on the south-western edge of the Harz mountains. It was the seat of government of the district of Osterode. Osterode is located on the German Timber-Frame Road.
The Söse river flows through the town from the Söse Dam lake about 5 km upstream. The dam was built in 1931 and has a capacity of 25.5 million m³. The Harzwasserwerke water company pipes drinking water as far away as Bremen.
The following districts (mainly surrounding villages) are part of the borough of Osterode am Harz, with populations in brackets (as of 1 July 2012):
The Gemeinderat or council of Osterode has 34 members:
and one Bürgermeister (mayor). (local election on 11 September 2011)
Klaus Becker has been Bürgermeister (mayor) of Osterode since 1 June 2004. He has no party affiliation.
The Museum im Ritterhaus displays documents from Osterode's history from the Middle Ages to the recent past, as well as occasional temporary exhibitions.
The Lichtenstein Cave is an archaeological site near Dorste, in the western part of the municipality. Two inhabitants of the village Nienstedt am Harz, 2 km north of the cave, have the same rare DNA pattern as that found in the skeletal material of a man whose bones were found in the Lichtenstein Cave dating to about 1000 BC.
The town granary built between 1719 and 1722 is one of the most imposing buildings, built to supply the mining villages in the Upper Harz with grain. Today after a comprehensive renovation it has become the town hall.
Osterode lies on the Herzberg-Seesen railway, with services to Brunswick. In November 2004 the city gained two new stations at a cost of about 1 million Euro, replacing two previous halts and providing a more central access to public transport.