Old Map of Bremen and Verden: Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Oldenburg, Lüneberg, Bremerhaven, Stade
Old Map of Bremen and Verden: Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Oldenburg, Lüneberg, Bremerhaven, Stade
Old Map of Bremen and Verden: Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Oldenburg, Lüneberg, Bremerhaven, Stade
Old Map of Bremen and Verden: Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Oldenburg, Lüneberg, Bremerhaven, Stade

Old Map of Bremen and Verden: Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Oldenburg, Lüneberg, Bremerhaven, Stade

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Dive into the rich history of Northern Germany with this meticulously detailed map by Nicolaes Visscher II, a renowned mapmaker from the Dutch Golden Age. Created in 1690, this map, officially titled 'Ducatus Bremae et Ferdae, Maximaeque partis Ducatus Stormariae, Comitatus Oldenburgi, Albis, Visurgisque Fluminum Novissima Descriptio', focuses on the regions of Bremen and Verden, with notable features including the cities of Hamburg, Oldenburg, Lüneberg, Bremerhaven, and Stade.

In English, the map's title translates to 'The Latest Description of the Duchy of Bremen and Verden, the Greater Part of the Duchy of Stormarn, the County of Oldenburg, and the Rivers Elbe and Weser'. This provides a comprehensive view of the political and geographical landscape of the time, highlighting the significance of these regions within the broader European context.

The map is a testament to the cartographic skills of the Visscher family, and in particular, Nicolaes Visscher II. His attention to detail and accuracy, as well as his artistic flair, are evident in the intricate detailing of the cities and landmarks. Each city is represented with its unique architectural features, providing a glimpse into the urban landscapes of the late 17th century.

From the bustling port city of Hamburg, known for its significant role in international trade, to the historic city of Oldenburg with its medieval charm, each location offers a unique insight into the past. The map also includes the city of Lüneberg, a key salt producer in the Hanseatic League, Bremerhaven, a city formed at the confluence of the Weser and Geeste rivers, and Stade, a town with a rich history dating back to the Viking era. This map is not just a piece of art, but a window into the past, allowing you to explore the history and geography of Northern Germany from the comfort of your own home.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Duchy of Bremen

  • Bremen: Known as the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, it was an important member of the Hanseatic League and is known for its rich maritime history.
  • Bremerhaven: Founded as a seaport for Bremen, it is situated at the confluence of the Weser and Geeste rivers.
  • Stade: Known for its rich history dating back to the Viking era, it was an important member of the Hanseatic League.
  • Cuxhaven: Known for its strategic location at the mouth of the Elbe river, it played a significant role in maritime trade.
  • Verden: An historic town known for the Verden Cathedral and the infamous Massacre of Verden.
  • Rotenburg: Known for its well-preserved medieval architecture.
  • Walsrode: Known for its historic abbey and the world's largest bird park.
  • Soltau: A charming town known for its therapeutic salt baths.
  • Winsen: Known for its castle, Winsen Castle, which dates back to the 13th century.
  • Buxtehude: A historic Hanseatic city known for its well-preserved medieval architecture.

Duchy of Stormarn

  • Hamburg: One of the largest port cities in Europe, it was a major center for international trade.
  • Lüneburg: Known for its salt production, it was a key member of the Hanseatic League.
  • Harburg: Known for its historic castle, Harburg Castle.
  • Bergedorf: Known for its well-preserved medieval castle, Bergedorf Castle.
  • Reinbek: Known for Reinbek Castle, a historic manor house.
  • Ahrensburg: Known for Ahrensburg Castle, a significant Renaissance castle.
  • Bad Oldesloe: Known for its therapeutic salt baths.
  • Ratzeburg: Known for Ratzeburg Cathedral and its four lakes.
  • Mölln: Known as the "Eulenspiegel town", it is associated with the folk tale character Till Eulenspiegel.
  • Geesthacht: Known for its large hydroelectric power plant on the Elbe river.

County of Oldenburg

  • Oldenburg: A historic city known for its medieval charm and the Oldenburg Horse.
  • Vechta: Known for its historic St. Georg Church.
  • Cloppenburg: Known for its open-air museum, the Museumsdorf Cloppenburg.
  • Wildeshausen: Known for its megalithic burial sites.
  • Delmenhorst: Known for its historic castle, Delmenhorst Castle.
  • Jever: Known for Jever Castle and its famous beer.
  • Wilhelmshaven: Known for its strategic location as a naval base.
  • Emden: Known for its large seaport and the Emden University of Applied Sciences.
  • Norden: Known for its historic center and the Ludgeri Church.
  • Leer: Known for its historic harbor and the Leeraner Miniaturland.

Notable Boundaries and Natural Phenomena

  • Elbe River: One of the major rivers of Central Europe, it flows into the North Sea at Cuxhaven.
  • Weser River: Known for its scenic beauty, it is a major river in northern Germany.
  • Wadden Sea National Parks: A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is known for its unique tidal mudflats.
  • Harz Mountains: Known for its rich mining history and the Harz National Park.
  • Lüneburg Heath: Known for its distinctive landscape and the Lüneburg Heath Nature Park.

Notable Historical Events (1600-1690)

  • Thirty Years' War (1618-1648): This devastating war led to significant changes in the political landscape of the region.
  • Peace of Westphalia (1648): This series of peace treaties ended the Thirty Years' War and had a profound impact on the region.
  • Swedish-Brandenburg War (1675–1679): This conflict affected the Duchy of Bremen and Verden, which were under Swedish rule at the time.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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