Osterode am Harz

Osterode Am Harz

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For the town in East Prussia formerly called Osterode, see Ostróda.

Osterode am Harz often simply called Osterode, is a town in south-eastern Niedersachsen on the south-western edge of the Harz mountains. It is the seat of government of the district of Osterode. The town is twinned with Scarborough, in the United Kingdom. Osterode is located on the German Framework Road.



The Söse river flows through the town from the Sösetalsperre reservoir 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:
  • Dorste (1,650)
  • Düna (140)
  • Förste (2,000)
  • Freiheit (2,100)
  • Katzenstein (1,200)
  • Lasfelde (1,300)
  • Lerbach (1,200)
  • Marke (150)
  • Nienstedt am Harz (440)
  • Osterode am Harz (11,500)
  • Petershütte (800)
  • Riefensbeek-Kamschlacken (350)
  • Schwiegershausen (1,800)
  • Ührde (100)
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Local council

The Gemeinderat or council of Osterode has 34 members: <!-- *REP --><!-- *Die Linken -->and one Bürgermeister (mayor).(local election on 10 September 2006)


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