Town hall

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 52°18′58″N 9°57′51″E / 52.31611°N 9.96417°E / 52.31611; 9.96417Coordinates: 52°18′58″N 9°57′51″E / 52.31611°N 9.96417°E / 52.31611; 9.96417
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Hanover
  Mayor Carl Jürgen Lehrke (CDU)
  Total 103.44 km2 (39.94 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 23,489
  Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 31319
Dialling codes 0 51 38
0 51 32 (Ilten)
Vehicle registration H

Sehnde is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Hanover.


Sehnde was formed in 1974 by combining fifteen autonomous villages which belonged to three different districts: Bilm, Bolzum, Dolgen, Evern, Gretenberg, Haimar, Höver, Ilten, Klein Lobke, Müllingen, Rethmar, Sehnde, Wassel, Wehmingen, and Wirringen. Sehnde received its town charter in 1997.

The whole area was agricultural for centuries, until large salt and potash deposits were discovered at the end of the 19th century. Several potash mines were dug, the first at Gustavshall in Hohenfels in 1896. During the 20th century, Sehnde and Ilten were the chief beneficiaries of the mines, until the last one was closed in 1995. Since the 1950s, most of the area has been transformed into dormitory villages, while jobs have concentrated in Hannover. In 2005, small one-family houses dominate large parts of Sehnde and its villages.


The former potash mine Hohenfels in Wehmingen houses the national German tramway museum, the Hannoversches Straßenbahn-Museum.


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