At the city’s New Year’s reception, mayor Jürgen Markwardt had good news to announce: Uelzen has been officially granted the right to call itself a Hanseatic city once again. A respective letter send by Boris Pistorius, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Interior, had arrived at Uelzen’s city hall on 8 January 2016.
Uelzen Receives the Official Hanseatic City Title
“Uelzen qualifies to use the name “Hanseatic City”, it says in the letter from the Ministry. “This fills me with great joy. For the promotion of the city, the title is of great importance”, states Jürgen Markwardt. The title has a huge positive effect in advertising effect and will contribute to improve the image ofUelzen. The official date for the handover of the award certificate is not yet known. “We are now in contact with the Ministry of the Interior to prepare the official award ceremony”, the mayor says. Planning also started to celebrate this event with Uelzen’s citizens. “With the new title, we can focus even more on Uelzen’s rich history, while incorporating all offers oon modern city life”, emphasises Markwardt.
Petition Filed In 2015
The city of Uelzen submitted its application for the granting of the title Hanseatic City in April 2015, following first initiatives launched by the former Mayor Otto Lukat. In its efforts, the city was supported by the Chairman of the Historical Commission for Lower Saxony and Bremen, Professor Dr. Thomas Vogtherr, who listed numerous reasons why Uelzen should earn the official title.
A Member of the Hanseatic League by 1374
Granted city rights in 1270, Uelzen maintained tight ties with the Hanseatic League prior to being accepted as member. Past records of Uelzener traders and merchants confirm long-term trade relations. In the late Middle Ages, traders from Uelzen were active in England as part of the Hanseatic trade. The influence of the Hanseatic League even influences today’s life.
Despite severe destruction caused by town fires and World War 2 bombs, Uelzen preserved several monuments that recall Hanseatic heritage and are regarded as some of Northern Germany’s masterpieces of gothic brick architecture.
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