Old Map of Holstein by Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Lübeck, Kiel, Rendsburg, Neumünster
Old Map of Holstein by Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Lübeck, Kiel, Rendsburg, Neumünster
Old Map of Holstein by Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Lübeck, Kiel, Rendsburg, Neumünster
Old Map of Holstein by Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Lübeck, Kiel, Rendsburg, Neumünster

Old Map of Holstein by Visscher, 1690: Hamburg, Lübeck, Kiel, Rendsburg, Neumünster

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of Northern Germany with this meticulously detailed map of Holstein, created by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. Visscher, hailing from a family of esteemed Dutch cartographers, presents a comprehensive view of the region, capturing the essence of the late 17th century landscape. The full name of the map, 'Holsatiae Tabula Generalis: in qua sunt Ducatus Holsatiae, Dithmarsiae Stormariae et Wagriae', translates to 'General Map of Holstein: in which are the Duchies of Holstein, Dithmarschen, Stormarn and Wagria'. This gives a hint of the wide scope of areas covered in this masterpiece.

The map highlights five significant cities: Hamburg, Lübeck, Kiel, Rendsburg, and Neumünster. Hamburg, a key port city, stands out with its intricate network of waterways and bridges. Lübeck, known as the 'Queen of the Hanseatic League', is prominently featured, reflecting its historical importance as a major trading hub. Kiel, Rendsburg, and Neumünster, each with their unique geographical and historical attributes, add to the richness of the map.

In addition to these cities, the map also outlines the political divisions of the time, providing a glimpse into the administrative structure of the late 17th century. The Duchies of Holstein, Dithmarschen, Stormarn, and Wagria are clearly demarcated, offering an insight into the regional dynamics of the era. The borders, towns, and landmarks are intricately drawn, reflecting Visscher's attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.

This map is not just a geographical representation, but a historical document that takes you back to the late 17th century. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the past, understand the political and geographical landscape of the time, and appreciate the craftsmanship of one of the finest mapmakers of the Dutch Golden Age. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a lover of old maps, or someone who appreciates fine art, this map of Holstein by Visscher is a treasure to behold.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Duchy of Holstein

  • Hamburg: Known as the 'Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg', it was a major port and member of the medieval Hanseatic League.
  • Kiel: Founded in the 13th century, it served as an important maritime center and base for German Baltic fleets.
  • Rendsburg: Established in the 12th century, it was known for its fortress, which played a key role in the Schleswig Wars.
  • Neumünster: Founded in 1127, it was a significant center for textile industry.
  • Pinneberg: Known for its fortress of the same name, it was the seat of the Pinneberg district.
  • Elmshorn: Established in the 14th century, it was a significant center for the processing of grain and livestock.
  • Itzehoe: Founded in the 12th century, it was known for its copper and brass works.
  • Wedel: Known for the Schulau Ferry House, it was an important landing for ships sailing to Hamburg.
  • Quickborn: Established in the 14th century, it was known for its watermill and church.
  • Ahrensburg: Known for the Renaissance castle of the same name, it was the seat of the Stormarn district.

Duchy of Dithmarschen

  • Heide: Founded in the 15th century, it was the capital of the Dithmarschen district.
  • Meldorf: Known for the Meldorf Cathedral, it was an important religious center.
  • Lunden: Established in the 8th century, it was known for its church and marketplace.
  • Marne: Known for its windmill, it was a significant center for agriculture.
  • Brunsbüttel: Established in the 13th century, it was known for the Brunsbüttel Castle.
  • Friedrichskoog: Known for its harbor, it was a significant center for fishing.
  • Wesselburen: Established in the 12th century, it was known for its church of St. Bartholomew.
  • Büsum: Known for its harbor, it was a significant center for fishing and tourism.
  • Wöhrden: Established in the 12th century, it was known for its church of St. Nicholas.
  • Eddelak: Known for its church of St. Nicholas, it was a significant religious center.

Duchy of Stormarn

  • Lübeck: Known as the 'Queen of the Hanseatic League', it was a major trading hub.
  • Bad Oldesloe: Founded in the 8th century, it was known for its salt production.
  • Reinbek: Known for the Reinbek Castle, it was the seat of the Stormarn district.
  • Glinde: Established in the 13th century, it was known for its watermill and church.
  • Barsbüttel: Known for its church of St. Mary, it was a significant religious center.
  • Trittau: Established in the 12th century, it was known for its watermill and church.
  • Großhansdorf: Known for its church of St. Mary, it was a significant religious center.
  • Ahrensburg: Known for the Renaissance castle of the same name, it was the seat of the Stormarn district.
  • Reinfeld: Known for the Reinfeld Abbey, it was an important religious center.
  • Bad Segeberg: Founded in the 11th century, it was known for its limestone mountain, the Kalkberg.

Notable boundaries with neighbouring nations, rivers, national parks, canyons or other natural phenomena:

  • The Elbe River: A major waterway that flows through Hamburg.
  • The Kiel Canal: An important artificial waterway connecting the North Sea to the Baltic.
  • The Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Eider River: The longest river in the region, known for its scenic beauty.
  • The Lauenburg Lakes Nature Park: A beautiful natural area with multiple lakes.

Notable historical events in this region between 1600 and 1690:

  • The Battle of Lutter: In 1626, during the Thirty Years' War, the Catholic League defeated the Protestant forces near Lutter.
  • The Peace of Westphalia: In 1648, the series of peace treaties marked the end of the Thirty Years' War and the Eighty Years' War.
  • The Second Northern War: From 1655 to 1660, the region was involved in the conflict, also known as the First or Little Northern War.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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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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