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For the German Baroque composer, see Dieterich Buxtehude.
Coat of arms of Buxtehude
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Stade
Subdivisions 15 districts
 • Mayor Jürgen Badur (Ind.)
 • Total 76.49 km2 (29.53 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2006-12-31)
 • Total 39,642
 • Density 518.26/km2 (1,342.30/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 21614
Dialling codes 04161, auch 04163, 04168
Vehicle registration STD
Website www.stadt.buxtehude.de

Buxtehude is a town in Northern Germany. It has 39,000 inhabitants. It is by the Este river which joins the city to the important river Elbe just 6 miles away.

Buxtehude is known as "The Fairytale Capital" of the world. The tale of "The Bunny and the Hedgehog" by the Brothers Grimm is set in this town.

The Pistennacht is an event where bars, restaurants and clubs in the old part of town are open all night long. The Pfingstmarkt is a big fair which is held at Whitsun (Pfingsten). There is a lot to do including rides on a Ferris Wheel. On the first weekend of June there is a big feast in the old part of the town, which also has a wine festival every year.