Eschede is a municipality in the district of Celle
Celle (district)
Celle is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by the districts of Uelzen, Gifhorn, Hanover and Heidekreis.- Geography :...

, in Lower Saxony
Lower Saxony
Lower Saxony is a German state situated in north-western Germany and is second in area and fourth in population among the sixteen states of Germany...

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

. Situated approximately 15 km northeast of Celle
Celle is a town and capital of the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. The town is situated on the banks of the River Aller, a tributary of the Weser and has a population of about 71,000...

, Eschede lies at the border of the renowned Südheide Nature Park
Südheide Nature Park
The Südheide Nature Park is a large protected area of forest and heathland in the southern part of the Lüneburg Heath in North Germany...

, a protected area of large forests and heaths. Today around 20 small villages are part of the "Samtgemeinde Eschede". In 1975, a large fire destroyed vast tracts of forests in the area. The place is known for the 1998 Eschede train disaster
Eschede train disaster
The Eschede train disaster was the world's deadliest high-speed train accident. It occurred on 3 June 1998, near the village of Eschede in the Celle district of Lower Saxony, Germany. The toll of 101 people dead and 88 injured surpassed the 1971 Dahlerau train disaster as the deadliest accident in...

, in which an ICE
The Intercity-Express or ICE is a system of high-speed trains predominantly running in Germany and neighbouring countries. It is the highest service category offered by DB Fernverkehr and is the flagship of Deutsche Bahn...

 train crashed, killing 101 and making it the worst German rail accident since the Second World War
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. The painter Albert Koenig (1881-1944) was born in Eschede, and the "Albert-Koenig-Museum" can be visited in Unterlüß
Unterlüß is a municipality in the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated approx. 30 km northeast of Celle, and 25 km southwest of Uelzen....


Eschede is the seat of the Eschede
Eschede (Samtgemeinde)
Eschede is a Samtgemeinde in the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. Its seat is in Eschede.The Samtgemeinde Eschede consists of the following municipalities:# Eschede# Habighorst# Höfer# Scharnhorst...

 Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality").

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