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Glückstadt (Danish: Lykstad) is a town in the Steinburg district of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is located on the right bank of the Lower Elbe at the confluence of the small Rhin river, about 45 km (28 mi) northwest of Altona. Glückstadt is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region (Metropolregion Hamburg).


Glückstadt was founded in 1617 on the marsh lands along the Elbe by the Duke of Holstein, King Christian IV of Denmark, who had levees and fortifications built as well as a ducal residence. Its name translates to English literally as "Luck City" or "Fortune City". As Christian IV promised the settlers tax exemption and freedom of religion, Glückstadt soon became an important trading centre, intended to compete with the Imperial city of Hamburg, located upstream on the Elbe. After the king had interfered in the Thirty Years' War the town in 1627/28 was besieged for fifteen weeks by the united Imperial and Catholic troops under the command of Albrecht von Wallenstein and Count Tilly, though without success.

Glückstadt flag depicting Fortuna In 1649 Christian's son and successor King Frederick III of Denmark had the seat of the Holstein administration moved to Glückstadt, whereafter the duchy became known as Holstein-Glückstadt. In 1773 the town became the capital of all Holstein lands, when the lands of the Holstein-Gottorp line were finally incorporated. During the War of the Sixth Coalition in 1814 Glückstadt was blockaded by the allies and capitulated, whereupon its fortifications were demolished. In 1830 it was made a free port. Holstein-Glückstadt remained a possession of the Danish Crown until its defeat in the Second Schleswig War of 1864. It was occupied by Austria, but finally incorporated into the Prussian Province of Schleswig-Holstein in the aftermath of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Heinrich Gravert Schmidt, son of Jacob Gravert Kleinfinger and Gesche Schmidt, was the main "Schlachtermeister" (butcher) on Schleswig-Holstein, exporting processed meat to America since 1830 to 1886. This trade was continued until 1907 with the help of his son Captain Ferdinand Gravert Borchers, being involved in the nitrate ocean race from South America, where his descendant Captain Alex Gravert Salcedo keeps the maritime tradition managing tankers and offshore vessels.

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Comments (171)

Inge Röpke on March 17, 2015

♥Thank you so much FaSon, for your visit, kind words and LIKE84/40:)))
Have a nice day and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Algueró on March 22, 2015

Bonita perspectiva de esos hermosos edificios, excelente captura querida amiga Inge, me gusta (LK+FV). Afectuosos saludos desde España con mis mejores deseos, Algueró

Inge Röpke on March 23, 2015

♥Thank you so much Alguero, for your visit, kind words and LIKE85/41:)))
Have a nice week and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Sirka on March 24, 2015

Magnificent view!F42&L86

Inge Röpke on March 25, 2015

♥Thank you so much Sirka, for your visit, kind words and LIKE86/42:)))
Have a nice day and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:))))))♥

FaSon on May 23, 2015

Fav 43; Best regards from Norway!

Inge Röpke on May 23, 2015

♥Thank you so much FaSon, for your visit, kind words and YS43:)))
Have a nice weekend and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

zhsv on May 28, 2015

| Great light on the the building !
All the best from Minsk ! zhsv

Inge Röpke on May 29, 2015

♥Thank you so much zhsv, for your visit, kind words and LIKE87:)))
Have a nice weekend and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Kamalakar Anthati on May 31, 2015

Beautiful View,Excellent Shot,
Greetings from India,Kamalakar.
Keep Panoramio ALIVE.

Inge Röpke on June 1, 2015

♥Thank you so much Kamalakar, for your visit, kind words and LIKE88/44:)))
Have a nice week and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

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  • Uploaded on October 18, 2013
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    by Inge Röpke
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
    • Taken on 2013/09/29 15:27:59
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 10.78mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash