Completely surprising for me that I was suddenly in Hamburg.
Cranz was first mentioned in 1341. The name indicates the peculiarity of the settlement, to build the houses directly on the dikes, so that it lay in a wreath-like manner on the banks of the rivers Este and Lühe.  During the Thirty Years' War the village became Swedish in 1645 before the Danes took over in 1712. After the German-Danish War of 1864 Cranz came to the Kingdom of Hanover, with which it was annexed by Prussia in 1866.
Due to the Greater Hamburg Act of 1937, Cranz was incorporated into Hamburg as the only place on the second mile of the Old Country to Hamburg (the third mile east of the Este became completely Hamburg).
June 21, 2020
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