Elze is a city with about 8000 inhabitants in the west of the district Hildesheim, which is located in the area of ​​the metropolitan area Hannover-Braunschweig-Göttingen in southern Lower Saxony. Elze is a member of the Leinebergland region, a Leader-based voluntary coalition of several towns and communities in southern Lower Saxony. The city is located on the Saale, a tributary of the leash. The old town is characterized by half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th centuries.