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Coat of arms of the city of Burgwedel
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Coordinates: 52 ° 31 '  N , 9 ° 53'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Hanover region
Height : 53 m above sea level NHN
Area : 151.96 km 2
Residents: 20,234 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 133 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 30938
Primaries : 05139, 05135Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : H
Community key : 03 2 41 004
City structure: 7 districts

City administration address :
Fuhrberger Strasse 4
30938 Burgwedel
Website : www.burgwedel.de
Mayor : Axel Düker ( SPD )
Location of the city of Burgwedel in the Hanover region
Region Hannover Niedersachsen Wedemark Burgwedel Neustadt am Rübenberge Burgdorf Uetze Lehrte Isernhagen Langenhagen Garbsen Wunstorf Seelze Barsinghausen Sehnde Hannover Gehrden Laatzen Wennigsen Ronnenberg Hemmingen Pattensen Springe Landkreis Hameln-Pyrmont Landkreis Schaumburg Landkreis Nienburg/Weser Landkreis Heidekreis Landkreis Celle Landkreis Peine Landkreis Gifhorn Landkreis Hildesheimmap
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Burgwedel ( Borwee in Low German ) is a town in Lower Saxony in the Hanover region .

Geography and nature


The settlement area of ​​the city consists of several village cores extended by suburban settlements , which are still separated from one another by agricultural areas and forests. Of the forest areas in the district of the city, the Fuhrberg state forest is particularly noteworthy. With the Hastbruch, the Trunnenmoor , the Oldhorster Moor and the many forests, there are numerous nature reserves in the town of Burgwedel. To the north of the Wettmar district extends the Wietzenbruch, a huge moorland and pasture landscape that is uninhabited apart from a few courtyards and extends to the border of the Celle district .


Würmsee before 2011
Springhorstsee with island

The Wietze river , which touches the western edge of the municipality, as well as the Wulbeck and Hengstbeeke brooks are naturally formed bodies of water . The Wulbeck rises in the Oldhorster Moor, is then partly the border to Burgdorf in the east and then leaves the municipality north of Fuhrberg, in the state forest, to finally flow into the Aller at Wieckenberg . The Hengstbeeke is located up to the confluence, near the Fuhrberg / Mellendorf motorway exit, into the Wietze in the municipality. The upper course in the main town of Großburgwedel has had a different name since time immemorial, first Möhlenbeeke. After the place name was translated into High German, it was finally given the name "die Wedel".

In addition to numerous drainage ditches, there are two small lakes in the area of ​​man-made surface water in the Burgwedel area, which are now used by local tourism: The Würmsee was created by peat cutting . The Springhorstsee was created in 1970 through sand and gravel mining. In 2014 the Würmsee had largely dried up at times. At the beginning of 2016, a larger area was covered with water and measures against silting were planned. The city of Burgwedel has leased parts of the lake property since spring 2016, pumps groundwater back into the Würmsee at night in summer, which stabilizes the water surface, removes neophytes and plans to remove mud or parts of plants to a moderate extent in some bank areas.

Neighboring communities

Burgwedel borders the municipality of Wedemark to the west, the municipality of Isernhagen to the south, the city of Burgdorf to the east and the district of Celle to the north .

City structure

Burgwedel consists of seven districts :

  • Engensen - with the district Lahberg (about 1440 inhabitants)
  • Fuhrberg (about 2127 inhabitants)
  • Großburgwedel (administrative seat, 9594 inhabitants)
  • Kleinburgwedel - with the outsourced Mühlenberg, the settlements Heidewinkel, Wietze and Würmsee (about 2492 inhabitants)
  • Oldhorst (about 115 inhabitants)
  • Thönse (about 1548 inhabitants)
  • Wettmar - with the settlements of Texas and Wulfshorst (about 3507 inhabitants)


The rocket car Opel RAK.3 on rails on the test track in Burgwedel, 1928

The name Burgwedel is derived from the Low German names Groten- and Lüttschen Borwe , for Groß- and Kleinburgwedel.

The word Borwe came from Borchwede from the sentence “Dat schollt Borch wedde” (High German: “This should be a castle”). Borch refers to an administrative seat.

Burgwedel was first mentioned in documents in 1324 as the administrative center of the County of Burgwedel, later the Burgwedel District Bailiwick. The place was often almost wiped out by devastating fires, the last time in 1828, with two thirds of the place being destroyed.

Two routes for rail vehicles were built to and through Burgwedel. In 1901 line 17 of the Hanover tram to Großburgwedel was built, which was withdrawn to the Fasanenkrug in Hanover in 1956. In addition, the Hanover – Celle railway line was built through the city with a stop in Großburgwedel.

The Reichsbahn line in Burgwedel was used by Opel in 1928 as a test track for an unmanned rocket-powered sled.

The municipality of Burgwedel was created on March 1, 1974 as part of the territorial reform from the previously independent municipalities of Engensen, Fuhrberg, Großburgwedel, Kleinburgwedel, Oldhorst, Thönse and Wettmar. On August 26, 2003, the municipality of Burgwedel received city ​​rights . Until December 31, 2004, Burgwedel belonged to the then administrative district of Hanover , which, like all the other administrative districts of Lower Saxony, was dissolved.

Population development

Population development in Burgwedel from 1961 to 2018 according to the table below
date Residents source
1961 09,221 1
1970 12,911 2
1974 19,434 3
1998 19,503 3
1999 19,633 3
2000 19,885 3
2001 19,861 3
2002 20,113 3
2003 20,359 3
2004 20,473 3
date Residents source
2005 20,384 3
2010 20,487 3
2015 20,654 3
2016 20,594 3
2017 20,474 3
2018 20,369 3
0 0

1 on June 6, 1961 with the later incorporated locations
2 on May 27, 1970 with the later incorporated locations
3 on December 31


St. Petri Church in Großburgwedel

Evangelical Lutheran Church


The Protestant St. Petri Congregation is the largest religious community in Burgwedel. The St. Petri Church in the center of Großburgwedel, after which the parish is named, is a partly Romanesque, partly Gothic church, which was probably built around 1200. The copper-clad church tower is about 60 m high (masonry 20 m, spire 38 m, spire 2 m).

Großburgwedel is also the seat of the Burgdorfer Land church district office, which is responsible for the Burgdorf and Burgwedel-Langenhagen church districts of the Hanover regional church.

Betting mar

The St. Marcus parish is grouped in the Wettmar-Engensen-Thönse parish. Its center is St. Mark's Church in the Wettmar district, which was completed by the architect and later consistorial builder Conrad Wilhelm Hase in 1854–1855.


The center of the Evangelical Lutheran Fuhrberg parish is the Ludwig Harms Church in the old village center.

Roman Catholic Church

St. Paulus Church in Großburgwedel

The Catholic St. Paul Parish of Burgwedel is the second largest religious community in the city. It belongs to the Diocese of Hildesheim and thus to the Nordic Church Province of Hamburg . Before St. Paulus was raised to a parish parish in 1976 with the re-registration of the dean's office in Hanover-North , it had already been appointed parish vicarie in 1969 and parish in 1970. Before that, the Burgwedel Catholics were also looked after by the parish of St. Nikolaus in Burgdorf. The hexagonal church building designed by the Hanoverian architect Karl-August Muth, which offers space for around 300 believers, was given the patronage of the Apostle Paulus , the patron saint of the then incumbent Pope Paul VI, by Hildesheim Bishop Heinrich Maria Janssen . , consecrated. The church building shows colored glass windows by the Braunschweig artist Claus Kilian , which depict the Way of the Cross . There is also a triumphal cross above the altar and special sculptural work on the ambo and church doors. Before the St. Paulus Church was built, Catholic services were held in the Protestant St. Petri Church.

The parish also includes the neighboring Isernhagener districts FB , HB , KB , NB , Neuwarmbüchen and parts of Kirchhorst and has 3769 parishioners (as of January 1, 2017).

Other Christian communities

The New Apostolic Church is located in the immediate vicinity of St. Paulus Church in the Osterwiesen residential area.

Since autumn 2005 there has also been an evangelical free church under the name “Freistil”.


Burgwedel Town Hall in Großburgwedel

City Council

The city ​​council of Burgwedel consists of 34 councilors. This is the specified number for a municipality with a population between 20,001 and 25,000. The 34 council members are elected by local elections for five years each.

The incumbent mayor is also entitled to vote in the city council.

The last local election resulted in the following distribution of seats immediately after the election:

Local election CDU SPD Green FDP Flat share The party AfD WEB total
11th September 2016 16 9 3 2 2 1 1 1 35 seats


On February 16, 2014, Axel Düker (SPD) was elected mayor of Burgwedels. His deputies are Verena-Maria Itzel-Kietzmann (FDP), Thorsten Rieckenberg (CDU) and Bedri Özdemir (SPD).

coat of arms

The design of the coat of arms of the city of Burgwedel comes from Karl Wulf . The coat of arms can be found in interchanged colors in the former Burgdorf district . The approval of the coat of arms was granted on April 20, 1977 by the district of Hanover.

Burgwedel coat of arms
Blazon : Divided diagonally to the right by black and silver , above a silver, red - tongued wolf head looking inwards; below a black, two-pointed wolf tang with a central bolt. "
Reasons for the coat of arms: Components of the coat of arms are the symbols of the formerly existing district of Burgdorf. By exchanging the colors there is no identity with this coat of arms. The coat of arms has its model in Hermann Löns ' peasant chronicle " The Wehrwolf ". The plot of this novel largely concerns the area of ​​the current municipality of Burgwedel. The former communities of Engensen, Wettmar and Fuhrberg are mentioned most frequently of all the other communities mentioned.

Coats of arms of the districts

Town twinning

FranceFrance Domfront (Orne) , city in France ( Orne , region Normandy ), as a sign of the partnership was transformed the main square in the fall of 2008 and declared a Domfrontplatz

Culture and sights

There are numerous architectural monuments in Burgwedel. A complete overview can be found in the list of architectural monuments in Burgwedel .

Economy and Infrastructure


Burgwedel is the seat of the drugstore chain Rossmann and the branch company KIND-Hörgeräte . Furthermore, the animal vaccine manufacturer Burgwedel Biotech (formerly Essex Animal Health, belongs to MSD Sharp & Dohme , also prepares vaccine against the Ebola virus), the bakery decor manufacturer Pickerd , the orthopedic company Thuasne Thämert, the cosmetics manufacturer Hildegard Braukmann, as well other medium-sized and small businesses are located in the Großburgwedel industrial park. In addition, there is a branch of the furniture store IKEA , which opened in 1976, in the immediate vicinity of junction 54 of the federal motorway 7, making it the second oldest branch still in existence in Germany.

The Protestant Pestalozzi Foundation is an institution that goes beyond Burgwedel and has a wide range of offers in the field of training and education, as well as kindergarten, youth welfare, disabled assistance and kindergarten .

Public facilities

In the district Großburgwedel has Amtsgericht Burgwedel his seat, the Higher Regional Court heard Celle. Furthermore, a branch of the Employment Agency Celle in the district Großburgwedel resident.

In the area of ​​the city of Burgwedel, the Fuhrberg waterworks is one of the most important water supply works in the state capital of Hanover , and there is another waterworks at Wettmar for local supply.

The Großburgwedel Clinic , which is part of the Hannover Region Clinic, is located in Großburgwedel. At the end of 2008, volunteers succeeded in opening a recognized board for those in need in Burgwedel.


Pedestrian zone in the center of the Großburgwedel district
Großburgwedel stop (May 2000)

The A 7 runs through the area of ​​the city of Burgwedel with junction  54 (Großburgwedel). It connects the commercial areas with the company headquarters of Rossmann and the furniture store IKEA directly. A network of bypass roads that has been expanded in recent years is intended to relieve the city center of through traffic and also creates a direct connection from the motorway junction to the school and sports center as well as to Burgdorf and Wedemark.

The important Hanover – Celle railway line also runs here . At the Großburgwedel stop, the trains of the local rail passenger transport on the Göttingen - Hanover - Uelzen line , which has been served by the Metronom Railway Company since December 2005, stop every hour. It uses double-decker push-pull trains from the vehicle pool of the Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen mbH ( LNVG ).


Primary school in Großburgwedel
Großburgwedel Clinic
Old House (library in Großburgwedel)

In Großburgwedel there is a grammar school , an integrated comprehensive school , a secondary school , a special school (focus on learning) and a primary school . Other primary schools are located in Fuhrberg, Thönse, Kleinburgwedel and Wettmar. Pupils in grades 5, 6 and 7 have the opportunity to accept the offer of an "open all-day school" from Monday to Thursday including lunch, homework supervision and subsequent club offer.

Furthermore, the Pestalozzi Foundation in Großburgwedel offers a special school for social and emotional development and the Pestalozzi seminar (technical school social assistant / educator ).

The community library Großburgwedel is located in the old house in Großburgwedel. There are other libraries in Fuhrberg, Kleinburgwedel, Thönse and Wettmar.


sons and daughters of the town

Carl Graf von Alten on the battlefield of Waterloo

People connected to the city

People for whom a stumbling block was laid in Burgwedel

People for whom a stumbling block was laid as a victim of National Socialism can be found in the list of stumbling blocks in Burgwedel .


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  • District of Hanover (Hrsg.): Wappenbuch district of Hanover . Self-published, Hanover 1985, p. 104-121 .
  • Episcopal Vicariate General Hildesheim (ed.): Handbook of the Diocese of Hildesheim, Part 2: Region Hannover . Self-published, Hildesheim 1995, p. 104-107 .
  • Christian Heppner: Burgwedel - The history of the seven villages . Ed .: Municipality of Burgwedel. Hanover 1999.

Web links

Commons : Burgwedel  - Collection of Images

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