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Basic data
Borough Döhren-Wülfel (8)
surface 16.51 km²
Residents 34,742
Population density 2,104 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 30519
  • Döhren
  • midfield
  • Seelhorst
  • Waldhausen
  • Waldheim
  • Dice
Web presence Döhren-Wülfel district on hannover.de
District Mayor Antje Kellner (SPD)
City District Council
(19 seats)
SPD : 7, CDU : 6, Greens : 4, WfH : 1, Left : 1

Döhren-Wülfel is the 8th district in Hanover . It has 33,884 inhabitants and consists of the districts Döhren (13,590 inhabitants), Mittelfeld (9,188 inhabitants), Seelhorst (3,503 inhabitants), Waldhausen (2,174 inhabitants), Waldheim (1,806 inhabitants) and Wülfel (4,481 inhabitants) (as of 01/2016).


Döhren is located in the northwest of the city district. The Hildesheimerstraße as one of the main arterial roads of the city center by attracting Doehren as the main artery.


Döhren was first mentioned in a document in 983 as "Thurnithi". The name changed via Thornithe (1022), Dorne (1300), Dornede (1311), Dornde (1320), Dörnede (1344). On June 22nd, 1671, Duke Georg von Lüneburg gave the three villages (Alt-) Laatzen, Wülfel and Döhren to Duke Johann Friedrich von Calenberg as a thank you for helping to capture the city of Braunschweig . Since then, Laatzen has been part of the “Little Free”. The inhabitants of the “Little Free”, like those of the Great Free, had special rights. They were allowed to hunt in the forests of the area, but they had to assign an independent company (under the Koldingen Office ) to the Duke of Calenberg.

Young people around 1920 in bathing suits from the Frei-Nass association in Döhren-Wülfel

The Wülfel river bathing facility , which opened at the beginning of the 20th century, was closed in 1954.

In Döhren there were still some farms and a forge until the 1960s. Also up to this time there were two cinemas in the district: the Europapalast in Borgentrickstrasse had a large, round visitor room, and for a long time it was the largest cinema in Hanover. The second, very small cinema was the Schauburg, also known as the Flohkino. It was later taken over by a religious group as a community center. The demonstrations in the Schauburg began regularly 15 minutes later than in the Europapalast, because the roles with the weekly news were always brought to the Schauburg by bike after they were played.


Wilhelminian style house near Fiedelerplatz

Döhren has u. a. a quarter with residential buildings from the Wilhelminian era near Fiedelerplatz in Döhren's center. The weekly market and the farmers' market on Fiedelerplatz, which is also a central point of the district with numerous shops, are popular. Another focal point of the district with shops, public facilities, bus and train lines is the area around the intersection of Hildesheimer Straße / Peiner Straße / Abelmannstraße.

One of the oldest buildings in Döhren is the tower of the Protestant St. Petri Church , built in the 14th century . The church was badly damaged in World War II and rebuilt as Bartning's emergency church . In the area around the church there is a school building that has long been home to the “Volksschule am Lindenhofe”. It was later used by other schools, including the Hanover College . Today it houses the reformed pedagogical oriented Glocksee School , which was originally located on the Glocksee in the Calenberger Neustadt .

The Döhren Tower is not in Döhren, but in the southern part of the city about 300 meters outside of Döhren .

Döhrener wool

Row of houses in the
Döhrener Jammer workers' settlement

A new housing estate was built on a Leine island in the southwest in the 1980s . It was created by an arm of the river created to generate electricity. The settlement was built on the former factory site of the Döhrener wool laundry and combing (WW&K). Up until the second half of the 20th century there were extensive factories for wool cleaning there; it was the second largest factory of its kind in Germany. Plants native to Australia were found at the WW&K garbage dump, which got there with the remains of the cleaned wool. The former gatehouse and fire station is now a restaurant. The clock tower at the main entrance and a ram as a memorial on the former factory site have been preserved. The factory had a siding to the Wülfel station with its own locomotives (the wool railway). A large WW&K coal warehouse was located on today's “An der Wollebahn” street.

The WW&K workers' settlement is called the " Döhrener Jammer ". The workers had been recruited from the Eichsfeld . On Hildesheimer Strasse, the apartments for the leading forces of WW&K were built in multi-storey buildings; the closer you got to the factory premises, the simpler the houses (Weserstraße, Emsstraße) became. This settlement was bought by the construction company Neue Heimat after WW&K closed .


The following institutions are located in the district: TÜV Nord , Bau-Berufsgenossenschaft , Volkswagen Foundation , Police Inspection Hanover-South.

There are several schools in Döhren: the evening grammar school and the Hannover-Kolleg (grammar schools for adults), the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer Realschule, the Catholic elementary school Cardinal Bertram Schule, two state elementary schools (elementary school Suthwiesenstraße and Heinrich-Wilhelm-Olbers-Grundschule) and the Glockseeschule . The Caritas Association maintains a home for child and youth welfare, the Wahrendorff Clinic a psychiatric day clinic.

There is also the Döhren leisure center, a youth center, a play park, a district library and a citizens' office, as well as two Protestant churches ( St. Petri Church and Resurrection Church ), a Catholic ( St. Bernward Church ) and a New Apostolic Church.

In Döhren there is a üstra city ​​railway depot, the Hanoverian branch of the Red Cross . The former tram depot on Hildesheimer Straße was demolished and the Timon Carré was built in its place . A shopping and commercial center was opened in 2009 on the site of the former BMW branch on Hildesheimer Strasse, which was demolished in 2006 .

The Lower Saxony Döhren football club is represented in many sports. The rugby club VfR Döhren had to give up its place for the construction of the Olbersstraße school and has a new place on the border Waldhausen / Südstadt in the Eilenriede. Other sports clubs are the Paddle Club Hanover and the Turnverein Döhren (TV Döhren), the rugby club FC Schwalbe Döhren and the Schützen-Vereinigung Döhren von 1861 eV

Döhren has by far the highest density of table tennis clubs in the city, as Lower Saxony, VfR, Paddel-Klub, TV and Schwalbe each have a table tennis division.


To the west extends around the Leine a spacious meadow and meadow landscape with open swimming ponds and fishing ponds, which originate from the gravel quarrying that existed until the 1970s. The area around Leine and Ricklinger Kiesteiche is one of the most important local recreation destinations in Hanover in summer. There is a nudist swimming area at the seven-meter pond (which is said to be exactly seven meters deep) . The triangular pond, which is known because of its shape and around which several thousand people enjoy themselves on summer days, is particularly popular. The extensive meadow area around this pond is also very popular with kite and model airplane fans. The southern edge of the Eilenriede and the Maschsee border the Döhren district in the north. There are many allotment garden colonies there, including the allotment garden colony "Döhrener Masch".

After the Second World War, remnants of the old Willmer brickworks were still there until the 1950s. Today there is a small industrial area there. Passenger river shipping was on the leash until the 1970s. The vehicles started on Brückstrasse and drove close to the Hanover town hall.


Viên Giác pagoda with Avalokiteshvara statue in the middle

Midfield is on the southern outskirts. It is bounded by the railway line to Göttingen and the Karlsruher Straße in the west, the Garkenburgstraße and the Seelhorst forest area in the north, the streets Schwarze Worth, Schlehengarten and Laatzener Straße, Cousteaustraße and Kronsberg in the east as well as Kronsbergstraße, Messeschnellweg and Wülferoder Straße in the south.

The district emerged in the 1950s as a settlement for displaced persons . To the east of the Messeschnellweg is the Hanover-Seelhorst settlement that was built in the 1930s . To the north of this is the Annastift's vocational training center , on the site of which a willow church was built. Adjacent is a district sports facility; VfB Hannover-Wülfel trains here.

In the district is the more than 130 hectare Hanover Exhibition Center , which takes up about half of the area of ​​the district. The former Expo site with the TUI Arena is also part of Mittelfeld.

The Üstra bus depot south is located on the railway line . On Lehrter Platz is the Protestant Church of Grace to the Holy Cross from 1962, not far from it is the Catholic St. Eugenius Church from 1956. On Karlsruher Strasse is the pagoda of the Viên Giác Monastery of the Congregation of the United Vietnamese Buddhist Church, which is part of the largest outside of Vietnam .


Waldwirtschaft Seelhorst ("Altes Jagdhaus" restaurant)

Seelhorst is bounded in the west by the railway line to Göttingen , in the northwest by the freight bypass train , in the northeast by the Messeschnellweg and in the south by Garkenburgstrasse. The north and south-east border of the district is formed by the edge of the eponymous forest area Seelhorst .

In the 11th to 14th centuries, the deserted village of Süsserode lay on the edge of the forest in the northwest . As recently as 1613, a "Süßeroder Kirchhof" and a gallows were recorded on a map of the area. On the southern edge of the Seelhorst was the "Gardeckerburg", which is mentioned in 1485 in the episcopal fiefdom of Hildesheim. The appearance of the Gardeckerburg, which is said to have been a defensive castle, is unknown. Archaeological finds suggest that forest workers and overseers had their accommodation in the Seelhorst as early as 1820. Werner von Grävemeyer , one of the first builders in the Seelhorst, had a hunting lodge built for himself in 1852. In 1907 the Seelhorst settlement, which originally belonged to Döhren, was incorporated into Hanover. In 1919 the city laid out the Seelhorst city cemetery .

In 1932, the small settlement Hannover-Seelhorst , which today belongs to Mittelfeld, was founded on an asparagus field in the southwest of the forest on the site with the old field name "Im Wolfskampe" . The settler positions were given to artisans with many children who had become unemployed due to the global economic crisis . This was connected with the requirement of building the houses in self-help as well as self-sufficiency through keeping small animals and cultivating the half-acre (1,250 m 2 ) kitchen garden .

Around 150 residential buildings were built between 2005 and 2010 in the Seelhorst building area, including on part of a former cemetery site.


Villa Willmer , around 1900
Döhrener Tower

Waldhausen lies between Maschsee and Eilenriede , the southern border to Döhren is formed by the Hanover – Altenbeken railway line , the eastern border to Waldheim by the Göttingen railway line , and to the north is the Engesohde town cemetery . The small district is characterized by villa-like single-family houses and, with its upscale old buildings, is one of the preferred and most expensive residential areas in Hanover.

Against the opposition of Waldhausen citizens and well-known architects, the palace-like Villa Willmer (popularly also called Tränenburg) on Hildesheimer Strasse (corner of Güntherstrasse) was demolished in 1971 . The villa was built of bricks as the Willmer family owned a brick factory. Houses with condominiums were then built on the property and the adjacent park. The Timotheuskirche has stood in Waldhausen since 1954.

The district is connected to the city rail network by the B-route of the city railway (lines 1, 2, 8). The Hanover region is planning to build a new Hanover-Waldhausen station for the Hanover S-Bahn on the bridge over Hildesheimer Straße. During the construction of the elevated platform for the Döhrener Turm tram stop, this was already taken into account and the stop was placed closer to the railway line.

Prominent residents of the district since 2009 were former Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, along with former Chancellor wife and state politician Doris Schröder-Köpf ; Gerhard Schröder moved out of his family's house alone in 2015; and since 2013 the former Federal President Christian Wulff , who also moved from Waldhausen in 2015.


Waldheimstrasse with buildings of different ages

The Waldheim, east of Waldhausen, is bounded in the west by the railway line towards Göttingen and in the southeast by the freight bypass railway . The north-western border forms the edge of the Eilenriede in the extended line of Gustav-Brandt-Straße to Bemeroder Straße, which together with the supplement road and the Messeschnellweg forms the north-eastern border.

The district emerged around 1900 as a colony of the civil servants' housing association. It partly has upscale old buildings with single-family houses from the 1950s to 1970s and is considered a preferred residential area. The residential district comprises only a smaller part of the district. The north-western half is occupied by the Eilenriede, in the north-eastern quarter there are allotment gardens.

Waldheim is accessed by bus lines 128 and 134 with three stops.


Matthäikirche Hannover-Wülfel

Wülfel is located on the southern outskirts of Hanover. Brückstrasse, Wiehegraben, Bothmerstrasse and Garkenburgstrasse form the northern border, while the railway line to Göttingen runs to the east . In the south lies the former manor Wülfel . There, the closed development on Werner-von-Siemens-Platz merges into the neighboring Laatzen ( Alt-Laatzen district ). In the west of the district is the Leinemasch with the Ricklinger Kiesteiche . This is where flooding often occurs when the Leine floods.

On the edge of the Leinemasch is the Hanover cycling track .

The Wülfeler chapel , possibly built around 1350, was converted into a syringe house around 1900. After its demolition in 1916, an ammunition factory was built at today's Stiegelmeyerstrasse. A church in the neo-Gothic brick style was built in 1911 on Loccumer Straße. This church was partially destroyed in an air raid in 1943 during World War II. The simple, Protestant-Lutheran Matthäikirche in Wülfel was rebuilt in 1956 according to plans by Kurt Habermann. The Catholic Church of St. Michael was built in 1969 and has belonged to the parish of St. Bernward since 2010 . The "Wülfeler Turm" restaurant with a dance hall was located on this property until the war years. Except for a few building remains, it was destroyed by bombing during the war. The name of the restaurant was taken from the "Wülfeler Turm" originally located at this point, which together with the "Döhrener Turm" and the "Laatzener Turm" formed an axis of watchtowers.

The Wülfel brewery was founded in 1859 and was based here until the 1990s. This company was bought by the Gilde Brauerei Hannover in 1992 , the old buildings were torn down, but parts of the facade were preserved. Retail stores were established on the site.

Chemical factory Wülfel on Hildesheimer Strasse

The building of the Chemische Fabrik Wülfel , founded in 1871, has been preserved to this day, the company still operates as Chemische Fabrik Wülfel GmbH & Co. KG at the same location.

Wülfel has a volunteer fire brigade that provides defensive fire protection and general help. The Schützengesellschaft Wülfel 1896 eV has its headquarters here.

There are two schools on Loccumer Strasse in Wülfel: the Loccumer Strasse primary school and the Kardinal-Bertram-Schule, a Catholic primary school that took over the building of the former Christian-Andersen-Schule (special school for learning) in 2014. There is also a branch of the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Realschule, which has its main office in Döhren.

District Council

The district council has 19 seats. In the 2011 and 2016 local elections , the SPD became the strongest party in the district with 7 and 6 seats respectively. The CDU has 5 seats, the second largest party in front of the green . All other parties and electoral associations each have only 1 seat. The Döhren-Wülfel district council meets about ten times a year in public in the Döhren leisure center.

See also


  • Theodor Dreimann: The village of Döhren. Past and dissolution . Hannover Hoffmann and Kaune 1979
  • Daniel Gardemin: Waldhausen. A district develops in the history of Hanover Reprint of the 2nd edition from 1987, Groß Oesingen: Druckhaus Harms, 2014, ISBN 978-3-00-046207-8
  • Günter Porsiel : The Willmer. The manor Waldhausen and its surroundings Hannover Hoffmann 2005
  • Günter Porsiel : Our midfield. A district worth experiencing Hanover Hanover self-published 2007
  • Jens Schade: Döhren - Wülfel from prehistoric times to today . Hanover Hoffmann 2007
  • Heinrich Wanner: The villages of Döhren, Wülfel, Laatzen in the small open air near Hanover Hanover Geibel 1911
  • Ernst Wehr: The little free. Messages from the history of Döhren-Wülfel-Laatzen . Hanover 1989
  • Käte Werner u. a .: District Chronicle Midfield . Society for Building and Living (Ed.) Hanover 1999

Web links

Commons : Döhren-Wülfel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Where Wulff and Schröder live in the neighborhood , report in the world of January 13, 2013 (accessed on February 27, 2014)
  2. Archived copy ( memento of the original from April 16, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.wuelfel.de
  3. http://www.gs-loccumerstrasse.de/ Website of the primary school Loccumer Strasse
  4. http://www.kardinal-bertram-schule-hannover.de/ Website of the Kardinal-Bertram-Schule

Coordinates: 52 ° 20 '  N , 9 ° 47'  E