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Coordinates: 53 ° 3 '  N , 8 ° 38'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
Height : 7 m above sea level NHN
Area : 62.36 km 2
Residents: 77,559 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 1244 inhabitants per km 2
Postcodes : 27749, 27751, 27753, 27755
Area code : 04221
License plate : DEL
Community key : 03 4 01 000

City administration address :
Rathausplatz 1
27749 Delmenhorst
Website :
Lord Mayor : Axel Jahnz ( SPD )
Location of the city of Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony
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Delmenhorst ( Low German Demost ) is an independent city in the Oldenburger Land ( Lower Saxony ). It belongs to the Northwest Metropolitan Region and the Lower Saxony / Bremen municipal association .

In Lower Saxony, Delmenhorst is not only one of eight independent cities, it also ranks among the ten largest cities in the state. As early as 1371 Delmenhorst received city ​​rights from the count. With the inauguration of the Bremen – Oldenburg railway line in 1867, the city developed into the largest industrial city between the Weser and Ems by 1898. Delmenhorst has been a district since 1903.


Lot on the Delme

Geographical location

Delmenhorst borders Bremen to the west and is located about 35 km east-southeast of Oldenburg . The city is traversed, among other things, by the Delme and bordered in the east and northeast by the waters of Klosterbach / Varreler Bäke and the Ochtum .

City structure

Districts of Delmenhorst

Delmenhorst was, not least thanks to the increasingly incipient industrialization and the resulting economic prosperity, on 1 May 1903 a city the first class , which is a county-level city . During this time the districts of Düsternort, Schafkoven and Hasport were created. Delmenhorst extended in 1910 over an area of ​​19.56 km². In 1933 the present-day districts of Annenheide, Annenriede, Bungerhof, Iprump and Stickgras were incorporated . There were several options for the city to expand further. Many new settlements in the city districts emerged in the post-war years, mainly to provide housing for refugees . In 1974 Hasbergen was finally incorporated into Delmenhorst as part of the Lower Saxony municipal reform, and the city reached its present cadastral size of 62.36 km². For statistical purposes, the city of Delmenhorst is divided into ten districts:

district number
Name of the district Population
Districts and neighborhoods
within the district
1 center 7,791 Middle / North, Middle / West, Bahnhofstrasse, Middle / East, Wiekhorn
2 Deichhorst 10,7550 Tiergarten, Lange Wand, Caspari
3 Dwoberg / Ströhen 8,327 Ströhen North, Lessingstrasse, Hansaviertel
4th Bungy yard 6,915 Deichhausen, Neuendeel, Hasbergen , Schönemoorer Strasse, Deichhäuser Heide
5 Schafkoven / Donneresch 10,0580 Schohasbergen, Nordwolle, Tappenort
6th Iprump / stick grass 5,516 Emshoop, Bremer Strasse
7th Stickgras / Annenriede 10,6210 Stephanusstraße, Tiefes Moor, An der Riede Nord, An der Riede Süd, Hasport
8th Hasport / Annenheide 4.144 Hasportsee, Annenheide West, Annenheide East
9 Dark place 7,632 Stadium, gloomy south
0 Brendel / Adelheide 5,415 -

The names of the districts and districts within the district are partly of a purely administrative nature and can only be found to a limited extent in the everyday language of the residents. Other terms used in everyday language for urban districts are, for example: Albertushof, Brandhöfen, Brückenesch, Heidkrug, Hullen, Moorkamp, ​​Sandhausen, Schlutter, Tannen, Westerfeld or the problem district of Wollepark .

The resident data from the table include both main and secondary residences . The resulting total number of residents differs slightly from the number published by the Lower Saxony State Office for Statistics and Communication Technology , which only reflects the residents with their main residence.


Relief of Delmenhorst Castle on Castle Island, copper engraving by Merian , 1647
Delmenhorst around 1647

After completion of the Stedingerkriege 1234 1247 started on the castle island in the current graft systems , the expansion of a modest attachment to a moated castle , the castle Delmenhorst , to ensure by the Oldenburg Count subject areas of Stedinger . In 1254 the name Delmenhorst was first mentioned in a document. From 1281 the older line of the Counts of Delmenhorst ruled , their reign lasted until 1436. In 1286 the collegiate monastery “St. Marien ”.

With the construction of the Bremen-Delmenhorst embankment in 1311, the Flemish trade route was led via Delmenhorst. In 1371 Delmenhorst was given by Count Otto III of Delmenhorst . the city ​​rights according to Bremen law . In 1414, Count Otto IV of Delmenhorst pledged his county to the Archbishopric of Bremen. In 1421 Count Nikolaus von Delmenhorst became Archbishop of Bremen . In 1436 the county of Delmenhorst fell back to Oldenburg .

From 1440 to 1482, Count Gerd the Brave ruled Delmenhorst. In 1448 Count Christian von Oldenburg and Delmenhorst became King of Denmark. The oldest civic association of Delmenhorst, the “St. Polycarpus Guild ”, was founded in 1454. After the reign of Gerd the Brave in 1482, the city fell under the rule of Münster.

In 1547 Count Anton I of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst recaptured the castle and county. The reign of the younger line of the Counts of Delmenhorst lasted from 1577 to 1647, including Count Christian von Delmenhorst from 1633 to 1647. In 1615 the Protestant church with the count's crypt was built. From 1647 to 1667 the county of Delmenhorst belonged again to Oldenburg.

The first guild was founded in 1651 by cloth makers . From 1667 to 1773 the counties of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst were co-ruled by the Danish royal family. In 1690 the town was granted market rights.

Floor plan of the former count's castle (state around 1712)

From 1711 to 1731 the county was pledged to the Electorate of Braunschweig-Lüneburg , during which time the castle began to be demolished. In 1787, the last relic of the castle fell with the rest of the Blue Tower.

On August 27, 1773, County Delmenhorst came together with the county Oldenburg by countries exchange to the head of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf , the later Tsar Paul I. He later entered the country four days his cousin the Prince Bishop of Lubeck, Friedrich August from, who was then raised to the status of duke by Emperor Joseph II in 1774/1777. The resulting Duchy of Oldenburg belonged to the Holy Roman Empire as an Imperial Principality .

From 1811 to 1813 Delmenhorst was under French occupation. In 1815 the Duchy of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst became the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg.

In 1832 the weekly newspaper for the Delmenhorst district appeared for the first time , after 1847 the newspaper was called the Delmenhorster Kreisblatt . With the start of industrialization from 1850, the cork and cigar industry expanded in Delmenhorst. With the inauguration of the Bremen – Oldenburg railway line in 1867, the city developed into the largest industrial city between the Weser and Ems by 1898 . Companies were founded in the areas of jute , cork , wool and linoleum . In 1884 the North German wool combing & worsted spinning mill (North Wool) was founded.

Since 1903 the city was independent. From 1910 to 1914 the town hall complex with the 44 meter high water tower was built according to a design by Heinz Stoffregen , and in 1928 the municipal hospital on Wildeshauser Straße was built according to a design by the architect Fritz Höger . In 1931, the North German wool combing and worsted spinning mill went bankrupt.

In World War II, Allied directed air strikes on Delmenhorst only relatively minor damage, and the city was destroyed to 2.3%. Delmenhorst was occupied by British and Canadian troops in 1945 . In 1945/46 around 15,000 displaced persons , mostly from Silesia , found a place in the city.

The Free State of Oldenburg with Delmenhorst went up in 1946 in the newly founded state of Lower Saxony.

The Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst was opened in 1973 . 1977/1978 was in the course of municipal reform the circle of freedom Delmenhorst confirmed after the original plans of the Expert Commission for the administrative and territorial reform in Lower Saxony ( " Weber Commission ") first of all the annexation to the district Wesermarsch provided or the summary of the "great circle Brake" was. In the end, the idea of ​​creating a new Delmenhorst district, expressed by various parties, was not able to prevail.

After the United Worsted Spinning Mill finally went bankrupt in 1981, a new part of the city was built on the company premises in 1986, combined with listed buildings and modern developments. In 2000, the Nordwolle Delmenhorst urban development project presented itself as the first external location for the Expo 2000 world exhibition .

In 2006, the acquisition of an empty hotel in the city center by the city of Delmenhorst to prevent an allegedly planned sale to the Hamburg lawyer Jürgen Rieger ( NPD ) attracted national attention. This had pretended to want to set up a conference center for right-wing extremist circles there. The city bought the property with the help of donations of several million euros from the citizens. In July 2008 the city decided to demolish the hotel and some other neighboring buildings (Delmeburg, Wasserwerk, AOK) and to redevelop the entire area. The demolition took place in spring 2009. At the moment it is unclear what should be done with the area of ​​the hotel, currently there is a green area.

In 2006 Delmenhorst became a municipal member of the Northwest Metropolitan Region .

Population development

Population development 1818–2017

In the Middle Ages and early modern times , Delmenhorst only had a few hundred inhabitants. The population grew only slowly and fell again and again due to the numerous wars, epidemics and famine . With the onset of industrialization in the 19th century, population growth accelerated. With numerous company foundations in the fields of jute , cork , wool and linoleum , Delmenhorst developed into the largest industrial city between the Weser and Ems . In 1816 only 1,937 people lived in the city, in 1900 there were already around 16,000.

After the end of the Second World War, many refugees and displaced persons came to the city. By 1950, the population rose by around 20,000 to over 57,000. In 1995 the population reached its highest level at that time with 78,226. In 2005 Delmenhorst had 75,916 inhabitants. After Delmenhorst had shrunk slightly between 2005 and 2010 and a population of just 73,322 was determined in the census in May 2011, the number of inhabitants increased continuously from 2011 onwards.

Delmenhorst drew and continues to attract immigrants of various nationalities. In 2014, most of the foreigners came from Turkey (2,461), Poland (1,289), Bulgaria (538), Greece (264), Russia (260), Romania (257), Syria (232) and Ukraine (206). In December 2014, the proportion of the population with a migration background was 10.9 percent.

Since the 1970s, Delmenhorst has had a sizable Syriac community of over 2,000 members (also known as Assyrians , Arameans or Chaldeans ). This Christian minority from the Middle East is now an integral part of the club life in Delmenhorst. Most of this historical minority have their roots in the village of Mzizah , which is located in Tur-Abdin (southeastern Turkey) and belong to the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch .

The following overview shows the number of inhabitants according to the respective territorial status. These are census results (¹) or official updates from the State Statistical Office (¹). From 1871 the data relate to the local population , from 1925 to the resident population and since 1987 to the population as a whole. Before 1871, the number of inhabitants was determined according to inconsistent survey procedures.

date Residents
August 15, 1816 ¹ 1.937
February 1, 1828 ¹ 2.124
July 1, 1837 ¹ 2,399
July 1, 1846 ¹ 2,409
January 2, 1850¹ 2,372
July 1, 1852 ¹ 2,439
December 3, 1854 ¹ 2,419
December 3, 1855 ¹ 2,628
December 3, 1858 ¹ 2,754
December 3, 1861 ¹ 2,916
December 3, 1864¹ 3,172
December 3, 1867 ¹ 3,507
December 1, 1871 ¹ 4.018
December 1, 1875 ¹ 4,800
December 1, 1880¹ 5,408
date Residents
December 1, 1885 ¹ 6,647
December 1, 1890¹ 9,372
December 2, 1895 ¹ 12,569
December 1, 1900 ¹ 16,579
December 1, 1905 ¹ 20,150
December 1, 1910¹ 22,516
December 1, 1916 ¹ 19,684
December 5, 1917 ¹ 19,418
October 8, 1919 ¹ 21,878
June 16, 1925 ¹ 24,702
June 16, 1933 ¹ 31,284
May 17, 1939 ¹ 38,261
December 31, 1945 41,784
October 29, 1946 ¹ 48,742
September 13, 1950 ¹ 57.273
date Residents
September 25, 1956 ¹ 54,791
June 6, 1961 ¹ 57,312
December 31, 1965 61,977
May 27, 1970 ¹ 63,266
December 31, 1975 ¹ 71,488
December 31, 1980 ¹ 72,370
December 31, 1985 ¹ 70,546
May 25, 1987 ¹ 72,072
December 31, 1990 ¹ 75,154
December 31, 1995 ¹ 78.226
December 31, 2000 ¹ 76,644
December 31, 2005 ¹ 75,916
December 31, 2010 ¹ 74,361
date Residents
May 9, 2011 ¹ 73,322
December 31, 2011 ¹ 73.364
December 31, 2012 ¹ 73,588
December 31, 2013 ¹ 74.052
December 31, 2014 ¹ 74,804
December 31, 2015 ¹ 76,323
December 31, 2016 ¹ 77,045
December 31, 2017 ¹ 77,521
December 31, 2018 ¹ 77,607
December 31, 2019 ¹ 77,559

¹ Census results and official updates

Historical press

With the exception of 1945/46, Delmenhorst has had its own press since 1808.

The first press organ was The Secret Crier. A free-hearted u. unbiased recovery sheet f. d. Citizen , which appeared from April 2 to July 9, 1808. It was published by the theater secretary Dittmann in Bremen and banned under pressure from the Dutch - French occupying power . Issues 1–13 are archived in the Oldenburg State Library , Nos. 1–15 in the State and University Library of Bremen .

From January 6, 1832, the weekly newspaper for the Delmenhorst district was published , which was renamed Delmenhorster Kreisblatt in 1847 and received different subtitles over the years. The last edition appeared on April 18, 1945. The political tendency was independent and right-wing. The first post-war edition appeared on October 1, 1949. The years from 1838 to 1940 are archived in the Oldenburg State Library, with gaps in loss.

The Delmenhorster Wochenblatt , political tendency independent, was published from the end of 1866 to December 29, 1868.

Only in 1875 was the Allgemeine Volkszeitung. Central-Anzeiger f. City u. Country , issued. The political tendency was independent.

From April 2, 1884 to May 30, 1926, the Delmenhorster Nachrichten appeared. Indicator f. Delmenhorst u. In the vicinity , the 1924 in Nationale Rundschau. Independent Delmenhorst daily newspaper for Delmenhorst , 1926 at short notice Neue Bremer Zeitung. Nationale Rundschau was called and finally in 1926 in the Bremer Zeitung. North German Rundschau , rose. It has had various subtitles over the years. The political tendency was independent and liberal until 1924 , from 1924 German national . The years from 1884 to 1929 are archived in the Oldenburg State Library with gaps for 1919 and 1923.

The Delmenhorster Volksblatt. Organ f. d. Interests d. working people appeared from 1895 to 1905 and was oriented towards social democracy.

The also social democratic Delmenhorster Volkswacht appeared from June 1, 1919 to March 10, 1933. In 1930 it was published in the Delmenhorster Volksblatt. Organ z. Representation d. Popular interests f. Delmenh. u. Renamed environment . It was published in the Oldenburgische Staatszeitung in 1933 . Ed. Delmenhorst transferred. Like the Delmenhorster Volksblatt , editions of this newspaper are also archived in the Oldenburg State Library.


On March 1, 1974, the municipality of Hasbergen was incorporated.

Origin of the place name

The place name Delmenhorst is a derivative of the river name Delme , which flows through the place. The ending “-horst” occurs in numerous place names in northern Germany, but also in the Netherlands, Belgium and England. It belongs to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch “hurst, horst”, Old English “hyrst”, Middle High German “hurst, hürste”, Old High German “hurst”. The meaning is "bushes, scrub, bush forest, wood, bushes, coppices", also "overgrown small elevation in swamp and bog". The name Delme has not yet been interpreted with certainty. Its formation with "- (m) ana" or "- (m) end - / (m) and-" is to be assumed. The Indo-European "dhelbh-" can be assumed. It means "deepen, hollow out". Descriptions of the Delme river confirm its origin: "Geest rivers such as the Delme and the catfish have cut deeply into this base moraine with their flood plains".

Garrison town of Delmenhorst

Delmenhorst has a long military tradition. Troops had already been stationed when the Delmeburg was built around 1250, and when the castle was demolished in 1711, the soldiers also withdrew. During the First World War , a Landsturm replacement battalion was relocated from Hanover to Delmenhorst in 1915. In 1934/35 the Caspari barracks were built on Wildeshauser Strasse and the construction of an air base in the Adelheide district began, the accommodation area of ​​which was named after the fighter pilot Oswald Boelcke . In the Horstedter Heide and the Sedter Heide, the city set up the "Große Höhe" military training area .

After the Second World War , the barracks were used as accommodation for displaced persons and refugees and for military units of the British occupying forces. After the internment camp was dissolved, the Christian Youth Village was built on the barracks site in Adelheide in 1948, from which the Wichernstift later emerged.

In 1957, the site administration was set up on Brauenkamper Strasse, and in 1958 the first units of the newly established Bundeswehr moved into the Caspari barracks. The former air base barracks were renamed Lilienthal barracks in 1966 and then Feldwebel Lilienthal barracks in 1970 , while the Barbara Barracks were renamed Barbara barracks in 1972 after the evacuation of British troops and the construction of new accommodation buildings.

The army and air force shaped the cityscape of the coming years with their vehicles and thus became part of urban normality. By the by the German unit contingent troop reduction of the garrison Delmenhorst of about 4,050 soldiers to about 1,600 soldiers between 1991 and 1994, the city experienced an incision. The Air Force withdrew its units completely ( Air Defense Missile Squadron 24 ) or dissolved them ( Air Defense Missile Squadron 35 ). The last units of the Caspari barracks moved out in 1994, and demolition began in 2000. The city quarter "Neues Deichhorst."

The army also disbanded units, including the rocket artillery battalion 112 , the escort battery 11 and the armored infantry battalion 312, but still maintains units in the city today. In 2006, Logistics Brigade 1 and Transport Battalion 165 were set up. The logistics brigade was disbanded as early as 2014 as part of the Bundeswehr's new location concept, which has been in force since 2011, and the associated significant reduction in troop strength.

The Hotel Meadow: In 2006 the right-wing extremist lawyer Jürgen Rieger wanted to buy the Hotel am Stadtpark in Delmenhorst and set up a conference center for rights there. The city prevented this with the active support of the citizens. In the end, the hotel was acquired by the city for 3 million euros - 900,000 euros had been donated by citizens. The old hotel was torn down and the hotel meadow was created. What should happen to the property in the future is still open. It is currently used regularly as an event space and beds have also been created there by citizens' initiatives.


City council

The council of the city of Delmenhorst consists of 44 council women and councilors. This is the specified number for a municipality with a population between 75,001 and 100,000. The council members are elected for a five-year term by local elections. The current term of office began on November 1, 2016 and ends on October 30, 2021.

The Lord Mayor is also entitled to vote in the city council.

The last local election on September 11, 2016 resulted in the following:

Allocation of seats since 2016 in
the City Council of Delmenhorst
14th 10 7th 
A total of 44 seats
Parties and constituencies Share of votes Seats
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 31.6% 14th
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 23.4% 10
AfD Alternative for Germany 15.2% 7th
Green Alliance 90 / The Greens 7.2% 3
FDP Free Democratic Party 7.4% 3
UAD Independent Delmenhorster 5.0% 2
left The left 4.0% 2
Citizens Forum Citizens Forum 3.2% 1
Pirates Pirate Party Germany 1.9% 1
FW Free voters 1.2% 1
total 100% 44
Turnout: 44.8%

The turnout in the 2016 local elections was 44.8%, below the Lower Saxony average of 55.5%. For comparison: in the previous local elections on September 11, 2016, the turnout was 42.8%.


In the last mayoral election on May 25, 2014, Axel Jahnz (SPD) was elected full-time mayor . Jahnz achieved 63.1% of the vote and was ahead of the CDU candidate Heidi Naujoks with 19.7% and the previous incumbent and individual applicant Patrick de La Lanne with 17.2%. The turnout was 43.2%. Jahnz took up his post as Lord Mayor on November 1, 2014.

coat of arms

The currently valid municipal coat of arms was awarded on February 4, 1913 by the Oldenburg Grand Duke .

Coat of arms of Delmenhorst
Blazon : "The coat of arms of the municipality shows a red castle tower with a blue conical roof on a golden shield , which is crisscrossed by several blue wavy lines in the middle."
Foundation of the coat of arms: The oldest coat of arms from 1442 already showed the castle in front of a river (Delme). A small sign with the Oldenburg weapons was also shown. This little shield is no longer shown on later coats of arms. The blue roof of the tower actually symbolizes the "Blue Tower" of Delmenhorster Castle, which has since been demolished, but is now also associated with the water tower.


The flag of the city has the colors blue, gold, red.

Children's and youth parliament

The city of Delmenhorst has had its own children's and youth parliament for two decades now. This takes care of the affairs of the youth in Delmenhorst.

Town twinning

Delmenhorst has five twin cities :

city country since
Allonnes France 1976
Borisoglebsk Russia 1994
Eberswalde Brandenburg 1990
Kolding Denmark 1979
Lublin Poland 1992

Culture and sights

Water tower and town hall in Delmenhorst
Lot in the graft systems
Former count's garden house from 1723 at the entrance to the castle island

Cultural institutions

Big events

  • Delmenhorster Kramermakt (in spring and autumn)
  • Delmenhorster car spring
  • Delmenhorster City Festival (in summer, in the city center)
  • Graf Gerds Stadtgetümmel (medieval market on the castle island)
  • Castle Island Festival (open air on Castle Island)
  • Delmenhorster Potato Festival (in autumn)
  • Festival of Lights (beginning of December)
  • Delmenhorster Christmas Market (in the city center)


The listed town hall complex on the market square was built in Art Nouveau forms in 1912–1914 based on a design by the Bremen architect Heinz Stoffregen (1879–1929). The 44 meter high water tower with viewing platform, which was completed in April 1910 after a year of construction, was included in the complex . It held 500 cubic meters of water and has not been in operation since February 2011. Also on the market square is the market hall designed by the same architect and built in 1919/1920 , which was connected to the town hall by an arcade that was demolished in 1955.

South of the city center, the grafts with the castle island extend along the Delme , on which an existing fortified courtyard ( Horsthof ) was expanded to a moated castle in 1247 . This was expanded into a representative Renaissance castle in the 16th century. The demolition of the complex began in 1711, the last time the castle tower, the so-called Blue Tower, was demolished in 1787. The latter is depicted in the city's coat of arms. Starting in 1906, the site was redesigned into a park through which the former fortification trenches, Innengraft and Außengraft , crossed. At the entrance to the castle island, the former count's garden house from 1723 from Gut Weyhausen was rebuilt in 1979. On the castle island, the floor plan of the castle was made visible by floor markings.

Evangelical town church in Delmenhorst

On the site of the former North German wool combing and worsted spinning mill to the north of the city center, a large-scale complex of listed historic factory architecture and modern buildings, there is, among other things, the Northwest German Museum for Industrial Culture North Wool Delmenhorst , an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Culture (ERIH). Here, as part of the World Exhibition Expo 2000 in Hanover, the urban development project Nordwolle with a culture and media center as well as the future-oriented model project “Living and Working on the Highway” and “Future Age - ServiceWohnen” was presented as an external location .

The Protestant town church of the Holy Trinity with the crypt of the former Counts of Delmenhorst was built in 1789 as a simple classical plastered building, the brick-facing tower was last added in 1908.

The Catholic St. Mary's Church with a 72 meter high tower was built in 1903 in a brick-covered neo-Gothic style and destroyed in an air raid on Delmenhorst on November 26, 1943 during the Second World War . Reconstruction began in 1944 and was completed in 1949. The crucifix above the altar is the work of the metal sculptor Jakob Riffeler .

The municipal hospital on Wildeshauser Strasse, built from 1927 to 1928, and the Bungerhof cemetery chapel from 1929 are works by the Hamburg architect Fritz Höger (1877–1949), one of the leading exponents of North German brick expressionism .

In the Hasbergen district , the village church of St. Laurentius , consecrated in 1380 and later rebuilt several times, and the museum water mill are worth seeing.

In the area of ​​the Oldenburger Landstrasse is the zoo with a very nice tree population and the monument to Grand Duke Nikolaus Friedrich Peter .

Protected areas

In addition to landscape protection areas and natural monuments, there are two designated nature reserves in the city area (as of February 2017).

See also:

Economy and Transport

In 2016, Delmenhorst generated a gross domestic product of € 1.726 billion within its city limits . In the same year, GDP per capita was € 22,502 (Lower Saxony: € 34,812, Germany € 38,180). Delmenhorst thus had the second lowest GDP per capita among all independent cities in Germany. In 2016, around 33,300 people were employed in the city. The unemployment rate in Delmenhorst was 8.5% in December 2018 and thus above the Lower Saxony average of 5.0%.


The economy has diverse branches in the manufacturing sector from the food industry, the manufacture of linoleum, offshore, marine and underwater technology, the suppliers for the automotive industry and the latest Airbus production.

Significant companies are:


The daily newspapers Delmenhorster Kreisblatt , Delmenhorster Kurier / Weser-Kurier and Nordwest-Zeitung as well as the free advertising papers Kreisblatt am Sonntag, Delme Report, Delmenhorster Zeitung and the monthly city magazine Deldorado appear in the city.

The local citizen broadcasting station (radio and television) Radio-Weser-TV can be received in Delmenhorst on UKW 92.5 (radio) and on channel 12 in the Bremen cable network (television).

Hotels and pensions

Tourism is not a main branch of the city of Delmenhorst, but there are a number of guest houses and several hotels.

City brand Delmenhorst

In 2017, the Delmenhorster Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft (dwfg) had a location marketing concept drawn up. The already existing city slogan "Delmenhorst connects" has been expanded and now reads completely:
Delmenhorst connects ... everything that makes a home worth living in is short in the heart of the city.

The following core topics were worked out:

  • Sport & leisure fun in the countryside
  • Colorful community
  • Active economy
  • Lively city culture


Road traffic

Delmenhorst is on the A 28 motorway , which joins the A 1 in the Stuhr municipality (Diepholz district) at the Stuhr triangle.

Bremen can be reached quickly from the A 28 at the Delmenhorst triangle via the B 75 , which has been developed as a four-lane expressway. The federal road B 213 leads from the A 28 (connection DEL-Deichhorst) to the southern area and at Wildeshausen to the A 1, while the B 212 leads near Delmenhorst in the Oldenburg district to the north and into the Wesermarsch district .

Rail transport

The station Delmenhorst is located on the railway line Bremen-Oldenburg of Deutsche Bahn AG , the in Delmenhorst the branch lines to Osnabrück (operated by the NordWestBahn GmbH) and after Harpstedt branch, the latter only from Delmenhorst-Harpstedter railway GmbH (DHE) Actuated goods - or museum railroad traffic .

Delmenhorst station is a stop for individual Intercity-Express ( daytime connections ) and Intercity of the DB long-distance traffic. Regional express trains and regional trains from DB Regio Nord and NordWestBahn stop there . There are also two lines of the Regio-S-Bahn , which are operated by the NordWestBahn. The IC is west supplement free of Bremen and run from December 2015 TWINDEXX - double-deck coaches .

line Line course Operator / EVU
IC 2435 Norddeich Mole - Leer - Oldenburg - Delmenhorst - Bremen - Verden - Hanover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Halle (Saale) - Leipzig DB Regio North
RE 1 Norddeich Mole - Leer - Oldenburg - Delmenhorst - Bremen - Verden - Hanover DB Regio North
RE 19 Wilhelmshaven - Varel - Oldenburg - Delmenhorst - Bremen NordWestBahn
RB 58 Osnabrück - Vechta - Wildeshausen - Delmenhorst - Bremen NordWestBahn
RS 3 Bad Zwischenahn - Oldenburg - Hude - Delmenhorst - Bremen NordWestBahn
RS 4 Nordenham - Brake - Hude - Delmenhorst - Bremen NordWestBahn

At the Delmenhorst-Heidkrug stop on the Delmenhorst – Bremen route, only regional S-Bahn trains and the NordWestBahn railcars stop. Delmenhorst has been connected to the regional S-Bahn Bremen / Lower Saxony network since mid-December 2010 and is served by the RS3 and RS4 lines.

Public transport

Local public transport is operated by DELBUS with a network of seven city bus routes. Two of them run to the Roland-Center in Bremen-Huchting , where there is a connection to the Bremen tram network .

air traffic

Delmenhorst is on the airfield Ganderkesee and the airport Bremen reach. To the southwest of Delmenhorst in the municipality of Ganderkesee, directly behind the city limits, there is also the glider airfield Große Höhe .

Public facilities

"Little House" theater


  • District court Delmenhorst
  • City library / Stadtbildstelle, City-Center, Lange Straße 1a
  • Municipal Culture Office , Rathausplatz 1
  • Tourist information in the town hall, Rathausplatz 1
  • Delmenhorster Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH, Lange Str. 128

Art, theater and museums

  • Municipal gallery Delmenhorst , house Coburg
  • "Kleines Haus" theater, Max-Planck-Strasse 4
  • Hasbergen museum mill since 1991
  • Museum railway "Jan Harpstedt"
  • Northwest German Museum for Industrial Culture (North Wool Museum) from 1996/97, Am Turbinenhaus 10–12, with factory museum and city museum


Special schools

  • Froebel School, Froebelstrasse 1
  • School at Karlstrasse 6
  • Lessing School, Lessingstrasse 25a

Elementary schools

  • Primary School Am Grünen Kamp, Am Grünen Kamp 25
  • Astrid Lindgren School, Südstrasse 9
  • Elementary school at Beethovenstrasse 12
  • Bernard Rein School, Lilienstraße 10
  • Primary school Bungerhof-Hasbergen, Stedinger Straße 279
  • Deichhorst primary school, Kantstrasse 39
  • Hermann Allmers School, Berliner Strasse 54
  • Iprump-Stickgras elementary school in Iprump, Bremer Heerstraße 6 and Stickgras, Langenwischstraße 108
  • Käthe Kollwitz School, Hasberger Strasse 130
  • Marienschule, Beethovenstrasse 8
  • Overberg School, Brendelweg 59
  • Park school, Stedinger Strasse 51
  • Knister primary school (locations: Adelheide, Adelheider Straße 159 and Annenheide, Annenweg 24)
  • Wilhelm Niermann School, Geibelweg 7

Hauptschule and Realschulen

  • School center south, Brendelweg 66 (H, R)
  • School Center West, Stubbenweg 3 (H, R)
  • Wilhelm-von-der-Heyde School Center, Uhlandstraße 2 (H, R)
  • Realschule Delmenhorst (Lilienstraße / Holbeinstraße)

Comprehensive schools

  • Integrated comprehensive school Delmenhorst, Pestalozziweg 88

High schools

Public secondary schools

  • Vocational schools I - commercial schools, Richtstrasse 26
  • Vocational Schools II - Kerschenstein School, Wiekhorner Heuweg 56–58
  • Vocational School for Elderly Care, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 11
  • Volkshochschule (VHS) gGmbH, Am Turbinenhaus 11

Distance universities and non-profit and private institutions for further education

  • Volkshochschule Delmenhorst gGmbH
  • Academy for Further Education Delmenhorst, Lahusenstraße 25
  • Akademie Überlingen N. Glasmeyer GmbH, Schulstrasse 44
  • Educational organization of the Lower Saxony economy
  • German Employees Academy, bee showers 18
  • Evangelical Family Educational Center Delmenhorst / Oldenburg-Land, Schulstrasse 14
  • Hamburger Fern-Hochschule, Study Center Delmenhorst, Lahusenstrasse 5
  • Institute for Further Education in Elderly and Nursing Care, Lahusenstrasse 5
  • Nursing School at the Delmenhorst Clinic, Wildeshauser Straße 92
  • Ludwig Fresenius Schools Delmenhorst, Nienburger Straße 8
  • Tertia Berufsförderung, Cramerstraße 183
  • WBS TRAINING AG, Am Wollelager 8

Scientific institutions

Churches, mosques, religions

Denomination statistics

In 2019, of the 82,183 inhabitants, 30.7% (25,219) were Evangelical Lutheran and Evangelical Reformation Christians, 12.5% ​​(10,294) Catholics and 46,695 (56.8%) other (other or no denomination ). A year earlier - 2018 - 31.7% were Evangelical Lutheran and Evangelical Reformation Christians, 12.8% Catholics and 55.6% others.


Honorary citizen

  • 1928: Erich Koch-Weser (1875–1944), politician ( DDP ), 1901–1909 Mayor of Delmenhorst, later Minister of Justice
  • 1951: Rudolf Königer (1879 to 1954), the first upper mayor of the city (1919-1933)
  • 1968: Wilhelm von der Heyde (1885–1972), former Lord Mayor (1946–1955 and 1956–1968)
  • 1985 posthumously: Otto Jenzok (1928–1984), mayor until his death in 1972, CDU member
  • 1988: Ernst Eckert (1901–1997), former mayor (1968–1972), member of the SPD
  • 1991: Jürgen Mehrtens (1912–2003), former City Director (1969–1977)
  • 2002: Jürgen Thölke (born 1934), former mayor (1984–2001), member of the SPD

Honorary Ambassador

  • 2003: Pop singer Sarah Connor because of positive advertising for her hometown

sons and daughters of the town

People connected to the city


The single Delmenhorst (released on September 12, 2005) by the Berlin band Element of Crime was among the TOP 100 for four weeks (402th place in the annual evaluation).

In the song Mein Gott, Rita, which the Hagen band Extrabreit released in 1993 on their album Hotel Monopol , the protagonist tells the narrator about her "difficult childhood in Delmenhorst". But the narrator “knew exactly that it was all a lie”.

Selim Özdogan's Anatolia novel The Blacksmith's Daughter (2005) ends in Delmenhorst.

Delmenhorst plays a key role in the film The Odessa Files ; the name appears several times in connection with the - fictional - Arcadia Clinic , which the main character, played by Jon Voight , uses as part of her faked résumé. A short (studio) scene takes place in Delmenhorst.

An Airbus A340-300 of Lufthansa (serial number 447, aircraft characteristics : D AIFF) is christened Delmenhorst.

The Delmenhorst Administrative Committee was overstaffed by thirteen from 2016 to 2020 (the municipal constitution allows eleven) with the result that a little over 700 votes carried out during this period led to resolutions that, strictly speaking, are all invalid.


  • Nils Aschenbeck : Delmenhorst. A city in the country. Aschenbeck and Holstein, Delmenhorst 2005, ISBN 3-932292-45-6 .
  • Liesel Wittenberg: The years 1976–1990 in Delmenhorst. A city chronicle. Isensee, Oldenburg 2002, ISBN 3-89598-838-3 .
  • Bernd Müller: Delmenhorst Castle. Kai Homilius Verlag , Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-931121-24-0 .
  • Werner Garbas, Paul Wilhelm Glöckner: Delmenhorst in the economic miracle. Verlag Siegfried Rieck, 1998, ISBN 3-920794-59-1 .
  • Walter Barton: Bibliography of the Oldenburg press. In: Oldenburger Jahrbuch , Volume 57, 1957, pp. 41–80, here pp. 67–69.

Web links

Commons : Delmenhorst  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Delmenhorst  - travel guide

Individual evidence

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