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Coordinates: 51 ° 58 ′  N , 8 ° 14 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Detmold
Circle : Gutersloh
Height : 65 m above sea level NHN
Area : 100.59 km 2
Residents: 25,163 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 250 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 33428
Primaries : 05247, 02588Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : GT
Community key : 05 7 54 016
City structure: 3 localities

City administration address :
Münsterstrasse 14
33428 Harsewinkel
Website : www.harsewinkel.de
Mayoress : Sabine Amsbeck-Dopheide ( SPD )
Location of the town of Harsewinkel in the Gütersloh district
Gütersloh Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock Verl Rietberg Langenberg Rheda-Wiedenbrück Herzebrock-Clarholz Steinhagen Werther (Westf.) Halle (Westf.) Harsewinkel Borgholzhausen Versmold Kreis Paderborn Kreis Lippe Kreis Soest Bielefeld Kreis Herford Kreis Warendorf Niedersachsen Nordrhein-Westfalenmap
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Harsewinkel in the Gütersloh district, North Rhine-Westphalia

Harsewinkel  [ ˌhaːʁzəˈvɪŋkl ] is a town with around 25,000 inhabitants in the North Rhine-Westphalian district of Gütersloh in East Westphalia-Lippe ( Detmold district ). It lies on the Ems and is part of the Münsterland landscape . Please click to listen!Play

Harsewinkel was around 1090 first mentioned and experienced in the Middle Ages through the establishment of the Cistercian - Marienfeld Abbey an upswing. The city belonged to the Principality of Münster and in 1803 came with this to the Kingdom of Prussia . In the territorial reform that came into force on January 1, 1973 , Harsewinkel was assigned to the Gütersloh district. The best-known company in the city is the agricultural machinery manufacturer Claas . Since July 8, 2013 , Harsewinkel has had the official name suffix Die Mähdrescherstadt .



Harsewinkel is located in the Ems sand plain (and thus in the North German lowlands ) on the border of the Münsterland and East Westphalia in the Westphalian Bay (also called the Münsterland Bay) about 15 km south of the Teutoburg Forest .

The nearest larger cities are Gütersloh , 15 km to the south-east, Bielefeld , 25 km to the east, Osnabrück , which is 45 km to the north, and Münster , which is 50 km to the west.

The landscape profile of the urban area is extremely flat. The highest point in the area is 79.9  m above sea level. NN and is located in the Boomberge , while the lowest point is 56  m above sea level. NN is in the Emstal near Greffen . The village centers of the three members of the Municipality Maps Harsewinkel, Marienfeld and Greffen are at 62  m to 68  m above sea level. NN .

The main body of water in the urban area is the Ems , which flows south of the three districts. The Lutter , which is also the longest river in the city, the Loddenbach , the Abrooksbach and the Rhedaer Bach fall into it, all on the right . The smaller rivers Woestenbach , Talgraben and Welplagebach fall into the aforementioned tributaries of the Ems.


Geothermal map from Harsewinkel

In the deeper subsurface clay and sandstones of the coal seam- bearing coal mountains ( Upper Carboniferous ) are stored . Above it is an overburden of limestone and marl stones from the Middle Ages ( chalk ) up to 1500 m thick . This solid rock layer is completely covered by loose rock from the Ice Age ( chalk ). They can reach a thickness of up to 20 m in the area of ​​the ice age river valley of the Ems, which is hidden underground . These loose rocks consist of sandy and silty sediments from the Vistula glacial period and are filled with groundwater up to the surface. In the area of ​​the small streams that all flow into the Ems, there are humus sands and clayey silts.

To higher areas of the Talsandebene is nutrient-poor and drought sensitive floors (have podsols ) developed by the application of sods have improved profitability (plaggen soil) today. The deeper soil layers are often influenced by groundwater ( Gley podsoles). In lowlands and valleys, the soils are characterized by groundwater up to the surface, they are therefore natural grassland locations, but have largely been made usable as arable land through drainage measures. Along the Ems and its side valleys there are young drifting sands blown as dunes. The soil development is only in the early stages and the areas are overgrown with undemanding pine forests.

Harsewinkel is moderately to well suited for the use of geothermal heat sources by means of geothermal probes and heat recovery through heat pump heating (see map on the left).

Expansion and use of the urban area

The city, classified as a large rural community, covers an area of ​​100.59 km². The predominant part consists of agricultural area and forest area, together about 81.7%, followed by built-up area and traffic area, together about 13.7%. In a national comparison with other municipalities of this size, it is noticeable that the agricultural area is 10 percentage points higher, whereas the forest area is almost 12 percentage points smaller.

The largest extension in north-south direction is around 9.5 km, in east-west direction around 14.5 km. The city limits have a length of 49.5 km.

according to type of use
Building, open
and operational space

Surface of water
Sports and
green space
Area in km² 66.36 15.79 8.66 5.16 2.88 1.53 0.21
Share of total area 65.97% 15.70% 8.61% 5.13% 2.86% 1.52% 0.21%

Neighboring communities

Border stone at the border triangle between Marienfeld, Herzebrock and Clarholz

Harsewinkel borders on seven cities and municipalities. Beginning in the north, the city borders on Versmold , in the north-east on Halle , in the east on Steinhagen , in the south-east on Gütersloh , in the south on Herzebrock-Clarholz , in the south-west on Beelen and in the north-west on Sassenberg . Beelen and Sassenberg are in the Warendorf district , all other cities and communities in the Gütersloh district .

City structure

The city of Harsewinkel is divided into the three localities Harsewinkel, Marienfeld and Greffen . With over 17,000 inhabitants, Harsewinkel is the largest district. Geographically, it lies between the two other districts and is also the location of all secondary schools.

The second largest district is Marienfeld, which, through the local Cistercian monastery, had a decisive influence on the history of Harsewinkel for over 600 years, as almost all of the courtyards belonged to the monastery. Furthermore, the abbot had the right to name the pastors of Harsewinkel and Greffen. After the construction of the railway line around 1900, the two farmers' associations Remse and Oester developed into a place that is now home to over 4,600 people. In 1983 the place won the gold medal in the state competition " Our village should be more beautiful ". Due to the proximity to the Gütersloh airport , which has been used by the British military since the Second World War, many British people have moved to Marienfeld in recent years. In 2007, over 30 residential units for British officers were created in the center of the village.

The smallest - agricultural - district Greffen is in the west of the city. For a long time Greffen consisted only of the development around the St. John's Church and many rural courtyards. After the Second World War, housing estates were laid out around the old village center, and Greffen is currently inhabited by around 3,000 people.

District Population
(December 31, 2006)
(Jan. 1, 2015)
Districts of the city of Harsewinkel
Administrative division of Harsewinkel
Harsewinkel 16,767 17,177
Marienfeld 04,535 04,606
Meeting 03,032 03,037
total 24,556 24,820

The farmers Beller, Rheda, Überems, Remse and Oester are still in the Harsewinkler area.


Harsewinkel belongs to the temperate climate zone of Central Europe. It is in the range of the sub-Atlantic maritime climate. The winters are mostly mild under the influence of the Atlantic and the summers are moderately warm. There is a humid climate all year round with relatively evenly distributed rainfall. On a long-term average, with 704.5 mm of precipitation per year, roughly as much precipitation falls as the German average (700 mm). The annual average temperature is around 9–9.5 ° C.

Monthly precipitation for Harsewinkel and temperatures for Gütersloh (1961–1990)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature ( ° C ) 1.3 2.0 4.7 8.4 12.9 15.9 17.2 16.9 13.7 9.9 5.3 2.5 O 9.3
Precipitation ( mm ) 58.1 41.7 56.4 53.9 64.7 67.4 68.9 59.2 58.2 48.1 59.1 68.8 Σ 704.5
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Since no temperature data are available for Harsewinkel, the values ​​from the comparable city of Gütersloh were adopted.


Sketch of the Marienfeld monastery after Henricus Duenheuft, 1802

City history

The place name Harsewinkel has been called "Hasuinkla" for the first time in a lift pulley of the nearby pin Freckenhorst mentioned from about 1090th The name goes back to either old Saxon haso ('rabbit') or hros ('horse'). Archaeological finds show, however, that the area was settled back to the Bronze Age . Around the place Harsewinkel were the farmers Beller, Rheda, Überems, Remse, Oester, Hundingen, Middelzeeten and Mattenheim, the last three of which no longer exist. Around these farmers there were large areas of common ownership, the Mark , which everyone was initially free to use. At the beginning of the 13th century, the Harsewinkel brand cooperative was established here .

In the Middle Ages in 1185 that was Cistercian - Kloster Marienfeld by the Münster . Bishop Hermann II and several Westphalian nobles established and inaugurated 1,222th Three courtyards in the parish of Harsewinkel and the so-called Richterhof were transferred to the monastery. The monastery received the patronage right of the church in Harsewinkel. The monastery managed to acquire further farms very quickly, so that at the end of the late Middle Ages almost all farms in the Harsewinkel area belonged to the abbey .

Harsewinkel was subject to the Gogericht in Warendorf. The village was run by the mayor and council. Ten men were elected for the council, of which the Marienfeld abbot selected six. They proposed two capable men to the abbot, one of whom was appointed mayor. Around 1200 a judicial district was occupied for Harsewinkel, which in turn was under the supervision of the monastery.

Junker Bernhard VII zur Lippe attacked Harsewinkel in the Muenster collegiate feud from 1450 to 1457 and sacked the place and the surrounding area. In 1465 a document attested to an earth castle called Wölanburg , in which the inhabitants sought refuge.

Modern times

Harsewinkel around 1820 - painting by an anonymous artist, incorrectly attributed to Johann Christoph Rincklake in the 19th century

In 1553 Philipp Magnus von Braunschweig invaded the Münsterland and conquered Sassenberg and Warendorf . 4,000 soldiers went into the villages and stole the residents' belongings. In 1582 Harsewinkel was struck by the plague . Between 1585 and 1589, Dutch troops attacked Harsewinkel and the monastery as part of the Eighty Years' War . The armistice was not renewed until 1609. From 1621 to 1623 the troops of Duke Christian von Braunschweig raged in Harsewinkel and Greffen. After a severe winter of 1622/23, Harsewinkel experienced a bad harvest. Towards the end of the 17th century, Harsewinkel was hit by several fires. Since then, a fire procession has been held to protect against this.

The Thirty Years 'War from 1618 and the Seven Years' War from 1756 affected the Warendorf district and thus also Harsewinkel.

The Marienfeld abbot Arnoldus Detten released Harsewinkel from the monastery in 1771

By comparing the abbot Arnoldus Detten and the Prior Benedict Hannasch with the inhabitants of Wigboldes Harsewinkels November 29, 1770 Residents of Harsewinkels were from the year 1771 Eigenbehörigkeit sacked the monastery.

In 1803 the Duchy of Münster , to which Harsewinkel belonged, was incorporated into the Kingdom of Prussia . At the same time, Harsewinkel received city rights. During the Prussian period, the town, which belonged to the Grand Duchy of Berg founded by Napoleon from 1806 to 1813 , had its own mayor's office, to which the town and the parish of Harsewinkel and the municipality of Marienfeld belonged. In 1820 the community of Greffen, which previously belonged to the mayor's office of Sassenberg , was also affiliated. Administratively belonged to Harsewinkel Warendorf district in the Region of Münster . Due to the provisions of the rural community order for the province of Westphalia , decreed by the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV , the three localities were independent communities in the Harsewinkel office from 1843 on .


In 1883 Harsewinkel was connected to Gütersloh and Warendorf by cobbled streets, which improved the economic situation, which had led to emigration to industrialized regions in the 19th century. In 1900 the Teutoburg Forest Railway was finally connected to the railway network. This enabled the farmers to sell their products in a larger market and to bring in feed.

The industrial development in Harsewinkel began after the agricultural machinery manufacturer Gebrüder Claas settled in Harsewinkel in 1919 . In addition, there were industrial areas in all three districts after 1945.

time of the nationalsocialism

In 1930 there was still no group in Harsewinkel that belonged to the NSDAP . However, the first meetings took place just a year later. It is no longer possible to determine whether fixed party structures were already in place. It can be said that the events met with only moderate interest.

The last democratic elections were held on March 12, 1933. In the meantime, there were fixed local NSDAP groups in Harsewinkel and Greffen, while there was only one base in Marienfeld. The elected bodies then gradually lost their influence, the mayor gained more. On May 1, 1933 , the NSDAP experienced a wave of entry. Almost all officials and employees in the administration joined the party. In the same year, the first labor camp in the city was set up in Greffen. Up to 250 men were housed in five residential barracks and had to do at least six hours of earthwork on the Ems every day .

Josef Herbrink, Mayor of Harsewinkel-Stadt, was removed from office on May 5, 1934 on charges of fraud in the Reichstag election and referendum on November 12, 1933. Herbrink had previously testified in a foreclosure sale against a Jewish cattle dealer, which is to be assumed as the actual background. Until 1935 the official business was temporarily continued by August Claas . Then Hermann Storp was appointed mayor. Likewise, allegations of bribery were raised against Bernhard Pohlmann, who had been mayor of the community since 1925. Thereupon he resigned and Heinrich Feldhaus was appointed as his successor.

Whitsun trip of the Winkelshütten regional camp to Marienfeld

On April 23, 1935, a rural year camp was set up in the former Marienfeld Abbey . Initially, 97 boys from Hamburg and Berlin moved in here. In 1936 girls who had to complete a compulsory year found accommodation here while they worked for the farmers during the day. The camp was run by Fräulein von Caprivi , a relative of Leo von Caprivi . A little later, the incumbent mayor of Harsewinkel-Stadt was removed from office, as was the official Rinklake in 1936.

After the beginning of the Second World War it was noticed that too few men were available for field work. From autumn 1939 prisoners of war were therefore employed in Harsewinkel, almost exclusively in agriculture. Up to 340 workers lived in the city's camps; until 1940 mainly Poles , later French .

Two Jewish families lived in Harsewinkel at the time of National Socialism . One of the two, respected textile merchants, emigrated to Australia on March 4, 1939 with the children via Amsterdam . The woman of the second family had already died and the daughters were married abroad. The father, the above-mentioned cattle dealer, was arrested on December 10, 1941 and deported via Warendorf to the Riga-Kaiserwald concentration camp. The note on his registration card “10. 12. In 1941 S. L. emigrated to unknown. ”One can see the murder.

Resistance to the National Socialists was mainly from the Catholic Church. In the summer of 1941, the sermons of Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen against the murder of the sick were read out in all three churches . Furthermore, the church leaves and pastoral letters of the bishop were confiscated.

During the war in Marienfeld in 1943 and 1944 near Gütersloh Airport, a runway was created by Polish and Soviet forced laborers who were subordinate to the Stukenbrock main camp . The farmers who owned property here were expropriated. The runway was 5 kilometers long and 15 meters wide. Aircraft parking spaces were provided every 150 to 200 meters. In the week before Easter 1945, the runway was attacked several times. To secure the airport, there were also four Wehrmacht FLAK positions and eight headlight systems for searching for and shooting down aircraft.

Memorial of the fallen soldiers of the world wars with bronze plate by Hubert Hartmann

The Second World War ended in Harsewinkel on Easter Monday, April 2, 1945, when the Americans marched in, who then moved on towards Brockhagen and the Teutoburg Forest. Of the 1,200 Harsewinkel men who were called to war, 216 died by 1945 (124 from Harsewinkel, 43 from Greffen, 49 from Marienfeld). The air raids on Harsewinkel went smoothly; out of 900 houses only three were destroyed. The 613 high-explosive , incendiary and phosphor bombs that were dropped over Harsewinkel mostly only caused damage to the fields. The heaviest attack took place on September 10, 1944, when a train of the Teutoburg Forest Railway was shot at with on-board weapons from a low-flying aircraft in Marienfelder Bahnhof. Four travelers, including two children, were killed and another 22 people were injured. A total of four Allied planes crashed over Harsewinkler area.

Post-war until today

On January 1, 1973, the Harsewinkel office was dissolved, the municipalities of the office merged to form the new town of Harsewinkel and reclassified from the Warendorf district to the newly formed Gütersloh district.

Dammanns Hof high-rise estate from the 1970s

There was no living space for the soldiers stationed at the heavily used Gütersloh Airport. In 1975, high-rise buildings were therefore built on Dammanns Hof . In August 1978 the Emstal Stadium was inaugurated, in which today international dirt track races are held. In the autumn of 1980, the expansion of the gas network in Harsewinkel began. In the following four years the network was expanded to a total line length of 18 kilometers.

With increasing environmental awareness and the emergence of recycling , the Reiling company in Marienfeld put a plant for waste glass processing into operation in October 1981. On September 1, 1983, the Harsewinkler indoor pool was inaugurated, which is right next to the outdoor pool from the 1960s. In the same year, the Marienfeld district won a silver medal at the federal level and a gold medal at the state level in the competition Our village should be beautiful .

On April 1, 1987, the Marienfeld district was granted postal independence due to its historical importance and was allowed to call itself 4834 Marienfeld , since 1993 33428 Marienfeld . In September 1988 the multi-purpose hall was completed in Harsewinkel. In addition to being used for sports, parties and other events can also be held here. In October of that year, many emigrants from the former Soviet Union came to Harsewinkel. Some of these could be accommodated in Dammanns Hof , but further temporary residences had to be set up. On June 11, 1989, a 9-hole golf course was opened between Harsewinkel and Marienfeld, which has since been expanded to 18 holes. The new sewage treatment plant in Harsewinkel was opened on July 20, 1995.

For the 2006 World Cup, the Portuguese national team set up their quarters in the Marienfeld district.


The protective mantle Madonna with a figure by Hubert Hartmann in the east of Harsewinkel

Harsewinkel was traditionally shaped by Catholicism and there were only a few Protestant farms on the borders with the Ravensberg communities of Brockhagen and Versmold . By founding the nearby Cistercian monastery , the Catholic churches St. Lucia in Harsewinkel and St. Johannes Baptist in Greffen became dependent on the monastery. Until the 18th century the deans, pastors and chaplains were provided by the monastery.

With the beginning of industrial development, the proportion of Protestant Christians rose to around 5% by the beginning of World War II. Two families were of Jewish faith. With the influx of refugees and displaced persons, the number of Protestant believers continued to rise significantly after the Second World War. The Catholic parishes also grew, and construction of a second parish church began in Harsewinkel in the 1960s. The new St. Paulus congregation was parish off from St. Lucia.

Before the merger of the four Catholic parishes with their own parish church in the city area, they were organized in a parish community from 2001 to 2009. This was converted into a pastoral care unit on September 1, 2009. On April 27, 2014, Bishop Felix Genn abolished all four parishes and established the new parish of St. Lucia Harsewinkel. St. Lucia remained a parish church, the other three were elevated to subsidiary churches. The parish belongs to the dean's office Warendorf in the diocese of Münster . The Evangelical Lutheran congregation in Harsewinkel also extends over the Marienfeld district and maintains the Martin Luther Church in Harsewinkel and the Christ Church in Marienfeld. It belongs to the parish hall of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia . The Greffener Protestants belong to the community in Sassenberg and do not have their own church building on site. The community belongs to the parish of Münster of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia.

Today 54.2% of the population belong to the Roman Catholic and 18.3% to the Protestant Church. There is also a Syrian Orthodox congregation with around 800 members and two free-church congregations ( Mennonites and Gospel Christians ) founded by emigrants from Russia . The city's Muslims belong to the “Association for the Promotion of Integration and Education”. V. ”and the“ Turkish-Islamic Union ”.

The denominational affiliation of the Harsewinkler students can be an indication of the distribution of religions. According to this, around 21% of the students are Protestant, 50% Catholic and 7% Muslim. 15% say they belong to another denomination, 6% do not belong to any denomination.


Harsewinkel received city rights in 1803 and belonged to the Duchy of Berg from 1806 to 1814 . The town of Harsewinkel, the parish of Harsewinkel and the community of Marienfeld belonged to the mayor's office. In 1820 the municipality of Greffen, which belonged to the mayor's office of Sassenberg, was also affiliated. From 1841 on, these three localities were independent municipalities in the Harsewinkel district .

The Harsewinkel parish, which had previously been independent and was larger in terms of area and population , was incorporated into the town of Harsewinkel on April 1, 1937.

As part of the North Rhine-Westphalian regional reform , the city of Harsewinkel and the two communities of Greffen and Marienfeld became a new city on January 1, 1973 with the "Law on the reorganization of the communities and districts of the reorganization area Bielefeld ( Bielefeld Law )" of October 24, 1972 Harsewinkel merged and reclassified from the Warendorf district to the newly formed Gütersloh district. The office of Harsewinkel was dissolved; The legal successor is the city of Harsewinkel.

Population development

Population development in Harsewinkel from 1818 to 2016 (lower line: respective territorial status, upper line: current territorial status)

The following overview shows the population of the city of Harsewinkel according to the respective territorial status, in some years also according to the current territorial status. Up to and including 1933, the population of the city of Harsewinkel and the parish of Harsewinkel parish were added. The figures are census results up to 1970 and 1987 and from 1975 official updates by the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics. The figures from 1975 to 1985 are estimated values, the figures from 1990 are extrapolations based on the results of the 1987 census. From 1871 and 1946, the figures relate to the local population, from 1925 to the resident population and from 1985 to the population at Location of the main residence. Before 1871, the number of inhabitants was determined according to inconsistent survey procedures.

Harsewinkel according to the territorial status at that time

year Residents
1818 (Dec. 31) 3,027
1828 (December 1) 2,654
1831 (December 3) 2,663
1837 (Dec. 3) 2,520
1843 (December 3) 2,593
1852 (December 3) 2,564
1858 (Dec. 3) 2,541
1867 (December 3) 2,421
1871 (December 1) 2,284
1885 (December 1) 2,276
year Residents
1895 (December 1) 02,292
1905 (December 1) 02,445
1925 (June 16) 02,906
1933 (June 16) 03,327
1939 (May 17) 03,770
1946 (Oct. 29) 04,953
1950 (Sep 13) 05,183
1961 (June 6) 06,950
1970 (May 27) 10,361
1972 (Dec. 31) 11,027

Harsewinkel according to the current territorial status

year Residents
1939 (May 17) 06,451
1950 (Sep 13) 08,752
1961 (June 6) 10,975
1970 (May 27) 15,685
1972 (Dec. 31) 16,950
1974 (June 30) 17,313
1975 (Dec. 31) 17,585
1980 (Dec. 31) 18,394
1985 (Dec. 31) 18,727
year Residents
1987 (May 25) 18,741
1990 (Dec. 31) 20,135
1995 (Dec. 31) 22,616
2000 (Dec. 31) 23,639
2005 (Dec. 31) 24,251
2007 (Dec. 31) 24,220
2016 (Dec. 31) 24,862
2017 (Dec. 31) 25,012


City council

City council election 2014
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
Allocation of seats in the city council in 2014
10 15th 
A total of 32 seats
  • Greens: 2
  • SPD: 10
  • UWG: 5
  • CDU: 15

The city ​​council currently has 32 members from four parties and electoral groups (2014–2020). In addition, the mayoress Sabine Amsbeck-Dopheide (SPD) comes as the voting chairwoman of the council. 16 seats were awarded in the constituencies according to majority voting , the rest according to proportional representation. In the 2014 local elections, fifteen electoral districts were won by the CDU and one by the SPD.

The following table shows the local election results since 1975.

Harsewinkel City Council: Voter share and municipal councils since 1975
Alliance 90 / The Greens
Independent voter community Harsewinkel (UWG)

Citizens for
Harsewinkel (BfH)


total electoral
Electoral term % Mandates % Mandates % Mandates % Mandates % Mandates % Mandates % Mandates % Total number of seats on the Council %
01975–1979 1 47.68 20th 19.07 08th 4.99 0 28.26 11 100 39 88.37
1979-1984 39.95 16 21.64 08th 7.05 3 31.36 12 100 39 75.29
1984-1989 34.00 14th 24.73 10 4.74 0 36.53 15th 100 39 70.71
1989-1994 35.46 14th 27.39 11 8.69 3 6.34 2 21.74 09 0.39 0 100 39 68.86
1994-1999 38.16 17th 27.48 12 7.78 3 2.83 0 23.76 11 100 43 84.10
1999-2004 46.38 15th 22.67 07th 4.86 2 3.06 1 23.03 07th 100 32 65.65
2004-2009 46.52 16 23.09 08th 6.03 2 3.82 1 17.80 06th 2.80 1 100 34 61.77
2009-2014 41.16 13 31.46 10 6.68 2 4.69 2 16.00 05 100 32 61.72
[00]2014-2020 46.18 15th 30.46 10 7.87 2 15.52 05 100 32 54.14
Percentages rounded. Sources: State database NRW; State Office for Information and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia

1 In 1976 a councilwoman transferred from the UWG to the CDU , taking with her the list mandate . In 1978 a Marienfeld electoral district was elected. As a result, the FDP, which failed in 1975 with 4.99%, made it into the city council. The FDP received two mandates, CDU and SPD lost one each.


Statues of the mayors Schmitz and Hemker on the “Dichterbrunnen” at the grammar school

Sabine Amsbeck-Dopheide (SPD) was elected on October 10, 2004 in a runoff election with 57.3% of the valid votes and confirmed on August 30, 2009 with 70.84%. At her own request, she stood for election in 2014, one year before the end of the legislative period. Here she achieved 82.53% of the votes without an opponent.

year Mayor from 1973
1973-1979 Hans Strake (CDU) part-time
1979-1989 Otto Schmitz (UWG) part-time
1989-1994 Heinrich Hemker (CDU) part-time
1994-1997 Renate Müterthies (SPD) part-time
1997-1999 Bruno Kleine (UWG) part-time
1999-2004 Reinhard Haase (independent) full-time
2004 – today Sabine Amsbeck-Dopheide (SPD) full-time

In 1994 the SPD, the UWG and the Greens joined a list. With the votes of these parties, Renate Müterthies (SPD) was elected mayor in 1994. Part of this list connection was that the mayor had to resign in 1997, which she did. With a majority of the three parties, Bruno Kleine (UWG) was elected as her successor.

According to the municipal code of 1994, the offices of part-time mayor and full-time city director have been combined in one person since 1999; this full-time mayor is always elected for five years. The first full-time mayor of the city of Harsewinkel was Reinhard Haase.

year City Director
1973-1980 Bernhard Kemner
1980-1988 Christoph Austermann
1988-1992 Friedrich Zempel
1992-1999 Reinhard Haase

Further election results

For the state elections, Harsewinkel belongs to constituency 95 - Gütersloh II , in which Raphael Tigges (CDU) was elected as a direct candidate for the first time in the state elections in 2017 . At the federal level, Harsewinkel belongs to constituency 131 - Gütersloh district , in which Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) was elected as a direct candidate in 2009 and confirmed in 2013 and 2017. The results of the last Landtag, Bundestag and European elections in Harsewinkel are shown in the table below. For federal and state elections, the voting shares are given in the second vote .

Further election results in Harsewinkel
Alliance 90 / The Greens
The left
Others electoral
choice % % % % % % % % %
2004 European elections 56.30 19.60 9.90 5.90 1.00 - - 7.20 44.83
Bundestag election 2005 45.54 32.66 05.42 08.80 03.52 - - 04.06 81.04
European elections 2009 48.78 21.23 10.24 10.77 02.36 00.45 - 06.17 46.06
Bundestag election 2009 43.30 29.94 08.14 13.13 05.86 01.48 - 03.14 73.73
State election 2010 42.39 31.25 10.25 05.74 04.61 01.28 - 04.49 59.66
State election 2012 36.18 35.42 09.59 06.22 01.66 07.06 - 03.90 60.37
Bundestag election 2013 59.92 26.73 06.98 04.04 03.95 01.87 03.37 02.13 72.65
European elections 2014 45.22 30.20 07.75 02.13 03.40 00.94 05.99 04.37 56.97
State election 2017 41.03 28.84 05.49 10.56 03.26 00.86 06.77 03.16 64.72
Bundestag election 2017 40.80 21.48 06.79 11.76 05.42 00.36 10.58 03.18 75.46
European elections 2019 33.89 17.23 21.21 06.05 03.11 00.48 08.85 09.66 61.79

coat of arms

The city ​​coat of arms awarded by the then regional president of the Detmold administrative district, Ernst Graumann , on February 6, 1974 ties in with the coats of arms that were awarded to the Office of Harsewinkel and the municipalities belonging to the office in the second half of the 1930s.

Coat of arms of the city of Harsewinkel
Blazon : "In gold a red wavy head , in front a black horse's head, behind a black crest and below a growing black, red-armored and -tongued lion ."
Reasons for the coat of arms: The three coat of arms figures represent the symbols of the three districts: Harsewinkel (horse's head), Greffen (crest) and Marienfeld (lion). While the symbol for the district of Harsewinkel follows a dubious etymological interpretation of the place name as "Horsawinkel" (horse angle), the other two symbols go back to historical models. The Greffener symbol is taken from a medieval seal of the de Grevene family, the rising lion for Marienfeld goes back to the heraldic animal of the nobleman Widukind von Rheda , one of the Marienfeld monastery founders . The Wellengöpel stands for the abundance of water in the area (Ems and the streams flowing towards it). The tinging red and gold are the colors of the coat of arms of the old duchy of Münster .

According to a certificate from the District President Detmold, the city has the right to use flags and banners:

The city flag is yellow-black-yellow in a ratio of 1: 3: 1 striped lengthways with the city coat of arms in the middle.
The city banner is yellow-black-yellow in a ratio of 1: 3: 1 striped lengthways with the city coat of arms in the middle of the upper half.

Town twinning

Since 1994 there has been a relationship with the French town of Les Andelys in Normandy . As part of the town twinning, which is supported by partnership associations in both cities, numerous exchange encounters between schools and associations take place every year.

Furthermore, as part of the partnership between the Gütersloh district and the Valmiera district in Latvia, friendly relations with the city of Mazsalaca have been established. Relations with Latvia already existed in the Middle Ages when Bernhard II zu Lippe , one of the founders of the Marienfeld Monastery , became Bishop of Selonia with his seat in Riga .

City finances

Taking into account the number of inhabitants, Harsewinkel is one of the financially strongest municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia. The city benefits above all from the profits of the Claas company. Despite a comparatively low trade tax rate , Harsewinkel had trade tax income of around EUR 26.0 million in 2013 (70.0% of income). At approx. 1094 euros per inhabitant, the value is well above the value of other municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia (approx. 556 euros). The second most important source of income is the municipal share of income tax with EUR 8.4 million in 2013 (21.3% of income).

At 370 percent of the tax base , the trade tax rate is one of the lowest tax rates in North Rhine-Westphalia and is well below the fictitious assessment rate applicable nationwide of 415 percent, which is used to calculate the tax force. In Harsewinkel, the lowest tax rate in the country of 260 percent applies to property tax B for land that has been built on or can be built on. The tax rate for agricultural land (property tax A) is 230 percent.

The city's total assets as of December 31, 2013 were around 202 million euros, of which around 114 million euros (56.5%) were equity. The equalization reserve , which is intended to mitigate the impact of economic fluctuations on the ability of a municipality to act and therefore represents an important indicator for a city's ability to act, amounted to approx. 14.3 million euros when a balance sheet was first drawn up on January 1, 2009, as of December 31, 2013 it was EUR 18.8 million.

The indebtedness through loans still amounted to EUR 22.1 million on December 31, 2000. By December 31, 2013, the loans had been reduced to EUR 4.6 million. The debt per inhabitant was 191 euros. The average value for district cities and municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia is 2956 euros.

Culture and sights


There is no theater building in Harsewinkel. The closest theater stage is the Gütersloh theater . In the hall of the hotel Poppenborg an amateur dramatic company of the leading Kolpingfamilie annually every Advent weekend, a comedy on.


In the Marienfeld local history museum , history from Marienfeld is shown in over 1,200 exhibits - especially in the craft sector. The Heiner Beckmann motorcycle museum is also located in the Greffen district .

In 2007, the treasury was opened in the tower of St. Lucia Church in Harsewinkel. 14 flags from the late 19th and early 20th centuries can be viewed on request. The disused sawmill Meier-Osthoff has been restored and has been in the museum since 2012.


In the urban area, the choirs of the parishes and two male choirs, the male vocal ensemble m-tune and the mixed choir beat and tones are responsible for choral singing . In Harsewinkel there is also a Kolping Orchestra and a marching band , as well as a carnival band called Die Landeier . The latter already won twice Foolish hit parade of the WDR . The Hegering Harsewinkel hunting horn blower corps is a four-time champion of the national hunting horn competition.

In Marienfeld there is not only a wind orchestra and its own marching band, but also a folk dance group dedicated to traditional dance. It is the same in Greffen.

The Farmhouse Jazzclub in Greffen is one of the oldest and most famous jazz clubs in Germany, founded on June 29, 1963.

Organ concerts take place in Harsewinkel at irregular intervals. In the former abbey church in Marienfeld, foreign artists and the local organist play on the historic organ by Johann Patroclus Möller . It is the same on the Muhleisen organ built in 2004 in the St. Paulus Church . Organ festival weeks also take place here.


In Harsewinkel, 66 objects (as of August 30, 2011) are under monument protection. A list can be found in the list of architectural monuments in Harsewinkel .


The Catholic parish church of St. Lucia is a neo-Gothic hall church . It was built from 1858 to 1860 according to plans by Emil von Manger . The west tower was only added in 1903/1904 according to plans by the Mainz architect Ludwig Becker . The cylindrical baptismal font , which dates from the first half of the 13th century, was taken over from the previous Romanesque building.

The Alte Dechanei , Kirchplatz 6, is a single-storey half-timbered building with a hipped roof . It was built in 1693 and rebuilt in 1716.

The former girls' school , which was used as a library until 2010, is located on the church square . The stately two-storey half-timbered building with brick infills was built in 1812.

The Spökenkieker memorial has stood in front of the town hall since November 27, 1962 . The sculpture by Hubert Hartmann shows the shepherd and day laborer Anton Westermann , who lived in Harsewinkel from 1830 to 1904 and is known there as the “old Stümpel”. The "stump" is said to have had the so-called second face: the ability to look into the future. Anton Westermann not only predicted local disasters such as a house fire or the death of a child, but also the construction of the railway. He also foresaw his own demise in 1904.


The Cistercian monastery Marienfeld was founded in 1185 and played a key role in the town's history until it was dissolved in 1803. The associated church is the first to be built from bricks in Westphalia and was consecrated in 1222. In addition to the church, the abbey and the former farm buildings have been preserved, some of which are privately owned and some are owned by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Even before the monastery was founded, there was a small chapel for the population in Wadenhart , as Marienfeld was called earlier. Until it was founded, it was looked after from Harsewinkel. Hermann II von Katzenelnbogen († 1203), Prince-Bishop of Münster , transferred the chapel to the monastery community. Today only the back wall in front of the monastery gate is preserved. A statue of the Virgin Mary is set in a niche.

The birthplace of Johann Christoph Rincklake , the romantic painter from Harsewinkel, is in Marienfeld . The house is a listed building and was originally in Harsewinkel. Here it was badly dilapidated and had to be renovated. A Marienfeld hotelier bought the building, had it removed from its old location and rebuilt it on its property. Today it serves as a restaurant.

Hof Meier Westmeyer is a Meierhof built in 1808 .


The Catholic branch church of St. John the Baptist was built in 1899 by Hilger Hertel the Younger. Parts of the late Gothic predecessor building were integrated into the neo-Gothic hall church . The two central nave vaults and the choir have been preserved from this. The high altar dates from 1748.

The buildings surrounding the church square once formed, similar to those in Delbrück , Halle (Westphalia) and Gütersloh , a closed church ring development, which after demolition and modernization no longer offers a uniform picture. The oldest building in this area is Johannisplatz 14 . The two-storey half-timbered building with a high hall was dendrochronologically dated to the year 1566.

Parks and nature reserves

Am Sundern Hühnermoor (Kreis Gütersloh) Baggersee Greffener Mark Graureiherkolonie bei Harsewinkel BoombergeHarsewinkel
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The largest park in Harsewinkel is the city park in the floodplain of the Abrooksbach , the so-called Moddenbachtal. It was created in the 1960s and is fully accessible to the public. In the Marienfeld district, the monastery garden is located next to the former monastery buildings. The tenant of the formerly baroque complex is planting the monks' plants on 1200 m². In addition to hops and vines, there are also tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, as well as a paradise apple tree . The garden can be visited by arrangement.

Many recreational athletes use the accessible nature reserves Boomberge , a forest area on inland dunes up to 20 meters high between Marienfeld and Herzebrock-Clarholz and the chicken moor east of Marienfeld for their activities . The other nature reserves Am Sundern and Greffener Mark are located in the district of Greffen . In 2007 the gray heron colony near Harsewinkel was placed under protection.

The wild bee park in Marienfeld offers nesting biotopes and food sources for wild bees on 3000 m². Five teaching boards explain the living things and turn the area into a teaching garden.

Panorama of the swan pond in the Moddenbach valley


The clubs offer a wide range of sports for the population. General sports clubs are the gymnastics and sports community Harsewinkel from 1925, the Schwarz-Weiss Marienfeld from 1930 and the FC Greffen from 1946. The footballers of TSG Harsewinkel played between 1978 and 1980 in the then third-class league Westphalia .

In addition to the small gyms at the schools, there are three large sports halls in the city area. In Harsewinkel there is a triple gymnasium and a multi-purpose hall that is used as a double sports hall. There is also a ball sports hall in Greffen. The city of Harsewinkel also operates an outdoor and indoor swimming pool. Sand track races are held in the Emstal Stadium in the south of the city .

The Rote Funken Harsewinkel carnival company has existed since 1975, and its dance department has won several Westphalian and German championship titles. In addition, from 2005 to 2012 the Tanzsportgarde became “Germany's most successful association in carnival dance sport” eight times in a row.

Regular events

Leadership of the carnival parade 2010, organized by the Rote Funken

The big events in Harsewinkel begin in the course of the year with the carnival parade on Tulip Sunday . The beginning of spring begins with a spring festival and an adjacent INOVEA, a trade show for local companies. However, this does not take place annually. The first inner city fair of the year is on the second weekend after Easter and is called the Kleesamenmarkt .

On the last day in April maypoles are set in all three districts. In the summer months, the shooting festivals of the five shooting clubs take place in the city. The Christian parishes hold their parish or community festival annually or every two years. In October / November the DLRG has been inviting people to swim 24 hours in the indoor pool since 1991.

The first Sunday in November is Martin Sunday in the Marienfeld monastery courtyard with a flea market and a Martin parade . The same month the Good Deed is celebrated, an annual charity event for disabled people in the city. The year ends with the Christmas markets in Greffen (every year on the first Sunday in December), Marienfeld (every year on the second Sunday in December) and Harsewinkel (every year on the third weekend in Advent).

Culinary specialties

In Harsewinkel, Harsewinkler horse droppings are known as chocolates that are made by local confectioners.

The Hohenfelde brewery in Langenberg brews the Marienfeld monastery beer for the monastery shop in Marienfeld , which is also sold there.

A brewery is built into the abbey building of the former Marienfeld monastery . The world's first Schwarzpilsener was brewed here in the 1990s. After the abbey was sold, the brewery has been in operation again since March 28, 2009 and its own beer is produced.

The Windau and Eggelbusch companies in Harsewinkel and Greffen produce not only meat and sausage products, but also Westphalian ham .

Economy and Infrastructure


Road traffic

Harsewinkel is located on the federal highway 513 , which leads from Gütersloh to Sassenberg , and thus connects the city to the two district towns of Gütersloh and Warendorf. The next motorway connections are in Rheda-Wiedenbrück (approx. 15 km) and Oelde (approx. 20 km) for the A 2 and in Borgholzhausen for the A 33 (approx. 20 km).

With the Anton-Bessmann-Ring , the eastern bypass for the Marienfeld district, the first municipal road construction project in North Rhine-Westphalia was carried out using the PPP method in the urban area of ​​Harsewinkel . The civil engineering company Kirchner from Bad Hersfeld was awarded the contract on December 19, 2006 (contract signed January 10, 2007) for the Europe-wide tender. The approximately 1 km long relief road is mainly used to connect the Marienfeld industrial area to the B 513. The Kirchner company is not only responsible for the construction, but also for the operation of the road for the next 30 years. The construction company received partial amounts for construction sections of the road and in future the city of Harsewinkel will pay the operator a kind of rent. Financing is provided by municipal funds and funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The construction time was 10 months from February to November 2007.

Rail transport

TWE station Harsewinkel

The Teutoburg Forest Railway (TWE) has been running through Harsewinkel since 1900 from Ibbenbüren via Lengerich (Westphalia) , Versmold to Gütersloh , Verl and Hövelhof . The Ibbenbüren – Hövelhof railway line , on which, with the exception of individual museum train rides of the Teuto-Express, has been exclusively freight traffic since 1978, is linked to the Deutsche Bahn railway lines Rheine – Osnabrück, Münster-Osnabrück, Bielefeld – Hamm and Bielefeld – Paderborn . A track branch northwest of the urban area leads to the company premises of the Claas company , which uses rail transport for the agricultural machinery produced there.

A reactivation of local rail passenger transport (SPNV) on the TWE route to Gütersloh and Verl is being discussed, the preparatory work for this is already well advanced. The financial participation in the operating costs on the part of the cities of Gütersloh, Harsewinkel and Verl as well as the district of Gütersloh is considered certain, as the corresponding council resolutions have been passed. The final decision, and arrange an appointment for a resumption of regional rail transport (is desired by the transport authorities VVOWL its December 2016) stands at the country level, however, still pending.

Bus transport

Additional sign at stops that are also served by the express bus

From the bus Ostwestfalen GmbH bus line 71 from the district center Gütersloh according Versmold operated, the inside of the composite Tariff "The six" ( OWL traffic GmbH leads) by Harsewinkel and the two districts. The BVO also operates a connection to Herzebrock-Clarholz . A Westfalen Bus GmbH line leads to Warendorf (partly dial-a-bus ). The city has introduced five lines for school traffic, which also serve the smaller settlements.

In October 2006, express bus trips on route 71 between Harsewinkel and Gütersloh were introduced: every two hours, additional express buses supplement the bus service between Harsewinkel and Gütersloh. Fewer stops result in time savings of up to 15 minutes compared to the regular bus. From January 2009, the express bus service between Harsewinkel and Gütersloh was supplemented by trips to and from Versmold.

Bike trails

A refuge at R1 in Marienfeld, built by senior citizens of the local Kolping family

The first section of the European Cycle Route R1 from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Saint Petersburg leads through the urban area of ​​Harsewinkel. In the Marienfeld district, senior citizens of the Kolping family have built a shelter for cyclists right next to the cycle path. The “ Prelate Path ” runs between the monasteries of Marienfeld, Herzebrock and Clarholz . The “The Picnicker” cycle path runs between Versmold and Greffen / Harsewinkel / Marienfeld. The 100 Castles Route , the Ems Cycle Path and the Wellness Cycle Route continue through Harsewinkel.

Air traffic

The nearest airports are Münster-Osnabrück (55 km), Paderborn-Lippstadt (70 km), Dortmund (80 km) and Hanover (144 km).


The premises of the agricultural machinery manufacturer Claas

Harsewinkel received the nickname “ combine harvester town” from Claas , the leading European manufacturer of agricultural machinery , which has been based there since 1919. The group employs 11,132 people worldwide (2018), including around 3,000 at the Harsewinkel location. The company premises extend over about 39 hectares. In the Eggelbusch companies in Greffen and Windau in Harsewinkel around 500 people find a job in the meat and sausage production.

With the fashion company Bessmann and Bruno Kleine, founded in 1898 and founded in 1976, the textile industry also has its permanent headquarters in the Marienfeld district. This was reinforced when the sports goods retailer Weckenbrock relocated its business premises to the former tailoring of the Bessmann company in 2007.

Two leading companies in the recycling industry have their headquarters in Harsewinkel. In the district of Greffen, the Grumbach company recycles waste paper, plastics and waste wood. Since 1967 Marienfeld has been the location of the Reiling company, which processes flat and hollow glass from industry or municipal collections for reuse.

Harsewinkel is the seat of Volksbank im Ostmünsterland eG, which was created in 2012 from the merger of the former Volksbank Harsewinkel eG with the neighboring Volksbank Clarholz-Lette-Beelen eG.

In total, Harsewinkel offers 9231 (as of June 2008) jobs subject to social security contributions in more than 500 commercial companies.


Due to the location of the community, three daily newspapers are represented in Harsewinkel. The daily newspaper Neue Westfälische with a regional section and a local edition of the Westfalen-Blatt appear Monday to Saturday . Both newspapers get their coat from their respective coat editorial offices in Bielefeld. Also available with local coverage is Die Glocke aus Oelde Monday to Saturday . The free magazines Emskurier (circulation 16,000; also in Clarholz) and Marktplatz Harsewinkel (circulation 15,000) appear monthly .

Harsewinkel belongs to the reporting area of ​​the regional studio Bielefeld of the WDR and of Radio Gütersloh , which it covers in the reporting as local radio.

Ward block of the St. Lucia Hospital in Harsewinkel
Drinking water reservoir at the waterworks in the south of the urban area

Public facilities

Since the 1960s, the city has operated the outdoor pool on the processional path with a 50-meter pool, a non-swimmer pool, a children's pool, a diving pit with a 3-meter tower and a large sunbathing area. In the 1980s, an indoor pool was built with a 25-meter pool, a non-swimmer pool with a lifting floor , a children's pool and a whirlpool .

Harsewinkel has had its own waterworks at the Boomberge nature reserve since 1970 . The wastewater is treated in our own sewage treatment plant in the Harsewinkeler Tüllheide.

The city does not have its own library. The Catholic parishes in the three districts cover this need with their libraries, which together dispose of 35,000 media.

The St. Lucia Hospital in Harsewinkel has existed since 1899 and is affiliated with the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Gütersloh. The main focus of the facility is geriatrics .

Harsewinkel fire station, built 1956/57

In 1882, 60 men founded the Harsewinkel volunteer fire brigade in Harsewinkel. In 1911, the Marienfeld and Greffen districts also built their own fire engines.


Day care centers

The four Catholic parishes in Harsewinkel operate six kindergartens in the city area. The Evangelical Church Community maintains a kindergarten in the Harsewinkel district. The DRK and the AWO each run two kindergartens. There is also a Waldorf kindergarten in Harsewinkel. There are two facilities each in Marienfeld and Greffen, the other nine in Harsewinkel. Some facilities are certified as family centers . The Wertkreis Gütersloh took over the Catholic St. Marien Kindergarten in Marienfeld in 2012 and continues to run it as an integrative facility after the merger with the curative educational Marienkäfer Kindergarten.

Elementary schools

There are five primary schools in the urban area of ​​Harsewinkel: the St. Johannes School in Greffen, the Marienschule in Marienfeld, as well as the Astrid Lindgren School, the Dandelion School and the Cardinal von Galen School. The latter is the only denominational school in the city. The two schools in Greffen and Marienfeld were only converted into community elementary schools in this millennium. All except the Johannes School are open all-day primary schools, so they also offer other activities such as sport and culture in addition to lessons. Some of the primary schools also offer extra-hours care, which covers uninterrupted care hours from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Further training

All known types of school are installed in Harsewinkel.

secondary schools
Main entrance to the school center in which the August Claas secondary school , the secondary school and the comprehensive school Harsewinkel are housed

The secondary school was created from the former elementary school . On June 12, 2012, the school was awarded the jury prize of the German School Prize 2012. It won the second state award of the nationwide Hauptschulpreis 2007, endowed with 3500 euros. The background was the concept for career orientation: the career selection group for grades 9 and 10 for up to 30 students. They must not have any absent hours and must write an application essay. The transition rate to training is currently over 54 percent. In 2008 the city council decided to name the school after the agricultural machinery manufacturer August Claas . There are currently 470 students attending the August Claas School (as of June 2012). On October 25, 2008, the new cafeteria, which was added for all-day operation, was inaugurated. At the same time, the renaming to the August Claas School was celebrated with a school party.

secondary school

The city council of Harsewinkel decided on January 26, 1962 to build a secondary school for boys and girls in Harsewinkel. On April 1, 1963, the first secondary school in the Gütersloh district began teaching in six rooms. Five teachers taught 67 students in two classes. A second phase of construction began on July 10, 1964, and lessons had to be temporarily moved to the Overberg School. On March 18, 1966, the school renovation was completed and 140 students could be taught. To date, the number has risen to 701 students (as of May 2011).

comprehensive school

For the 2012/2013 school year, a comprehensive school was set up in the rooms of the secondary school and the adjoining secondary school. These two existing schools will gradually expire and will be dissolved on July 31, 2017.

high school
The Harsewinkel high school is housed in the building of the former Harsewinkel elementary school

The grammar school was opened in 1992 and is the youngest secondary school in Harsewinkel. After the gradual development, the first high school graduates were released in 2001. There are now 953 students attending the grammar school (as of May 2011). In addition to the urban area of ​​Harsewinkel, the catchment area also includes parts of Herzebrock-Clarholz , in particular the Heerde farmers.

Special schools

Erich-Kästner special needs school in the district of Gütersloh with location in Harsewinkel

As a school for educational assistance, the Erich Kästner School is an institution of the Gütersloh district and is attended by 57 pupils (as of May 2011). Until the 2009/2010 school year, the Don Bosco Special School existed in which pupils in grades 1 to 10 were trained and looked after in small learning groups. The operation was stopped because the required number of students could no longer be achieved.


Honorary citizen

Bernhard Claves (1882–1963), honorary citizen of Greffen

In 1952, the city of Harsewinkel decided to introduce honorary citizenship by granting the honorary citizenship certificate to honor deserving fellow citizens. Since the municipal reorganization in 1973, the honorary citizens of Greffen and Marienfeld have also been listed as honorary citizens of the city of Harsewinkel.

Entrepreneur August Claas (1887–1982) was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class and honorary citizenship of Harsewinkel on December 15, 1952 - his 65th birthday . On March 8, 1955, he was promoted to Dr.-Ing. E. h. from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Carolo Wilhelmina in Braunschweig . August Claas received the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on December 14, 1957.

On January 2, 1953, the shoe manufacturer and mayor of Greffen Bernhard Claves (1882–1963) was offered honorary citizenship of his home community.

In November 1953 the council passed the resolution to appoint the parish dean Clemens Budde (1871–1954) and the businessman Gerhard Deppenwiese † as honorary citizens of Harsewinkel with effect from November 23, 1953. Entrepreneur Franz Claas (1890–1965) received honorary citizenship of the city of Harsewinkel on his 70th birthday on September 15, 1960. On September 16, 1960 he also received the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class.

The mayor of Marienfeld, Heinrich Feldhaus (1887–1976), was made an honorary citizen of Marienfeld on March 12, 1967.

The city council of Harsewinkel appointed official director August Haverkamp (1905–?) On April 1, 1970 an honorary citizen of Harsewinkel.

Anton Bussemas (1902–1971), Mayor of Marienfeld, was made an honorary citizen of Marienfeld by the local council on March 30, 1971. In the same year, Pastor Aloys Holländer (1901–1980) was also granted honorary citizenship of the Marienfeld community on the occasion of his 70th birthday on May 29, 1971.

On July 15, 1986, the manufacturer Helmut Claas (* 1926) received Harsewinkel's honorary citizenship on the occasion of his 60th birthday. In the same year he also received an honorary doctorate from the Agricultural University in Gödöllö / Hungary .

Winner of the ring of honor of the city of Harsewinkel

The ring of honor is awarded to people who have volunteered for the city of Harsewinkel in an exceptional way. The ring of honor is awarded no more than every two years and to a maximum of ten living people. In 1984 an exception was made with three awards.

The following people were awarded the ring of honor of the city of Harsewinkel:

  • 1974: Julius Wilhalm †, long-time city ​​administrator
  • 1977: August Claas †, entrepreneur
  • 1984: Hermann Homeyer †, longtime local home attendant and commander of the Marienfeld home and rifle club
  • 1984: Heinrich Lübbering †, cantor and author of Low German poems
  • 1984: Theo Suer †, Chairman of the Works Council at Claas
  • 1986: Sister Cordula †, Francis sister
  • 1988: Paula Claas †, entrepreneur's wife
  • 1993: Berni Dirkorte, organizer of the "Good Deed" (see events)
  • 1997: Marita Lepke, Carnival Society Rote Funken
  • 2003: Heinrich legs †, former mayor of Marienfeld, honorary chairman of the local homeland association
  • 2007: Günter Pohlschmidt, local home attendant from Greffen
  • 2009: Konny Volmer †, Harsewinkel's town hall caretaker
  • 2011: Josef Füchtenkord †, head of the Hegering Harsewinkel hunting horn blower corps
  • 2013: Josef Bruges †, former official fire chief, fire brigade leader and long-time organizer of the local carolers -action
  • 2015: Hermann Hecker, director of the August Claas School

sons and daughters of the town

The painter Johann Christoph Rincklake was born in Harsewinkel in 1764
Josef Homeyer was Bishop of Hildesheim

The following personalities were born in Harsewinkel:

Other personalities

The following personalities are not originally from Harsewinkel, but live or have lived here:

  • Heribert Bruchhagen (* 1948), former professional footballer, currently a sports official
  • Hans Feuss (* 1952), SPD politician in the city council and 2012–2017 member of the state parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Hermann Gerland (* 1954), soccer coach, runs a small horse breeding company in the Marienfeld district
  • Oliver Welke (* 1966), author, comedian and presenter
  • Mike Bezdicek (* 1968), former handball player and former coach of the first team at TSG Harsewinkel since the 2008/09 season
  • Alice Weidel (* 1979), AfD politician and business consultant


  • Eckhard Möller: Harsewinkel - 1900–1960 . In: "Archive Pictures" . Sutton, Erfurt 2002, ISBN 3-89702-405-5 .
  • City of Harsewinkel (Ed.): ... then we'll do it alone. Contributions to the history of the city of Harsewinkel. Harsewinkel 1996.
  • Walter Werland: 1000 years of Harsewinkel - On the local history of the city on the Ems . Ed .: City of Harsewinkel. Aschendorff'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Münster 1965.
  • Peter Schulte. Where are you coming from? Childhood and youth in East Westphalia. 2015. ISBN 978-3-7347-8881-9
  • Heinrich Lübbering: When use Köster plattdütsk küert . Landwirtschaftsverlag, 1996, ISBN 3-7843-2756-7 .
  • various articles in the home yearbooks, published by the Gütersloh district

Web links

Commons : Harsewinkel  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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