Paderborn district

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Coat of arms of the Paderborn district Map of Germany, position of the Paderborn district highlighted

Coordinates: 51 ° 43 '  N , 8 ° 44'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Detmold
Regional association : Westphalia-Lippe
Administrative headquarters : Paderborn
Area : 1,246.8 km 2
Residents: 307,839 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 247 inhabitants per km 2
License plate : PB, BÜR
Circle key : 05 7 74
Circle structure: 10 municipalities
Address of the
district administration:
Aldegreverstrasse 10-14
33102 Paderborn
Website :
District Administrator : Manfred Müller ( CDU )
Location of the Paderborn district in North Rhine-Westphalia
Niederlande Belgien Niedersachsen Rheinland-Pfalz Hessen Essen Wuppertal Solingen Remscheid Hagen Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis Bochum Dortmund Herne Gelsenkirchen Bottrop Oberhausen Mülheim an der Ruhr Duisburg Kreis Mettmann Düsseldorf Rhein-Kreis Neuss Kreis Heinsberg Mönchengladbach Krefeld Kreis Viersen Kreis Wesel Kreis Kleve Rhein-Erft-Kreis Kreis Düren Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis Oberbergischer Kreis Kreis Recklinghausen Kreis Borken Kreis Unna Märkischer Kreis Kreis Olpe Hamm Kreis Soest Kreis Coesfeld Kreis Steinfurt Kreis Warendorf Leverkusen Köln Städteregion Aachen Bonn Rhein-Sieg-Kreis Städteregion Aachen Kreis Euskirchen Münster Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein Hochsauerlandkreis Kreis Paderborn Kreis Gütersloh Kreis Höxter Kreis Lippe Kreis Herford Kreis Minden-Lübbecke Bielefeldmap
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The Paderborn district is a district in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia and in the south of East Westphalia-Lippe . The university town of Paderborn is the district town and center of the district and at the same time the regional center of the region " Southern East Westphalia ", consisting of the districts of Paderborn and Höxter.



The Paderborn district lies on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest , west of the Egge Mountains . In the northern district it has a share in the Senne , in the west in the Hellweg area . A large part of the southern district area is covered by the Paderborn plateau , which extends to the northern edge of the Sauerland .

The lowest point of the district is near Delbrück at 77  m above sea level. NN , the highest southeast of lead washing at 498  m on the Totenkopf , whose summit ( 502.6  m above sea  level ) belongs to the Hochsauerlandkreis .

In north-south direction the district extends to 47.6 km, in west-east direction to 43.1 km and covers an area of ​​1,245 km².

Circle structure

The Paderborn district is divided into ten municipalities, seven of which are cities . The district town of Paderborn is considered a large district city , Delbrück as a middle district city . The following table shows the municipalities of the district in alphabetical order with the number of inhabitants on December 31, 2019, the area and the population density:

local community Residents km² Inhabitant / km²
Hessen Hochsauerlandkreis Kreis Gütersloh Kreis Höxter Kreis Lippe Kreis Soest Altenbeken Bad Lippspringe Bad Wünnenberg Borchen Büren (Westfalen) Delbrück Hövelhof Lichtenau (Westfalen) Paderborn SalzkottenMunicipalities in PB.svg
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Altenbeken 00000000000009113.00000000009.113 076.17 000000000000120.0000000000120
Bad Lippspringe , city 0000000000016237.000000000016,237 050.98 000000000000318.0000000000318
Bad Wünnenberg , city 0000000000012152.000000000012,152 161.11 0000000000000075.000000000075
Borchen 0000000000013393.000000000013,393 077.15 000000000000174.0000000000174
Büren , city 0000000000021515.000000000021,515 170.91 000000000000126.0000000000126
Delbrück , city 0000000000031989.000000000031,989 157.27 000000000000203.0000000000203
Hövelhof 0000000000016281.000000000016,281 070.71 000000000000230.0000000000230
Lichtenau , city 0000000000010570.000000000010,570 192.22 0000000000000055.000000000055
Paderborn , city 000000000151633.0000000000151,633 179.38 000000000000845.0000000000845
Salzkotten , city 0000000000024956.000000000024,956 109.53 000000000000228.0000000000228

Neighboring areas

The district borders in a clockwise direction in the northwest on the districts of Gütersloh , Lippe , Höxter , Hochsauerlandkreis and Soest .


The district was established as part of the North Rhine-Westphalian territorial reform in the course of the implementation of the "Law on the reorganization of the communities and districts of the Sauerland / Paderborn area ( Sauerland / Paderborn law )" of November 5, 1974 by merging the old Paderborn district with the Büren district formed with effect from January 1, 1975. Historically, it coincides with the Unterwald district of the former Hochstift Paderborn , in contrast to the Oberwald district , a forerunner of today 's Höxter district .

Population development

year Residents
1975 213.018
1980 226.089
1985 230.070
1990 249.096
1995 278.020
2000 290,301
2005 298,703
2010 299,816
2015 304,332


District Administrator

The district building in Paderborn, seat of the district administration
Election of the Paderborn District Assembly in 2014
in percent
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
-0.7  % p
+ 3.1  % p.p.
-0.1  % p
-6.4  % p
+ 0.6  % p
+ 3.6  % p.p.
-1.7  % p
+1.2  % p
+ 0.5  % p
Allocation of seats in the
Paderborn district assembly 2014
A total of 60 seats

After the local elections in 2004, Manfred Müller of the CDU replaced the previous incumbent Rudolf Wansleben (CDU), who ran as an independent candidate in 1999 and won. Since October 1st, 2004 Manfred Müller has been the district administrator of the Paderborn district. In 2009 he was re-elected with 70.21% and in 2014 with 64.33% of the valid votes.

During the Prussian period (see Paderborn district (1816–1974) ):

During the Nazi era:

After 1945:

During this time, the following were senior district directors (administrative managers):

  • 1945–1953 Wilhelm Gerbaulet
  • 1953–1965 August Monzen
  • 1965–1992 Werner Henke
  • 1993–1999 Rudolf Wansleben (1999–2004 District Administrator)

District council

The district council was re-elected on May 25, 2014 . The 60 seats (previously 54 seats) are distributed as follows among the individual parties, each represented in parliamentary groups (for comparison the results of the last elections in 2009, 2004 and 1999):

Election on Sept. 12, 1999 Election on Sept. 26, 2004 Election on Aug. 30, 2009 Election on May 25, 2014
Political party % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
CDU 61.7% 33 59.41% 32 52.59% 28 51.85% 31
SPD 23.4% 13 21.10% 11 18.33% 10 21.41% 13
GREEN 06.3% 04th 08.83% 05 11.15% 06th 11.13% 07th
FDP 04.1% 02 06.58% 04th 10.83% 06th 04.39% 03
THE LEFT. - - - - 03.48% 02 04.10% 02
AfD - - - - - - 03.60% 02
FBI 1 04.4% 02 04.08% 02 03.61% 02 01.86% 01
PIRATES - - - - - - 01.21% 01
FWG Bad Lippspringe - - - - - - 00.46% -
graphic Distribution of seats in 1999 Distribution of seats in 2004 Distribution of seats in 2009
total 100.0%0 54 100.0%0 54 100.0%0 54 100.0%0 60

1 Free Citizens' Initiative

badges and flags

Description of coat of arms :
Under a silver (white) shield head divided by a blue wavy bar with a continuous red cross in silver (white) a red, seven-part diamond rafter.

The red cross in the head of the shield on a silver background symbolizes the affiliation to the former Paderborn monastery . The blue wave bar represents the abundance of water in the circle. The red, seven-part diamond chevron in the silver shield is the coat of arms of the noble lords of Büren , who ruled the southern district area in the Middle Ages .

Flag description:
The circle carries a flag with the colors red and white, it shows the coat of arms of the Paderborn district.

District partnerships

There are district partnerships with the Berlin district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg , the Teltow-Fläming district in Brandenburg and the Mantua province in Italy . Also within the framework of the Franco-German treaty of 1963, the Paderborn district held annual youth encounters in France and Germany. Partnership-like relations have existed with the Israeli city of Naharya since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Economy and Infrastructure

In the Future Atlas 2016 , the Paderborn district was ranked 109th out of 402 districts, municipal associations and independent cities in Germany, making it one of the regions with good "future prospects".



The Paderborn district has a well-developed road network with 4 federal highways and 2 federal highways. The main traffic line in the Paderborn district is the federal highway 33 , which, apart from a gap of 12 kilometers near Halle (Westphalia), connects the federal highway 30 in the north (Amsterdam-Bad Oeynhausen) with the federal highway 44 in the south (Aachen-Kassel). In December 2019, it should be passable between Osnabrück and Bad Wünnenberg . Until the completion of the gap in the Gütersloh district in 2019, the A 33 will already end at the Halle-Künsebeck junction. In the Paderborn district, around 49,000 vehicles are on the road every day on the A 33 in the section between Paderborn-Elsen and Paderborn-Zentrum. The BAB 33 replaces the federal road 68 as the main traffic axis in the Paderborn district. Until the mid-1980s, the B 68 was the main connection between Paderborn and Bielefeld . The Bundesautobahn 44 Dortmund-Kassel runs from the Geseke junction to the Blankenrode rest area through the Paderborn district. The A 44 between Kassel and the Ruhr area is one of the most important traffic axes in the east-west direction in Germany. Around 52,000 vehicles are on the road every day on the section in the Paderborn district between the Lichtenau junction and the Wünnenberg-Haaren motorway junction . The proportion of heavy goods traffic (truck traffic) is also remarkably high there, at almost 25% of the total volume of traffic.


The two long-distance train stations in the Paderborn district are in the city of Paderborn and Altenbeken . Since the substantial elimination of inter-regional connections in December 2002 is the Hauptbahnhof Paderborn also IC - stop on the Hamm-Warburg railway as part of the connection Dresden - Dusseldorf . In addition, Paderborn Central Station is a hub of the European integrated regular timetable . Regional trains from / to Kassel , Düsseldorf, Herford , Bielefeld , Göttingen , Holzminden , Münster and Hamm as well as the S5 of the Hanover S-Bahn stop or start and end in Paderborn . There are also train stations for regional traffic in Salzkotten and Hövelhof . In Paderborn there is a large repair shop for Deutsche Bahn freight wagons near the north station . In addition, the run (now dismantled, but not yet entwidmete) Alme Valley Railway (Paderborn-Brilon), the Senne-Bahn (Paderborn Bielefeld), the railway Altenbeken-Kreiensen , the railway line Hannover-Altenbeken , the railway Herford-Altenbeken and the only Occasional freight traffic used railway line Gütersloh-Hövelhof partly through the district area.


The Paderborn / Lippstadt airport complements the existing transport links to an international airport with regular flights , for example, the Star Alliance ( Lufthansa , Euro Wings etc.) to Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich, as well as tourist flights to various destinations in Europe.

License Plate

On July 1, 1956, the Paderborn district was assigned the distinctive symbol PB when the vehicle registration number that is still valid today was introduced . It is still issued today. Since November 24, 2014, the distinctive sign BÜR (Büren) has also been available.


  • District of Paderborn (Ed.): District of Paderborn - Festschrift for the inauguration of the district building in 1968 (printed by Bonifacius-Druckerei Paderborn 1968)

See also

Web links

Commons : Kreis Paderborn  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  2. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  3. Federal Statistical Office: Online research of the municipal directory ( memento of the original from October 9, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 327 f .
  5. ^ State database North Rhine-Westphalia
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  7. Future Atlas 2016. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on October 2, 2017 ; accessed on March 23, 2018 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /