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Coordinates: 51 ° 50 ′  N , 8 ° 9 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Muenster
Circle : Warendorf
Height : 90 m above sea level NHN
Area : 102.77 km 2
Residents: 29,238 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 285 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 59302
Primaries : 02522, 02529 , 02520 , 05245Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : WAF, BE
Community key : 05 5 70 028
City structure: 4 boroughs

City administration address :
Ratsstiege 1
59302 Oelde
Website : www.oelde.de
Mayor : Karl-Friedrich Knop (FWG)
Location of the city of Oelde in the Warendorf district
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The town of Oelde [ ˈœldə ] ( Low German Üle ) is a medium-sized town in the Warendorf district in the Münsterland region with around 30,000 inhabitants.


Neighboring communities

Neighboring communities and cities are clockwise, starting in the north: Beelen , Herzebrock-Clarholz , Rheda-Wiedenbrück , Langenberg , Wadersloh , Beckum , Ennigerloh .

City structure

Districts are


The Stromberg district has 4555 inhabitants and is located slightly southeast of Oelde on the former federal road 61.

Stromberg was first mentioned in 1177 as the state castle of the bishops of Münster ( Westphalia ). It was the prince-bishop's administrative district until 1803, and an independent titular town until 1975.

The furniture industry, agriculture and fruit growing (plums) are dominant.


St. Vitus in Oelde-Lette

Lette is with its 2236 inhabitants in the north of the Oelder urban area. Lette was first mentioned in a document in 1133. Before Lette came to Oelde as part of the local reorganization in 1971, after the majority of the Letter population voted in favor of Oelde, it belonged to the office of Herzebrock, together with Clarholz, which has long historically been closely associated .

Coming from Oelde, the largest employer in this district, the household appliance manufacturer Miele , formerly Cordes , is at the entrance to the village .

The St. Vitus Church in the center of the village is part of the Oelde pastoral care unit and is managed by the Oelder parish Sankt Johannes.


1265 inhabitants live in the district of Sünninghausen . Settlements in today's Sünninghausen have been documented since the 5th century BC. In the year 890 Sünninghausen is mentioned in the Werden land register .

To reach Sünninghausen, you leave Oelde in a southerly direction. In the town center, the Tigges company stands out as an employer with its cast products.

Furthermore, the only carnival parade in Oelde takes place here every year on Carnival Sunday.


The city of Oelde was first mentioned in a document around 890 as "Ulithi im Dreingau " in the land register of the Werden monastery.

In 1457 a fire destroyed the city. In 1498, after the reconstruction, Oelde had 750 citizens. In 1605 another fire raged and destroyed a total of 18 houses, barns and the town hall.

In 1800 a large fire broke out, which killed two thirds of all buildings. In 1804 Oelde received city rights. In 1847 Oelde was connected to the railway network with the construction of the Minden-Cologne railway line. This led to the boom in industrialization in the city of Oelde. Oelde became internationally known in 1880 with the story of the Oelder Wind .

The Jewish community of Oelde existed between the middle of the 17th century and 1938. The mayor, who was in office during the National Socialist era from 1938, wrote to the Gestapo asking that Oelde be quickly made “Jew clean” and that the last Jews be deported .

In 1939, Oelde received its own exit when the motorway was being built . In the 1950s and 1960s, high-profile visitors came to Oelde several times when diplomats accepted the invitation from Federal Presidents Heuss and Lübke to hunt small game in the Geisterholz state forest. These events became popularly known as "diplomatic hunts".

In 2001 the city of Oelde organized the successful state horticultural show for North Rhine-Westphalia with more than 2.2 million visitors. The main topic was the magic of flowers and dreams of children . The former area of ​​the city park was integrated into the garden show area and the surrounding area was renatured with additional sections. It has been commercially cultivated since the end of the state horticultural show and bears the name "Four Seasons Park".


The city archive has been located in the Warendorf district central archive since 1972 .


On January 1, 1970, was carried incorporation of Lette, Sünninghausen and the parish Oelde. Stromberg was added on January 1, 1975.

Population development

(as of December 31st)

  • 1998: 29,126
  • 1999: 29.138
  • 2000: 29,227
  • 2001: 29,406
  • 2002: 29,469
  • 2003: 29,376
  • 2004: 29,317
  • 2005: 29,393
  • 2006: 29,445
  • 2007: 30.127
  • 2008: 30,083
  • 2009: 29,983
  • 2010: 29,276
  • 2011: 29,213
  • 2012: 28,983



The mayors of the city of Oelde since the Second World War:

  • 1945–1946 Bernhard Klockenbusch (SPD), deployed by the US military administration, later senior district director of the Warendorf district
  • 1946–1946 Hermann Johenning (independent), deployed by the US or Belgian military administration
  • 1946–1961 Theodor Naarmann (CDU)
  • 1961–1970 Friedrich Haver (CDU)
  • 1970–1979 Alexander Raestrup (CDU)
  • 1979–1989 Alexander Erdland (CDU)
  • 1989–1997 Hugo Terholsen (CDU)
  • 1997-2009 Helmut Predeick (CDU)
  • since 2009 Karl-Friedrich Knop (FWG)

The deputy mayors of the city of Oelde since 1989:

  • 1989–1999 Paul Hilker (SPD), 1st deputy mayor
  • 1999-2004 Klaus Rips (CDU), 1st deputy mayor
  • 2004–2014 Heinz Junkerkalefeld (CDU), 1st deputy mayor
  • since 2014 Daniel Hagemeier (CDU), 1st deputy Mayor (since 2017 also member of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia)
  • 1989–1994 Bernhard Muckermann (CDU), 2nd deputy. mayor
  • 1994–1999 Manfred Reismann (FWG), 2nd deputy. mayor
  • 1999–2014 Peter Kwiotek (SPD), 2nd deputy mayor
  • 2014–2019 Ernst-Rainer Fust (SPD), 2nd deputy mayor
  • since 2019 Beatrix Koch (SPD), 2nd deputy Mayoress

The local and city directors until 1997:

  • 1946– 0000Bernhard Rest
  • 0000–1989 Friedrich Schmänk (CDU)
  • 1989–1997 Heinrich Wetter (CDU)

City council

2014 2009 2004 1999 1994 1989 1984 1979 1975
Political party Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats %
CDU 13 41.3 14th 42.5 15th 48.1 19th 59.8 19th 45.5 20th 51.2 21st 53.8 23 59.6 24 62.0
SPD 09 27.9 07th 21.2 07th 21.1 07th 22.5 11 28.5 13 32.5 12 31.1 14th 35.4 15th 38.0
FWG 04th 13.5 05 13.3 04th 13.6 03 8.3 06th 14.2 - - - - - - - -
GREEN 03 10.0 03 08.4 03 08.5 02 05.0 03 08.2 03 08.7 04th 09.8 - - - -
FDP 02 04.7 03 08.2 03 08.7 01 04.3 00 03.6 03 07.5 02 05.3 02 05.0 - -
OZO 1 01 02.5 01 03.7 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Bovekamp 2 - - 01 02.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 3 32 100 34 100 32 100 32 100 39 100 39 100 39 100 39 100 39 100
voter turnout 57.2 62.4 63.3 62.3 86.6 73.3 71.9 74.9 89.4

1 Offensive Zukunft Oelde (OZO), from October 21, 2009 to May 27, 2011 Independent parliamentary group (UF) with individual applicant Bovekamp
2 Individual applicants, joined the FWG on May 27, 2011 (previously Independent parliamentary group (UF) with OZO)
3 In the As of 1999, the number of total seats for the mayor is not included

City arms

In blue a silver (white) crescent moon open at the top, above a six-pointed silver (white) star.

The moon and star are a self-explanatory coat of arms in which the words of the church patron John the Baptist are symbolically reproduced: "He (Christ) must grow, I (John) must decrease" ( Jn 3:30). Against the background of this saying, the star stands for Jesus Christ, the waning crescent for John the Baptist, who preceded Jesus and pointed to him.

The coat of arms was awarded to the then Amt Oelde on March 16, 1910 and is now used by the city of Oelde as a legal successor.

Town twinning

An unofficial town partnership with the district town of Niesky in the east of Saxony was established as part of the communal administration aid East .

Culture and sights

Park of the State Horticultural Show North Rhine-Westphalia 2001 (Four Seasons Park)

St. Johannes in Oelde
Long street in downtown Oelder
Vicarieplatz with new business center (opened in 2013)

Regular events

  • Sünninghausen Carnival
  • Pentecost wreath
  • Margaretenkirmes
  • Radio WAF Mother's Day in the Four Seasons Park
  • Open-air theater Burgbühne Stromberg
  • Sparkasse City Run
  • Pub festival "Oelde Live"
  • Floodlit cup swimming in the park pool

Buildings in Oelde

  • The Protestant town church was built in 1880 as a neo-Gothic hall church with a four-storey west tower. Most of the furnishings from the time it was built with the altar, pulpit and organ have been preserved.
  • Former district court (city library). The core of the two-storey plastered building with a half -hipped roof dates from 1611. However, today's appearance goes back to a renovation in 1831.
  • Only a few older residential buildings have survived in the inner city ; many were heavily modified, especially for use as a commercial building on Langen Strasse. Geistraße 6 offers a very good impression of the earlier construction . The small one-storey hall house in truss structure was built around 1700. The front door is equipped with a classical skylight. On the front there is a later added 18th century vault .

Economy, education and infrastructure

Council taxes

The rate of assessment for trade tax has remained unchanged at 412% since 2011.The rates of assessment for property tax A and property tax B have also remained unchanged since 2011 at 216% and 400% as of June 19, 2014


  • Edith Stein School (Catholic primary school)
  • Overbergschule (Catholic elementary school)
  • Von-Ketteler-Schule with the sub-location Norbertschule in Lette (Catholic primary school)
  • Lambertus School (Catholic primary school, Stromberg district; until November 26, 2012 Karl Wagenfeld School)
  • Albert Schweitzer School (possibly elementary school)
  • Erich-Kästner-Schule, LWL- Fördererschule, special focus on physical and motor development
  • Pestalozzi School (special school of the city of Ennigerloh; since 2012 part of Oelde, until 2012 special school of the city of Oelde)
  • Theodor-Heuss-Schule (secondary school; expires in 2018)
  • Municipal secondary school (expires in 2018)
  • Thomas-More-Gymnasium (founded 1962)
  • Comprehensive School Oelde (founded in 2013)

Established businesses

Pott's brewery in Oelde

The local economy is characterized by the furniture and wood industry, mechanical engineering companies, a brewery and a 350-year-old distillery.

On the A 2 , in the Marburg district in the border area of ​​the cities of Oelde and Rheda-Wiedenbrück, there is an interregional industrial area under construction , which is being marketed under the name "Aurea - the A2 economic center". The municipality of Herzebrock-Clarholz and the cities of Oelde and Rheda-Wiedenbrück open up a total of approx. 150 hectares of commercial space. The specially created motorway connection, the “Herzebrock-Clarholz” junction, was inaugurated in September 2008 and opened to traffic.


The Holterdorf publishing house has a dominant position in the media sector. In addition to the daily newspaper Die Glocke , the publisher also holds shares in the local radio station Radio WAF , based in Warendorf .

Platform sign


Oelde railway station

The Oelde station is on the Hamm – Minden railway line . It is served every hour by the RE  6 " Rhein-Weser-Express " Cologne / Bonn Airport - Dortmund - Bielefeld - Minden as well as by the RB 69 " Ems-Börde-Bahn " Münster- Hamm-Bielefeld, so that there is almost every half hour. Both lines were previously operated by DB Regio NRW . In December 2008, the Hamm-based Eurobahn took over the RB 69 route .

The city is connected to the Bundesautobahn 2 Oberhausen - Berlin with two junctions . The Oelde autobahn maintenance facility is located north of the autobahn at the city level . The former federal highway 61 runs parallel to the motorway through the Stromberg district .

There is a main traffic axis in Oelde itself. Starting in the north of Oelder with the "Warendorfer Straße" to the city center. This is followed by "Konrad-Adenauer-Allee", which later turns into the street "In der Geist", which leads directly past the junction of the motorway. There are also well-developed state roads in the districts and a dense network of communal and district roads.

Oelde is connected to the long-distance cycle routes 100-Schlösser-Route and the historic city centers cycle route.


Born in Oelde

Associated with Oelde


  • From the 17th century to 1938 there was a Jewish community in Oelde . It reached its highest number in 1861 with 84 members. The Jewish cemetery (on the street “Zur Brede”) still reminds of community life. A memorial stone was erected on the town hall forecourt in 1988 to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Nazi regime in Oelde. In December 2011, Stolpersteine by Cologne artist Gunter Demnig were laid in Oelde and Stromberg to commemorate the expulsions and deportations during the Nazi era .
  • In 1835 the place Westphalia (Missouri) was founded by a group of German immigrants from Paderborn and Oelde. Dr. Bernhard Bruns and his brothers were the first to set up farms here in Maries Valley and initially named the new place New Westphalia. The place was later renamed. In 1848 the St. Joseph Church was built.
  • The Weg Hesseler flyover over the A 2 between the Beckum and Oelde exits was built in 1938 as the first prestressed concrete bridge with immediate connection in Germany and the world's first prestressed concrete girder bridge by Wayss & Freytag based on a patent from Eugène Freyssinet and with his active participation.

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. ^ Christian Frederick Rüter: East and West German criminal proceedings against those responsible for the deportation of the Jews. In: Anne Klein, Jürgen Wilhelm (Eds.): NS - Injustice before Cologne Courts after 1945. Cologne 2003, ISBN 3-7743-0338-X , pp. 45–49.
  3. Hans von Herwarth: From Adenauer to Brandt: Memories. Propylaea, Berlin / Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3-549-07403-4 , p. 101
  4. ^ Regional Association Westphalia-Lippe: Four Seasons Park in LWL Geodata Culture
  5. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 94 and 110 .
  6. ^ 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. 312 .
  7. ^ Lambertus School Oelde-Stromberg
  8. Münsterland e. V .: Cycling in Oelde | Münsterland e. V. Tourism. Retrieved June 18, 2017 .
  9. World Games website, accessed February 7, 2014
  10. Hesseler Weg bridge. In: Structurae

Web links

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