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Coordinates: 52 ° 23 '  N , 8 ° 58'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Detmold
Circle : Minden-Lübbecke
Height : 53 m above sea level NHN
Area : 211.94 km 2
Residents: 25,119 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 119 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 32469
Primaries : 05702, 05704, 05705, 05707, 05726, 05761, 05765, 05768
License plate : MI
Community key : 05 7 70 028
City structure: 29 districts

City administration address :
Bahnhofstrasse 63
32469 Petershagen
Website :
Mayor : Dieter Blume ( CDU )
Location of the city of Petershagen in the Minden-Lübbecke district
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Petershagen  [ peːtɐsˈhaːgn ] ( Low German : Päitershaugen ) in the Minden-Lübbecke district is a town in the extreme north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia , north of Minden an der Weser and Ösper , in the unification of the former offices of Petershagen and Windheim zu Lahde (a total of 29 localities) Northeast of the Mindener Land . The districts of Petershagen and Lahde, located opposite each other on the Weser, form the core . Please click to listen!Play


Geographical location

Petershagen from the southwest, in the foreground on the left the Weser Petershagen, on the right the Weser Lahde with power station on the lock canal. In the foreground the Heisterholz. In the east, the
Schaumburg Forest, which is already in the Bückeburg region

The urban area is located in the extreme northeast of the district of Minden-Lübbecke and North Rhine-Westphalia. After Rahden, Petershagen is one of the northernmost communities in the country.

Petershagen lies on both sides of the Weser in the North German Plain . Aside from Porta Westfalica , Petershagen is the only municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia with the greater part of its area to the right of the Weser. There is hardly any noticeable elevation. Most of the villages are at an altitude of between 40 and 50  m above sea level. NN . The Weser crosses the urban area in a strongly meandering manner from south to north. In the floodplains of the Weser, there are numerous lakes and ponds, especially in the area of ​​Hävern and Windheim. Between Döhren and Lahde, a lock canal running parallel to and east of the Weser and a significantly shorter canal running west to the Weser shorten the “Wasserstraße Weser”. In terms of nature, this section of the river is counted as part of the Middle Weser Valley . The larger tributaries of the Weser in the urban area include the Aue , the Ösper , the Rottbach and the Gehle .

See also: List of waters in Ostwestfalen-Lippe

In the east the urban area has a share in the Loccumer Geest , in the west in the Rahden-Diepenauer Geest . Like the middle Weser valley, the above natural areas are part of the Dümmer-Geest lowland, a sub-area of ​​the North German lowlands. In terms of culture, Petershagen is in the Mindener Land .

The closest major cities are Bielefeld (50 kilometers southwest), Osnabrück (64 kilometers west) and Hanover (50 kilometers east).


Geothermal map of Petershagen

Most areas are near the surface of Quaternary rocks that cover deeper layers of rock from the Mesozoic Era. Layers of the uppermost chalk come to light in individual hills . The soils are predominantly sandy and not very fertile geest soils . In the Weseraue the area can only be used extensively for agriculture.

Petershagen is mediocre in the western area, good in eastern locations, and very well suited in individual locations for the use of geothermal heat sources by means of a geothermal probe and heat recovery through heat pump heating (see the adjacent map).

Expansion and use of the urban area

Artist's impression of the geological structure and the types of rock in the Weser Valley

With an area of ​​about 211 square kilometers, Petershagen is by far the largest city in the Minden-Lübbecke district and the fifth largest municipality in the state in terms of area. The maximum north-south extension is approx. 23 km, the maximum west-east extension around 21 km. The highest point in the urban area is the Lusebrink in the village of Neuenknick at 79.1  m above sea level. NN , the lowest point is the Weser in the northern town of Wasserstraße at 27  m above sea level. NN .

Around 70% of the urban area is used for agriculture; this value is only around 50% for North Rhine-Westphalia and around 66% in the district. In contrast, the proportion of settlement and traffic area in the state and district comparison is low at 13.6% (national average: 22.2%, district average: 19.1%). The proportion of water bodies is comparatively high due to the Weser, its side channels and numerous lakes in the floodplains. As in the entire district, the proportion of forest is below half the national average. With the exception of the Heisterholz forest south of the city center and the Minden Forest with around 750 hectares in the west of the urban area, there are hardly any larger contiguous forest areas. Small parts of the 4,000 hectare Schaumburg Forest , which borders the city to the east, are in the Petershäger area.

The following table provides an overview of the land use:

according to type of use
and traffic areas

Surface of water
Area in ha 14,821 2,432 2,884 923 135
Share of total area 69.9% 11.5% 13.6% 4.4% 0.6%

Source: IT NRW

Neighboring communities

Petershagen borders on eight cities and (velvet) communities. They are called clockwise starting in the south. The road distances from the center of Petershagen-Kernstadt to the center of the neighboring town or municipality are in brackets:

Minden (11 km) and Hille (18 km) in the Minden-Lübbecke district; Samtgemeinde Uchte (15 km), Samtgemeinde Mittelweser (20 km) and Loccum (18 km), a district of the town of Rehburg-Loccum , all in the Lower Saxony district of Nienburg / Weser ; the municipality of Niedernwöhren (16 km) and the city of Bückeburg (18 km) in the district of Schaumburg in Lower Saxony .

City structure

Districts City of Petershagen

The city is divided into 29 districts (§ 3 of the main statute of the city of Petershagen):

District Area (km²) Residents Inhabitant / km²
Bierde 8.35 634 76
Buchholz 2.27 119 52
Döhren 7.89 796 101
Eldagsen 5.55 1065 192
Friedewalde 20.94 1642 78
Frille 10.58 1136 107
Gorspen-Vahlsen 3.93 817 208
Grossenheerse 2.36 78 33
Hävern 4.65 108 23
Heimsen 10.57 664 63
Ilse 5.92 403 68
Ilserheide 6.00 492 82
Ilvese 6.94 481 69
Jössen 5.65 351 62
Lahde 6.67 3377 506
Maaslingen 6.02 428 71
Messlingen 6.48 471 73
New kink 11.43 765 67
Ovenstädt 6.37 1202 188
Petershagen core town 17.19 3922 228
Quenching 7.82 977 125
Raderhorst 3.99 424 106
Rosenhagen 4.17 309 74
Key castle 7.03 502 71
Soul field 4.53 291 64
Südfelde 4.05 466 115
Waterway 10.48 921 88
Wietersheim 6.95 1159 167
Windheim 7.27 1460 201



Petershagen has the only red deer district in the Minden-Lübbecke district, apart from a tiny portion of this area, which extends to the area of ​​the city of Minden. To the east of the federal highway B 482 to the state border is red deer area. The district is around 9,000 hectares, including 250 hectares in the very south in the Minden city area. H. red deer are allowed to live here as standing game; outside it is consistently shot down. The red deer population density is low, however, with 0-15 animals per 1,000 hectares. To the east, the red deer area in Lower Saxony continues into the Schaumburg Forest.


The climate in Petershagen is determined by its location in the ocean-continental transition area of Central Europe and by its location in the North German Plain and in the Weser Valley. The area is mostly in the sub-Atlantic maritime climate , but has temporary continental influences . The winters are mostly mild under the influence of the Atlantic, the summers are moderately warm and the rainfall is relatively evenly distributed. Westerly and southwesterly winds predominate, which bring precipitation with them. The mean annual temperature is around 9.5 ° C. The annual precipitation amounts to a long-term average between about 650 mm and about 700 mm. This makes Petershagen one of the driest and warmest areas in East Westphalia .

See also: Climate in Ostwestfalen-Lippe


Petershagen around 1647
The Schloss Petershagen was until 1669 the seat of government of the Principality of Minden (1648 Bishopric of Minden )

The first evidence of a settlement in Petershagen go back to the Paleolithic as well as the Bronze and Iron Ages . The first Cherusci settled around the birth of Christ in today's Petershagen. Saxon settlers founded the first localities in the following centuries.

In 784 Charlemagne was unable to cross the Weser here due to a flood. In this context, the place was mentioned for the first time - under the name Huculvi .

The place was later called Hockeleve . In 1306 the Minden bishop Gottfried von Waldeck had a castle built here, named after St. Peter, the patron saint of his diocese. It was given the name Petershagen , which was later transferred to the place. From 1545 to 1547 the castle was expanded into a palace by the master of the Weser Renaissance, Jörg Unkair . From 1608 to 1611, Christian von Braunschweig-Lüneburg had the palace rebuilt further.

In 1648 the Principality of Minden became part of Brandenburg through the Peace of Westphalia . The seat of the Brandenburg government remained in the castle until 1669; 1649–1659 the castle was also the residence of the Brandenburg governor.

From 1654 to 1656 witch hunts were carried out in the Protestant Petershagen . In the witch trials 39 people, 35 women and 4 men, were executed for alleged sorcery.

In 1810 the area was divided between the two offices of Petershagen and Schlüsselburg . The French Empire received the parts to the left of the Weser, and the areas on the right became the Royal Westphalian Canton of Windheim.

A teachers' seminar was set up in 1831 after teachers for elementary schools had been trained in Petershagen since 1792. The teachers' seminar existed until 1925.

During the Second World War , the Lahde Labor Education Camp (AEL) of the Hanover Gestapo office was set up in Petershagen-Lahde from spring 1943 to April 1945 . The prisoners were used to build the Lahde coal-fired power plant, the cooling water drain, the Bierderloh substation and the railway line from the station to the power plant. Further labor camps were located in the Wesermarsch near the military construction site (probably Jewish workers, dissolution 1940) and north of the AEL Lahde at the power plant construction site ("Ostarbeiterlager", dissolution April 1945).

In view of the expected immigration of around 150 “power planter families”, the Windheim office adjusted from 1942 to the growing central importance of Lahde for the area east of the Weser by planning a new building area and improving the local infrastructure. However, the construction work made only slow progress until the end of the war. The acts of war on the ground ended in the period from April 5 to 8, 1945 with the occupation of today's urban area by British troops (6th Airborne Division). In the urban area and the surrounding area there were still isolated fighting with fallen soldiers on both sides. On the evening of April 4, 1945, one day before British troops (6th Airborne Division) marched into the village of Petershagen, according to oral tradition, the anti-tank barrier built by the Volkssturm on the Ösperbrücke (today Mindener Strasse) was rendered unusable by some residents.

From April 9, 1945, Detachment 127 of the military government set up a "Displaced Persons Assembly Center" (DPAC) in some of the villages of the Windheim zu Lahde office (Lahde, Bierde, Ilserheide, Raderhorst, Frille Wietersheim, Päpinghausen) as well as in Cammer in Schaumburg. The local population, including the German bomb evacuees and refugees, was largely evacuated. Subsequently , thousands of liberated prisoners of war, forced laborers and prisoners were housed separately according to nationalities in the localities, now " DP camps ". After Germany surrendered , UNRRA Team 65 (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) took over the administration of DPAC Lahde under the control of the military government.

According to British information, the occupancy rate at the end of May 1945 was around 20,000 displaced persons . According to German information, between 12,000 and 17,000 "homeless foreigners" lived in the DPAC Lahde until its dissolution in September 1949. The immediate repatriation of the Baltic, Polish and Ukrainian DPs planned by the Western Allies was delayed by several years, mainly because these states had come under the rule of the Soviet Union. With the dissolution of the Päpinghausen camp in spring 1948, the dismantling of the DPAC Lahde began, which was completed in September 1949 with the dissolution of the Lahde camp. The local population returned to their localities and immediately began to rebuild.

After the Second World War, the expansion of the Mittelweser, which had been planned in the 1930s, was implemented. In 1953, the Petershagen barrage with an integrated run-of-river power plant was put into operation, which on the one hand guaranteed inland navigation a greater draft all year round and on the other hand decisively changed the river landscape near Petershagen. The coal-fired power plant in Lahde was also connected to the grid in 1953 under the name “ Heyden I ”. The planned new building area in the village was built like the "power station settlement" in the sixties according to a revised concept.

Central places of remembrance and learning in the urban area of ​​Petershagen are the former synagogue in Petershagen, the Jewish cemeteries in Frille, Petershagen and Wasserstraße, the memorial of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge eV on the Seeberg in Ilvese, especially in connection with the time of National Socialism Memorial stone for the labor education camp (AEL) Lahde, the communal burial ground for the victims of war and tyranny on the Lutheran. Look at the cemetery in Lahde and the "Ostarbeiterfriedhof" in Bierde.

In 1970 the Weser Bridge was built in Petershagen. The ferry service between Petershagen and Lahde was discontinued.

Since 1898, today's urban area to the left of the Weser has been opened up by the Minden– Uchte railway line of the Mindener Kreisbahnen (MKB) with stops in Heisterholz, Petershagen, Bad Hopfenberg, Gernheim and Ovenstädt. The regular passenger traffic from Petershagen to Uchte was discontinued in 1967, from Petershagen to Minden in 1974, the goods traffic and a tourist operation of the Minden Museum Railway in stages between 1973 and 1980. The Friedewalde district, which is now part of Petershagen, has also been developed with stations by the MKB since 1915 in Südfelde, Friedewalde and the Wegholm terminus. Passenger traffic on this route ceased in 1959 and goods traffic in 1975.

Since 1921 the Nienburg – Minden railway line has been running on the right bank of the Weser through the area of ​​today's city of Petershagen; of the original train stations in Schluesselburg, Heimsen, Döhren, Windheim, Lahde and Frille, only the train station in Lahde remained in operation.

Church in the district of Schluesselburg


Today's city of Petershagen was created in a territorial reform under the Bielefeld Act of October 24, 1972 with effect from January 1, 1973. For this purpose, 29 of the 36 legally independent municipalities of the offices of Windheim and Petershagen in the Minden district were combined. The remaining seven communities of the former offices were incorporated into Minden. The 29 combined former communities form today's districts of Petershagen. At the same time, Petershagen became a municipality in the newly formed Minden-Lübbecke district. After January 1, 1973 there were no further reclassifications or incorporations into the urban area.

Population development

Population development of Petershagen from 1900 to 2017 according to the adjacent tables
Petershagen according to the territorial status at that time
year Residents
1900 (December 1st) ¹ 2,063
1910 (December 1st) ¹ 2,196
1925 (June 16) ¹ 2,084
1939 (May 17) ¹ 2,310
1950 (September 13) ¹ 3,639
1961 (June 6) ¹ 3,724
1970 (May 27) ¹ 3,612
1972 (December 31) 3,603
Spatial population distribution in Petershagen
Petershagen according to the current territorial status
year Residents
1961 (June 6) ¹ 24,497
1970 (May 27) ¹ 24,786
1972 (December 31) 24,904
1975 (December 31) 24,415
1980 (December 31) 24,061
1985 (December 31) 23,466
1987 (May 25) ¹ 23,619
1990 (December 31) 24,543
1995 (December 31) 26,142
2000 (December 31) 27,040
year Residents
2001 (December 31) 27,103
2002 (December 31) 27,104
2003 (December 31) 27.091
2004 (December 31) 26,990
2005 (December 31) 26,882
2008 (December 31) 26,743
2012 (December 31) 25,662
2017 (December 31) 25.131

¹ census result


The population is predominantly Evangelical-Lutheran after the prince-bishopric of Minden accepted the evangelical doctrine and at the latest since it was secularized in 1648 and was added to Protestant Prussia as the Principality of Minden . Smaller shifts in the denominational landscape were the result of general internal migration and secularization, the influx of ethnic repatriates from Eastern Europe and the influx of southern European guest workers after the Second World War.

The Protestant congregations belong to the Minden church district and are located in the districts of Buchholz, Friedewalde, Heimsen, Lahde, Ovenstädt, Petershagen, Schluesselburg and Windheim. The Catholic community belongs to the Mindener Land pastoral network with churches in Petershagen (St. Johannes Baptist) and Lahde (St. Maria).

An indication of the distribution can be the denomination of the Petershäger students. According to this, around 77% of the students are Protestant, 5% Catholic, 1% Islamic. 8% say they belong to another denomination and 10% do not consider themselves to be a denomination.



The first mayor of the newly founded city of Petershagen was the mayor of the community Jössen Wilhelm Krömer (CDU) in 1973 , he held this honorary position until the new election in 1994, when the council surprisingly voted 20 to 19 over the SPD candidate Herbert Marowsky Votes voted against the incumbent mayor Krömer, who then became deputy mayor. After the amendment of the municipal code by the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia and the abolition of the previous municipal "dual leadership" of honorary mayor and full-time city ​​director , the majority of the CDU and FDP took the opportunity to appoint the then city director of the city of Petershagen Joachim Thiele (CDU) to be elected first full-time mayor in 1994.

After internal quarrels within the CDU Petershagen, Joachim Thiele was not nominated again for the 1999 local elections, but Heinrich Schaper (CDU), against whom SPD candidate Marianne Schmitz-Neuland (SPD) prevailed in the runoff election with 54.8%. In the local elections in 2004 she was re-elected mayor in the first ballot with a result of 62.33% against Hermann Kleinebenne (CDU).

In the mayoral election in 2009, the CDU candidate Dieter Blume prevailed with 45.85% against Ingo Ellerkamp (SPD), Günter Wehmeyer (FDP) and Klaus Behrmann. In the mayoral election on May 25, 2014, he was confirmed in office with 56.13% of the valid votes.

List of previous mayors:

1973–1994: Wilhelm Krömer (CDU) 1994: Herbert Marowsky (SPD) 1994–1999: Joachim Thiele (CDU) 1999–2009: Marianne Schmitz-Neuland (SPD) since 2009: Dieter Blume (CDU)

City council

Allocation of seats in the
city ​​council in 2014
A total of 32 seats
  • Greens: 2
  • SPD: 12
  • UWG: 1
  • FDP: 2
  • CDU: 15

The city council of Petershagen currently has 32 seats. In addition, the mayor is the council chairman. The following table shows the local election results since 1975:

2014 2009 2004 1999 1994 1989 1984 1979 1975
Political party Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats %
CDU 15th 47.28 17th 51.17 21st 54.62 20th 52.18 17th 45.22 17th 43.66 18th 45.30 19th 47.14 19th 49.27
SPD 12 37.36 9 29.77 11 28.37 13 34.47 16 40.75 17th 42.20 16 39.93 16 40.19 16 40.86
FDP 2 5.68 3 9.87 3 8.36 3 8.43 3 7.15 3 7.97 3 7.70 4th 9.38 4th 9.87
Green 2 6.87 2 6.13 3 6.47 2 3.93 3 6.88 2 6.17 2 6.79 - - - -
left - - 1 1.95 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
UWG 1 1 2.32 0 1.11 0 2.19 - - - - - - - - - - - -
UBG 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 3.29 - -
Individual applicant 3 - 0.50 - - 0 1.77 - - - - - - 0 0.28 - - - -
ödp - - - - - - 0 1.00 - - - - - - - - - -
Total 4 32 100 32 100 38 100 38 100 39 100 39 100 39 100 39 100 39 100
voter turnout 57.04 58.76 61.52 64.61 82.97 74.78 76.23 80.64 86.69

1 Independent community of voters Petershagen
2 Independent community of citizens Petershagen
3 2004: Individual applicant Horstmann: 1.34%, individual applicant Buchholz: 0.43%; 2014: Individual applicant Stefan Uhlmann
4 without taking into account rounding differences

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Petershagen.svg

The city of Petershagen was granted the right to use a coat of arms with a certificate from the District President in Detmold dated March 29, 1974. According to the main statute §2 it shows:

In red over a silver (white) corrugated base a silver (white) pillar bridge, above it two silver (white) diagonally crossed keys with turned away beards.

The keys of Saint Peter ( Key Petri ) and the coat of arms colors red and silver indicate that Petershagen belonged to the old Principality of Minden for centuries and that of his predecessor, the Principality of Minden , whose residence the city was temporarily. The keys are included in many coats of arms in the region, including in the old coats of arms of St. Petersburg and Schluesselburg. The bridge and the river symbolize Petershagen's position to the left and right of the Weser and the connection of the villages on both sides of the river to form a city.

Town twinning

On November 9, 1990, the representatives of the city of Petershagen and the community of Petershagen / Eggersdorf in the district of Märkisch-Oderland ( Brandenburg ) signed a partnership certificate.

Culture and sights

The sights include the Petershagen Castle and the old town, the various windmills and the natural surroundings. In summer, storks regularly nest in Petershagen and some of its districts near the Weser . Bike tours along the Weser cycle path or the mill route lead right through Petershagen.

Cultural institutions

Gernheim glassworks

The Petershagen Synagogue is an information and documentation center. Here the local and regional Jewish history was prepared and informed about Jewish life in the region.

In the Heimsen Local History and Herring Catcher Museum you can find out about the work and life of herring catchers that have existed on the Central Weser.

The Gernheim glassworks , part of the LWL industrial museum, is housed in the old glassmaking buildings in Gernheim. You can visit the glassworks tower from 1826, a basketry and other buildings. Special exhibitions on the art of glassmaking and other cultural events take place in the museum.

In the district of Windheim, the Westphalian Stork Museum offers an exhibition in a 300-year-old building about the rescue of the last breeding area of ​​the white stork in North Rhine-Westphalia.

There are 26 barns in the Scheunenviertel in Schlüsselburg . The oldest date from the 17th century.

The theater group of the local high school offers performances every year.


Petershagen maintains a municipal music school. Almost 400 students use the offers. For children from 4 years there is early musical education, for older children from 6 years there is a basic musical education. There are also ensembles in a wide variety of musical styles.


Großenheerse windmill

In the vicinity of the city but also in the city itself there are 11 mills in the individual districts of the Westphalian Mühlenstraße . The technical monument, the Klostermühle Lahde , one of the last two wind water mills in Germany, is outstanding . In Petershagen Frille, the Petershagen mill construction yard is the technical core of the Westphalian Mill Road. It is also the seat of the German Society for Milling and Mill Maintenance .

For other buildings see → List of architectural monuments in Petershagen

Green spaces and recreation

Around the Petershagen Castle is an approximately 1.5 hectare, non-public, park with old trees. It is integrated into the hotel operations of the castle.

The around 600 year old Bierder Elme

Several nature reserves stretch along the Weser from Schluesselburg to Petershagen, some of which are of international importance. In the EU bird sanctuary Weseraue , which is around 27 square kilometers in size , many waders and water birds find a resting and wintering area.


The sports offers in Petershagen are mainly organized by the city's almost 60 sports clubs. The clubs have 15 sports fields and sports and gymnasiums at their disposal. Shooting, which is practiced in the 23 shooting sports facilities, is also very popular. Several tennis courts, two riding halls and an outdoor pool in Lahde complete the offer. Most of the sports clubs are organized in the city sports association. The HSG Stemmer / Friedewalde is well known .

Economy and Infrastructure


The Heyden power plant in Lahde
Eel fishing on the Weser (here near Schluesselburg), like the agricultural sector, only plays a very subordinate role in terms of employment

The Heyden power plant with the largest single coal block in Europe is located in the Lahde district . One of the largest employers is the Diakonisches Werk Minden with various facilities in the city area.

Petershagen is the seat of the German Society for Milling Customers and Mill Maintenance (DGM) e. V.

With Bad Hopfenberg , Petershagen has a well-known health clinic.


Petershagen is located in the transmission range of the local radio station Radio Westfalica and can be received there via cable on the VHF 97.15 MHz and via antenna on VHF 95.70 MHz. The local daily newspaper is the Mindener Tageblatt .

Public facilities

The volunteer fire brigade in Petershagen is around 750 men. 6 fire-fighting teams are organized in three alarm groups and are divided into 26 fire-fighting groups. 19 youth groups and 5 music trains show the activity of the Petershäger fire brigade.

The Petershagen city library offers over 25,000 items for loan on almost 300 m². This also includes new media such as audio books and CD-Roms.

The waste from the city of Petershagen is disposed of in the Pohlsche Heide waste disposal center in accordance with the Waste Act of the Federal Republic of Germany .


In Petershagen there are six primary schools, the Lahde secondary school and the Petershagen secondary school, the Lahde secondary school and the Petershagen municipal high school, as well as the Birkenkampschule special school, which together are attended by over 4,000 students. The primary schools are in Eldagsen, Friedewalde, Frille, Lahde, Petershagen and Windheim. The Eldagsen elementary school is a Protestant denominational school with close contact with the Protestant parish Petershagen. The village of Cammer from the town of Bückeburg in Lower Saxony also belongs to the school district of the Frille primary school.

In addition to the general education schools, the Petershageners can take advantage of the educational offers of the Petershagen Music School and the Minden Adult Education Center , which is supported by an association of the cities of Minden, Porta Westfalica, Petershagen and the municipality of Hille.


Rail transport

In addition to the still existing station in Lahde there was once also this station in the core city, which by the Minden Museum Railway has been operated

Petershagen has a train station in the Lahde district on the Nienburg – Minden line ( Weser-Aller-Bahn ) . It is served every two hours by the "Porta-Express" Nienburg - Minden - Bielefeld . Regional buses and trains (in the direction of Minden) can be used at the regional “six tariff” ( VerkehrsVerbund OstWestfalenLippe ). The NRW tariff and the Lower Saxony ticket also apply .

Road traffic

The B 61 and B 482 carry traffic from the A 2 north to Nienburg and Bremen on both sides of the Weser through Petershagen . In the 1970s a new bridge over the Weser was built and ferry operations were discontinued. State road 770 runs in an east-west direction via Wiedensahl to Bohmte .

Bus transport

The city bus service is operated by the WeserBus .


Petershagen has a yacht and boat harbor as well as an old fishing port on the Weser. A lock channel of the Weser runs through Petershagen .


sons and daughters of the town

The following personalities were born in Petershagen:

Other personalities


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  • Karin Jakob, Gerhard Jacob: Petershagen. 29 places on old pictures. Sutton Verlag 2001. 2nd edition. ISBN 3-89702-271-0 .
  • Thomas Spohn: Petershagen ( Westfälische Kunststätten , issue 95). Munster 2002
  • Old Synagogue Petershagen: Historical yearbook Petershagen. Volume 2, 2003-2004. Books on Demand GmbH 2004. ISBN 3-8334-0795-6
  • Sonja von Behrens: The time of the Polish villages. Historical yearbook Petershagen. Volume 3, 2004. Books on Demand GmbH 2004. ISBN 3-8334-1559-2
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  • Friedhelm Fischer: Experience Petershagen. Multimedia CD-ROM with virtual tours, insights into museums, historical buildings, churches.
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  • Hermann Kleinebenne: "In the foreigners' camp Lahde. Where will our new home be? From the diary of a Latvian DP family. The Lahde area under the influence of local power plant projects and as a DP camp of the military government from 1945. Weserdruckerei Stolzenau 2016.

Web links

Commons : Petershagen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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  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. Geological Service NRW: Using geothermal energy - Geothermal study provides planning basis ( Memento from September 14, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 369 kB)
  3. ^ Municipal profile Petershagen, city; 2008. ( Memento of the original from July 20, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. State Office for Data Processing and Statistics NRW (PDF; 222 kB) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ^ Main statute of the city of Petershagen
  5. ^ Map of the red deer district of Minden
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  7. Climate maps. ( Memento of the original from October 16, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. City of Detmold @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. ^ Annales Regni Francorum 784 .
  9. List of names of the victims of the Petershagen witch trials (PDF; 113 kB)
  10. ^ Gertrud Angermann: A group picture in two versions. A contribution to the history of teacher training in Petershagen and photography. Communications from the Mindener Geschichtsverein, year 48 (1976), pp. 94-103.
  11. Mindener Tageblatt: "Interior views from the camp", print edition of November 11, 2016, p. 9
  12. Hermann Small Benne: The Weser line , Weser printing, Stolzenau 2011th
  13. ^ Ingrid Schütte, Werner Schütte: The Mindener Kreisbahnen . Lübbecke 1990, ISBN 3-922657-77-X , pp. 12-21.
  14. ^ Ingrid Schütte, Werner Schütte: The Mindener Kreisbahnen . Lübbecke 1990, ISBN 3-922657-77-X , p. 245.
  15. ^ Ingrid Schütte, Werner Schütte: The Mindener Kreisbahnen . Lübbecke 1990, ISBN 3-922657-77-X , pp. 245-247
  16. NRW rail archive: route Nienburg-Minden
  17. ^ 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. 326 .
  18. Evangelical Church District Minden: Communities
  19. ^ Mindener Land Pastoral Association: Parishes
  20. State Office for Data Processing and Statistics: Pupils at general education schools in North Rhine-Westphalia according to religious affiliation ( Memento from October 3, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  21. a b State Returning Officer NRW
  22. Local election 2004. In: : Mayor election 2004 - Petershagen
  23. ↑ State database NRW; Election results for the municipality code 05770028
  24. ^ State Office for Information and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia: Local elections
  25. Municipal data center Minden-Ravensberg / Lippe
  26. Heraldry of the World: Coat of Arms of Shlisselburg
  27. Heraldry of the World: Coat of Arms of Petershagen
  28. TV judge Salesch lives in OWL. In: , accessed on September 25, 2014