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Coordinates: 54 ° 18 '  N , 9 ° 40'  E

Basic data
State : Schleswig-Holstein
Circle : Rendsburg-Eckernförde
Height : 6 m above sea level NHN
Area : 23.73 km 2
Residents: 28,896 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 1218 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 24768
Area code : 04331
License plate : RD, ECK
Community key : 01 0 58 135

City administration address :
At the Gymnasium 4
24768 Rendsburg
Website :
Mayor : Pierre Gilgenast ( SPD )
Location of the city of Rendsburg in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district

Rendsburg ( Danish and Low German : Rendsborg , also Rensborg ) is the seat of the district administration of the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district and is located in the middle of Schleswig-Holstein on the Kiel Canal and on the historic Ochsenweg . The city connects the two parts of Schleswig and Holstein , with the old town historically located on a Werder of the border river Eider .



Aerial view of Rendsburg looking to the east. The central districts are located between the Kiel Canal (right in the picture) and the Eider . The Rendsburg high bridge can be seen on the right.

Rendsburg is located on the longest river in Schleswig-Holstein, the Eider , and the most frequented artificial waterway in the world, the Kiel Canal. The next larger cities are Kiel 32 km east, Schleswig 32 km north, Flensburg 65 km north, Husum (west coast) 58 km north-west, Eckernförde (east coast) 25 km north-east, Neumünster about 45 km south, Lübeck 94 km south-east and Hamburg 103 km southern. A holiday route opened in May 2004 runs through Rendsburg : the German ferry route connects around 50 different ferries , bridges, locks, barrages and maritime museums between Bremervörde and Kiel .

Rendsburg lies on both sides of the Kiel Canal, most of the city is on the northern canal side. Since 1913 the railway has been crossing the canal on the Rendsburg high bridge , which is one of the landmarks of Rendsburg. The high bridge also carries an attached transporter bridge for pedestrians and vehicles, but clashed in 2016 with the cargo ship Evert barge and since then not in operation. In Rendsburg, a road tunnel crosses the canal (construction period 1960 to 1963).

Until the construction of the canal, the Eider shaped the townscape of Rendsburg and the surrounding area. The old town was originally built on an Eider Island. Since 1895 the river has flowed into the canal at Audorfer See and a short time later branches off again from the canal into the Obereider. The arm that belongs to the canal ends at the newly built Obereiderhafen. The Untereiderarm, separated from the Obereider by Thormannplatz, begins further west of the city. The Untereider flows through tributaries from floodplains from Rendsburg southwest towards Tönning . In the Prinzenmoor , the river is again connected to the Kiel Canal by the Gieselau Canal.

The Rendsburger Stadtsee is located near the old town .

Surrounding area

The surrounding area is characterized by a typical geest landscape, which in the west increasingly merges into a marsh landscape. The old floodplains of the Eider also shape the landscape. In the east of the city begins with the Hüttener Mountains, a terminal moraine area characterized by undulating deposits from the last Ice Age.

In the immediate vicinity of the city are the nature parks Hüttener Berge (10 km), Westensee (20 km) and Aukrug (15 km).

Neighboring communities are (clockwise, starting in the north): Alt Duvenstedt , Rickert , Büdelsdorf , Schacht-Audorf , Osterrönfeld , Westerrönfeld , Nübbel and Fockbek .

City structure

Urban areas from an urban planning perspective

Landsknecht - the oldest town house, built in 1541

From an urban planning perspective, three urban areas are particularly important:

  • The old town along the Ober- and Untereider with the center around the Marienkirche , the old town market and the Schiffbrückenplatz.
  • The Neustadt, the so-called Neuwerk, which includes the baroque urban expansion south of the Untereider, with the centrally located Paradeplatz, the Christkirche (formerly Garrison Church ) and the Arsenal.
  • The historicizing laid out streets as well as new building areas along the looped ramparts and fortifications ; Here you can find barracks, but also civil and administrative buildings from the Wilhelmine era .


The city of Rendsburg is divided into 29 districts.

The following districts are north of the Eider and west of Büdelsdorf:

  • 01 Rendsburg North
  • 02 Kronwerker Moor
  • 03 Rendsburg West
  • 04 Rendsburg North West
  • 05 Duten
  • 06 Mastbrook
  • 07 Suhmsheide
  • 08 sea mills
  • 09 Rotenhof
  • 10 Kronwerk-North
  • 11 Rendsburg southwest
  • 12 Mühlenau-Margarethenhof
  • 29 Kronwerk-South.

The following districts are between the Eider and the Kiel Canal:

  • 13 old town (formerly formed an island in the Eider)
  • 14 new work
  • 15 park settlement
  • 16 Königskoppel
  • 17 Nobiskrug
  • 18 loop
  • 19 high field
  • 20 Canal area east
  • 21 Neuwerk South
  • 22 district harbor
  • 23 Canal area west
  • 24 Hoheluft
  • 25 Nübbeler Utkiek

The following districts are located south of the Kiel Canal and southwest of Osterrönfeld:

  • 26 Rendsburg-Süd
  • 27 Marienhöh
  • 28 City moor


5th to 18th century

On a drawing from 1756 by Johann Friedrich Camerer , the location of Rendsburg's old town on an island in the middle of the Eider can still be clearly seen
Fountain on the Schlossplatz with the inscription: "Count Gerhard the Great confirms and extends the city of Rendsburg Gerechtsame and area at the Nicolaitage 1339"
Old Town Hall on the Old Town Market
Senate room in the old town hall
Former packing house on the Eider, built in 1783

According to the historian Saxo Grammaticus , the king of the Angles Offa defeated the Saxons on the Eider Island in the 5th century . During the reign of Hemming in 811, twelve Franks and Danes met on the Eider Island and agreed the Eider as the border river between the Franconian and Danish empires . Around 1100 the Danish Jarl Björn, a son of Sven Estridsson , probably built the first fortress on an Eider Island: the Reinholdsburg was supposed to secure the Eider crossing for strategic reasons.

The actual settlement of Rendsburg was founded around 1150 and was first mentioned in writing in 1199 as Reinoldesburch in the Chronica Slavorum of Arnold von Lübeck . Since the settlement core was laid out on an island in the border river Eider, the assignment to the Duchy of Schleswig (see Fræzlæt ) or the Duchy of Holstein was often disputed.

In 1200 Count Adolf rebuilt the castle. In 1250 a noble arbitration court of "twelve knightly men" declared that the city belonged to Holstein . The town charter of Rendsburg, perhaps already granted in 1239, is mentioned in a document in 1253. In a document dated 12 May 1260, the widow of Schleswig Duke pledged Abel , Matilda of Holstein and Schauenburg, among other property along the Eider also Rendsburg to her brothers, the Holstein Count Johann I and Gerhard I. The Oppidum had Mechthild in their Marriage to Abel in 1237 received as a dowry.

After the city fire of 1286, the Marienkirche was built during the reconstruction in 1287 . Up until the 15th century, Rendsburg was plagued by fires several times, which repeatedly necessitated extensive rebuilding.

In 1339, Count Gerhard the Great of Holstein-Rendsburg confirmed the Rendsburg town charter and left extensive lands to Rendsburg. In 1460 Rendsburg was incorporated into the dominion of Denmark under King Christian I , Duke of Schleswig and Count of Holstein . Between 1536 and 1540 a wall was built under Christian III. , King of Denmark and Duke of Schleswig and Holstein. North of the city, in the suburb of Vinzier, there was an infirmary for lepers in the Middle Ages , which has been documented since 1465.

On March 9, 1542, the Lutheran church order for Schleswig and Holstein was passed in Rendsburg, which established the Schleswig-Holstein regional church .

In 1566, the east-west and thus the oldest construction section of the town hall on the Old Town Market was completed. The wing adjoining to the south with a late Gothic double gable dates from the end of the 17th century. In the 16th century the Rendsburg Castle was expanded; the castle complex was demolished in 1718.

During the Thirty Years' War , the city was under Imperial German rule from 1627 to 1629 . In 1644 and 1645 Rendsburg was occupied by Swedish troops and shortly afterwards again heavily besieged . In 1665 Rendsburg received permanent military occupation and became a garrison town. Between 1669 and 1673 the first large fortress was built under the Danish Major General Henrik Ruse. The Eiderstein with the inscription "Eidora romani Terminus Imperii" was built into the south portal of the fortress in 1670.

From 1690 the second large extension followed under the direction of the Danish major general Jobst Scholten and with the participation of the architect and contractor Dominicus Pelli . In the course of the Neuwerker fortress construction, the village of Vindeshier, the Kampen church and some parts of Büdelsdorf were demolished in 1691 . In 1700, after a five-year construction period, the baroque Christ Church was inaugurated in Neuwerk , the plans for which came from Pelli.

A privilege granted in 1765 permission to operate the Rendsburgische Fayance-Fabrique , whose high-quality faience goods are sold beyond the borders.

Between 1777 and 1784, the Schleswig-Holstein Canal (Eider Canal) was built from Kiel-Holtenau to Rendsburg . The natural course of the Eider river could be used from Rendsburg westward, so that for the first time a waterway was created between the Baltic Sea near Kiel and the North Sea near Tönning . A lock system in the old town regulated the water levels between the Obereider and the Untereider. The system was located on today's street An der Schleuse . During the construction of the Kiel Canal, it was renewed and filled in after the Gieselau Canal was built in 1937. A three-storey packing house (built in 1783) is reminiscent of the time of the Eider Canal. There are comparable buildings in Kiel-Holtenau and Tönning.

1800 to 1894

In 1808, Spanish auxiliaries moved into the fortress. According to legend , King Christian VII , who was present in Rendsburg, died of a stroke because he thought she was hostile. From a window in the commandant's house on Paradeplatz, Friedrich VI. proclaimed king. On January 1, 1808, the first edition of the non-profit weekly newspaper for Rendsburg and the surrounding area appeared weekly. Around the turn of the year 1813/1814 Rendsburg was besieged by Sweden and Russia during the Napoleonic Wars . In 1827 an ironworks and foundry was founded on the Vorwerk site in Büdelsdorf : the Carlshütte . At that time it was the largest iron processing company in northern Germany .

In 1831 Uwe Jens Lornsen served most of the one year imprisonment to which the Gottorf Higher Criminal Court had sentenced him in Rendsburg. In 1845, the railway line was Rendsburg Neumünster by the Rendsburg-Neumünstersche railway company opened.

The morning after the proclamation of a provisional Schleswig-Holstein government , an extra train with soldiers drove from Kiel to Rendsburg on March 24, 1848 . When the fire bell rang , the Danish garrison was taken by surprise by the rebels dressed in Danish uniforms. Rendsburg became the center of the civil war against Denmark . On April 5, Prussian troops moved in . After the end of the First Schleswig War, a German-Danish border regulation commission met in Rendsburg in 1851, which was supposed to determine the exact borderline between the German Confederation ( Holstein ) and Denmark ( Schleswig ), but that same year broke up without any results.

In 1850 the laboratory , a building complex for ammunition production and storage, exploded . Between 1852 and 1864 Rendsburg was again under Danish sovereignty . At this time the demolition of the Kronwerk and Old Town fortifications began. The associated embankments led to radical changes in the cityscape. In 1853 the Kronwerker Tor in the northwest was demolished, in 1855 the Schleswiger Tor in the north was demolished and in 1856 the Alt-Holsteiner Tor in the east was demolished.

In 1861 the gas lighting institute started operations and supplied the gas lamps in the city. After the war against Austria and Prussia , Denmark ceded the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein in the Peace of Vienna in 1864 . According to the Gastein Convention , Rendsburg was planned to be expanded as a federal fortress in 1865 to secure the border between the German Confederation and Denmark. Due to the dissolution of the German Confederation in 1866, however, this resolution was no longer implemented.

In 1867 Schleswig-Holstein became a Prussian province. In 1873 the foundation stone for the Lornsen memorial on Paradeplatz was laid by the Kiel Combat Society. The city council - probably out of fear of anti-Prussian demonstrations - did not take part in the ceremony. In 1876 Peter Eggers founded the chemical fertilizer factory in Rendsburg , which was the largest industrial company in the city at the time. In 1881 the Neu-Holsteiner Tor ( Königstor ) in the southwest was demolished .

1895 to 1945

Schiffbrückenplatz (1895)

In 1895, the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal (today the Kiel Canal or Kiel Canal ) was opened after eight years of construction. The completed power station went online. In 1905 the Nobiskrug shipyard was founded. 1913, which began in 1911, opened Rendsburg High Bridge over the canal with her including running Transporter Bridge , probably the most prominent building in the city. A 2.5 kilometer long steel structure that has become Rendsburg's landmark and one of Germany's most important technical monuments. In 1934 the Rendsburg Artillery Regiment stationed here was founded.

During the Reichspogromnacht from November 9 to November 10, 1938, the Rendsburg synagogue , the center of Jewish community life, was severely damaged by an explosive device . In 1939 the synagogue and the former Torah school were forcibly sold to the Nazi rulers. While around 30 Jews were still living in Rendsburg in 1933, the Jewish community was completely dissolved by 1942 through emigration , immigration into illegality , deportations and suicide . Today the Jewish Museum Rendsburg and the Dr. Bamberger House are located in the former synagogue and school .

During the Second World War , Rendsburg was largely spared from direct effects of the war. On May 4, 1945, Hans-Georg von Friedeburg signed the surrender of all German troops in north-west Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark near Lüneburg on behalf of the last Reich President Karl Dönitz , who had previously left the last Reich government in Flensburg - Mürwik . The war finally ended with the unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945 . Rendsburg's defenders waived the strategic demolition of the two canal bridges. On May 8th, the city was officially handed over to the British troops and thus belonged to the British zone of occupation .

post war period

From 1945 onwards, the influx of refugees , displaced persons, wounded, prisoners of war and forced laborers posed complex and great problems, as everywhere in Schleswig-Holstein. The population rose from around 20,000 to around 37,000 within a few years. From 1952 new living space was created, mainly in the northwest of the city ( Mastbrook ). In 1952 a Danish school, Ejderskolen , was established. In 1955 the British law of occupation was repealed .

With the inauguration of a sewage treatment plant in 1956, the prerequisites for full sewerage of all households in Rendsburg were created. In 1961 the canal tunnel was inaugurated and the Rendsburg swing bridges over the Kiel Canal were closed. Four years later, in 1965, the pedestrian tunnel under the Kiel Canal was completed.

Thanks to the only minor damage in the Second World War, the district town of the former Rendsburg district was preserved in its grown building fabric and building history until the 1950s. However, urban planning measures from the 1960s and, above all, the 1970s left considerable gaps in the old building fabric that had been preserved up to then: numerous buildings from the turn of the century before last fell victim to the wrecking ball. Even the (old) Catholic Church disappeared from the cityscape. However, the city still shows characteristics of its German and Danish past.

1970 until today

District building of the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district in Rendsburg
Entrance to the Arsenal cultural center

In the course of the regional reform , the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde was established in 1970 . Rendsburg remained the seat of the district administration.

In 1989 the former main armory on Paradeplatz, the Hohe Arsenal , was inaugurated as a municipal cultural center . In 1991 the museums in the Arsenal cultural center opened .

In 1995 the Kiel Canal, one of the most important location factors in Rendsburg, celebrated its centenary. In 1999 Rendsburg celebrated the city's 800th anniversary with a year full of activities. In 2006, Mayor Breitner presented a new city plan, according to which the old city center should be restored and rebuilt by 2015.


On January 1, 1977, parts of the neighboring community of Fockbek with more than 25 inhabitants at that time were incorporated.

Population development

Source for the figures from 1970: State Statistical Office, on March 31.

Population development of Rendsburg from 1879 to 2018 according to the table below
  • 1879: 13,400 inhabitants
  • 1945: at the beginning approx. 20,000 inhabitants - then in a few years increase to approx. 37,000 inhabitants due to the influx of refugees and displaced persons
  • 1946: 35,502 inhabitants
  • 1961: 35,721 inhabitants
  • 1970: 34,696 inhabitants
  • 1980: 32,657 inhabitants
  • 1990: 30,960 inhabitants
  • 2000: 29,560 inhabitants
  • 2001: 29,385 inhabitants
  • 2002: 29,172 inhabitants
  • 2003: 28,983 inhabitants
  • 2004: 28,668 inhabitants
  • 2005: 28,441 inhabitants
  • 2006: 28,444 inhabitants
  • 2007: 28,450 inhabitants
  • 2008: 28,406 inhabitants
  • 2009: 28,369 inhabitants
  • 2010: 28,191 inhabitants
  • 2011: 28,182 inhabitants
  • 2012: 28,090 inhabitants
  • 2013: 27,410 inhabitants
  • 2014: 27,315 inhabitants
  • 2017: 28,789 inhabitants
  • 2018: 28,470 inhabitants


From the establishment of the Bundeswehr until the end of 2009, Rendsburg was a garrison town with two barracks: the Eider barracks , built around the turn of the century in the Neuwerk district of 1900, and the Feldwebel-Schmid barracks in the north (until May 8, 2000 'Rüdel barracks'). The Eiderkaserne was closed in mid-2008 as part of the transformation of the Bundeswehr. The Army Air Defense Force training center stationed in Feldwebel-Schmid-Kaserne was relocated to Munster and the barracks also closed. Today only the air force is in derision .


Claussen Altar (1648) of the Protestant Marienkirche
Evangelical Christian Church
Chapel in the Old Town Cemetery

54% of the population of Rendsburg are Protestant Lutheran . The city's Lutheran congregations are part of the North German Regional Church or the Danish Church in South Schleswig ( Dansk Kirke i Sydslesvig ). In addition, there are parishes of the Catholic Church (9%), free parishes as well as Muslims and Jews . 32% do not belong to any religious community under public law.


Evangelical Lutheran:

  • Bugenhagenkirche, belongs to the parish of St. Marien
  • Christ Church, former garrison church
  • St. Jürgen
  • St. Mary
  • Rendsborg Danske Kirke

Roman Catholic:

Evangelical Free Churches:

Other faith communities:



Council meeting

Distribution of seats in the council meeting after the local elections on May 6, 2018 and the proportion of votes obtained there:

A total of 31 seats
Political party Seats Voting shares
Turnout: 32.4%
total 31

coat of arms

The coat of arms and flag were approved on December 30, 1964.

Blazon : "In silver over alternating silver and blue waves a red, free-standing brick castle with crenellated wall, three crenellated towers with blue pointed roofs, of which the middle one is a little higher and wider, and with an open gate, inside the Holstein coat of arms (in red the silver nettle leaf) . "

The city has its historical coat of arms, based on the oldest city seal from 1360. It shows the "Reinholdsburg" on the Eider Island, which secured the passage over the Eider on the border between Holstein and Schleswig. This important fortification was first mentioned around 1200, that of the city in 1253. The history of Rendsburg in the late Middle Ages is characterized by its development into a trading town with extensive trade relations in the North Sea and Baltic Sea region and by its role as a sovereign residence and border fortress in the battle for the Duchy of Schleswig. From the 16th to the 19th century, Rendsburg was of great importance as a state fortress. The oldest city seal shows, in accordance with the defensive strength of the city, a three-tower castle over waves. In the following centuries the appearance of the building changed. The towers received connecting arches and domed roofs (still at Schlothfeldt). The nettle leaf was only added to the open gate around 1580 , probably as a demonstrative sign of belonging to Holstein. The colors of the coat of arms have been changed many times over the centuries and are now based on the state colors of Schleswig-Holstein. The current form of the coat of arms does not "literally" take over the oldest seal image, but was created based on the model of time-related heraldic patterns.

The coat of arms was designed by the Brunsbüttel heraldist Willy "Horsa" Lippert .


The red castle of the city coat of arms in white, shifted slightly towards the pole, accompanied by a narrow red border at the top and bottom.

In addition to the official coat of arms, the city of Rendsburg uses a so-called city logo on its website and in print communication. This shows a stylized representation of the high bridge in red and the Kiel Canal in blue and also the lettering "Rendsburg am Nord-Ostsee-Kanal".

Town twinning

Rendsburg lists the following ten twin cities :

city country since
Aalborg DenmarkDenmark North Jutland, Denmark 1976
Almere NetherlandsNetherlands Flevoland, Netherlands 2014
Haapsalu EstoniaEstonia Lääne, Estonia 1989
Kristianstad SwedenSweden Skåne County, Sweden 1992
Lancaster United KingdomUnited Kingdom Lancashire, UK 1968
Piteå SwedenSweden Norrbotten County, Sweden 1978 (friendship)
Racibórz County PolandPoland Silesia, Poland 2004
Rathenow GermanyGermany Brandenburg, Germany 1990
Skien NorwayNorway Telemark, Norway 1995
Vierzon FranceFrance Center-Val de Loire, France 1975

The city of Rendsburg has organized the European Youth Games every four years since 1980 (formerly: International Rendsburg Youth Games and Culture Days ), to which young people from all partner cities are invited. Similar games take place in the intervening years - also every four years - in the twin cities of Lancaster, Almere and Aalborg. This tradition goes back to the Ungdomslegene (youth games), which was held for the first time in Aalborg in 1975 . The last youth games in Rendsburg took place in 2016.


Sights (selection)

Sculpture Eva and her children by Adolf Brütt in the Hans-Heinemann-Park
Monument to Uwe Jens Lornsen on Paradeplatz

Cultural institutions

Regular events

  • every four years: international youth games and culture days with teams and music groups from friendly cities and partner cities
  • annual art exhibition NordArt in the neighboring Büdelsdorf
  • annual SH Netz Cup (formerly "E.ON Hanse Cup"), international rowing eight races
  • annual garden exhibition FLORA
  • annual agricultural trade and consumer fair NORLA
  • annually NOK-Romantika (festival of lights on the Kiel Canal)
  • annual city festival, called Rendsburger Herbst
  • annual Christmas market
  • Annual markets, spring and autumn fair on Willy-Brandt-Platz and the summer fair on the Obereiderhafen area
  • Weekly market with over 50 deliverers on Paradeplatz, Schiffbrückenplatz and Schlossplatz


Economic numbers

The unemployment rate in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district was 4.0% in May 2019. In 2014, the gross domestic product per inhabitant in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district was 26,659 euros, below the average for Germany (36,003 euros).


Employers in Rendsburg were in particular the Bundeswehr and NATO with the HQ LANDJUT and the Army Air Defense School until the 1990s . Since the end of the Cold War , however, these have been reduced further, so that today only Air Transport Wing 63 is stationed in neighboring Hohn. The Rendsburg District Hospital employs around 1,800 people.

The larger companies in and around Rendsburg include:


Rendsburg is conveniently located in the middle of Schleswig-Holstein at a junction between two motorways, three federal highways and two railway lines, as well as the Kiel Canal.


District port (land side delivery traffic)

Through the Kiel Canal, Rendsburg has the district port with a quay length of 900 m for seagoing ships and the shipyard of the Saatsee shipyard with a building yard of the WSA Kiel-Holtenau . There are also two port facilities in the Obereider , one of which is only used for excursions. The other is on Büdelsdorfer Ufer and is used by the ACO company . Also on the Obereider, directly on the Obereider-See , the Obereider-Yachtservice has been the only service provider for water sports in this area since 2005. The Nobiskrug shipyard also has its own quay, which is only used by the shipyard itself.

In 2011 around 380,000 tons of goods were handled in the district harbor. On the other side of the canal in Osterrönfeld , there has been Rendsburg Port, which is geared towards heavy cargo and wind turbine components, and has two berths for seagoing vessels since 2011 .


The Rendsburg Station provides connections in the railway transport and -nahverkehr towards Hamburg, Flensburg, Husum, Neumünster and Kiel and Padborg in Denmark. Rendsburg will u. a. also served by individual intercity trains. In addition, the train station is important for the transportation of schoolchildren due to the connection to the city of Nortorf and the community of Owschlag.

The Rendsburg high bridge over the Kiel Canal was made of steel between 1911 and 1913 . In the course of the Neumünster – Flensburg railway line , a large part of Schleswig-Holstein's north-south rail traffic is handled over this historic high-rise railway bridge. From there, travelers have a sweeping view of the city and the world's busiest artificial waterway. Below the bridge is a rarity, a transporter ferry : there are only two ferries of this type in Germany and only eight worldwide.

Road traffic

Entrance to the tunnel under the Kiel Canal

Rendsburg is on the A 7 and A 210 federal motorways. The following federal highways also run through the city: B 77 , B 202 and B 203 . The federal highway 77 is also used as a western bypass of the city and in particular opens up the western industrial areas and connects them with Kiel, as the B 77 is connected to the A 210 via the channel tunnel . The federal highway 202 runs partly parallel to the B 77 and later to the B 203 and splits in the neighboring town of Fockbek towards the end points.

Formerly the longest escalator in Europe in the pedestrian tunnel of the Kiel Canal

Rendsburg is regarded as a traffic junction with supraregional importance, especially because of the many possibilities to cross the Kiel Canal. In addition to the Canal Tunnel, which was inaugurated in the 1960s, there is the transporter ferry , the Nobiskrug ferry and the Rader motorway bridge . The pedestrian tunnel enables cyclists and pedestrians to pass under without a ferry. Access is via two elevators and four escalators . The latter are each 55.9 meters long.

Air traffic

The Rendsburg-Schachtholm airfield

About ten kilometers southwest of Rendsburg is the Rendsburg-Schachtholm airfield ( airfield , ICAO code EDXR). The nearest international airport is in Hamburg, around 100 km away.

Public transport

From the central bus station (ZOB) there are city ​​buses as well as regional and national buses. Here trips to the district towns of Heide, Schleswig and Husum as well as to other places such as Eckernförde or Kappeln are possible. There are also bus connections to Berlin, Hamburg and Kiel. The city traffic, operated by Transdev Nord GmbH under the brand Norddeutsche Verkehrsbetriebe (NVB), maintains various lines, which in addition to many destinations in the city also include the surrounding communities / towns Büdelsdorf, Fockbek, Westerrönfeld, Osterrönfeld, Schülp, Schacht-Audorf, Rickert and connect Nübbel to the city. In addition to transporting schoolchildren, city traffic also performs the task of liaising with offices. Line 19, which is the only line that does not go to the ZOB, connects the municipalities of Rickert and Nübbel with the Fockbek headquarters. Central transfer points are ZOB, Schlossplatz and Stoppstraße.

City traffic route overview:

  • Lines 1, 2, 3: Nobis ferry - Rendsburg ZOB - Fockbek
  • Lines 5, 6, 7: Hochfeld - Rendsburg ZOB - Kolberger Straße
  • Lines 10, 11, 12: Hohe Luft - Rendsburg ZOB - Büdelsdorf
  • Line 15: Eiderpark - Rendsburg ZOB
  • Line 16: Schacht-Audorf - Osterrönfeld - Rendsburg ZOB (operated by Graf Recke)
  • Line 17: Rendsburg ZOB - Westerrönfeld - Schülp
  • Line 17A: Rendsburg ZOB - Westerrönfeld School - Osterrönfeld School
  • Line 18: Paradeplatz - Rendsburg ZOB - Ahlmannstraße - Klinter Friedhof
  • Line 19: Nübbel - Fockbek - Rendsburg - Büdelsdorf - Rickert


General education schools

Student numbers from the school year 2018/2019

  • Primary schools (GS)
    • GS Obereider, Pastor-Schröder-Straße, 180 students in 8 classes
    • Rotenhof school, Ahlmannstrasse, 306 students in 14 classes
    • GS Mastbrook, Ostlandstrasse, 200 students in 9 classes
    • GS Nobiskrug, Nobiskrüger Allee, 111 students in 5 classes
    • GS Neuwerk (Moltkeschule), Moltkestrasse, 254 students in 12 classes
  • Community schools (GemS)
    • GemS Altstadt (Europaschule), An der Bleiche, 457 students in 21 classes
    • GemS Christian-Timm-Schule (Europaschule), Kieler Straße, 564 students in 26 classes
    • Ejderskolen (GS, GemS and FöZ), Prof.-Koopmann-Straße, 171 students in 10 classes
    • Mittelholstein private school (GS, Gym, substitute school), Schleswiger Chaussee, 128 students in 10 classes
  • High schools
    • Helene-Lange-Gymnasium, Ritterstraße, 949 students in 39 classes
    • Herderschule (Europaschule), Am Stadtsee, 715 students in 31 classes
    • Kronwerk grammar school, Eckernförder Straße, 632 students in 27 classes
  • Free schools
    • New Waldorf School, Nobiskrüger Allee 75, 101 students in 7 classes
  • Funding Centers (FöZ)
    • FöZ learning, Ahlmannstraße, 13 students in 2 classes (351 supervised)
    • FöZ Intellectual Development (Hochfeld School), Aalborgstraße, 122 students in 15 classes
    • FöZ Languages ​​(Star School), Ostlandstrasse, k. A.

Vocational schools

Student numbers from the school year 2018/2019

  • Vocational training center on the Kiel Canal, Herrenstrasse, 3163 students in 197 classes
  • Vocational training center Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Kieler Straße, 2907 students in 168 classes
  • Imland nursing school, Lilienstraße, 152 students in 7 classes
  • Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, school for paramedics, P.-H.-Eggerstraße
  • Deaf technical schools (various subjects), Arsenalstrasse

Other educational institutions

Former educational institutions



  • Frauke Dettmer, Jews in Rendsburg . In Steinburger Jahrbuch 2002, edited by the home association for the Steinburg district. Page 225–275. Also published in Informations zur Schleswig-Holsteinische Zeitgeschichte (ISHZ) 39/2001 - there in an expanded form with an annex to the sources.
  • Alfred Gudd: The nobility on the sharp corner. Rendsburg houses and their stories. Reichel, Rendsburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-935441-20-9
  • Edward Hoop: History of the City of Rendsburg. Möller, Rendsburg 1989, ISBN 3-87550-114-4
  • Mally Kant-Achilles, The small town in the two-river country with love - not spared with critical remarks. Schütze, Berlin 2001, ISBN 9783928589161
  • Casper Frederik Wegener: From sovereignty over the old Rendsburg on the Eider Island , CA Reitzel, Copenhagen, 1850.
  • Klaas Hartmann-Moritzen: Between Bureaucratic Controversy and Efforts to Convert Military Buildings in Rendsburg since the end of the Second World War . In: Robert Bohn , Michael Epkenhans (ed.): Garrison towns in the 19th and 20th centuries. [A publication of the Institute for Schleswig-Holstein Contemporary and Regional History and the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr] (= IZRG series of publications . Vol. 16). Publishing house for regional history, Gütersloh 2015, ISBN 978-3-7395-1016-3 , p. 177 ff.
  • Günter Neugebauer : Against forgetting. Victims and perpetrators in Rendsburg's Nazi era. Verlag RD-Druck, 2018, ISBN 978-3-9810912-6-7 . (With biographies by, among others, Franz Krabbes, Dr. Heinrich de Haan , Herbert Puhlmann, Herbert Furck, Hermann Heinrich, Richard Menzel, Heinrich Carl, Fritz Nobody ).


  • The German Women's Colonial School Rendsburg (1937, produced by Paul Lieberenz , year of publication and distribution: 1974 by IWF Wissen und Medien gGmbH Göttingen.)
  • Polish Easter (2011)

Web links

Commons : Rendsburg  - Collection of Images
Wikivoyage: Rendsburg  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. North Statistics Office - Population of the municipalities in Schleswig-Holstein 4th quarter 2019 (XLSX file) (update based on the 2011 census) ( help on this ).
  2. Map of the districts on (PDF)
  3. ^ Horst Windmann: Schleswig as territory. Wachholtz, Neumünster 1954, family table I.
  4. Alfred Gudd: The nobility on the sharp corner. Rendsburg houses and their stories. Reichel, Rendsburg 2009, p. 11.
  5. a b Rendsburg: A look at the oldest document, October 8, 2014
  6. Dipl. Dan. II, 1, No. 316.
  7. ^ Horst Windmann: Schleswig as territory. Wachholtz, Neumünster 1954, p. 172.
  8. see data from the Society for Leprosy under Archived Copy ( Memento of the original from December 10, 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 /
  9. Writings of the Society for Flensburg City History (ed.): Hospital and Monastery to the Holy Spirit . Flensburg 1995, page 46
  10. G. Ebe: The German Cicerone. Architecture II . Spamer, Leipzig 1898, p. 49.
  11. Gerret Liebing Schlaber: The Eider border in the 19th century . In: Grenzfriedenshefte . No. 1 , 2001, p. 17-20 .
  12. The surrender on the Timeloberg (PDF, 16 S .; 455 kB)
  13. ^ Institute for Schleswig-Holstein Contemporary and Regional History : VIMU. End of war , accessed on: May 31, 2017
  14. a b Rendsburg history
  15. a b Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality register 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 GmbH, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 184 .
  16. ^ A b Rendsburg: Statistics
  17. ^ Result of the 2011 census. In: May 9, 2011, accessed August 21, 2014 .
  19. a b Schleswig-Holstein's municipal coat of arms
  20. History, coats of arms, flags. City of Rendsburg, accessed on May 28, 2019 .
  21. Municipal partnerships in Europe - city portrait ǀ Rendsburg. Retrieved September 20, 2016 .
  22. European Youth Games. In: Homepage of the city of Rendsburg. Retrieved February 11, 2017 .
  23. blue line: The slightly different route through Rendsburg
  24. ^ Rendsburg Music Corps
  25. Federal Employment Agency: Statistics for the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district, as of May 2019
  26. ^ The Federal Returning Officer : Bundestag election 2017, structural data Rendsburg-Eckernförde
  27. ^ NDR: Amazon in Borgstedt: traffic jams and parking chaos. Retrieved May 2, 2020 .
  28. Balance sheet of the German seaports 2011. In: Hansa . Issue 4/2012, p. 79, Schiffahrts-Verlag Hansa, Hamburg 2012, ISSN  0017-7504
  29. Statistical Office for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein: Directory of general education schools in Schleswig-Holstein 2018/2019
  30. Statistical Office for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein: Directory of vocational schools in Schleswig-Holstein 2018/2019