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Coordinates: 51 ° 51 ′  N , 8 ° 18 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Detmold
Circle : Gutersloh
Height : 72 m above sea level NHN
Area : 86.72 km 2
Residents: 48,644 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 561 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 33378
Area code : 05242
License plate : GT
Community key : 05 7 54 028
City structure: 5 districts

City administration address :
Rathausplatz 13
33378 Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Website : www.rheda-wiedenbrueck.de
Mayor : Theo Mettenborg ( CDU )
Location of the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück in the Gütersloh district
Gütersloh Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock Verl Rietberg Langenberg Rheda-Wiedenbrück Herzebrock-Clarholz Steinhagen Werther (Westf.) Halle (Westf.) Harsewinkel Borgholzhausen Versmold Kreis Paderborn Kreis Lippe Kreis Soest Bielefeld Kreis Herford Kreis Warendorf Niedersachsen Nordrhein-Westfalenmap
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Rheda-Wiedenbrück is a medium-sized district town in the Gütersloh district in the east of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia . Rheda-Wiedenbrück is the second largest city in the Gütersloh district. It was created in 1970 in the course of municipal reform by merging the cities of Rheda and Wiedenbrück and the surrounding communities of Batenhorst , Lintel , St. Vit and Nordrheda-Ems .


Geographical location

Watermills on the Ems near Rheda Castle
Rheda Castle in winter

The twin town lies within the Ems sand plain in the Westphalian Bay south of the Teutoburg Forest , which is about 30 km away. The places Rheda and Wiedenbrück are separated from each other by the federal motorway 2 , which does not form the historical border between the two districts. The city is traversed by the Ems . The next larger cities are Gütersloh approx. 11 km, Lippstadt approx. 20 km, Bielefeld and Paderborn approx. 35 km and Hamm approx. 55 km away.

The Ems enters the urban area from the southeast. At the outdoor pool in Wiedenbrück, the flood branches off in a northerly direction from the Ems. The Ems and the surrounding flood flow around the old town of Wiedenbrück and merge again behind the Emssee at the level of the Ratsgymnasium. The Ems then flows through the grounds of the State Garden Show of 1988, connects the center of Wiedenbrück with the center of Rheda and leaves the urban area in the northernmost tip. Several small tributaries of the Ems are located in the urban area, including the Hamelbach and the Eusternbach . Other notable bodies of water are the Buxelssee northeast of the Rheda-Wiedenbrück motorway exit on the A 2 and the Bänischsee on the Ems northeast of Rheda and the Linteler See on the Wapelbach east of Wiedenbrück. The distinguishing feature of the two former cities united to form one city is a several kilometers long green strip running through them along the Ems, starting at the Emssee in the city center of Wiedenbrück and ending in the rose garden not far from the city center of Rheda. The overall flat terrain slopes from south to north. Outside of the settlement areas, the city is characterized by agriculture. For the surrounding area, relatively large forest and forest areas are located in the east of the Rheda district and with the Rheda Forest northeast of the city between the Ems and the neighboring city of Gütersloh.


Geothermal map of Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Layers of earth in a deep excavation near the Emssee in Wiedenbrück

In the deep underground there is a plinth made of folded rocks from the ancient times ( Devonian and Carboniferous ). This is overlaid by clay marl, limestone marl, limestone and marl stones from the Middle Ages ( Upper Cretaceous ) that are more than 1000 m thick . In the west and southwest of the city, marl and limestone marl stones from the Upper Cretaceous are located as foothills of the Beckum Mountains near the surface of the earth, where they are mostly only covered by low-thickness ice-age deposits such as ground moraine and meltwater sands. In the Ems lowlands, the layer is overlaid by sandy river deposits, some of which are more than 20 m thick, and some after the ice age . These are covered in places by drifting sands.

The loose rock in the Emstal from the Ice Age is the only, but also significant, aquifer in the geo area. The sand and gravel carry a lot of groundwater, which is artificially enriched in the area of ​​the Rhedaer Forst waterworks by additional infiltration of water from the Ems. In the area of ​​the Beckumer Berge there is less usable groundwater that only enables the local area to be supplied. The deeper subsoil has either no water or very saline water ( brine ).

In the western area of ​​the city, waterlogged soils ( pseudogleye ) have developed, which are characterized by a strong alternation of waterlogging and drying out and are therefore used in particular as grassland. Thanks to drainage measures, these locations can also be used as fields, but only achieve medium yields. In the vicinity of the Ems in the eastern part of the city, sediments from the Ems have created Podsole , which are used as arable land, but are poor. In lowlands and depressions, the soils are shaped almost to the surface and are therefore primarily grassland locations. Some of the soil has been made usable as arable land through drainage measures. Plaggen (Plaggenesche) have arisen in the entire urban area through centuries of agricultural use .

Rheda-Wiedenbrück is moderately to well suited 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

The community, classified as a small medium-sized town, has an area of ​​86.68 km². The majority consists of agricultural land and forest area, together 72%. The largest extension from north to south is around 12.6 km, from east to west around 14 km.

Area according to type of use
Forest Buildings,
open spaces,
traffic water Recreation,
other total area
50.08 km² 12.29 km² 14.50 km² 6.88 km² 1.63 km² 0.96 km² 0.35 km² 86.68 km²
57.8% 14.2% 16.7% 7.9% 1.9% 1.1% 0.3% 100.0%

The length of the city limits is 50.2 km, the highest point is 105  m above sea level. NN and the lowest point at 66  m above sea level. NN .

Neighboring communities

In the west, starting clockwise, the town of Oelde (Warendorf district, Münster district), the municipality of Herzebrock-Clarholz , the towns of Gütersloh and Rietberg and the municipality of Langenberg (all of the district of Gütersloh) border on Rheda-Wiedenbrück .

City structure

According to § 3 of the main statute, Rheda-Wiedenbrück is divided into the city itself and the three localities Batenhorst, Lintel and St. Vit. Before October 1, 2004, North Rheda-Ems also formed a locality, but was then merged with Rheda. The following table shows the population (population with main residence; as of January 1, 2017) and areas of the localities; for the city, the area was also divided into Rheda and Wiedenbrück.

district Residents surface City structure
Batenhorst 01,582 16.90 km²
Admin Rheda-Wiedenbrueck.svg
Lintel 01,562 21.75 km²
Rheda 22,964 27.06 km²
0( North Rheda-Ems ) (o. A.) (13.95 km²)
St. Vit 01,505 10.37 km²
Wiedenbrück 21,776 10.57 km²
total 49,389 86.66 km²


Precipitation diagram for Gütersloh

Rheda-Wiedenbrück belongs to the moderate climatic zone of Central Europe. It is in the range of the sub-Atlantic maritime climate. The winters are mostly mild under the influence of the Atlantic and the summers are moderately warm.

Due to the location in the sub-Atlantic maritime climate, a humid climate prevails all year round with relatively evenly distributed rainfall. Since precipitation data are not available for Rheda-Wiedenbrück, values ​​are given for the Gütersloh station about 11 km away. There is a long-term average of 761 mm of precipitation per year. Thus more precipitation falls than the German average (700 mm).

The data for the years 2002 to 2006 result in the following mean climate values ​​at 51 ° 50 '  N , 8 ° 16'  E at 76 m above sea level:

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual total / average
Precipitation (l / m²) 79 75 61 54 76 67 104 104 73 68 75 73 910
Temperature (° C) 2.4 3.0 6.0 10.5 14.7 18.8 20.6 19.2 15.9 11.1 7.3 3.6 11.1

→ See also: Climate in Ostwestfalen-Lippe


Wiedenbrück market square
Renovated town hall with city library in the Rheda district
Bullet from the Thirty Years War on St. Aegidius Church

Around the year 785 a first original parish church is believed to be in Wiedenbrück. Excavations show the emergence of a transept basilica by 900 at the latest. The dendrochronological examinations of two tree coffins that were found north of the Aegidius church showed the years 907/923 and 926/42. Rheda was first mentioned in a document in 1085 at the earliest and 1088 at the latest. From its first mention in 1170 to 1807/1815, the castle or the later Rheda Castle was the focus of the Rheda rule .

Wiedenbrück was the seat of the Reckenberg office and thus the exclave of the Osnabrück bishopric .

In 952, King Otto I granted the Osnabrück bishop market , coin and customs rights for Wiedenbrück. From the year 985 issued in Wiedenbrück certificates from Otto III. known, there was probably a royal court here at this time.

In 1225, Bishop Engelbert von Osnabrück received the Gogerichte zu Wiedenbrück and other cities. This is one of the starting points for the development of the Osnabrück Monastery into a territorial state of the Bishop of Osnabrück. The oldest coins from Wiedenbrück have come down to us from around 1230. Wiedenbrück was named civitas in 1231 , lay judges were elected to the court and a seal was announced. The Neustadt was founded in 1249, and Reckenberg Castle was first mentioned a year later .

In 2016, the remains of a heavily frequented square were found below the town hall, which was built in 1619, which may have been a marketplace as early as the 13th century. There were hoof and foot steps as well as possibly traces of single-wheel handcarts.

Around 1462, the first city constitution in Wiedenbrück based on the model of Osnabrück was drawn up. 1543 was Wiedenbrück by Hermann Bonnus , a representative of the bishop Franz von Waldeck , reformed . In 1565 Wiedenbrück was considered predominantly Lutheran. In the same year, the boundaries between the Reckenberg office, to which Wiedenbrück belonged, and the neighboring Rheda were established in the Bielefeld Recess , so for the first time two independent sovereign areas were recognized.

After the first steps towards a Counter Reformation were made in 1624/25 , Wiedenbrück was occupied by the Danes in 1626 during the Thirty Years' War . When Bishop Franz Wilhelm von Wartenberg took office in 1628, he continued the Counter Reformation.

In 1637, one of the oldest grammar schools in the region was built in Wiedenbrück, the grammar school Marianum , a six-class Latin school and the forerunner of the later Wiedenbrück high school . The Franciscan monastery was founded in 1644 by Bishop Franz Wilhelm . Three years later Wiedenbrück was captured in July 1647 by the Swedes, but after razing vacated the fort after two months. When the Peace of Westphalia was negotiated in Münster and Osnabrück in 1648 , it prescribed the alternating sequence of a Catholic and a Lutheran bishop from the House of Braunschweig-Lüneburg for the Osnabrück Monastery.

In 1664, at the request of Ernst August I, the re-fortification of the city began. The last city copper coins were minted in 1716. In 1726 a new office building was built on the Reckenberg.

As a result of the conversion of the Hochstift into the Principality of Osnabrück, Wiedenbrück was initially added to Kur-Hannover in 1802 . In 1807 the city fell to the Kingdom of Westphalia . The chapter of the collegiate foundation was abolished in 1810, the Reckenberg and Wiedenbrück offices were ceded to Prussia after the Congress of Vienna and assigned to the new province of Westphalia in 1816. Thus Wiedenbrück separated from the Diocese of Osnabrück , the Catholic communities of the former Osnabrück Office Reckenberg came to the Archdiocese of Paderborn .

In the early morning hours of November 10, 1938 , members of the SA, who had previously gathered in the neighboring Neuhaus restaurant, set fire to the Rheda synagogue . The remains were demolished and the property sold.

In 1938 the autobahn (now A 2 ) was opened to traffic. The motorway was not, as is sometimes falsely claimed, built almost exactly on the border between Rheda and Wiedenbrück, but crosses it several times in different parts of the city.

In 1940, Field Marshal Hermann Göring confiscated all bronze church bells for the German armaments industry throughout the Reich. From 1816 until the regional reform in 1970, the city was the seat of the Wiedenbrück district named after it .

Corona infected people in Tönnies main plant and lockdown for Gütersloh (2020)

In June 2020, the Tönnies Holding company premises in Rheda-Wiedenbrück became the center of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Rhine-Westphalia with over 1500 infected people. In connection with the high number of infections at Tönnies, there was criticism from various sides of the working conditions of the Eastern European slaughterhouse employees, who were mainly employed via subcontractors through work contracts with Tönnies . On June 23, 2020, Prime Minister Laschet announced renewed contact restrictions (lockdown) for the Gütersloh district until June 30, 2020. In the Gütersloh district it is the "largest infection incident" in Germany to date. On June 29, 2020, the lockdown for the Warendorf district was lifted from July 1, 2020 and extended to July 7 for the Gütersloh district. On June 29, 2020, after several talks between NRW Prime Minister Laschet and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Austria withdrew the general travel warning for all of North Rhine-Westphalia issued after the severe Corona outbreak at the meat company Tönnies and limited it to the districts affected by the infection . The Münster Higher Administrative Court lifted the extended corona restrictions for the Gütersloh district on July 6, 2020. After the Corona outbreak, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia should have issued a more differentiated regulation among the employees of the meat processor Tönnies. A lockdown for the whole circle would therefore no longer be proportionate. A similar decision by the state government was anticipated, according to the district administrator of the Gütersloh district, Sven-Georg Adenauer. With a few exceptions, most new infections occurred at the beginning of July 2020, according to the Gütersloh district, in people related to the Tönnies butchery.


43.5% of the residents of Rheda-Wiedenbrück are of the Roman Catholic faith, 18.3% are of the Protestant faith, 38.2% of the residents have a different creed or are non-denominational . Rheda-Wiedenbrück belongs to the Archdiocese of Paderborn . The Protestants belong to the Gütersloh church district in the Evangelical Church of Westphalia . Since the district of Gütersloh is a stronghold of the Aramaeans living in Germany (also known as Syriacs ), a relatively large number of Syrian Orthodox Christians live in the city .


As part of the North Rhine-Westphalian territorial reform on January 1, 1970, with the "Law on the reorganization of the Wiedenbrück district and parts of the Bielefeld district" of December 4, 1969, the previously independent towns of Rheda and Wiedenbrück and the communities of Batenhorst, Lintel, Nordrheda -Ems and St. Vit merged to form the new town of Rheda-Wiedenbrück. There was also a small part of the community of Bokel (so-called "Dorfheide") and the village of Bosfeld from the community of Herzebrock .

On January 1, 1973 the Wiedenbrück district was dissolved and Rheda-Wiedenbrück was added to the newly founded Gütersloh district. Until the Wiedenbrück district was dissolved, the WD license plate , which is still used today by some vintage cars, was in effect.

Population development

The following overview shows the population of the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück and for 1939, 1950 and 1961 the population of today's urban area. The figures are census results up to 1970 and 1987 and from 1975 official updates by the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics . The figures from 1975 to 1985 are estimated values, the figures from 1990 onwards based on the results of the 1987 census. The data relate to the resident population and from 1985 to the population at the place of the main residence .

Population development of Rheda-Wiedenbrück from 1939 to 2018 according to the adjacent table (current territorial status)
year Residents
1939 (May 17) 18,014
1950 (Sep 13) 26,702
1961 (June 6) 32,214
1969 (Dec. 31) 36,903
1970 (May 27) 36,676
1974 (June 30) 37.508
1975 (Dec. 31) 37,365
1980 (Dec. 31) 37,945
1985 (Dec. 31) 37,538
1987 (May 25) 36,822
1990 (Dec. 31) 38,327
year Residents
1995 (Dec. 31) 42,155
2000 (Dec. 31) 44,932
2005 (Dec. 31) 46,440
2007 (Dec. 31) 46.710
2012 (Dec. 31) 46,858
2014 (Jan. 1) 47,757
2015 (Jan. 1) 48,080
2016 (Jan. 1) 48,763
2016 (Dec. 31) 48,526
2017 (Dec. 31) 48,685
2018 (Dec. 31) 48.505


Rheda-Wiedenbrück is part of the Gütersloh III state electoral district , in which Andre Kuper (CDU) was elected as a direct candidate for the second time in a row in the 2017 state elections. At the federal level, Rheda-Wiedenbrück belongs to the Gütersloh constituency , in which Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) has been elected as a direct candidate since 2009 .

City council

City council election 2014
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
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The city ​​council has 38 members from six parties. Then there is the mayor Theo Mettenborg (CDU) as council chairman.

Allocation of seats in the
city ​​council in 2014
A total of 38 seats
  • Left: 1
  • Greens: 5
  • SPD: 9
  • UWG: 1
  • FDP: 2
  • CDU: 20

The following table shows the local election results since 1979:

2014 2009 2004 1999 1994 1989 1984 1979
Political party Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats %
CDU 20th 50.4 19th 48.44 20th 51.05 24 54.51 24 48.64 22nd 46.26 24 52.32 27 60.08
SPD 09 22.8 07th 17.28 08th 21.95 12 26.30 15th 31.60 14th 30.97 13 28.85 14th 32.10
Green 05 14.0 06th 14.33 04th 10.98 03 07.83 04th 09.93 02 05.93 04th 09.79 - -
FDP 02 05.3 05 12.42 04th 10.79 03 06.79 02 05.26 03 07.19 04th 08.87 04th 07.81
UWG 01 03.9 02 04.41 02 05.22 02 04.57 00 04.56 04th 09.66 0- - - -
The left 01 03.7 01 03.13 - - - - - - - - 0- - - -
DKP - - - - - - - - - - - - 00 00.17 - -
Total 1 38 100 40 100 38 100 44 100 45 100 45 100 45 100 45 100
voter turnout 48.1 52.22 54.06 56.36 82.81 67.52 67.97 71.35
1without taking into account rounding errors


Mayor is Theo Mettenborg (CDU). He was re-elected after 2009 with 68.5% of the vote in 2014. The city's first full-time mayor was Bernd Jostkleigrewe (CDU; 1999–2009). Previously, the city was run by a dual leadership made up of honorary mayor (chairman of the council) and city director (head of administration).

coat of arms

Coat of arms of the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück.svg

The coat of arms of the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück has the following blazon :
split from silver (white) and red, in front a black, gold (yellow) crowned, left-turned lion , behind a golden (yellow) six-spoke wheel .

The coat of arms of the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, which was newly formed in 1970 from Rheda, Wiedenbrück, Batenhorst, Lintel, Nordrheda-Ems and St. Vit, approved on August 25, 1971, bears the symbols of the former city arms of Rheda (awarded on June 15, 1908) and Wiedenbrück (awarded on May 2, 1912). The lion is the heraldic animal of the Rheda rulership, contained in the coat of arms of the Counts of Bentheim-Tecklenburg zu Rheda, the wheel is the seal image of the former Osnabrück office of Reckenberg ("Rudelburg") to Wiedenbrück.

Town twinning

A partnership with Oldenzaal has existed since 1976 , which is filled with life through student exchanges and club contacts. A town partnership with the Spanish city ​​of Palamós in the autonomous community of Catalonia has existed since February 1995. Rheda-Wiedenbrück regularly organizes Palamós days.

Before the merger to form a twin town, Rheda had a sponsorship with the Silesian town of Złoty Stok (German Reichenstein ) from 1958 and Wiedenbrück with the town of Ząbkowice Śląskie (German Frankenstein ) from 1952 . Since the merger, Rheda-Wiedenbrück has continued the sponsorship and organizes an annual federal home meeting.

Rheda-Wiedenbrück was formerly also the sponsor town of the Heilbad Heiligenstadt in Thuringia , today there is a formal friendship agreement.

Support has been given to the Canton (Amt) Aouda since 1976 in the form of “Help for self-help” and since 1987 to the Canton Adjèngré in Togo .

Culture and sights

Bridge to the Reckenberg
Reckenberg (former district administration)


The city does not have its own theater. However, over the course of the year, numerous performances take place at changing locations (high schools, Stadthaus, Flora Westfalica, Reethus, etc.). The new building of the Reethus is currently being planned and could then take over the function of the town hall or the theater according to the previous ideas.


There are several museums in Rheda-Wiedenbrück:

  • The Wiedenbrücker Schule Museum at Hoetger-Gasse 1 presents the history of around 30 altar-building workshops in the city, the so-called Wiedenbrücker Schule . The museum itself is located in the former Diedrichs und Knoche sculptor's workshop. It also offers a comprehensive collection of urban history with different focuses. There is also an exhibition about the poet Luise Hensel here .
  • The radio and telephone museum is located in a telecommunications bunker deep underground in the village of St. Vit. There, the Friends of the Radio and Telephone Museum in the Amplifier Office e. V. exhibited a collection of radios, televisions, telephones, switching technology, teleprinters, radio technology, tape recorders, radio accessories and other exhibits.
  • In the Rhedaer Schloss there is a carriage and a theater museum.
  • The Leinewebermuseum shows a private collection from the history of linen weavers.



The Collegium Musicum is an ambitious amateur string orchestra that has been in existence for more than 20 years. It is carried by the VHS Reckenberg-Ems together with the Chamber Music Association Rheda-Wiedenbrück. In addition to many smaller performances in the surrounding area, the orchestra traditionally organizes a summer and a winter concert in the catchment area of ​​the VHS Reckenberg-Ems in the southern district of Gütersloh.

Choral societies / choirs

There are five all-male choirs, one mixed choir, three children's and two youth choirs, one of which is a pure children's choir and a shanty choir.

Chamber music

The Flora Westfalica organized all year chamber music concerts in the Orangery at Castle Rheda in cooperation with the community college Reckenberg Ems. These are organized in two series: • Flora Klassik Summer - from May to September • musica da camera - from September to April.

Protestant church music

The Protestant parishes in Rheda and Wiedenbrück operate extensive joint church music activities with the Rheda-Wiedenbrück church choir, the Rheda-Wiedenbrück boys' choir and various project choirs . In addition, there is the work organized in the YMCA by Ten Sing Rheda-Wiedenbrück and the YMCA- Trombone Choir Rheda-Wiedenbrück e. V. under the direction of Joachim Schröder.

Catholic church music

In the district of Rheda, Cantor Harald Gokus at the St. Clemens Parish offers an extensive range of church music, including the St. Clemens Rheda children's and youth choirs , which have existed since 1995.

In the district of Wiedenbrück, Cantor Jürgen Wüstefeld at the St. Aegidius parish offers a range of church music, which includes the St. Aegidius Wiedenbrück children's and youth choirs , but also the St. Aegidius church choir from 1891. In the St. Pius congregation there is a musically specially designed church service about monthly under the direction of their church musician Wilfried Göckede.

Music clubs

  • Princely Trumpeter Corps of Rheda (FTCR)
  • Spielmannszug of the St. Sebastian Bürgererschützenverein e. V. Wiedenbrück
  • Spielmannszug Westag & Getalit AG plant fire brigade
  • Musician's procession Rheda


District of Rheda

Religious buildings
Ev. City church Rheda
St. Clement's Church in Rheda
Parish Church of St. John Baptist
Rheda Castle
Rheda Castle with flooded castle meadows
Princely mausoleum Rheda
Old town Rheda
  • The Ev. City church is located in the old town of Rheda. It was built from 1611 in Gothic style. It is a small three-aisled hall church , which was created by expanding an older Holy Blood Chapel. The west tower with a slim pointed spire is inscribed in 1654. The equipment includes two epitaphs . The more important of the two was created for Drosten Friedrich von Twickel († 1639) perhaps by Adam Stenelt from Osnabrück. The octagonal baptismal font , marked 1567, was discovered during the interior renovation carried out in 1970/71. Remains of the old church stalls from 1623 (and from a later period) have been under the prince's gallery since the last church renovation. The latter was made at the beginning of the 18th century. Several grave slabs that were formerly on the floor of the church are attached to the exterior, including those of Countess Sophia zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg († 1691) and that of Drosten Johannes von Bistram († 1685). The Rhedaer Stadtkirche is one of the earliest Protestant church buildings in Westphalia.
Secular buildings
  • Residential buildings : Originally, simple, gabled, half-timbered hallway houses with boarded gables predominated in the old town , which, in contrast to the residential buildings in the neighboring town of Wiedenbrück, had no elaborate carvings. The center of the houses was the high hallway , which was usually accessed from the street through a large gate. Stone buildings remained the exception until the 19th century. In the 1970s, large parts of the city center fell victim to urban redevelopment. The area around the town church with the former Gänsemarkt (now Rathausplatz) was particularly affected. In 1972, a number of buildings had to give way to the new town hall built according to plans by Harald Deilmann , which completely exceeded the structural dimensions of the inner city. With Lange Strasse 25 (today: Berliner Strasse) from 1708, one of the most beautiful residential buildings in the historic city center disappeared. It was dismantled in 1969 and only rebuilt from 2007 to 2010 in the Westphalian Open Air Museum in Detmold . In the side streets, however, a number of modest half-timbered gabled houses from the 16th to 19th centuries have been preserved, including in Kleine Straße and Moosstraße. A fairly well-preserved street scene can be found in the street “Am Großen Wall”.

The following should be emphasized on individual buildings:

  • Berliner Strasse 19 (Hotel am Doktorplatz). The former widow's house of the Susanna Schwengers, whose gable triangle protrudes several times over Knaggen, is marked in 1732. The plastered compartments are painted to imitate brick
  • Doctor's place 5 (restaurant “Münze”). The single-storey half-timbered building with a side extension was built in 1604 as the town's first pharmacist's house. In 1875 it was completely renewed using beams from the old mint formerly located in the orangery garden.
  • Doctor's place 6 (Neuhaus restaurant). The large half-timbered gable house with storage floor was built in 1716 for the merchant Andreas Wilmans. The richly carved gate beam is provided with a coat of arms.
  • Großer Wall 44. Through house from 1644
  • Großer Wall 68 (formerly Heiringhoff bakery). The four-column construction from around 1565 is one of the oldest preserved half-timbered buildings in Rheda. It was renovated in 2012-2013 and converted into a multi-generation house.
  • Hoppenstraße 10. Half-timbered gable house from the 16th century. The large hall gate was restored a few years ago.
  • Kleine Straße 3 , built in 1619.
  • Kleine Straße 8/10 , eaves semi-detached house, around 1550–1600
  • Kleine Straße 9 , built in 1620.
  • Nadelstrasse 2 , former pastorate , marked 1732
  • The Domhof (Am Domhof 1) is the former seat of the count's city and district judge. The stately four-column half-timbered building with hall was built in 1616 by Eberhard Huck. During the last renovation, the old room layout was largely retained. The interior has a hall with a painted wooden beam ceiling in the style of the so-called " Lipperenaissance " from 1663. In the years 1986–1988, the building originally intended for demolition was extensively restored.
  • Of the Drostenhof courtyard (Berliner Straße 52, Kunsthaus Artes), only the residential building has survived. Today it is wedged between new buildings and a parking deck a little way off Berliner Straße. The plastered quarry stone building with hipped roof and large entrance portal is marked by wall anchors on the exterior in 1607. The builder was Friedrich von Twickel, the sovereign's deputy. In 1721 the building was rebuilt by J. Jörgens. The outside staircase on the garden side is likely to go back to this conversion . A baroque baluster staircase has been preserved inside .
  • The mausoleum of the princes of Bentheim-Tecklenburg , which was built after 1830 in classicist form, is located in the Protestant cemetery . In 1859 a renovation was carried out by H. Kaupisch.

Wiedenbrück district

St. Mary with statue of Mary. On the right the Franciscan monastery
St. Pius in Wiedenbrück
Kreuzkirche Wiedenbrück
Aegidius Church and historic town hall in Wiedenbrück
Wiedenbrück, support beam (Knagge) with the motif - Annunciation
Former local museum
Carving (former local history museum)
House Ottens
Religious buildings
  • The church of St. Pius (Wiedenbrück) is the second parish church in Wiedenbrück and was built in 1955 according to plans by the diocesan building councilor Alfons Boklage ( Münster ). In 1958 the Pius congregation was separated from the Aegidius congregation, as after the Second World War the Aegidius congregation had grown so much through the influx of expellees that a division and a new church had become necessary.
  • The Kreuzkirche is the only Protestant church in the Wiedenbrück district.
  • St. Johannes is the church of the Syrian Orthodox community in Wiedenbrück
Administrative buildings

The town hall on the market square was built in 1619 as a two-story half-timbered building. When it was renovated in 1790, it received a new, massive facade facing the market and was provided with a half-hip roof.

Secular buildings

The cityscape, which was once famous for its unity, was severely disrupted by demolitions and new buildings. However, the demolition and new construction activity in the seventies did not go as far as in Rheda, where there are hardly any uniform and closed streets. Particularly painful is the loss of the Schönhof , which is so important for the city's history , which had to give way to the expansion of the waterway in 1968. It was then rebuilt in the Westphalian Open Air Museum in Detmold . In the recent past efforts have been made to carry out urban repairs and it has been possible to better fit in the necessary new buildings.

The number of older houses is still considerable. These are mostly gable- front half-timbered hall houses , some of which are carved. Characteristic of these buildings is the high two-storey hall, which was accessed through a large gate on the street. Despite their resemblance, at first glance, to the rural timber-frame house , one can hardly speak of arable bourgeois houses here . According to the latest findings, they do not represent a further development of the hall house, but arose from the so-called Einhaus , which initially only had one large room. Later this was made smaller by built-in rooms. In addition, these buildings were mostly inhabited by craftsmen. Agriculture was only operated as a sideline and mainly served for self-sufficiency. In contrast to the farmhouse, the cattle were housed in separate buildings on the rear property. Like other Westphalian small towns (see Blomberg ), Wiedenbrück was primarily a town of handicrafts and partly also of trade, but not an agricultural town in the true sense of the word.

The following individual buildings are worth mentioning:

  • Katthagen 2nd three-storey gabled house with carved panels , marked 1624.
  • In Hall 2 (Hemmelmann House). The three-story building, built in 1567, is richly carved with fan rosettes . Next to the hall gate is the Utlucht, reduced to the upper floor. The building, which had been plastered for a long time, was exposed in 1963 and extensively restored in 1994.
  • In Hall 4. The three-storey gabled house, which was massively renovated on the ground floor, was dendrochronologically dated in 1513. The upper storey and the gable triangle protrude over lugs.
  • Kirchplatz 1. Middle of the 16th century. Entablature with rich ornamental decorations. Utlucht inscribed 1610.
  • Kirchstrasse 10. The “Fuchshöhle” inn was built in 1686 after the great city fire. It is provided with a gorge and a pretty baroque portal.
  • Klingelbrink 25, 1582 inscribed, but heavily changed. With richly decorated archway.
  • Mönchstrasse 8. The house, designated in 1576, is one of the most magnificent in the city. The beams are richly carved with masks and fan rosettes. The compartments are filled with bricks in the decorative association.
  • Mönchstrasse 10. The building, designated in 1549, has cleats carved with mythical animals and masks. The hall gate was later replaced by a front door. This building is the oldest dated building in Wiedenbrück.
  • Mönchstraße 12. Simple half-timbered building with a crooked hip roof, marked 1665.

In Langen Strasse you will find numerous well-preserved half-timbered buildings from the early 17th century. Building group no. 27-35 is particularly impressive. The following should be emphasized about older individual buildings:

  • Lange Straße 12. Gabled house with loft and Taubandknaggen from 1583.
  • Long Street 27. (Pilgrims' House). The narrow half-timbered house with a half-hipped roof is marked with the dates 1602 and 1616 on the hall gate, which, however, can only be attributed to a major renovation. An in-depth study of the building history, which was carried out as part of renovation work in 2012, revealed that large parts of the scaffolding date back to 1417. It is therefore not only considered the oldest half-timbered house in Wiedenbrück, but also the second oldest half-timbered building in Westphalia. Inside, four plank rooms could be found that can otherwise only be found in southern Germany.
  • Lange Straße 29. Gable with fan rosettes.
  • Lange Strasse 38. (House Ottens). Mighty gabled house with storage floor, built in 1635. The compartments were painted to imitate brick. After a change of ownership and due to massive damage, the tallest half-timbered house in the old town was completely renovated from 2009 to 2011.
  • Lange Straße 41. The archway allegedly re-inserted after a renovation is marked in 1598.
  • Lange Straße 50. (Museum of Local History until 2008). A richly carved archway, marked in 1591, and figurative lugs from a demolished house in the neighborhood were added to the rear of the former 17th century warehouse building.
Künstlerhaus, right in front of the entrance to the new "Wiedenbrücker Schule Museum"
  • Lange Straße 51. Marked 1589, restored in 1987. The compartments are filled with bricks in the decorative association.
  • Lange Straße 55. Four-column construction with Auslucht , this one marked in 1565. Completely renewed around 1980.
  • Lange Straße 60. The second-oldest residential building in the city was built in 1468 and expanded in 1594 by Vicar Christoph Rose. After an anchor up in the Deelentor, the building is also called an anchor villa .
  • Lange Straße 72. Bez. 1614. The compartments are filled with bricks in the decorative association
  • Lange Straße 88. 1592 marked Taubandknaggen, archway and threshold carved with tendrils.
  • Lange Straße 89. with patterned tile shutters, marked 1610.
  • Lange Straße 93.1559 . Knagged with partially carved quarter-circle- shaped ankle bands and dew band .
  • Lange Strasse 95. Inscribed 1607.
  • Rietberger Strasse 6, 8 . Old artist's house, built in 1904, with elaborate exterior carvings, half-timbering. Behind it, in Hoetgergasse, the new " Wiedenbrücker Schule Museum"
Inside view of the powder tower

Since the Middle Ages, the city has been surrounded by fortifications, including a city ​​wall and an upstream kennel . Only the so-called powder tower on Mühlenwall remains from this system . It is a semi-circular shell tower of brick with low pants nicks , who with the help of arquebuses could be defended. It probably dates from the 15th or early 16th century. The still-preserved flood (see above) belongs together with the Ems to the former weir systems.

Sculptures / monuments
Praying farmer

The fountain sculpture praying farmer on the market square of Wiedenbrück shows a person praying. The base bears the engraved inscription “Praying Farmer” between the two water basins. The statue was donated by Ernst Osterrath , the honorary citizen of Wiedenbrück (1901), who was district administrator of the Wiedenbrück district from 1882 to 1892, from 1898 to 1902 senior councilor for Schleswig and since 1902 lecturer at the Prussian Ministry of Culture in Berlin. Here he met the academic sculptor Bernhard Heising from Wiedenbrück , whose work interested him very much and whose statue (1902) of the important farmer's leader Schorlemer-Alst in Münster in front of the state house he admired. Since Heising's commitment to the labor movement (as a working student he had largely financed his studies) was known to him and he wanted to donate a similarly large monument to his hometown Wiedenbrück as a token of his friendship and gratitude, he gave Heising the seemingly paradoxical task of creating a "praying worker" close. In his work, Heising programmatically shows that workers can turn to God in their free time (hence the Tyrolean pipe) in their own garden when the Angelus is rung, provided that working hours, property and religious environment are moderate. In the vernacular, however, the “worker” was quickly only called “farmer”.

The sculpture was officially inaugurated together with the market fountain on November 1, 1903. The history of Wiedenbrück as a craft town with its many guilds and the deep religiousness of the population are expressed in this work of art.

The fountain figure experienced an eventful history. During the First World War it was dismantled for the extraction of armaments and should be melted down. It escaped this fate because it was discovered by chance in a Berlin foundry by the Wiedenbrück merchant Felix Plöger and brought to Wiedenbrück unharmed.

During the Second World War, the figure was dismantled again and actually melted down. A plaster cast made as a precaution made it possible to restore the popular figure. In 1950 it was unknown in Wiedenbrück that the family of the Heising zu Bad Driburg descendants had kept the original large plaster model for bronze casting for many years. The sculptor Bernd Hartmann made a new cast based on the later plaster cast, which was inaugurated in December 1951 at its old location.

Monument "New Mill"

Three mill wheels , which were reconstructed based on the historical model, are reminiscent of the “New Mill”, a flour mill that stood here from 1250 to 1969, on the corner of Mühlenwall and Rektoratsstraße. The combination of three mill wheels was and is extremely rare.

The wheels have a diameter of almost five meters each. A total of around 2500 screws were used for this construction. The mill wheels are driven by the flood, an artificially created branch of the Ems . The Ems and Umflut flow around the historic city center of Wiedenbrück and are part of the former city fortifications. The monument was inaugurated on June 8, 2007. It was donated to the city by Franz-Josef Krane. However, the redesign of the Mühlplatz cost the city € 50,000. On September 5, 2008, a millstone was set up on the square, which was used in the distillery "Auf dem Schilde", which burned down in 1888.

War memorial on Rektoratsstrasse and a memorial against war and tyranny at St. Aegidius Church.


Rheda-Wiedenbrück hosted the North Rhine-Westphalian Landesgartenschau 1988 in Emsauen left and right of the highway A 2. The terrain today as Flora Westfalica referred is as extensive landscaping and park with about 60  ha get size in the city.

About one hectare of the Rheda palace garden is located in this complex. The other part of the castle park, some of which is also open to the public, extends over another four hectares.

To the north-west of the castle park, about three kilometers away, is the approximately one hectare garden of the Bosfeld house , which is not open to the public.

Finally, in Wiedenbrück, there is the approximately six hectare garden of the Reckenberg administrative building.

Natural monuments

The city has two oaks and a pond, which have been designated as a natural monument by the Gütersloh district. One oak is in the Rheda district, another and the pond are in St. Vit. There are also two nature reserves, one is the Am Merschgraben area and the other is the Erlenbruch and Schlosswiesen Rheda area .


There is a wide range of clubs in the city. The following clubs are worth mentioning:

  • sports clubs
    • SC Wiedenbrück - football, gymnastics, cycling, dancing and table tennis
    • FSC Rheda - soccer
    • VfL Rheda - football and gymnastics
    • BSC Rheda - soccer
    • Red-White-St. Vit - soccer, running and walking
    • DJK green-white Rheda (basketball)
    • Running and doing good, the association organizes a charity run once a year for the benefit of DKMS and outpatient palliative care in Bielefeld-Bethel
    • Wiedenbrücker TV - Aikido, badminton, gymnastics, handball, judo, running club, athletics, rehab sports, rugby, Shaolin Kempo, swimming, trampoline, gymnastics, volleyball, walking and Nordic walking
    • Black and yellow Rheda - badminton, handball, judo, cycling, swimming, skat, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics and water polo
    • Karate club “ASAHI Rheda-Wiedenbrück e. V. "
    • DLRG Rheda-Wiedenbrück
    • Canoe Club Wiedenbrück-Rheda
  • Shooting clubs
    • Rifle club of the rural community Rheda e. V. (Bauernschützen) from 1887
    • Schützenverein zu Rheda e. V. of 1833 (city riflemen)
    • St. Sebastian Bürgererschützenverein Wiedenbrück from 1492 e. V.
    • St. Hubertus Batenhorst Rifle Brotherhood from 1848
  • Carnival clubs
    • KG Helü from 1952 (Wiedenbrück)
    • WCV Green Sparks from 1965 (Wiedenbrück)
    • CVR Blue Sparks (Rheda)
    • Corner of Sagemüller (Lintel)
  • Others
    • German Red Cross - Local Association Rheda-Wiedenbrück e. V.
    • DARC e. V. - Local association Rheda-Wiedenbrück
    • Förderverein Radio and Telephone Museum in amplifier office e. V.
    • Friends of the Freibad Rheda e. V.
    • Friends of the Freibad Wiedenbrück e. V.
    • Horse shelter "Four Seasons" e. V.
    • Friends of the children's and youth choirs at St.Aegidius e. V.

Regular events

Christmas market in Wiedenbrück

There are a number of annually recurring events in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, some of which have more than local significance. The celebrations of the local shooting clubs are highlights in social life.

The following festivals take place in calendar order:

  • Rose Monday parade (starts in the district of Rheda, ends in the district of Wiedenbrück)
  • "Rheda blooms" (spring / district festival)
  • Good Friday procession ( Wiedenbrücker Kreuztracht )
  • Corpus Christi processions of the Catholic parishes
  • Street food festival (Cheat Day) Rheda
  • International culture festival in Rheda
  • Wine market in Rheda
  • Shooting festival of the city rifle club Rheda
  • Rhedaer Jazz Festival
  • Fire brigade fire train St. Vit
  • Shooting festival of the St. Hubertus shooting brotherhood Batenhorst
  • German-Dutch fabric market Rheda (July)
  • Shooting festival of the St. Sebastian community shooting club in Wiedenbrück (1st weekend in August)
  • “Feasting at the Castle” (gourmet market) in Rheda
  • Lintel Fire Brigade Festival (2nd weekend in August)
  • "Rhedaer Löwen-Tour" (cycling event)
  • Schützenfest der Bauernschützen Rheda
  • "Fire and Flame", a large musical fireworks display on the grounds of Flora Westfalica
  • "Run and do good" charity run in St. Vit (1st Saturday in September)
  • Old town festival in Rheda
  • Autumn fair in Wiedenbrück (1st October weekend)
  • German-Dutch fabric market Rheda (October)
  • Crime night in Rheda (shopping and gaming event)
  • Andreaskirmes in Rheda
  • Advent Christmas Shop Rheda
  • Christmas market Wiedenbrück with a Christmas run

Economy and Infrastructure


Track 9 of the Rheda-Wiedenbrück train station with slab track according to the "Rheda System"

Road traffic:

Rheda-Wiedenbrück is connected to the A 2 via junction 23 . The city is the starting point of the federal highways B 55 and B 61 . The B 64 also crosses the urban area.

Regional buses go to Gütersloh and Lippstadt . The city belongs to the Westfalentarif tariff association ("TeutoOWL" network).

Bicycle traffic

In addition to numerous local cycle routes, the city is connected to the following national and international cycling routes: the European Bicycle Route R1 , the EmsRadweg on the bike path Historic town centers, the State Garden Show route on the Werse bike path and to the BahnRadRoute Hellwig-Weser .

Rail transport:

The Rheda-Wiedenbrück station (Rheda district) is a separation station on the Hamm – Minden railway line , one of the busiest railway lines in Germany, where the Warendorfer Bahn branches off to Münster (formerly via Rheda-Wiedenbrück-Süd to Lippstadt).

The station is the stop of a Regional Express and several regional train lines with direct connections to Minden , Bielefeld , Hamm , Münster and the Ruhr area .

Air traffic:

The closest airports are Paderborn-Lippstadt (approx. 40 km), Münster-Osnabrück (approx. 69 km) and Dortmund (approx. 70 km).

Public facilities

The city offers an outdoor pool in the Rheda district and in the Wiedenbrück district as well as an indoor pool in the Wiedenbrück district.

The city library has locations in both parts of the city with a total of around 60,000 books and around 6500 other media.

The Adult Education Center Reckenberg-Ems offers a wide range of further education.

The municipal “Youth Center Alte Emstorschule” is an institution for open child and youth work in Rheda and offers leisure activities and holiday care.

With the St. Aegidius Youth House , Caritas offers leisure activities for young people. Events for all age groups are also held in the building.

Rheda-Wiedenbrück has a hospital, the St. Vincenz Hospital with 198 beds. The hospital in Rheda was most recently an operating facility of the Gütersloh municipal clinic with 80 beds.

The volunteer fire brigade Rheda-Wiedenbrück with around 240 active members maintains five fire engines , one each in the districts of Rheda, Wiedenbrück, Batenhorst, Lintel and St. Vit.

For historical reasons, some of the offices responsible for the entire Gütersloh district are located in the city, such as B. the immigration office .

Established businesses

Tönnie's meat factory

The woodworking and furniture industries as well as the motor vehicle industry are important economic factors. The companies that are known nationwide include Cor, Interlübke , Musterring and Garant Gruppe , which are active in the furniture industry and the furniture trade , and Westfalia Mobil (mobile homes) and Westfalia Automotive GmbH (trailer hitches and electrical kits), Prophete GmbH & Co. KG (bicycles, scooters) and the companies Elmer (sanitary, heating and air conditioning wholesalers), Eurovia (earthworks, civil engineering and road construction), Knaup Rheda-Metallbau GmbH & Co. KG, Nielsen Design GmbH (picture frames), Pflüger GmbH & Co. KG (homeopathic medicines), Regumatic sleep systems (mattresses, stainless steel slatted frames), Seidensticker (clothing), Simonswerk GmbH (belt systems, hinges), Sita Bauelemente GmbH, Venjakob Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, Westag & Getalit AG (wood and plastic) Paul Daut meat and sausage products and the Tönnies meat factory , the largest meat manufacturing company in Europe.

On the A 2 , in the Marburg district in the border area of ​​the cities of Oelde and Rheda-Wiedenbrück (district of Nordrheda-Ems), there is an interregional industrial area that is 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 (located in the urban area of ​​Rheda-Wiedenbrück), was inaugurated in September 2008 and opened to traffic.


Print media

Four daily newspapers are represented in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The Neue Westfälische with a regional section and a local edition of the Westfalen-Blatt appear daily, Monday to Saturday . Both newspapers get their coat from their respective coat editorial offices in Bielefeld. Also available with local coverage are Die Glocke from Oelde , which appears here as the Rheda-Wiedenbrücker Zeitung , and Der Patriot from Lippstadt , Monday to Saturday .

Radio and television

Rheda-Wiedenbrück belongs to the reporting area of ​​the regional studio Bielefeld of the WDR and Radio Gütersloh , which it covers in the reporting as local radio. Since September 2011, Pro Arbeit e. V. produces a web radio program under the title "Boombird Radio" twice a week . The target group are mainly young people from the region.


There are six primary schools distributed throughout the city: the community primary schools Andreas Wenneber School , Park School and the Brothers Grimm School as well as the Catholic. Primary schools Johannisschule , Pius-Bonifatius-Schule , and the Eichendorff-Postdamm-Schule . Secondary schools in secondary levels I and II are the Osterrath-Realschule (district Wiedenbrück), the Moritz-Fontaine-Gesamtschule , the Einstein-Gymnasium (district Rheda) and the Ratsgymnasium (district Wiedenbrück).

In view of the significant decline in the number of pupils and as a result of a parent survey, the city council decided in 2012 to establish a comprehensive school with two locations and to phase out the two secondary schools and one secondary school. In 2012, the Matthias-Claudius-Schule (district Rheda), the Kettler-Schule (district Wiedenbrück) and the Ernst-Barlach-Realschule (district Rheda) accepted students for the last time and have since expired.

In addition, there are the Heidbrink School and the Copernicus School of the Gütersloh district as special schools .

Adult education (including the design of open all-day schools in primary and afternoon programs in secondary level I) is provided by the Adult Education Center Reckenberg-Ems and its subsidiary Fortbildungs-Akademie Reckenberg-Ems (FARE) gGmbH - v. a. Active in the transition from school to work - filled out.

Vocational schools are the Reckenberg vocational college and the Ems vocational college .

Other schools are the district fire brigade school , the music schools Paetzold-Matzke , music garden , music center on Schlossstrasse , the sound factory and the Haus Aussel design workshop .

In 2007, a total of 6,491 pupils were taught at Rheda-Wiedenbrücker (excluding adult education center, vocational colleges and other schools) with 406 teachers, of which around 32.0% at primary schools, around 13.3% at secondary schools and around 22 , 0% at secondary schools, 28.0% at grammar schools and 2.8% at special schools. A special feature of the primary schools is that all primary schools (with the exception of the “dwarf schools” Postdamm and Bonifatius Schools) are run as open all-day primary schools. The adult education center Reckenberg-Ems is responsible for the ambitious educational and care offer from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


sons and daughters of the town

There were born:

Other personalities

No native Rheda-Wiedenbrückers, but who work or have worked in the city are:

personality Life dates job Relation to Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Luise Hensel (1798–1876) poetess lived in Wiedenbrück for over 20 years, 1823–1825; 1853-1872
Jodocus Temme (1798–1881) Politician, lawyer, writer Educator of Prince Franz von Bentheim-Tecklenburg zu Rheda
Bernhard Bessel (1814-1868) Politician District Administrator of the Wiedenbrück district
Otto Lüning (1818-1868) Politician, journalist, doctor lived temporarily in Rheda
Christoph Siebe (1849–1912) academic artist and painter Artist of the Wiedenbrück School
Ernst Osterrath (1851-1925) District Administrator (until 1898) Founder of the sculpture praying farmer (market fountain)
Heinrich Repke (1877–1962) Painter Artist of the Wiedenbrück School
Bernhard Hoetger (1874–1949) Artist lived in Wiedenbrück for a short time
Ernst Meurin (1885 until after 1965) author District home nurse of Wiedenbrück
Wilhelm Tophinke (1892–1961) sculptor Artist of the Wiedenbrück School
Hans Schmitz-Wiedenbrück (1907-1944) academic artist and painter Church, peasant and Nazi propagand artist, Wiedenbrück school
Paul Libor (1919–1973) sculptor Artist of the Wiedenbrück School
Luigi Colani (1928-2019) Designer lived temporarily in Rheda
Rüdiger Krüger / Siegfried Carl (* 1951) VHS director / author lived ten years and works in Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Sven-Georg Adenauer (* 1959) Politician lived in Rheda-Wiedenbrück
Judith Lefeber (* 1981) singer grew up in Rheda-Wiedenbrück



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District of Rheda

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Wiedenbrück district

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Web links

Commons : Rheda-Wiedenbrück  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Rheda-Wiedenbrück  - Sources and full texts

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  6. Consists of areas for other uses (0.30 km²) bog, heath, unland (0.04 km²) and mining land (0.01 km²)
  7. a b Main statute of the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück of November 9, 1999 in the version of the 10th amendment of March 11, 2014 (PDF; 56 KB). (No longer available online.) Formerly in the original ; accessed on March 31, 2014 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.rheda-wiedenbrueck.de
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  10. Climate values ​​from the weather station of the Matthias Claudius School in Rheda
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  19. ^ City of Rheda figures data , accessed on September 16, 2019
  20. Domradio.de: Rheda Wiedenbrück is a stronghold of Aramese Christians accessed on September 20, 2019
  21. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 110 f .
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  25. ↑ State database NRW; Election results for the municipality code 05754028
  26. State Office for Data Processing and Statistics: Local elections
  27. VoteManager Rheda-Wiedenbrück
  28. Results of the 2014 local elections
  29. Independent community of voters
  30. ^ Result of the mayoral election 2014
  31. Princely Trumpeter Corps Rheda e. V.
  32. See: Stefan Baumeier: Westphalian farmhouses saved from excavators and caterpillars. 2nd Edition. Bielefeld 1983, pp. 30-31.
  33. See also: Heimatverein Wiedenbrück-Reckenberg: Sensational result of building research - The second oldest house in Westphalia is in Wiedenbrück
  34. See The Bell of December 19, 2012
  35. LWL : Monument of the Month April in: LWL - Monument of the Month (2006)
  36. ^ Regional Association Westphalia-Lippe: Flora Westfalica in LWL-GeodatenKultur
  37. ^ Regional Association Westphalia-Lippe: Rheda Castle Park in LWL GeodatenKultur
  38. ^ Regional Association Westphalia-Lippe: Garden House Bosfeld in LWL GeodatenKultur
  39. ^ Regional Association Westphalia-Lippe: Garden of the Reckenberg office building in LWL-GeodatenKultur
  40. cycling. Retrieved June 3, 2017 .
  41. http://www.die-glocke.de/lokalnachrichten/kreisguetersloh/Boombird-Radio-aus-dem-Internet-0b0afc61-41e9-4ca9-addb-5b3174699107-ds The bell online from October 20, 2011: "Boombird" : Radio from the Internet
  42. Archived copy ( Memento from September 2, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Boombird on the Internet
  43. ^ Homepage of the city of Rheda Wiedenbrück: Schools in Rheda Wiedenbrück ( Memento from April 28, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on September 21, 2015.
  44. Vita on the website of Berliner Steuerrechner e. V. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on March 4, 2016 ; Retrieved June 1, 2013 .