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Coordinates: 52 ° 11 '  N , 9 ° 5'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Schaumburg
Height : 56 m above sea level NHN
Area : 109.06 km 2
Residents: 25,424 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 233 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 31737
Primaries : 05751, 05152 , 05262 , 05754Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : SHG, RI
Community key : 03 2 57 031
City structure: 19 districts

City administration address :
Klosterstrasse 19
31737 Rinteln
Website : www.rinteln.de
Mayor : Thomas Priemer ( SPD )
Location of the town of Rinteln in the Schaumburg district
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View of the market square with the St. Nikolai Church

Rinteln is a town and independent municipality in the Weser Uplands on the Weser in the Schaumburg district in Lower Saxony . Your old town is still characterized by numerous half-timbered houses . In the Middle Ages, a city wall enclosed the city, the expansion of which in modern times turned the city into the Rinteln fortress . From 1619 to 1810 Rinteln was also a university town . Rinteln was the district town until 1977 , initially until 1904 of the district of Rinteln, from 1904 of the district of Grafschaft Schaumburg .



Rinteln is embedded in the south by the heights of the Lippe Mountains , in the north by the Weser Mountains and in the east by the Süntel and the Fischbeck mountains. The town belongs to the nature park Weserbergland Schaumburg-Hameln . The "Rinteln Basin" is dominated by the Schaumburg Castle on the approximately 225  m high Nesselberg (southern spur of the Weser Mountains). Around 12.5 km (as the crow flies ) northwest of the Weser Bridge from Rinteln, the Weser breaks through, further downstream, the Westphalian Gate at Porta Westfalica and enters the North German lowlands . This striking cut between the eastern Weser and western Wiehengebirge can be seen from the Rintelner Weser Bridge as well as the Schaumburg and the entire Weser mountain range up to the Süntel. The Doktorsee is located about two kilometers west of the old town .

City structure

In addition to the core city, the city comprises 18 other districts:

These are grouped into ten local councils : Ahe-Engern-Kohlenstädt, Deckbergen-Schaumburg-Westendorf, Exten , Hohenrode-Strücken, Krankenhagen-Volksen, Möllenbeck, Rinteln, Steinbergen, Taubenberg (Friedrichswald, Goldbeck, Uchtdorf, Wennenkamp), Todenmann.

The Weser with the Old Harbor and the Catholic St. Sturmius Church


middle Ages

Rinteln city fortifications in the medieval state on a Merian engraving around 1650
The Eulenburg, called the “Steinwerk” in the Middle Ages, is now the seat of the museum
Weser Bridge

The beginnings of the town of Rinteln can be traced back to the late 11th century. As early as 896, a Benedictine monastery , the Möllenbeck Monastery , was established on the edge of the Weseraue. The small village Rentene (later: Alt-Rinteln) had developed on the right, northern bank of the Weser at the level of a crossing. In 1223 there was already a permanent bridge and a count's court. Around 1230, Count Adolf IV of Holstein and Schaumburg founded Neu-Rinteln on the opposite, southern bank of the Weser. In 1239 the town charter was granted. With the right to levy road tolls (1391) and the trade fair privilege (1392), Rinteln also gained importance for the surrounding area. The favorable traffic situation on the Weser Bridge supported the upswing. Soon after the city was founded, the construction of a city ​​wall began, which initially consisted of palisades and was first mentioned in 1257. During the desertification phase of the 14th century, numerous settlements in the vicinity of the city were abandoned. The residents moved into the protection of the Rinteln city fortifications and cultivated their fields from here as arable citizens . However, Rinteln remained primarily a craft and trading town. Around 1450, Rinteln was surrounded by an extensive land defense system and three guard towers . Since the 15th century, the city owned a city forest in the north of Lippe, the "Rintelsche Hagen".

The location on the Weser was particularly conducive to trade. So-called “Bremen goods” came upriver by ship: tobacco, butter, stockfish, colonial and household goods. The city set up a customs shed for freight with the destination Rinteln. Wood, hard coal and grain were transported downstream, as well as the nearby Obernkirchen sandstone . The craft with its various guilds, especially the shoemaker's trade, played its part in the upswing of the city, which experienced an economic boom well into the 17th century. Wealthy citizens and the numerous aristocratic families residing in the city built stately buildings in the Weser Renaissance style during this time . This era ended with the Thirty Years War , which reached the county in 1623. In the years 1624 and 1625 alone around a third of the approx. 2500 inhabitants died of the plague brought in by soldiers, followed by tribulations through billeting, looting and war contributions.

Modern times

The fact that Rinteln recovered quickly from 1648 after the end of the Thirty Years War was partly due to the university , which existed from 1619 to 1810. Around twelve to 15 professors taught at it in four faculties (theology, law, medicine and philosophy). On average, around 100 to 130 students were enrolled. The university business, based in the college building, the former Jakobskloster , had two lecture halls , a “community” (student dormitory), a “convectorium” ( cafeteria ), a library, an instrument room, a book printer, a pharmacy, a botanical garden, and a provost office (Property management), an "Anatomicum" and from 1762 a regular newspaper. The so-called "university relatives" included dance and fencing masters, riding and French teachers. The university commission was the academy's inn and pub: here, professors and students could drink beer and wine at low prices, unmolested by the city's pub monopoly .

Former university commissioners on Weserstraße

During the Thirty Years' War and afterwards, around 1654, Rinteln was the scene of intense witch hunts . The professors of the Law Faculty of the University of Rinteln reinforced the witch trials by advising city ​​and local courts throughout the northwest. Between 1621 and 1675 around 400 reports have been handed down that consistently ordered the ruthless persecution of alleged witches and sorcerers. In Rinteln from 1560 to 1669 at least 88 people were charged in witch trials, many of which ended with execution. The high points were the years 1635 to 1655.

From 1652 to 1689 Daniel Wilhelmi was a preacher at the St. Nicolai Church in Rinteln . He was also a confessor of defendants in witch trials , e. B. in the trial against Lucie Kunschopper . Against Lucie Kunschopper, b. Hagemann, widow of the Kunschopper, brought the embarrassing public prosecutor in Rinteln on September 4, 1668 charges of sorcery.

From 1680, young professors influenced by the Early Enlightenment, such as Heinrich Bodinus and Henrich Ernst Kestner, ensured that the trials were abolished and placed themselves at the head of the opponents.

In 1640, the old Grafschaft Schaumburg was divided between the Counts of Lippe (now Grafschaft Schaumburg-Lippe ) and the Landgraves of Hessen-Kassel (now Grafschaft Schaumburg). In 1651 Rinteln received its own government with a higher court because of its remote location from the royal seat of Kassel. In the same year it became a Hessian garrison town and in the years 1665 to 1680 it was expanded into a fortress.

From 1665 the town of Rinteln was at the behest of vormundschaftlich reigning Countess Hedwig Sophie of Hesse-Kassel to Fort Rinteln expanded by old Dutch style. The earthworks with a main wall and a rampart as well as a 30 m wide ditch comprised seven bastions, two redoubts and two ravelins . Around 200 permanent garrisons formed the standard garrison, which would have required a considerable increase in the event of a siege. In the absence of this sufficient garrison, the fortress surrendered to a French superior force without a fight during the Seven Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars (1806) and was occupied for several years. On November 13, 1806, Napoleon ordered the fortifications to be razed. Another setback was the closure of Rinteln University at Easter 1810 by Jérôme , Napoléon's youngest brother and king of the newly founded Kingdom of Westphalia .

Rinteln, 1823 by Anton Wilhelm Strack

From 1807 Rinteln was the district capital ( chief lieu ) within the Weser department for a few years . After the end of the Napoleonic occupation, the Grafschaft Schaumburg was again the exclave of the Electorate of Hesse-Kassel and Rinteln seat of a government, from 1848 downgraded to a government deputation. In 1866, with the annexation of Hesse by Prussia , the city and county of Schaumburg became part of the province of Hessen-Nassau . Rinteln remained the seat of the Rinteln district, renamed the Grafschaft Schaumburg district from 1904 and part of the Prussian province of Hanover since 1932 .

In the years 1848 and 1849, a climate of oppositional movement was particularly noticeable in the Hessian exclave of Schaumburg. Albrecht von Bardeleben and Karl Wilhelm Wippermann played important roles in Hessian politics in those years. As a member of the liberal casino parliamentary group, Wippermann was also a member of the constituent committee of 17 in the Paulskirchenparliament in Frankfurt .

In 1863, one of the oldest volunteer fire departments in Northern Germany was founded in Rinteln . It emerged from a volunteer Turner Fire Department founded two years earlier . In 1865 an organization plan was drawn up and a request was made to the city to provide funds for the devices. The fire brigade consisted of a captain who was accompanied by an adjutant, twelve risers, 15 rescue teams and 24 men to operate the syringes; so she was 53 men strong. On November 26, 1865, the statutes, which were drawn up on the model of the Hamelin fire brigade, were submitted to the council for approval.

In the middle of the 19th century the city picked up again. Above all, the opening of the Löhne – Vienenburger railway by the Hanover-Altenbekener Eisenbahngesellschaft (1875) and the resulting favorable connection to the major economic centers of Berlin and Cologne encouraged the settlement of industrial companies. This is how a glassworks came into being . Other railway lines connected the city with Stadthagen ( Rinteln-Stadthagener Eisenbahn ) and from the end of the 1920s with Barntrup ( Extertalbahn ). The Bünde / Löhne - Hameln - Hildesheim / Bodenburg line, which was still double-tracked until the 1970s, is now used as a single-track Weserbahn (on weekends every two hours) by the NordWestBahn .

1933 to 1945

Former workers' settlement Heinrichstrasse in the north of the city

In 1918, after Kaiser Wilhelm II's surrender and renunciation of the throne , a so-called workers 'and soldiers' council took power in Rinteln; later, with the stabilization of Weimar democracy , the SPD was able to rely on a stable majority in the city council. The communists were of no particular importance. In 1924 the first local branch of the NSDAP was founded in Rinteln . From this point on there were repeated clashes between National Socialists, Social Democrats and Communists, which became more massive between 1930 and 1933. In the Reichstag election on March 5, 1933 , the NSDAP received 1991 votes in Rinteln, the SPD 959 votes and the KPD 294 votes. The city of Rinteln granted Adolf Hitler honorary citizenship on April 12, 1933 . It was formally revoked on March 28, 1946. As everywhere, the years after 1933 served to consolidate power by the National Socialists, who also exerted increasing pressure and more and more extensive surveillance of the population in Rinteln. Social democrats and communists were arrested many times and some were taken to concentration camps (mainly Moringen concentration camp ). The 700th anniversary of the granting of city rights in the summer of 1939 was used by the National Socialists to stage a large propaganda celebration.

With the outbreak of the Second World War , the city received the status of a hospital town, in which around 1,000 wounded were housed. On the north bank of the Weser, as part of the Brandt campaign, a large military hospital was built from the shell of a barracks, which was taken over by the British after the war and continued as the British Military Hospital Rinteln until 1998.

Persecution of Jews 1933–1945

In 1933, 73 Jewish citizens were registered in Rinteln , most of whom managed to emigrate or flee in time. Several committed suicide under increasing emotional pressure. In 1940 there were still 29 Jews from Rinteln, of which 25 were brought to the Ahlem Horticultural School ( collection point for Jews from the Hanover and Hildesheim districts) between March and July 1942 and later deported to concentration camps. A total of 34 Jewish citizens of Rinteln were murdered during the National Socialist rule. Today the Jewish cemetery in Ostertorstraße, a plaque at the house at Bäckerstraße 1 and a few stumbling blocks remind of the Jewish roommates and their community in Rinteln.

End of the war in 1945

At the beginning of April 1945, Rinteln narrowly escaped destruction. On April 4, when the Americans approached from Möllenbeck, the southern part of the city was evacuated without a fight. The German troops under the command of Major Alfred Picht withdrew to the north bank of the Weser. American negotiators who wanted to negotiate the handover of the Rinteln Weser Bridge were detained on the north bank of the Weser and the bridge was blown up. An American ultimatum then demanded the immediate release of the negotiators on threat of the destruction of the entire city, the residents of which were then hastily evacuated from the hospitals along with more than a thousand wounded to the neighboring villages. Only after the ultimatum was extended twice and with the mediation of the Rinteln grammar school director and then site commandant of the Rinteln medical company Friedrich-Wilhelm Ande and several Rinteln citizens was it possible to obtain the last minute release of the American parliamentarians and thus prevent the destruction of Rinteln. On the north bank of the Weser, in the so-called Wesergebirgskessel, German troops fought until April 11, 1945.

1945 until today

After the end of the Second World War , the population of Rinteln doubled due to the admission of expellees , mainly from East Prussia and Silesia . First south of the city, in the area of ​​Bruchwiesenweg and Kleines Löök, then on the north bank of the Weser, in Mönchsbreite, new residential areas were built around 1950. The city grew rapidly until the 1970s and reached the southern slope of the Weser Mountains.

The Grafschaft Schaumburg district became part of the State of Lower Saxony in 1946 . With the incorporation of 18 neighboring communities into the city on March 1, 1974, Rinteln became the largest municipality in the Schaumburg district , which was formed in 1977 and has been the seat of Stadthagen ever since. After Rinteln was accepted into the city redevelopment program of the state of Lower Saxony in 1979, extensive redevelopment of the old town began, which was completed with the establishment of a pedestrian zone in 2003.

After the electrically operated Extertalbahn, which had run through the city center since 1929, finally ceased operations in 1970, the construction of a bypass road east of the city, which had been completely overburdened by traffic on the main road, was able to sustainably relieve the city center. Until the end of 2010, Rinteln was also a state-approved resort .

Population development

year population
1987 26,023
1990 26,979
1995 28,380
2000 28,392
2005 27.806
2010 26,879
2011 26,733
2013 25,945
2015 25.187
2016 26,155
2017 26,191
2018 26,118

(Population figures as of December 31st)


Catholic Church of St. Sturmius

Rinteln is the seat of the superintendent of the Evangelical-Lutheran church district Grafschaft Schaumburg in the district of Hanover . The historic St. Nikolai Church on Kirchplatz and the Johannis Church Center from 1976 on Wilhelm-Raabe-Weg belong to it in Rinteln. The Evangelical City Mission has its parish hall on Waldkaterallee. The Evangelical Reformed Church of St. Jacobi from the 13th century, originally the church of a Cistercian convent , is located on Klosterstrasse. The Evangelical Free Church Christ Church of the Baptists is located on the Blumenwall; construction began in 1957. Your congregation, which has existed in Rinteln since 1946, belongs to the Federation of Evangelical Free Churches . There are other Protestant churches in the districts of Rinteln.

The Catholic Church of St. Sturmius from 1888 is located on Kapellenwall, its parish of the same name belongs to the Weserbergland Dean's Office in the Diocese of Hildesheim .

A New Apostolic Church is located in the Krankenhagen district, and its congregation belongs to the Hildesheim church district. In Rinteln there was another New Apostolic church at Eichendorffweg 3, it was built around 1980 and closed in 2010.

There is a mosque on the street “Im Emerten”, the “House of World Religions”, built between 2000 and 2002, in the Park Erlebniswelt Steinzeichen . Since the bankruptcy, the site has repeatedly been the target of vandalism and arson. At the end of 2018, the sculptures each representing a world religion in the House of Religions were overturned and partially destroyed.


Local election 2016
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Rinteln town hall

The city of Rinteln has the status of an independent municipality.

City council

The city ​​council of Rinteln consists of 36 councilors (2011: 34) and the mayor. The following distribution of seats resulted in the last three council elections:

SPD CDU Shared apartment in Schaumburg GREEN LEFT FDP total
2016 14th 11 7th 3 0 1 36 seats
2011 14th 11 5 3 0 1 34 seats
2006 17th 12 4th 2 1 0 36 seats


From 1981 to 1996 Friedrich Wilhelm Hoppe (CDU) was the last honorary mayor. He was appointed honorary mayor because of his services. With the introduction of the single track in 1997, Karl-Heinz Buchholz (SPD) was directly elected for the first time. In the local election on September 10, 2006, 67.5% of the vote fell on him. Thomas Priemer has been mayor since November 2014.

coat of arms

The Rinteln city coat of arms has been showing a gate building flanked by two towers with the coat of arms of the Schaumburger nettle leaf in the archway since the 15th century. When it was last amended in 1939, it was given a classicist-imperial character in line with the Nazi ideology. Blazon ; "Above a blue-silver river in the shield base a three-towered silver castle in the red field, in the gate on red a silver nettle leaf."

Town twinning

Culture and sights

The city is scenic and has a half-timbered old town that is well worth seeing . is the market square, renovated in the 1980s, with the Evangelical Lutheran town church St. Nikolai and the Ratskeller, a building from the Weser Renaissance period.

Schulstrasse: half-timbered house from the 16th century
Kollegienplatz with Jakobikirche
Prince's court
Archive house at Münchhausenhof in Ritterstrasse
Cliff tower on the Luhdener Berg near Rinteln
Rococo pavilion from 1780


In Rinteln traditional as well as concert music has been cultivated for many years by a municipal orchestra that is based at the volunteer fire brigade (Rinteln fire brigade wind orchestra). After the dissolution of the old music train had to be reported on December 31, 1998 , a new orchestra was brought into being in 2003 and regular rehearsals began. It is therefore also the only fire brigade wind orchestra in the Schaumburg district, as all other musical formations call themselves a musical train.

The orchestra is already so well-known nationwide that it has been invited to performances as far as Büsum in order to provide musical accompaniment to the return of the Tierra del Fuego .

Furthermore, there has been the Rinteln Youth Brass Orchestra, or JBO Rinteln for short, since 1986. Only a few years later a wind class was set up at the secondary school in Rinteln, which is supervised together with the district youth music school. Since 2005 there has also been a wind class at the Ernestinum Gymnasium. This underlines the importance of the musical activities in the city of Rinteln. Graham Coxon , lead guitarist and co-founder of the British rock band Blur , was also born in Rinteln .


  • The Old Museum is a renaissance half-timbered building from 1620, in which the "Schaumburgisches Heimatmuseum" was housed for many years.
  • Cord Tönnis built the archives house for Colonel Hilmar von Münchhausen in the Weser Renaissance style at Münchhausen-Hof in 1565 . The building, originally intended as a garden shed, was only used later to store documents and files.
  • Eulenburg with the Rinteln Museum on town and university history
  • The Burghof Clinic is now located in the Burghof , a mighty half-timbered building from the early 17th century.
  • In 1750, part of the former Hessian fortress, which served as the main guard, was located at the location of today's town hall . After the fortress was razed, this building was raised as a half-timbered structure. The district court, the post office and the police prison were temporarily located here, from 1900 the city administration, today a tourist association, registry office, city archive, city marketing association and a community area share the use of the building.
  • The castle Hohenrode (Hohenrode) , also Hünenburg called, is located south-southeast of the district Hohenrode .
  • House market 8, "market economy"
  • The Rintelner Klippenturm of 1889 is an observation tower on the cliffs Luhdener whose viewing platform can be reached via 103 steps in the tower.
  • The Heimatstube Exten is located in the building of the former Exten school, built in 1878.
  • The Hünenburg (Rinteln) , also known as Frankenburg , is located north of the core city, east-northeast of the district of Todenmann .
  • The remains of the Hünenburg Steinbergen are located southeast of the Steinbergen district on a rock spur.
  • The Untere Eisenhammer , founded in 1746, was a forge that worked with hammers driven by the water power of the Exter with a drop weight of up to 120 kilograms. Today the site is a building and industrial monument .
  • Obere Eisenhammer from 1745, which was abandoned in the 1950s and is now a restored industrial monument with complete water technology.
  • The Ev.-ref. Jakobi Church Rinteln was built in 1238 as an early Gothic hall church and part of a Cistercian monastery. In 1876 the parts of the monastery building were demolished.
  • Burials have been taking place at the Jewish cemetery in Rinteln since 1840, most recently in 1960.
  • The monastery Möllenbeck was built 1478-1505 on the site of the previous building burned down. Today it is owned by the Evangelical Reformed Church. Once a year, the Irish Folk Festival and the Möllenbeck Rocks concert take place here . instead of.
  • The Münchhausen-Hof was an aristocratic seat of the von Münchhausen family , since 1527 Hilmar von Münchhausen and his brothers were enfeoffed with the free Burgmannshof by Count Jobst von Schaumburg for 600 guilders .
  • Today's Blumenwall park was redesigned from the north-western part of the old fortifications after the Rinteln fortress was razed.
  • The then fortress governor Lieutenant General von Oheimb had the park courtyard built in the 18th century.
  • The Prinzenhof renaissance half-timbered building served as the travel quarters of the Hessian regents after the Thirty Years' War.
  • The Schaumburg , the former headquarters of the Schaumburg Counts , is twelve kilometers east of the city center on the Nesselberg .
  • The Catholic parish church of St. Sturmius was built as a neo-Gothic building and consecrated in 1888.
  • The three-aisled hall church of St. Nikolai , first mentioned in 1238, is Evangelical-Lutheran.
  • The university commission served as an inn and student residence for the "Academia Ernestina".
  • The "Waldkater" from 1886 on the edge of the forest above the town now houses a hotel.
  • The rococo pavilion was built around 1780 outside the city on a garden plot that probably belonged to the von Münchhausen family.

Green spaces and recreation


The VTT Rinteln association had a successful women's table tennis team in the 1970s and 1980s . After five years in the 1st Bundesliga , he was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1983. A year later, the company immediately rose again.

The football club SC Rinteln currently plays (as of 2020) in the Hanover district league.

Economy and Infrastructure

In the urban area of ​​Rinteln, large areas of sand, gravel and stone have been mined in several places for many decades. Areas that have already been exploited are being renatured and in some cases converted into leisure and recreational areas. One example of this is the Doktorsee , which today plays an important role in camping tourism in the Weserbergland. The designation of further mining areas is ecologically and politically controversial, since with it original natural and cultural areas disappear and thus important foundations for agriculture and tourism are permanently destroyed.


  • The discounter company Aldi- Nord is based in Rinteln with two of its regional branches, plus a large central warehouse.
  • Globally active companies such as Hubert Stüken GmbH & Co. KG have also been based in Rinteln for a long time.
  • The largest employer in the city is the RiHa company , which produces fruit juices and mineral water.
  • Other important companies include a. the glassworks of the company Owens-Illinois , the company Weserwaben and Company ROLEC that housing systems markets, and the company Gustav Knippschild GmbH

Public facilities

  • District court Rinteln
  • The Eulenburg. Museum Rinteln
  • Burghofklinik (Psychiatric Clinic)
  • Branch office of the car registration office of the district of Schaumburg
  • Lower Saxony Tax Academy
  • Authority for Geoinformation, Land Development and Properties Hameln, Land Registry Office Rinteln
  • City Archives
  • Rinteln police station with a branch in the municipality of Auetal


  • Primary school south with branch in Möllenbeck
  • Elementary school north
  • Deckbergen Elementary School
  • Elementary school Exten-Krankenhagen
  • Oberschule (before: Hildburg Realschule and Hauptschule am Ostertor)
  • Ernestinum Rinteln , modern language grammar school
  • Vocational school with the Marienschule branch in Bückeburg


Railcar of the Extertalbahn AG on Weserstraße (1939)
Brick houses on Ritterstrasse

For a long time Rinteln was located on the only crossing over the Weser in the region, the next bridges were upstream in Hameln and downstream in Porta Westfalica and Minden .

Road traffic

Rinteln is close to the federal motorway 2 ( Europastraße 30 ) with the Bad Eilsen junction . It can be reached to the north via the Weser Mountains . The federal roads 83 and 238 run through the Weser valley - the latter on a bypass route. They run around the center of the city. They make it possible to get the traffic out of the city and to relieve the city of through traffic.

The Extertalstraße coming from Barntrup also ends in Rinteln .

Rail transport

The city lies on the railway line Bünde - Löhne - Hameln - Hildesheim - Bodenburg ( Weserbahn ), which is operated every hour by the NordWestBahn . When driving towards NRW applicable Westphalia tariff (net "TeutoOWL" OWL traffic GmbH); However, tickets of the NRW tariff are not recognized (the tariff limit here is Vlotho).

The now decommissioned Extertalbahn ends at Rinteln Süd station , which used to run through the old town and over the Weser bridge to Rinteln station . In addition, the Rinteln-Stadthagener Eisenbahn , on which museum trips are offered, flows into the Deutsche Bahn station.


The entire length of the Weser is a federal waterway . Nevertheless, there is hardly any cargo shipping on the upper Weser. In the past, Rinteln was a regular destination for tourist passenger ships between Minden, Vlotho and Hameln. In addition, there is a lot of leisure traffic on the Weser due to the nearby Doktorsee .

Air traffic

In Rinteln there is an airfield (EDVR) for small sport aircraft. The next major airport is Hanover.

Weser promenade. View from the Hindenburg Bridge
New town hall in Klosterstrasse

Say: The dwarfs in the pea field

A farmer near Rinteln had a beautiful field of peas. But when it was time to harvest, the pods became empty and emptier. When the farmer secretly stood up by the pea field to catch the thief, he heard the rustle but saw no one.

Then he thought that dwarves were probably going to get the peas. Now he took his servant into the field. He let him grab one end of a rope and picked up the other end himself. So they ran up and down the field and tore off the dwarfs' fog caps with the rope.

The dwarfs were trapped there. They wanted their smoke caps back and had to pay the peas dearly for the peas. Then they quickly disappeared and never came back.


Honorary citizen

Reinhold Tüxen (1899–1980) is the only honorary citizen of the city of Rinteln so far. He became known worldwide for his vegetation mapping, organized international symposia in Rinteln and brought scientists from all over the world to the Weser city. The city of Rinteln has awarded the Tüxen Prize to deserving scientists since 1987. The first winner was Władysław Matuszkiewicz from Poland .

sons and daughters of the town

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Important people who worked in Rinteln

  • Franz von Dingelstedt (1814–1881) composed his Weserlied in Rinteln . He is said to have scratched the opening lines with a Schaumburg diamond in a window pane of an inn in what is now the Todenmann district. In the Rinteln local history museum, in the "Eulenburg", a room of its own is reminiscent of Dingelstedt.
  • Julius Rodenberg (1831-1914) attended the Ernestinum Rinteln grammar school in 1846. There he made friends with Franz von Dingelstedt and then studied law in Heidelberg and Marburg. After completing his studies, he developed into an important German writer and journalist of his time.
  • Johanna Elberskirchen (1864–1943) lived in Rinteln from 1884 to 1891 and worked there as an accountant. In 1887 she wrote in Rinteln a. a. their first (known) text: a contribution u. a. on training and wage labor for women for the Allgemeine Frauen-Zeitung , an organ of the Austro-Hungarian women’s associations.
  • Josua Stegmann (1588–1632) gave the sermon in the St. Nikolai Church in 1621 on the occasion of the opening of the Rinteln University. The evangelical theologian and hymn poet born in Sülzfeld (“ Oh, stay with your grace ”, first published in 1630 in Stegmann's book “Erneute Herzensseufzer”) tried to make the university a place of Lutheran teaching. He was expelled from the house as early as 1630: Due to the so-called Restitution Edict , Catholic Benedictines took over the monastery.
  • Hermann Goehausen (1593–1632) was an important witch theorist and author of the book Processus juridicus contra sagas et veneficos. Goehausen taught at the law faculty at the University of Rinteln.
  • Andreas Heinrich Bucholtz (1607–1671) German theologian and writer of several works. At the University of Rinteln (Academia Ernestina) he taught philosophy and poetry in 1641 and from 1645 also theology.
  • Johannes Henichius (1616–1671) was a theologian and taught this as a professor at the University of Rinteln (Academia Ernestina).
  • Gerhard Wolter Molanus (1633-1722) established himself as an important theologian, who in 1659 became professor of mathematics at the University of Rinteln (Academia Ernestina). From 1664 he also taught theology there.
  • Matthias Tiling (1634–1685), physician, Hessian personal physician and professor of medicine in Rinteln
  • Ludwig Christian Mieg (1668–1740), Reformed theologian, was a preacher in Rinteln and a professor at the same time
  • Henrich Ernst Kestner (1671–1723), a lawyer and university professor, worked together with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in his function as full professor at the University of Rinteln .
  • Thomas Abbt (1738–1766) was a German writer and Enlightenment philosopher. In 1761 he was professor of mathematics at the University of Rinteln (Academia Ernestina).
  • Bernhard Christoph Faust (1755–1842) worked from 1788 as personal physician to Landgravine Juliane zu Schaumburg-Lippe . Thanks to numerous merits, the Bernhard Christoph Faust Medal is still awarded every two years to three people who have distinguished themselves in the field of practical health promotion.
  • Theodor von Schmalz (1760-1831) received his doctorate from the University of Rinteln (Academia Ernestina), where he became an associate professor in 1787 and a full professor in 1788.
  • Georg Wilhelm Franz Wenderoth (1774–1861) took over the subjects medicine, pharmacy, physics, chemistry and botany as well as the supervision of the botanical garden at the University of Rinteln. Awarded the last honorary doctorate from the philosophical faculty, he made his way to Marburg in 1810. There he rebuilt what is now the Old Botanical Garden .
  • Moritz von Baumbach (1789–1871), was Director of the Supreme Court in Rinteln, member of the Hessian Estates Assembly , President of the State Parliament and Minister of Justice of the Electorate of Hesse
  • Wilhelm Valentin Volckmar (1812–1887) founded the Liedertafel in 1833, went to the teacher training college in Homberg / Efze as a music teacher in 1835, and was a famous organ virtuoso and composer on friendly terms with Franz Liszt and Louis Spohr
  • Catherine Nobbe (1831–1886) developed a stenography system for the German language and, along with Sophie Scott, is the only known female inventor of one. In 1852 she married the master baker Wilhelm Nobbe from Rinteln and then worked there as a music teacher.


  • Dieter Arnold: The economic and social development of the city of Rinteln in the 17th and 18th centuries. Bösendahl, Rinteln 1966
  • Ute Brüdermann: The Schaumburger Land. A travel guide to art and culture . Publishing house for regional history, Bielefeld 2016, pp. 200–215.
  • Kurt Klaus: Rintelns Democrats - History of the Weimar Republic. Self-published, Rinteln 1997
  • Kurt Klaus: Rinteln under the swastika. Bösendahl, Rinteln 1989
  • Frieder Korff: The hut. Living and working at the Rinteln glassworks . Klartext, Essen 2010. ISBN 978-3-8375-0262-6
  • Ullrich Künkel: Stadt Rinteln Lexikon , Merkur Verlag, Rinteln 2001, ISBN 3-8120-0010-5
  • Walter Maack: The picturesque Rinteln. Bösendahl, Rinteln 1966
  • Andreas Michelbrink: Rinteln. In Herbert Obenaus : Historical manual of the Jewish communities in Lower Saxony and Bremen . Volume 1 and 2, ed. in collaboration with David Bankier and Daniel Fraenkel. Göttingen 2005, pp. 1309-1315. ISBN 3-89244-753-5
  • Franz Carl Theodor Piderit: History of the county of Schaumburg and the most important places in the same . Rinteln 1831, p. 164 ff.
  • Michael Sprenger: Town houses and noble houses in Rinteln. Building and social history studies on early modern house forms in the central Weser area (materials on art and cultural history in northern and western Germany, volume 19). Marburg 1995
  • Gerd Steinwascher: Rinteln. Droste, Düsseldorf 1988
  • Hermann Stünkel: Rinteln in the 30 Years War: a chronicle [contributions to the history of the city of Rinteln, issue 2]. Bösendahl publishing house, Rinteln 1952
  • Beautification Association Rinteln (ed.): Rinteln an der Weser, in words and pictures, a home book and guide through Rinteln and the surrounding area , with 23 pictures based on original lithographs, watercolors and sepia drawings by Ernst Höfer-Minden, Bösendahl, Rinteln 1925.
  • Hans-Wilhelm Hube and Ulrich Wöhler (eds.): 750 years of St. Nikolai Church Rinteln 1238–1988. Hube & Wöhler, Rinteln 1988.
  • Karl Vogt: City and fortress Rinteln - The history of the Rinteln fortifications. Bösendahl, Rinteln 1964

Web links

Commons : Rinteln  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Rinteln  - Sources and full texts
Wikivoyage: Rinteln  - Travel Guide

Individual evidence

  1. State Office for Statistics Lower Saxony, LSN-Online regional database, Table 12411: Update of the population, as of December 31, 2019  ( help ).
  2. The certificate is shown in: Matthias Blazek: Die Grafschaft Schaumburg 1647–1977. ibidem, Stuttgart 2011, p. 12, ISBN 978-3-8382-0257-0 .
  3. ^ Willy Leson: Heide, Harz and Weserbergland. Landscape, history, culture . JP Bachem, Cologne 1980, ISBN 3-7616-0530-7 , p. 175.
  4. The Eulenburg. University and City Museum Rinteln : witch hunt in Schaumburg , accessed on June 24, 2017.
  5. Names of the victims of the witch trials / witch persecution Rinteln (PDF; 111 kB), accessed on July 19, 2017.
  6. Hans-Jürgen Wolf, History of the Witch Trials, Nikol Verlagsgesellschaft Hamburg, 1995, p. 722
  7. Cornelia Kurth: The witch hunt in Rinteln , March 6, 2013, accessed on September 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus (ed.): Literarisches Conversations-Blatt for the year 1823 , Vol. 2, Brockhaus, Leipzig 1823, p. 1021
  9. Royal Decree, which ordered the division of the kingdom into eight departments . December 24, 1807, pp. 236–237 ( digitized in the project "Westphalian History" of the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe).
  10. ↑ In detail: Matthias Blazek: Fire brigade in the district of Schaumburg in the 19th century. 2nd edition, Adelheidsdorf 2002, p. 6 ff.
  11. Regional statistics database , State Office for Statistics and Communication Technology Lower Saxony LSKN-Online
  12. ↑ Tidying up at the stone sign: House of Religions now empty. Retrieved June 23, 2020 .
  13. ^ City of Rinteln, municipal election September 11, 2016 , accessed on November 4, 2017
  14. Rinteln's new mayor is called Thomas Priemer. Retrieved January 13, 2015 .
  15. § 2 Paragraph 1 of the main statute .
  16. The History of the Wind Orchestra. September 25, 2007, accessed August 26, 2013 . Rinteln fire brigade wind orchestra
  17. Old Museum
  18. Archive booth
  19. ^ Burghof Clinic
  20. ^ Rinteln community center
  21. Unterer Eisenhammer Exten ( Memento from November 25, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  22. New water wheel for Eisenhammer
  23. Jacobi Church
  24. DTS magazine , 1984/6, p. 32.
  25. Heimatsagen from the Grafschaft Schaumburg, selected and edited by a working committee of the district teachers' association, approved for school use by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture of February 15, 1951, C. Bösendahl, Rinteln, p. 9; "That" and "had to" in the template with Eszett.
  26. Lower Saxony Ministerial Gazette No. 12/2006. (PDF; 42 kB) In: legal regulations-niedersachsen.de. March 29, 2006, accessed on June 22, 2017 : “Bek. March 3, 2006, recognition by the Monte Cassino Foundation in memory of Richard Hartinger (September 18, 1900– May 21, 1944) "