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Coat of arms of the municipality of Waake
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Coordinates: 51 ° 33 '  N , 10 ° 3'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Goettingen
Joint municipality : Radolfshausen
Height : 248 m above sea level NHN
Area : 7.9 km 2
Residents: 1263 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 160 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 37136
Area code : 05507
License plate : , DUD, HMÜ, OHA
Community key : 03 1 59 035
Address of the
municipal administration:
Hacketalstrasse 5a
37136 Waake
Website : www.waake.de
Mayor : Johann-Karl Vietor ( CDU )
Location of the municipality of Waake in the district of Göttingen
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Waake with a view of the Harz foreland
Tieplatz in Waake

Waake is a municipality of the combined municipality of Radolfshausen in the district of Göttingen in Lower Saxony ( Germany ) with one of the few still preserved, once typical for this region, low places .

Waake, which covers an area of ​​7.9 km², has a total of 1372 inhabitants , 968 of them in Waake and 404 in the district of Bösinghausen .


Waake is located about 9 km east-northeast of Göttingen in the northeast part of the Göttingen Forest . The brook Aue, a western tributary of the swell, flows through the community . It is traversed by a section of the B 27 , which connects Göttingen and Ebergötzen in a west-east direction .


Waake was first mentioned in a document in 1013 as an estate of the Marienkloster zu Hildesheim.

In the 12th century it was part of the Duchy of Saxony , later it became part of the Duchy of Braunschweig-Lüneburg .

The Lords of Uslar pledged the village in the 14th century. However, the population also had to pay taxes to Lords von der Plesse and the Landgrave of Hesse.

A conflict between the city of Göttingen, striving for autonomy, and Waake arose in the 14th century, when Göttingen was threatened by Waake as a sovereign base. In a subsequent letter of reconciliation to the city council, Konemundus dictus de Hilckerode appears in 1312, who is considered to be the owner of the estate and house in Waake (in villa Wakene) and thus owned property in Waake. 1385 is reported in the documents of Bertold von Hildekerode, a supposed successor of Konemundus. At the same time, the von Waken family named themselves after the village. A representative of this family, Cunemund von Waken, founded the Magdalena Vicarie zu Nörten-Hardenberg in 1341 together with the scholaster Heinrich von Grone .

In 1700 the manor Waake with all rights of use was transferred as a fief from the Lords of Uslar-Gleichen to the Hanoverian forest and hunter Hartmann Ludwig von Wangenheim . Estate administrators in Waake and court administrators from Göttingen represented the nobility based in Hanover. The estate with its stables and the castle (to be seen today at the B 27 exit towards Göttingen) was the manorial and administrative center of the village. In the 18th century, the manor comprised almost 480 acres of arable land and 40 meadows. In the following years the estate was gradually enlarged, so in 1820 the Neuwaake Vorwerk and in 1823 the Kescheroe estate, which owned 285 acres of arable land and three meadows, was added. Furthermore, the tithe was claimed from the Kescheroe estate, which had an extent of 3500 farmland. The entire area of ​​the Waake manor reached its maximum extent of 750 acres of land and 35 acres of meadows, excluding the Kescheroe manor, through constant acquisitions in the middle of the 18th century. Grains , pulses , potatoes and vegetables were grown and there was intensive cattle breeding. At that time the town of Waake had the character of a spinner and cloth maker village, which meant that a thousand-headed flock of sheep was kept on the economic area for wool production. A brewery and distillery are also attested for this period, but they were not crowned with success and quickly ceased operations.

With financial support from the Wangenheims, the Waaker nave was rebuilt in 1714.

In 1851 the estate became free property of the Wangenheim family, ten years later the family fideikommiss .


On January 1, 1973, the neighboring community of Bösinghausen was incorporated. On January 1, 1973 Falkenhagen was incorporated into the municipality of Landolfshausen.

Waake has been a member of the Radolfshausen joint municipality since the municipal reorganization in 1973.


The last three municipal council elections on September 11, 2011 , September 10, 2006 and September 9, 2001 led to the following results:

Parties and constituencies %
2011 municipal council election
n. k.
Gains and losses
compared to 2006
 % p
-2.88  % p
+ 9.92  % p
+1.09  % p
-8.12  % p
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 46.04 5 48.92 5 63.77 7th
GREEN Alliance 90 / The Greens 28.51 3 18.59 2 - -
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 25.45 3 24.36 3 25.06 3
FDP Free Democratic Party - - 8.12 1 11.17 1
total 100.0 11 100.0 11 100.0 11
Voter turnout in% 69.05 64.06

Local elections 2016:

  • SPD: 5 seats
  • CDU: 4 seats
  • Alliance 90 / The Greens: 2 seats

badges and flags

Blazon : "In red a golden (yellow) house anchor ( wall anchor )."

The coat of arms was approved on December 4, 1989 by the senior district director of the Göttingen district. It is derived from the oldest known seal from the year 1370 of Hannes van Wakene de eldere from Waake, an old Göttingen councilor family. The symbol, a house or wall anchor is called the family's house brand. The colors gold and red indicate the first mention of Waake in a deed of donation from the year 1022 of the Michaeliskloster Hildesheim as well as the long affiliation to the Guelph domain and the district of Göttingen.

Description of the flag: "The flag has yellow and red stripes with a coat of arms in the middle."

Worth seeing

Observation tower and refuge castle Hünstollen

The north-west of Bösinghausen in Göttingen Forest on the mountain Hünstollen , on the earlier one, surrounded by a ring wall Fliehburg existed standing observation tower is an excellent vantage point because from there parts of the lower Eichsfeld and the resin (including the chunk can be viewed).

Harzblick observation tower

The Harzblick observation tower , which is not far from the neighboring Landolfshausen -Mackenrode near the Mackenröder peak in the Göttingen Forest, is also a good vantage point with a view of the Harz Mountains.


The place can be reached via the federal road 27 (section Braunlage – Göttingen), which bypasses Waake north since August 2015. The old road is connected to the three-lane motorway - like bypass via the Waake-West and Waake-Ost junctions . The connection points are only laid out in one direction, so that it is not possible to get to the bypass from Waake. Bösinghäuser must continue to drive through Waake in the direction of Göttingen, where there is a connection to the federal motorway 7 .

Sons and daughters of the church

  • Oscar Döring (1844–1917), German-Argentinian mathematician and agricultural meteorologist
  • Adolf Döring (1848–1925), German-Argentine chemist, geologist and zoologist
  • Armin Sowa (* 1959), basketball player


  • Michaela Fenske : A village in turmoil. Waake in the 18th century. (= Hanoverian writings on regional and local history. Volume 13). Publishing house for regional history, Bielefeld 1999, ISBN 3-89534-246-7 .

Web links

Commons : Waake  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Waake  - 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. Georg Heinrich Klippel: Göttingen and its surroundings. A paperback excellent for students and travelers . tape 2 . Rosenbusch, Göttingen 1824, p. 81 .
  3. ^ Hans-Jürgen Gerhard: Prices in pre- and early industrial Germany: Food - Beverages - Spices - Raw materials and commercial products . Ed .: Hans-Jürgen Gerhard / Alexander Engel. Steiner, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-515-07291-8 , pp. 44 .
  4. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart and Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 208 .
  5. http://wahlen.kds.de/2011kw/Daten/152403_000043/index.html
  6. http://wahlen.kds.de/2006kw/Daten/RAD/6_MAIN_E_GRW_WAAKE_2006.html
  7. http://www.waake.de/Gemeinde/Gemeinderat/page18.html
  8. ↑ Letter of arms for the municipality of Waake
  9. ^ Flag of the municipality of Waake