Lügde

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Lügde
Coat of arms of Lügde
Coat of arms
Lügde   is located in Germany
Lügde
Lügde
Coordinates: 51°57′00″N 09°15′00″E / 51.95000°N 9.25000°E / 51.95000; 9.25000Coordinates: 51°57′00″N 09°15′00″E / 51.95000°N 9.25000°E / 51.95000; 9.25000
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Detmold
District Lippe
Government
 • Mayor Heinrich Josef Reker (none)
Area
 • Total 88.61 km2 (34.21 sq mi)
Elevation 297 m (974 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,776
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 32668–32676
Dialling codes 05281, 05283
Vehicle registration LIP
Website www.luegde.de

Lügde [ˈlʏçtʰə] ( ) is a town in the Lippe district of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with c. 11,000 inhabitants.

The first written issue of Lügde appears in 784, in the annals of the Frankish Empire, when Charlemagne visited the village during the Saxon Wars. During this wars Charlemagne celebrated his first Christmas in Saxony in Lügde, and the site then became the location of the first church to be built in Saxony. The gothic church was rebuilt in the 12th century and it is still standing today. The church is known as the Kirche St. Kilian.

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