Rinteln

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Rinteln
Rinteln Marktplatz.jpg
Coat of arms of Rinteln
Coat of arms
Rinteln   is located in Germany
Rinteln
Rinteln
Coordinates: 52°11′26″N 9°4′53″E / 52.19056°N 9.08139°E / 52.19056; 9.08139Coordinates: 52°11′26″N 9°4′53″E / 52.19056°N 9.08139°E / 52.19056; 9.08139
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Schaumburg
Subdivisions 10 Stadtteile
Government
 • Mayor Karl-Heinz Buchholz (SPD)
Area
 • Total 109 km2 (42 sq mi)
Elevation 56 m (184 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 25,731
 • Density 240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 31737
Dialling codes 05751
Vehicle registration SHG, RI
Website www.rinteln.de
Weser watershed with Rinteln (left center)

Rinteln is a small town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located on the banks of the Weser river above the Porta Westfalica. The town of Rinteln is in the broad valley between the hills of the Weserbergland and the North Lippe Bergland. In relation to some well known places, it is 60 kilometres west of Hanover, and just 20 kilometres from Hamelin of Pied Piper fame.[2] Its population is about 28,500.

It is accessed by the A2 autobahn (E30).

History[edit]

The settlement of Rinteln was founded about 1150 on the northern bank of the Weser. Later, in 1235, the village of Neu-Rinteln ("New Rinteln") was founded on the southern bank. It is the origin of the modern town, since the northern village was abandoned in 1350 due to the plague. The village grew to a fortified town, that served as a southern stronghold of the Counts of Schaumburg.

From 1621 until its dissolution in 1810 during the Westphalian rule under Jérôme Bonaparte, Rinteln was the seat of Ernestina University. When the County of Schaumburg was divided in 1640, Rinteln became the capital of the eastern part, that retained the name Grafschaft Schaumburg hessischen Anteils. The Eulenburg in Rinteln became the seat of the counts. Rinteln remained the capital of the county and later of the district, until it was merged with the neighbouring district of Schaumburg-Lippe in 1977.

Villages[edit]

  • Ahe
  • Deckbergen
  • Engern
  • Exten
  • Friedrichshöhe
  • Friedrichswald
  • Goldbeck
  • Hohenrode
  • Kohlenstädt
  • Krankenhagen
  • Möllenbeck
  • Rinteln
  • Schaumburg
  • Steinbergen
  • Strücken
  • Todenmann
  • Uchtdorf
  • Volksen
  • Wennenkamp
  • Westendorf

International relations[edit]

Rinteln is twinned with:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Rinteln is Partner with Slawno