Vechte

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Vecht(e)
Schüttorf Vechtecreek.jpg
The Vechte near Schüttorf, Germany.
Origin Westphalia
Mouth Zwarte Water
52°33′44″N 6°6′4″E / 52.56222°N 6.10111°E / 52.56222; 6.10111Coordinates: 52°33′44″N 6°6′4″E / 52.56222°N 6.10111°E / 52.56222; 6.10111
Basin countries Germany, Netherlands
Length 167 km
Source elevation 110 m
Basin area ±2,400 km²

The Vechte (German pronunciation: [ˈfɛçtə] ?) (in German and in Low Saxon) or Vecht (in Dutch) (Dutch pronunciation: [vɛxt]), often called Overijsselse Vecht (Dutch pronunciation: [oːvərˈɛisəɫsə vɛxt]) in the Netherlands to avoid confusion with its Utrecht counterpart, is a river in Germany and the Netherlands. Its total length is 167 km, of which 107 km are on German soil.

The Vechte originates in the Baumberge hills in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia near the city of Münster and flows north into the state of Lower Saxony, past the towns of Nordhorn and Emlichheim, across the border and then westwards into the Dutch province of Overijssel (hence its alternate Dutch designation). There, it flows through the north part of the Salland region past Hardenberg and Ommen, taking in the water of the Regge stream along the way.

Close to the city of Zwolle, the river suddenly bends north to end in confluence with the Zwarte Water river near the town of Hasselt.

The Vechte is probably called Vidrus by Ptolemy in his map of Magna Germania.