Vlotho

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Vlotho
Vlotho as seen from the castle on the Amthausberg
Vlotho as seen from the castle on the Amthausberg
Coat of arms of Vlotho
Coat of arms
Vlotho is located in Germany
Vlotho
Vlotho
Coordinates: 52°10′00″N 08°50′59″E / 52.16667°N 8.84972°E / 52.16667; 8.84972Coordinates: 52°10′00″N 08°50′59″E / 52.16667°N 8.84972°E / 52.16667; 8.84972
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Detmold
District Herford
Subdivisions 4
Government
 • Mayor Bernd Stute (without party affiliation)
Area
 • Total 76.92 km2 (29.70 sq mi)
Elevation 109 m (358 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 18,970
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 32602
Dialling codes 05733 (Vlotho)
05228 (Exter)
Vehicle registration HF
Website www.vlotho.de

Vlotho [ˈfloːto] ( ) is a town in the district of Herford, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Vlotho is located along the Weser river, south of the Wiehengebirge, bordering on the Ravensberger Hügelland in the west, Lipperland in the south, and the Weserbergland in the east. The Weser river runs through the city east to north and thus separates the northeast part of the town, Uffeln, from the rest of the city. The highest point is the Bonstapel at 342 m in the south-east.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Vlotho borders on Herford and Löhne in the west, Bad Oeynhausen and Porta Westfalica (both Minden-Lübbecke district) in the north, Kalletal in the east, and Lemgo and Bad Salzuflen (both Lippe district) in the south.

Division of the town[edit]

  • Exter
  • Uffeln
  • Valdorf
  • Vlotho

History[edit]

The first historical records of Vlotho go back to the year 1185. In 1248, Vlotho gained the official status of a city, but lost it again due to both pestilence and war. In the 17th century, Vlotho recovered as a location for industry, most notably paper.[citation needed] During the Thirty Years War, on 17 October 1638 Vlotho was the site of a battle, which resulted in a victory for an Imperial army under the command of Field Marshal Melchior, Count of Hatzfeldt over a Palatinate-Swedish army under the command of Charles Louis of Palatine.[2] In 1650, Vlotho regained the right to hold a market, and in 1719, became an independent city. A harbour was built and Vlotho became the location of cigar, machine, and textile industry. In 1875, Vlotho station was constructed, and in 1928, a bridge replaced the ferry across the Weser river. In 1969, the old city of Vlotho was unified with the communities of Exter and Valdorf. In 1973, Uffeln (formerly part of the district of Minden) joined Vlotho.

Economy[edit]

A major part of the local economy is the emerging tourist industry. There is still some machine industry.

Sightseeing[edit]

  • Vlotho castle from the 13th century

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Guthrie, William P (2003), "Appendix F:The Action at Vlotho, October 17, 1638", The Later Thirty Years War: From the Battle of Wittstock to the Treaty of Westphalia, Contributions in Military Studies 222 (illustrated ed.), Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 72, 73, ISBN 9780313324086 
This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

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