Wietmarschen

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Wietmarschen
Coat of arms of Wietmarschen
Coat of arms
Wietmarschen   is located in Germany
Wietmarschen
Wietmarschen
Coordinates: 52°31′59″N 07°07′59″E / 52.53306°N 7.13306°E / 52.53306; 7.13306Coordinates: 52°31′59″N 07°07′59″E / 52.53306°N 7.13306°E / 52.53306; 7.13306
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Grafschaft Bentheim
Subdivisions 6 Ortsteile
Government
 • Mayor Alfons Eling (CDU)
Area
 • Total 119.83 km2 (46.27 sq mi)
Elevation 21 m (69 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 11,423
 • Density 95/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 49835
Dialling codes 05908, 05925, 05946
Vehicle registration NOH
Website www.wietmarschen.de

Wietmarschen is a unitary community (Einheitsgemeinde) in the district of Grafschaft Bentheim in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is split into the towns of Wietmarschen, Füchtenfeld, Schwartenpohl, Lohnerbruch, Nordlohne and Lohne with Lohne being the biggest and having the town hall while Wietmarschen, which is the second biggest, having the name.

Geography[edit]

Wietmarschen lies roughly 13 kilometres (8 mi) west of Lingen, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) northeast of Nordhorn. The community’s highest elevation is the Rupingberg in Lohne at 50 metres (160 ft) above sea level. There are plans to construct a viewing tower on it.

Constituent communities[edit]

The community is divided into six Ortsteile named Wietmarschen, Füchtenfeld, Schwartenpohl, Lohnerbruch, Nordlohne and Lohne.

Religion[edit]

The community of Wietmarschen diverges sharply from the rest of the district with regard to religion in that it has a largely Catholic character. In February 2006, the community’s religious affiliations broke down thus:

  • 74.3% Roman Catholic
  • 12.6% Evangelical Lutheran
  • 3.9% Evangelical Reformed
  • 9.2% other faiths, or no faith

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

Wietmarschen’s council is made up of 26 councillors.

(as of municipal election on 11 September 2011)

The town hall is in Lohne.

Mayor[edit]

The full-time mayor Alfons Eling was elected on 10 September 2006 with 83.48% of the vote.

Coat of arms[edit]

The community’s arms show a red field with a stylized lily in the upper half of the middle flanked by a golden bulrush on each side sprouting up from the bottom and tilting away from the lily, and each with a golden leaf.

Partnership[edit]

Mortagne-au-Perche, France became a partner community of Wietmarschen on 2 July 1989.

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Museums[edit]

  • Heimathaus Lohne (local museum)
  • Heimathaus Wietmarschen, the so-called Packhaus (local museum)
  • Treckermuseum Wietmarschen (tractor museum)

Buildings[edit]

  • Stiftskirche Wietmarschen (nunnery church), restored historic nunnery area behind the church
  • Stiftsbusch (nunnery copse) with chapels
  • Sankt-Antonius-Kirche Lohne (church)
  • Mühlenturm Wietmarschen (mill tower)
  • Urbrecker (statue of a bog iron miner)
  • Glockenturm Südlohne (belltower)
  • Schafstall Moormann (sheep pen)

Sport venues[edit]

Regular events[edit]

Yearly

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Public transport[edit]

  • Bus line 161: Lingen — Nordlohne — Lohne — Lohnerbruch — Wietmarschen — Füchtenfeld
  • Bus line 165: Lingen — Nordlohne — Lohne — Rükel — Südlohne — Klausheide — Nordhorn

Established businesses[edit]

Education[edit]

Marien-Schule Wietmarschen (elementary school and Hauptschule)

Grundschule Lohne (elementary school)

Schulzentrum Lohne (Hauptschule and Realschule)

Famous persons[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.