Bad Oldesloe

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Bad Oldesloe
House that Menno Simons is believed to have worked in
House that Menno Simons is believed to have worked in
Coat of arms of Bad Oldesloe
Coat of arms
Bad Oldesloe   is located in Germany
Bad Oldesloe
Bad Oldesloe
Coordinates: 53°48′42″N 10°22′27″E / 53.81167°N 10.37417°E / 53.81167; 10.37417Coordinates: 53°48′42″N 10°22′27″E / 53.81167°N 10.37417°E / 53.81167; 10.37417
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Stormarn
 • Mayor Tassilo von Bary
 • Total 52.6 km2 (20.3 sq mi)
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 24,938
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 23843
Dialling codes 04531
Vehicle registration OD

Bad Oldesloe (German pronunciation: [ˈbaːt ˌɔldəsˈloː]) is a town located in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein. It is the capital of the district of Stormarn.

The area has been inhabited since Mesolithic times. The flint tools found here from that era (6000–4500 BC) are clearly defined and known as the Oldesloer Stufe. For a number of years in the 18th Century the Moravian Church had a Congregation in Bad Oldesloe. It was called "Pilgerruh", i.e. "Pilgrims' Rest". It was given up because of difficulties with the Danish Church authorities. At that time, the Duchy of Holstein was ruled by the kings of Denmark within the Holy Roman Empire. The famed nineteenth-century classicist and legal scholar Theodor Mommsen was born in Bad Oldesloe in 1817.


16th century Mennokate: Memorial for Menno Simons, founder and namegiver of the Mennonites, a group of anabaptists. He had some of his works printed in this building.


Bad Oldesloe station is located on the Lübeck–Hamburg and the Neumünster–Bad Oldesloe railways.

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People associated with the town[edit]

Dietrich Buxtehude


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