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Coat of arms of Cappeln
Coat of arms
Cappeln  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°48′44″N 08°06′52″E / 52.81222°N 8.11444°E / 52.81222; 8.11444Coordinates: 52°48′44″N 08°06′52″E / 52.81222°N 8.11444°E / 52.81222; 8.11444
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Cloppenburg
 • Mayor Marcus Brinkmann
 • Total 76.20 km2 (29.42 sq mi)
Elevation 46 m (151 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,821
 • Density 90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 49692
Dialling codes 04478
Vehicle registration CLP

Cappeln is a municipality in the district of Cloppenburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated approximately 7 km southeast of Cloppenburg.

Cappeln consists of the following rural communities:

  • Cappeln including Dingel
  • Tenstedt including Siehenfelde, Osterhausen, Darrenkamp and Gut Schwede
  • Schwichteler with Nordenbrok and Schwichteler station
  • Bokel with Wißmühlen
  • Mintewede
  • Elsten and Elstermoor
  • Sevelten
  • Warnstedt
  • Nutteln/Tegelrieden


In 1159 Cappeln became independent from nearby Emstek and founded its own parish. The name derives from the word "chapel". The old church (built in 1150) was only demolished in 1900 to make room for the current St. Peter and Paul church.

From 1914 to 1965 a local railway linked Cappeln to Cloppenburg and Vechta, first the only station was in Schwichtler.


  • St. Peter und Paul's Church
  • Pastorat, built in 1711
  • Stud farm Vorwerk
  • St. Mary's Church (Sevelten)
  • Saint Francis of Assisi Church (Elsten)