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Coat of arms of Enger
Coat of arms
Enger  is located in Germany
Location of Enger within Herford district
Lippe (district)Lower SaxonyGütersloh (district)Minden-LübbeckeMinden-LübbeckeBielefeldNorth Rhine-WestphaliaEngerLöhneBündeKirchlengernHerfordSpengeHiddenhausenRödinghausenVlothoEnger in HF.svg
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Coordinates: 52°8′0″N 8°34′0″E / 52.13333°N 8.56667°E / 52.13333; 8.56667Coordinates: 52°8′0″N 8°34′0″E / 52.13333°N 8.56667°E / 52.13333; 8.56667
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Detmold
District Herford
 • Mayor Thomas Meyer (SPD)
 • Total 41.21 km2 (15.91 sq mi)
Elevation 107 m (351 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 20,483
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 32130
Dialling codes 05224
05225 (most of Westerenger)
05223 (parts of Besenkamp)
Vehicle registration HF
Website www.enger.de

Enger is a town in the Herford district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Enger is situated between the Teutoburg Forest and the Wiehen Hills, approx. 6 km west of the town of Herford, the capital of the district.

Neighbouring places[edit]

Division of the town[edit]

Enger consists of the following districts (population as of December 31, 2005):

  • Belke-Steinbeck (2,471 inhabitants)
  • Besenkamp (1,849 inhabitants)
  • Dreyen (1,404 inhabitants)
  • Enger (7,809 inhabitants)
  • Herringhausen (West) (430 inhabitants)
  • Oldinghausen (773 inhabitants)
  • Pödinghausen (2,181 inhabitants)
  • Siele (122 inhabitants)
  • Westerenger (3,797 inhabitants)


Lutheran Church St. Dionysius in Enger

The town, first mentioned in 948, calls itself "Widukind's town." The Saxon leader Widukind died about 808. However, there is no evidence that Enger existed in his lifetime.

A legend tells that Widukind founded a church in Enger after his baptism, and that he lived at the place until his death. He was buried in the church of Enger, and his monumental tomb is still there. Despite this, it remains doubtful that the remains of Widukind are actually in the tomb. Analysis shows that the memorial slab dates to the time around the year 1100.

The main current attractions of Enger are Widukind's tomb, the Widukind museum, the Widukind festival ("Timpkenfest"), held annually on January 6 and the "Kirschblütenfest".

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Wilhelm Müller (1875-1957), politician
  • Heinrich Vedder (1876-1972), missionary
  • Wolfgang Aßbrock (1952-2007), politician and member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Parliament (2005-2007)


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