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Hunte b Doetlingen.jpg
The Hunte in the Wildeshausen Geest
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Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
Basin features
Main source Wiehengebirge
185 m above sea level (NN)
52°15′36″N 8°20′33″E / 52.26000°N 8.34250°E / 52.26000; 8.34250Coordinates: 52°15′36″N 8°20′33″E / 52.26000°N 8.34250°E / 52.26000; 8.34250
River mouth Elsfleth
0 m (0 ft)
53°15′10″N 8°28′44″E / 53.25278°N 8.47889°E / 53.25278; 8.47889
Progression Weser → North Sea
River system Weser
Basin size 2,785 km2 (1,075 sq mi)
Population 432000[1]
Waterbodies Lakes: Dümmer
Physical characteristics
Length 189 km (117 mi)
Navigable between Oldenburg and Elsfleth for Europa Ships and coasters; as far as the Coastal Canal (Küstenkanal) for ships up to 1000 Brutto Register Tonnage

The Hunte is a 189-kilometre (117 mi) long river in north-western Germany (Lower Saxony), a left tributary of the Weser. It rises in the Wiehengebirge hills. In the Northern German Plain it flows through lake Dümmer. It flows generally northwards through the towns Bad Essen, Diepholz, Wildeshausen and Oldenburg. It flows into the Weser in Elsfleth. The part between Oldenburg and the Weser is navigable for coastal cargo ships. The Coastal Canal (Küstenkanal), suitable for inland navigation only, links the Hunte in Oldenburg to river Ems near Papenburg.

The Hunte in Oldenburg
Lake Dümmer


  1. ^ Flussgebietsgemeinschaft Weser: Bewirtschaftungsplan Flussgebietseinheit Weser 2005 – Bestandsaufnahme Teilraum Tideweser