Lenne (Weser)

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Location Holzminden, South Lower Saxony,  Germany
Physical characteristics
Main source on the Holzberg
near Wangelnstedt-Linnenkamp
ca. 306 m above sea level (NN)
51°51′26″N 9°39′36″E / 51.857111°N 9.660111°E / 51.857111; 9.660111
River mouth at Brunswick Gate
near Bodenwerder into the Weser
51°59′01″N 9°31′14″E / 51.983639°N 9.520639°E / 51.983639; 9.520639Coordinates: 51°59′01″N 9°31′14″E / 51.983639°N 9.520639°E / 51.983639; 9.520639
Length 23.7 km (14.7 mi) [1]
Basin features
Progression WeserNorth Sea
Basin size 125 km2 (48 sq mi) [1]
  • Left:
    Angerbach, Riehenbach, Wabach, Niederer Bach, Ahlbach
  • Right:
    Vorwohle, Ruthe, Taukebach, Spüligbach

The Lenne is a 24 km long, right-hand, eastern tributary of the river Weser in the district of Holzminden in the Weser Uplands, Lower Saxony (Germany). It is a secondary river.


The River Lenne rises on the northern edge of the Holzberg ridge. Its source is located at 306 m above sea level (NN) on the terrain of the parish of Wangelnstedt, above the village of Linnenkamp in Wolpersgrund field.

The Lenne flows in a predominantly northwesterly direction through the villages of Linnenkamp and Wangelnstedt, where it passes the uplands of Elfas (max. 409.6 m above NN) to the west. After the village of Lenne the River Lenne runs northeast past the hills of the Homburg Forest (max. 406.1 m above NN) and through the town of Eschershausen (with its suburb of Scharfoldendorf), from where it passes between the two ridges of the Ith (max. 439 m above NN; some distance off) to the north and Vogler (max. 460.4 m above NN) to the south. As it does, the Lenne flows through Oelkassen and Kirchbrak and passes the village of Linse (in the borough of Bodenwerder), where it is joined by its largest tributary, the Spüligbach.

The Lenne finally discharges into the Weser on the northern edge of the Vogler between the Eckberg (203.6 m above NN; with its Bismarck Tower) to the north and the Königszinne (255 m above NN; with its observation tower) to the south, immediately east of the town of Bodenwerder.

Mouth of the Lenne[edit]

The gorge at the mouth of the Lenne is known as the Brunswick Gate (German: Braunschweigische Pforte or Latin: Porta Brunswiga). The water gap created by the Lenne opens up a gate here from the former Hanoverian town of Bodenwerder into the former Duchy of Brunswick.

The sand washed into the Weser by the Lenne at one time formed a ford, so that a trade route crossed here very early on. As a result Kemnade Abbey was founded as early as 960 on the opposite side of the mouth of the Lenne.