Nienburg, Lower Saxony
|• Mayor||Henning Onkes (Ind.)|
|• Total||64.45 km2 (24.88 sq mi)|
|• Density||480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Situated on the scenic German Timber-Frame Road, Nienburg lies on the river Weser, approximately 55 km (34 mi) southeast of Bremen, and 45 km (28 mi) northwest of Hanover. Nienburg is the largest town in the Middle Weser Region.
(as of Dec. 31st)
Nienburg, including quarters
The major reason for the emergence and development of Nienburg into the largest city in the Middle Weser region was its location at a convenient ford in the Weser River, leading to multiple trade routes radiating from the location. As early as 1025 the location was referred to as Negenborg, i.e. New Castle. In 1215 it began to be referred to as a city, a civitas, when Count Henry I of Hoya began the residence of his ruling line. From 1582 until 1866 the Guelph (Welf) Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg controlled the county, except for Napoleonic French rule from 1803 to 1813.
The former suburb Wölpe refers to Grafen (earl) von Wölpe and the associated castle.
The 38 members of the "Stadtrat" are divided among:
- Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands - CDU (i.e. Republicans) 13, among them the second deputy mayor Wilhelm Schlemermeyer
- Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands - SPD (Social Democrat Party) 14, among them the first deputy mayor Rolf Warnecke
- Bündnis 90/Die Grünen - Grüne (Ecological Party) 6, among them the third deputy mayor Hedda Freese
- Freie Demokratische Partei-FDP (Free Democratic Party) 1
- Wählergemeinschaft - (Independent Union of Citizens) WG 3
- Die Linke (Left Party) 1
- One additional vote by the elected mayor of Nienburg, Mr. Henning Onkes, who doesn't belong to any political party
Nienburg, Lower Saxony is twinned with:
- Belgium: Dendermonde
- United States: Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Belarus: Vitebsk
- Poland: Bartoszyce (formerly "Bartenstein")
- Germany: Nienburg (Saale)