Nienburg, Lower Saxony

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Nienburg is located in Germany
Nienburg is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 52°38′28″N 9°12′25″E / 52.64111°N 9.20694°E / 52.64111; 9.20694Coordinates: 52°38′28″N 9°12′25″E / 52.64111°N 9.20694°E / 52.64111; 9.20694
StateLower Saxony
Subdivisions4 districts
 • Mayor (2021–26) Jan Wendorf[1] (Ind.)
 • Total64.45 km2 (24.88 sq mi)
25 m (82 ft)
 • Total31,443
 • Density490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05021
Vehicle registrationNI

Nienburg (German: [ˈniːn.ˌbʊʁk] (audio speaker iconlisten), official name: Nienburg/Weser) (Low German: Nienborg, Neenborg or Negenborg) is a town and capital of the district Nienburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany.


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.


Year 1987 1992 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Population 29,427 31,444 32,837 32,789 32,659 32,611 32,454 32,462 32,543 32,691 32,803 32,764 32,384 32,205 32,152 31,924 31,862

(as of Dec. 31st)[3]

Town hall
Corvinus-Church Erichshagen-Wölpe


Nienburg, including quarters

  • Erichshagen
  • Holtorf
  • Langendamm
  • Schäferhof/Kattriede
  • Nordertor
  • Leintor
  • Lehmwandlung
  • Alpheide


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.[4] In 1871, it became part of the German Empire.

During World War II, it was the location of German prisoner-of-war camps Oflag X-B and Stalag X-C, in which French, Polish, Belgian, Romanian, Serbian, Italian and Soviet POWs were held.

The former suburb Wölpe refers to the Grafen (earl) von Wölpe and the associated castle. The Castle was destroyed in the Hildesheim Diocesan Feud in 1522.[citation needed]



Since the 2021 elections, the mayor is Jan Wendorf (independent).[1] The previous mayor was Henning Onkes (independent). He was reelected in 2014 against three competitors.[5]

Local council (Stadtrat)[edit]

The 38 members of the "Stadtrat" are divided among:

  • CDU: 13, among them the second deputy mayor Wilhelm Schlemermeyer
  • SPD:14, among them the first deputy mayor Rolf Warnecke
  • Alliance '90/The Greens: 6, among them the third deputy mayor Hedda Freese
  • FDP: 1
  • Wählergemeinschaft - Independent Union of Citizens WG 3
  • The Left (Germany): 1
  • One additional vote by the elected mayor of Nienburg, Mr. Henning Onkes, who doesn't belong to any political party

The elections in September 2016 showed the following results:

  • CDU: 13 seats
  • SPD: 12 seats
  • Alliance 90/The Greens: 5 seats
  • Wählergruppe Nienburg: 3seats
  • FDP: 2 seats
  • THE LEFT: 2 seats
  • ULN: 1 seat

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Nienburg is twinned with:[6]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stichwahlen zu Direktwahlen in Niedersachsen vom 26. September 2021" (PDF). Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen. 13 October 2021.
  2. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle A100001G: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2020.
  3. ^ "Home". Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Startseite - Stadt Nienburg/Weser". Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Nach dem vorläufigen Ergebnis der Direktwahl ist eine Stichwahl erforderlich" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Startseite". (in German). Nienburg – Freundschaften weltweit e.V. Retrieved 2021-03-03.

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