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Coat of arms of Rahden
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Rahden is located in Germany
Location of Rahden within Minden-Lübbecke district
MindenHüllhorstEspelkampBad OeynhausenLübbeckeRahdenPetershagenPreußisch OldendorfPorta WestfalicaHilleStemwedeNorth Rhine-WestphaliaLower SaxonyLower SaxonyHerford (district)Lippe (district)Lower SaxonyLower SaxonyRahden in MI.svg
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Coordinates: 52°25′N 8°37′E / 52.417°N 8.617°E / 52.417; 8.617Coordinates: 52°25′N 8°37′E / 52.417°N 8.617°E / 52.417; 8.617
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Detmold
District Minden-Lübbecke
 • Mayor Bert Honsel (CDU)
 • Total 137.60 km2 (53.13 sq mi)
Elevation 39 m (128 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 15,451
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 32369
Dialling codes 05771
Vehicle registration MI
Website www.rahden.de

Rahden is a town in the far north of North Rhine-Westphalia between Bielefeld and Bremen and between Hanover and Osnabrück. Rahden is part of the Minden-Lübbecke District in East Westphalia-Lippe.

Rahden was first mentioned in 1033 and 1816 to 1831 was county town of the district Rahden.


Rahden is situated approximately 15 km north of Lübbecke and 25 km north-west of Minden. It is the northernmost town of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Division of the town[edit]

The town of Rahden consists of 7 districts:

  • Rahden (4,689 inhabitants)
  • Kleinendorf (4,242 inhabitants)
  • Varl (1,676 inhabitants)
  • Sielhorst (791 inhabitants)
  • Preußisch Ströhen (2,075 inhabitants)
  • Wehe (1,730 inhabitants)
  • Tonnenheide (1,784 inhabitants)


Bert Honsel (CDU) was elected Mayor in September 2015 with 61,1 % of the votes.

Term of office Mayor
1973–1985 Reinhold Spönemann (CDU)
1985–1999 Wilhelm Möhring (CDU)
1999–2015 Bernd Hachmann (CDU)
since 2015 Bert Honsel (CDU)

International relations[edit]

Rahden is twinned with:


Honorary citizen[edit]

The only honorary citizen of Rahden is Professor Carl Langhorst (d. 1950 Rahden). He was born in 1867 in the Great Village and was a prominent portrait painter, poet and the composer of the "New Westphalia March." A street in downtown Rahden is named after him.

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

The individuals listed here come from the city Rahden and have both regional, national or even international importance. Here, the list is not exhaustive.

(As far as possible, rather than the flat giving Rahden the origin of the respective municipality or later noted the district. By screenability each column is not just a last name in alphabetical order, but it can also be found quickly anniversary dates.)


  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.

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