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Railway bridge
Railway bridge
Coat of arms of Rendsburg
Coat of arms
Rendsburg   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 54°18′0″N 9°40′0″E / 54.30000°N 9.66667°E / 54.30000; 9.66667Coordinates: 54°18′0″N 9°40′0″E / 54.30000°N 9.66667°E / 54.30000; 9.66667
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Rendsburg-Eckernförde
 • Mayor Pierre Gilgenast (SPD)
 • Total 23.72 km2 (9.16 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 27,617
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 24768
Dialling codes 04331
Vehicle registration RD

Rendsburg (Danish: Rendsborg) is a town on the River Eider and the Kiel Canal in the central part of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the capital of the Kreis (district) of Rendsburg-Eckernförde. As of 2006, it had a population of 28,476.

Close view of transporter bridge.


Rendsburg's foundation date is unknown. Rendsburg was first mentioned in 1199. An old form of its name in Danish was Reynoldsburgh.

It became a part of Holstein in the 13th century, but was transferred to Schleswig in 1460. Many times the town passed from Danish to German control and vice versa. In the German-Danish War in 1864 Rendsburg was finally seized by Kingdom of Prussia and Austria. After 1866 the town was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia. Since that time it has remained part of Germany.

Although the Eider is navigable for small craft from its mouth on the North Sea to Rendsburg, the town's importance rose in 1895, when the Kiel Canal was finished. The much larger ships that could navigate the Kiel Canal meant that, although situated inland, Rendsburg became a seaport and a dockyard.

Main sights[edit]

The most prominent structure in town, the Rendsburg High Bridge, a railway bridge made of steel, 2,500m in length and 41m in height, was constructed in 1913 to take the Neumünster–Flensburg railway over the Kiel Canal from the relatively flat land on either side. It is the longest railway bridge in Europe (highway/rail bridge Øresund Bridge is longer): on the northern side, the bridge connects to the Rendsburg Loop to gain height and to allow trains to continue to serve the Rendsburg station. Suspended from the railway bridge, a transporter bridge - one of only twenty ever built - traverses the canal.

The German Army's Air Defence School and the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz are both located in Rendsburg.

Other sights include:

  • Town hall, 16th century
  • Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church), 1286
  • Kiel Canal Pedestrian Tunnel, longest pedestrian tunnel in the world
  • The longest bench in the world (501 m), on the banks of the Kiel Canal
  • Jewish Museum Rendsburg[2]
  • Museums in the Cultural Centre (Historical Museum Rendsburg / Printing Museum)[3]

People from Rendsburg[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Rendsburg is twinned with:

Friendship agreements[edit]

Rendsbug also has friendship agreements with:

Notable people[edit]

  • Erhard Asmus (1907-1978), author of Low German comedies
  • Hans Egon Holthusen (1913-1997), German lyric poet
  • Hans Blohm (* 1927), a photographer, an author in Canada
  • Ralph-Rainer Wuthenow (* 1928), literary scholar
  • Hinrich Seidel (* 1931), President of the University of Hannover
  • Marvelli jr. (1932-2008), German magician
  • Otto Bernhardt (* 1942), politician
  • Peter Reichel (* 1942), political scientist
  • Günter Dibbern (* 1946), manager
  • Gesine Froese (* 1947), journalist and author
  • Dorit Urd Feddersen-Petersen (* 1948), behavioral scientist
  • Günter Neugebauer (* 1948), politician
  • Irmingard Schewe-Gerigk (* 1948), politician
  • Herbert H. Klement (* 1949), Protestant theologian
  • Hanne Haller (1950-2005), pop singer
  • Ingo Langner (* 1951), a documentary filmmaker, author, publicist
  • Silke Leverkühne (* 1953), a painter and university lecturer
  • Jens Ahlers (* 1953), director of the Schleswig-Holstein State Library
  • Jörn Eckert (1954-2006), lawyer
  • Volker Reinhardt (* 1954), historian
  • Andreas Willers (* 1957), German jazz musician
  • Gerhard Delling (* 1959), sportswriter
  • Uwe Arkuszewski (1962-2004), musician and presenter ( The voice of the North )
  • Marianne Grosse (born 1962), politician
  • Torsten Warnecke (born 1962), politician
  • Pierre Gilgenast (* 1965), mayor
  • Jost de Jager (born 1965), politician
  • Jörn Jacob Rohwer (* 1965), Judaic scholar, educator, publicist
  • Mannhard Bech (born 1967), former handball player
  • Knud Bielefeld (1967), the name researchers
  • Andreas Merkel (born 1970), writer
  • Arne Feldhusen (* 1971) Director
  • Miriam Pede (* 1975), presenter and journalist
  • Torge Greve (* 1975), handball player
  • Tobias Skerka (* 1975), handball player
  • Norman Kolodziej (* 1977), electronic musician and producer
  • Maik Makowka (* 1979), handball player
  • DJ Phono (* 1979), DJ and conceptual artist
  • Nico Kibat (* 1980), handball player
  • Dennis Tretow (* 1983), handball player
  • Marco Wriedt (born 1984), guitarist and composer
  • Lauritz Schoof (* 1990), rower
  • Morten Dibbert (* 1991), handball player


External links[edit]

Media related to Rendsburg at Wikimedia Commons