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Coat of arms of Visselhövede
Coat of arms
Visselhövede   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°58′N 9°35′E / 52.967°N 9.583°E / 52.967; 9.583Coordinates: 52°58′N 9°35′E / 52.967°N 9.583°E / 52.967; 9.583
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Rotenburg (Wümme)
 • Mayor Franka Strehse (SPD)
 • Total 158.85 km2 (61.33 sq mi)
Elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,199
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 27374
Dialling codes 04262
Vehicle registration ROW

Visselhövede (German pronunciation: [fɪsəlˈhøːvədə]) is a town in the district of Rotenburg in Lower Saxony, Germany. Nearby towns include the district capital Rotenburg, Walsrode and Verden. Larger cities within a 100 km radius are Bremen, Hanover and Hamburg.

Visselhövede belonged to the Prince-Bishopric of Verden, established in 1180. In 1648 the Prince-Bishopric was transformed into the Principality of Verden, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish Crown - interrupted by a Danish occupation (1712–1715) - and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. The Kingdom of Hanover incorporated the Principality in a real union and the Princely territory, including Visselhövede, became part of the new Stade Region, established in 1823.

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