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Vlotho as seen from the castle on the Amthausberg
Vlotho as seen from the castle on the Amthausberg
Coat of arms of Vlotho
Coat of arms
Vlotho is located in Germany
Location of Vlotho within Herford district
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Coordinates: 52°10′00″N 08°50′59″E / 52.16667°N 8.84972°E / 52.16667; 8.84972Coordinates: 52°10′00″N 08°50′59″E / 52.16667°N 8.84972°E / 52.16667; 8.84972
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Detmold
District Herford
 • Mayor Rocco Wilken (SPD)
 • Total 76.92 km2 (29.70 sq mi)
Elevation 109 m (358 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 18,663
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 32602
Dialling codes 05733 (Vlotho)
05228 (Exter)
Vehicle registration HF
Website www.vlotho.de

Vlotho [ˈfloːto] (About this sound listen) is a town in the district of Herford, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Vlotho is located along the Weser river, south of the Wiehengebirge, bordering on the Ravensberger Hügelland in the west, Lipperland in the south, and the Weserbergland in the east. The Weser river runs through the city east to north and thus separates the northeast part of the town, Uffeln, from the rest of the city. The highest point is the Bonstapel at 342 m in the south-east.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Vlotho borders on Herford and Löhne in the west, Bad Oeynhausen and Porta Westfalica (both Minden-Lübbecke district) in the north, Kalletal in the east, and Lemgo and Bad Salzuflen (both Lippe district) in the south.

Division of the town[edit]

  • Exter
  • Uffeln
  • Valdorf
  • Vlotho


The first historical records of Vlotho go back to the year 1185. In 1248, Vlotho gained the official status of a city, but lost it again due to both pestilence and war. In the 17th century, Vlotho recovered as a location for industry, most notably paper.[citation needed] During the Thirty Years War, on 17 October 1638 Vlotho was the site of a battle, which resulted in a victory for an Imperial army under the command of Field Marshal Melchior, Count of Hatzfeldt over a Palatinate-Swedish army under the command of Charles Louis of Palatine.[2] In 1650, Vlotho regained the right to hold a market, and in 1719, became an independent city. A harbour was built and Vlotho became the location of cigar, machine, and textile industry. In 1875, Vlotho station was constructed, and in 1928, a bridge replaced the ferry across the Weser river. In 1969, the old city of Vlotho was unified with the communities of Exter and Valdorf. In 1973, Uffeln (formerly part of the district of Minden) joined Vlotho.


A major part of the local economy is the emerging tourist industry. There is still some machine industry.


  • Vlotho castle from the 13th century

Born in Vlotho[edit]


  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. ^ Guthrie 2003, pp. 72,73.


  • Guthrie, William P (2003), "Appendix F:The Action at Vlotho, October 17, 1638", The Later Thirty Years War: From the Battle of Wittstock to the Treaty of Westphalia, Contributions in Military Studies, 222 (illustrated ed.), Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 72, 73, ISBN 9780313324086

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