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Coat of arms of Walsrode
Coat of arms
Walsrode  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°52′N 9°35′E / 52.867°N 9.583°E / 52.867; 9.583Coordinates: 52°52′N 9°35′E / 52.867°N 9.583°E / 52.867; 9.583
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Heidekreis
 • Mayor Helma Spöring (Ind.)
 • Total 270.68 km2 (104.51 sq mi)
Elevation 49 m (161 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 23,219
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 29664
Dialling codes 05161
Vehicle registration Formerly SFA, however new registrations are now coming out as HK
Website www.walsrode.de

Walsrode (German pronunciation: [valsˈʁoːdə]) is a town in the district of Heidekreis, in Lower Saxony, Germany.


Middle Ages[edit]

986 Foundation of Walsrode Abbey by Count Walo. The first recorded mention of the town is dated May 7, 986.

1383 The dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg grant Walsrode a town charter.

1479 First recorded instance of Walsrode's coat of arms. At the end of the 15th century the sculptor Hans Brüggemann, creator of the renowned Bordesholm Altar of Schleswig Cathedral, is born in the town.

Early modern times[edit]

Life-sized statue of Herman Löns in Walsrode

1626 Extensive destruction in the town by the troops of Count Tilly during the Thirty Years' War.

1757 The town is totally destroyed by a catastrophic fire.

1811 During the Napoleonic era, Walsrode becomes a border town between France and the Kingdom of Westphalia.

1814 Walsrode is incorporated in the Kingdom of Hanover.

1866 Annexation of Walsrode by Prussia.

1890 Railroad first extends to Walsrode.

1897 The poet Hermann Löns first visits the town.

20th century[edit]

1935 Löns, who died in 1914, is reburied in Walsrode.

1957 The German border patrol agency (Bundesgrenzschutz) establishes a training school in the town.

1984 The state legislature of Lower Saxony allows the town to incorporate as in "independent community".

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Walsrode is twinned with:

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