Bad Oldesloe

Bad Oldesloe (German pronunciation: [ˈbaːt ˌɔldəsˈloː]) is a town located in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein. It is the capital of the district of Stormarn.

Bad Oldesloe
House that Menno Simons is believed to have worked in
House that Menno Simons is believed to have worked in
Coat of arms of Bad Oldesloe
Coat of arms
Location of Bad Oldesloe within Stormarn district
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Bad Oldesloe is located in Germany
Bad Oldesloe
Bad Oldesloe
Bad Oldesloe is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Bad Oldesloe
Bad Oldesloe
Coordinates: 53°48′42″N 10°22′27″E / 53.81167°N 10.37417°E / 53.81167; 10.37417Coordinates: 53°48′42″N 10°22′27″E / 53.81167°N 10.37417°E / 53.81167; 10.37417
 • MayorJörg Lembke
 • Total52.6 km2 (20.3 sq mi)
9 m (30 ft)
 • Total24,690
 • Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04531
Vehicle registrationOD

The area has been inhabited since Mesolithic times. The flint tools found here from that era (6000–4500 BC) are clearly defined and known as the Oldesloer Stufe. For a number of years in the 18th Century the Moravian Church had a congregation in Bad Oldesloe. It was called "Pilgerruh", i.e. "Pilgrims' Rest". It was given up because of difficulties with the Danish Church authorities. At that time, the Duchy of Holstein was ruled by the kings of Denmark within the Holy Roman Empire.

On 24 April 1945 the town was heavily bombed by Allied forces in the final days of the Second World War in Germany. Three hundred buildings were destroyed, and 706 people were killed as a result of the operation.[2]


16th century Mennokate: Memorial for Menno Simons, founder and eponym of the Mennonites, a group of anabaptists. He had some of his works printed in this building.


Bad Oldesloe station is located on the Lübeck–Hamburg and the Neumünster–Bad Oldesloe railways.

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  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2019 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. ^ Kuhlmann-Schultz, Kerstin (10 September 2014). "24. April 1945 — Oldesloes schwarzer Tag" [24 April 1945 - Oldesloe's black day]. Lübecker Nachrichten (in German). Retrieved 3 May 2019.

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