Cloppenburg (German: [ˈklɔpn̩ˌbʊɐ̯k] (listen)) is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, capital of Cloppenburg District and part of Oldenburg Münsterland. It lies 38 km south-south-west of Oldenburg in the Weser-Ems region between Bremen and the Dutch border. Cloppenburg is not far from the A1, the major motorway connecting the Ruhr area to Bremen and Hamburg. Another major road is the federal highway B213 being the shortest link from the Netherlands to the A1 and thus to Bremen and Hamburg.
Panorama of Cloppenburg
|• Mayor||Wolfgang Wiese (CDU)|
|• Total||70.62 km2 (27.27 sq mi)|
|Elevation||39 m (128 ft)|
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The town is a centre for the largely agricultural region of southern Oldenburg. It is the administrative centre of the district and there are many schools.
However, there is also some industry in town: e.g. Lumberg, (connector systems) and Derby Cycle (bikes).
The town had strong cultural links with St Munchins Parish in Limerick, Ireland from the 1970s to the 1990s. During this period many groups of teens/young adults from both areas visited and were hosted by families from the other area. It was a very successful exchange program fostering some lifelong friendships.
- Fanny Moran-Olden (1855–1905), opera singer (soprano)
- Georg Wessling (1889–1974), mayor of Cloppenburg and member of parliament
- Werner Baumbach (1916–1953), bomber pilot in World War II
- Jupp Derwall (1927–2007), football player, German football coach, from 1978-1984 manager of the German national football team
- Manfred Zapatka (born 1942), actor, graduating from the Clemens-August-Gymnasium Cloppenburg 1962
- Manfred Hellmann (born 1962), football player
- Lena Gercke (born 1988), model
- Bernd Gerdes (born 1989), football player
- Straße der Megalithkultur - tourist route from Osnabrück to Oldenburg via some 33 megalithic sites.
Media related to Cloppenburg at Wikimedia Commons
- Official site (in German)