Quakenbrück is a town in the district of Osnabrück, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Hase. It is part of the Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") of Artland.

Town hall by the market square
Town hall by the market square
Coat of arms of Quakenbrück
Coat of arms
Location of Quakenbrück within Osnabrück district
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Quakenbrück is located in Germany
Quakenbrück is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 52°40′38″N 07°57′27″E / 52.67722°N 7.95750°E / 52.67722; 7.95750Coordinates: 52°40′38″N 07°57′27″E / 52.67722°N 7.95750°E / 52.67722; 7.95750
StateLower Saxony
Municipal assoc.Artland
 • MayorMatthias Brüggemann (CDU)
 • Total17.95 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
24 m (79 ft)
 • Total13,442
 • Density750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05431
Vehicle registrationOS

Quakenbrück has a professional basketball team, the Artland Dragons.


Temperate coastal climate is affected by damp NW winds from the North Sea. The long term average air temperature in Quakenbrück is 8.5–9.0 °C (47.3–48.2 °F) with an average rainfall of 700 mm (28 in). Between May and August, there are about 20–25 days during which temperatures may reach over 25 °C (77 °F).

Memorial plate Jewish synagogue
Quakenbrück station
Church St. Sylvester


Quakenbrück was founded in 1234 by the Bishop of Osnabrück, according to the earliest documents, although the area had been settled previously. It served as a border to the north of Osnabrück.

On 29 May 1916, a nail man made from French poplar was given to the city by Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer-Lieser and placed in the meeting room of the town hall. Revenue from the statue, which depicted a 13th-14th-century knight clad in armor and holding a shield and a sword and has come to be known as the Quakenbrück iron Knight (Quakenbrücker Eiserne Burgmann), were used to fuel the war effort. The statue was built by two soldiers from Schorlemer's Battalion.[2]


  • till 1968: Aloys Geers (SPD)
  • 1968–1972: Karl Möller (CDU)
  • 1972–1979: Horst Magnus (CDU)
  • 1979–1988: Werner Korfhage (FDP)
  • 1988–1991: Jürgen Gadeberg (SPD)
  • 1991–2000: Klaus Alves (CDU)
  • 2000–2011: Wolfgang Becker (CDU)
  • 2011–2014: Claus Peter Poppe (SPD)
  • 2014–2016: Paul Gärtner (SPD)
  • 2016-2017 Matthias Brüggemann (CDU)
  • seit 2017 Claus Peter Poppe

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

Quakenbrück has one sister city, “Conway, Arkansas, United States”. The agreement was set in 1985.

Personalities who have worked in the placeEdit

  • Wilhelm Bendow (1884-1950), actor, was 1905/06 pupil of the Realgymnasium.
  • Holger Czukay (1938–2017), musician, became internationally known as a band member of Can, was a music teacher at the Artland High School in Quakenbrück.
  • Friedrich Ebert (1871-1925), Politician (SPD), worked in the spring of 1891 in Quakenbrück in a saddlery.
  • Klaus von Klitzing (* 1943), Nobel laureate for physics on the subject of Quantum Hall Effect in 1985, left his Abitur in Quakenbrück in 1962. After him is named a street of the city.
  • Claus Peter Poppe (* 1948), politician and member of the Lower Saxony Landtag, who was headmaster of the Artland-Gymnasium in Quakenbrück from 1995 to 2003.
  • Hans-Gert Pöttering (* 1945), CDU politician and president of the European Parliament, is a graduate of the Artland Gymnasium.


  1. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle 12411: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2019.
  2. ^ Heiko Bockstiegel: Der Eiserne Burgmann im Rathaussaal zu Quakenbrück. in: Heimat-Jahrbuch Osnabrücker Land 1980, S. 54ff.