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

Walsrode
Coat of arms of Walsrode
Coat of arms
Location of Walsrode within Heidekreis district
Walsrode in HK.svg
Walsrode is located in Germany
Walsrode
Walsrode
Walsrode is located in Lower Saxony
Walsrode
Walsrode
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
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictHeidekreis
Subdivisions22 districts
Government
 • MayorHelma Spöring (Ind.)
Area
 • Total270.68 km2 (104.51 sq mi)
Elevation
49 m (161 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total23,068
 • Density85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
29664
Dialling codes05161
Vehicle registrationFormerly SFA, however new registrations are now coming out as HK
Websitewww.walsrode.de

HistoryEdit

Middle AgesEdit

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 timesEdit

 
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 centuryEdit

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 an "independent community".

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GovernmentEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Walsrode is twinned with:

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