Wietmarschen is a unitary community (Einheitsgemeinde) in the county of Grafschaft Bentheim in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is split into the villages of Wietmarschen, Füchtenfeld, Schwartenpohl, Lohnerbruch, Nordlohne and Lohne with Lohne being the biggest and having the town hall while Wietmarschen, which is the second biggest, having the name.

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Coat of arms of Wietmarschen
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Location of Wietmarschen within Grafschaft Bentheim district
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Wietmarschen is located in Germany
Wietmarschen
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Wietmarschen is located in Lower Saxony
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Coordinates: 52°31′59″N 07°07′59″E / 52.53306°N 7.13306°E / 52.53306; 7.13306Coordinates: 52°31′59″N 07°07′59″E / 52.53306°N 7.13306°E / 52.53306; 7.13306
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictGrafschaft Bentheim
Subdivisions6 Ortsteile
Government
 • MayorAlfons Eling (CDU)
Area
 • Total119.83 km2 (46.27 sq mi)
Elevation
21 m (69 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total12,220
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
49835
Dialling codes05908, 05925, 05946
Vehicle registrationNOH
Websitewww.wietmarschen.de

GeographyEdit

Wietmarschen lies roughly 8 kilometres (5 mi) west of Lingen, and 13 kilometres (8 mi) northeast of Nordhorn. The community’s highest elevation is the Rupingberg in Lohne at 50 metres (160 ft) above sea level. There are plans to construct a viewing tower on it.

Constituent communitiesEdit

The community is divided into six Ortsteile named Wietmarschen, Füchtenfeld, Schwartenpohl, Lohnerbruch, Nordlohne and Lohne.

ReligionEdit

The community of Wietmarschen diverges sharply from the rest of the district with regard to religion in that it has a largely Catholic character. In February 2006, the community’s religious affiliations broke down thus:

  • 74.3% Roman Catholic
  • 12.6% Evangelical Lutheran
  • 3.9% Evangelical Reformed
  • 9.2% other faiths, or no faith

PoliticsEdit

Municipal councilEdit

Wietmarschen’s council is made up of 28 councillors.

(as of municipal election on 15 September 2016)

The town hall is in Lohne.

MayorEdit

The full-time mayor Manfred Wellen was elected on 25 May 2014 with 64.25% of the vote.

Coat of armsEdit

The community’s arms show a red field with a stylized lily in the upper half of the middle flanked by a golden bulrush on each side sprouting up from the bottom and tilting away from the lily, and each with a golden leaf.

PartnershipEdit

Mortagne-au-Perche, France became a partner community of Wietmarschen on 2 July 1989.

Culture and sightseeingEdit

MuseumsEdit

  • Heimathaus Lohne (local museum)
  • Heimathaus Wietmarschen, the so-called Packhaus (local museum)
  • Treckermuseum Wietmarschen (tractor museum)

BuildingsEdit

  • Stiftskirche Wietmarschen (nunnery church), restored historic nunnery area behind the church
  • Stiftsbusch (nunnery copse) with chapels
  • Sankt-Antonius-Kirche Lohne (church)
  • Mühlenturm Wietmarschen (mill tower)
  • Urbrecker (statue of a bog iron miner)
  • Glockenturm Südlohne (belltower)
  • Schafstall Moormann (sheep pen)

Sport venuesEdit

Regular eventsEdit

Yearly

Economy and infrastructureEdit

Public transportEdit

Established businessesEdit

EducationEdit

Marien-Schule Wietmarschen (elementary school and Hauptschule)

Grundschule Lohne (elementary school)

Schulzentrum Lohne (Hauptschule and Realschule)

Famous personsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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