Coordinates: 52°52′N 9°35′E / 52.867°N 9.583°E / 52.867; 9.583
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Flag of Walsrode
Coat of arms of Walsrode
Location of Walsrode within Heidekreis district
HeidekreisLower SaxonyNienburg (district)Hanover (district)Verden (district)Rotenburg (district)HarburgLüneburg (district)Uelzen (district)Celle (district)LindwedelBuchholzSchwarmstedtEsselHademstorfGiltenGrethemEickelohHodenhagenBöhmeHäuslingenAhldenFrankenfeldWalsrodeNeuenkirchenRethemSchneverdingenOsterheideBad FallingbostelWietzendorfSoltauMunsterBispingen
Walsrode is located in Germany
Walsrode is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 52°52′N 9°35′E / 52.867°N 9.583°E / 52.867; 9.583
StateLower Saxony
Subdivisions31 districts
 • Mayor (2020–25) Helma Spöring[1] (Ind.)
 • Total334.8 km2 (129.3 sq mi)
49 m (161 ft)
 • Total30,370
 • Density91/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05161
Vehicle registrationHK

Walsrode (German pronunciation: [valsˈʁoːdə] ; Low German: Wasra) is a town in the district of Heidekreis, in Lower Saxony, Germany. The former municipality Bomlitz was merged into Walsrode in January 2020.


Middle Ages[edit]

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 times[edit]

Life-sized statue of Herman Löns

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.

20th century[edit]

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".

Places of interest[edit]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Walsrode is twinned with:[3]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Verzeichnis der direkt gewählten Bürgermeister/-innen und Landräte/Landrätinnen". Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen. April 2021.
  2. ^ "LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle A100001G: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen.
  3. ^ "Partnerstädte" (in German). Walsrode. Retrieved 2021-12-09.

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