Neumünster (German pronunciation: [nɔʏˈmʏnstɐ]) is an urban municipality in the middle of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. With more than 79,000 registered inhabitants, it is the fourth-largest municipality in Schleswig-Holstein (behind Kiel, Lübeck and Flensburg).

City hall
City hall
Coat of arms of Neumünster

Coat of arms
Location of Neumünster
Neumünster is located in Germany
Neumünster is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Coordinates: 54°04′17″N 09°59′24″E / 54.07139°N 9.99000°ECoordinates: 54°04′17″N 09°59′24″E / 54.07139°N 9.99000°E
DistrictUrban district
Subdivisions9 Stadtbezirke
 • Lord MayorDr. Olaf Tauras (CDU)
 • Total71.57 km2 (27.63 sq mi)
22 m (72 ft)
 • Total79,487
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
24534 - 24539
Dialling codes04321
Vehicle registrationNMS
WebsiteOfficial website
Neumünster Vicelinkirche 1
Vicelinkirche (Vicelin Church)


The first historic record of the precursor village "Wippendorf" dates from 1127.

Current situation

Neumünster station is a major railway junction with lines running in six (formerly seven) directions, including the important Hamburg-Altona–Kiel and Neumünster–Flensburg lines.

Near Neumünster at Ehndorf, there is a high-power medium wave transmission facility for transmitting the program of Deutschlandfunk, the Ehndorf transmitter, which is often named incorrectly as "Neumünster transmitter".


Neumünster is located at river Schwale, near the geographical center of Schleswig-Holstein, 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Kiel, 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of Hamburg and 72 kilometres (45 mi) west of Lübeck. The Aukrug Nature Park is close to the town.

Mayors and Lord mayors

In 1870 Neumünster received the town privileges. Since 1904 Max Röer was the Lord mayor.[2]

  • 1870–1894: Eduard Schlichting
  • 1894–1919: Max Röer
  • 1919–1933: Detlef Schmidt
  • 1933–1945: Max Stahmer (NSDAP)
  • 1945–1946: Gustav Bärwald (Oberstadtdirektor)
  • 1946–1948: Ludolf Behnke (CDU)
  • 1948–1950: Hugo Voß (SPD)
  • 1950–1970: Walther Lehmkuhl (SPD)
  • 1970–1988: Uwe Harder (SPD)
  • 1988–1991: Franz-Josef Pröpper (SPD)
  • 1991–2009: Hartmut Unterlehberg (SPD)
  • since September 2009: Olaf Tauras (CDU)

Population development

  • 1803: 2,588
  • 1900: 27,335
  • 1939: 54,094
  • 1946: 66,185
  • 1972: 86,745
  • 2005: 78,333
  • 2012: 76,951
  • 2015: 79,197

The 10 largest groups of foreign residents by the end of 2018 are :

 Turkey 1,760
 Syria 1,320
 Poland 995
 Bulgaria 970
 Romania 875
 Afghanistan 690
 Iraq 515
 Russia 295
 Iran 250
 Croatia 205

Notable residents

NMS-St.Maria-St.Vicelin-Kirche (7)
Memorial plate Eduard Müller in Neumünster
Staatsministerin ChristineHaderthauer
Christine Haderthauer
Panik - Jetix-Award - YOU 2008 Berlin (6915)
Panik 2008

See also


  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2018 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. ^ Bürgermeister auf neumü

External links

AKN Eisenbahn

AKN Eisenbahn GmbH operates commuter and freight trains in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Its headquarters is in Kaltenkirchen. It is a member of the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV), which organises public transport in and around Hamburg.

AKN is an abbreviation for Altona - Kaltenkirchen - Neumünster, its first railway line.


Bordesholm is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in the district Rendsburg-Eckernförde. Bordesholm is also the name of a former historical district of the Kingdom of Prussia and Weimar Republic for which it was the district capital. The district of Bordesholm was subsequently dissolved in 1932 and parceled out to neighboring districts (parts of the district of Bordesholm were joined with the district of Segeberg and the rest to Rendsburg-Eckernförde).

The town of Bordesholm developed around 1330, when the abbey of Neumünster (founded in 1127 by Bishop Vizelin) was moved to an island in the Bordesholm lake. Saint Vizelin was buried there. Thereafter, a village grew up at the shore of the lake, likely providing services to the abbey. Because of the abbey Bordesholm became the cultural and economic center of the duchy of Holstein (nowadays Schleswig-Holstein) region between Kiel and Neumünster.

During the reformation the abbey was closed in 1566 by duke Hans the Elder of Slesvig-Holsten-Haderslev. It then became a Latin school, which was dissolved in 1665. The remains of the abbey and school library became the foundation of the library of the newly founded University of Kiel. 1773-1865 the area of Bordesholm was administered by the King of Denmark by the virtue of his being Duke of Holstein.

Christian Knappmann

Christian Knappmann (born March 19, 1981) is a German footballer, who plays for TSV Havelse and is also working as youth leader.

Hamburg-Altona–Kiel railway

The Hamburg–Altona–Kiel railway (Danish: Christian VIII. Østersø Jernbane) is the oldest railway line in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, and the first railway in Denmark or its dependencies at the time, and first to reach the Baltic Sea. Today, it connects Hamburg, Neumünster and Kiel. It is one of the first railways in Germany. When it opened in 1844, Altona and Kiel were the largest cities in the Duchy of Holstein. The line is now owned by DB Netz.

Hamburg-Altona–Neumünster railway

The Hamburg-Altona–Neumünster railway is the original line of the AKN Eisenbahn (railway) in the German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Today, passenger services on the 64.5 km-long Hamburg Eidelstedt–Neumünster section are operated by AKN.

The stations on the current line of A1 between Hamburg Hauptbahnhof and Eidelstedt in the Hamburg urban area were not part of the original route and are served only occasionally

by the AKN.

Hans Fallada Prize

The Hans Fallada Prize is a German literary prize given by the city of Neumünster in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Since 1981 it has been normally awarded every two years to a young author from the German-speaking world. It is named in honor of Hans Fallada, a famous 20th-century German author known for addressing political and social problems of his day in fiction.The prize was first awarded in 1981, the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Fallada's A Small Circus (Bauern, Bonzen und Bomben).The prize comes with an honorarium of 10,000 euros. In the case that two authors win the award, the prize money is halved.


Hohenwestedt (Low Saxon: Wiste') is a municipality in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is situated approximately 23 km south of Rendsburg, 25 km west of Neumünster and 40 km southwest of Kiel.

It has a population of about 5,000 and a size of 18.18 squarekilometer. Since January 2012 it is part of the Amt Mittelholstein, of which it is the seat.

The town's landmark is the Peter-Pauls Church, the biggest church in town.

Hohenwestedt's twin towns are Müncheberg, Germany, and Billund, Denmark.

Kevin Ingreso

Kevin Langbehn Ingreso (born 10 February 1993) is a Filipino footballer who plays for the Philippines national football team and Thai League 1 team Buriram United.

List of railway stations in Schleswig-Holstein

This list covers all the passenger railway stations and halts in Schleswig-Holstein, a state in northern Germany, that are served by timetabled services.

Neumünster Abbey

Neumünster Abbey (Luxembourgish: Abtei Neimënster, French: Abbaye de Neumünster) is a public meeting place and cultural centre, located in the Grund district of Luxembourg City in southern Luxembourg.

After the original Benedictine abbey on the Altmünster Plateau had been destroyed in 1542, the monks built a new abbey or "Neumünster" in 1606 in the Grund. This in turn was destroyed by fire in 1684 but was rebuilt on the same site in 1688 and extended in 1720. After the French Revolution, it served as a police station and prison before becoming a barracks for the Prussians after Napoleon's defeat in 1815. From 1867, it once again became a state prison. Since 1997, it has been the home of the European Institute of Cultural Routes. During World War II, the Nazis used the abbey to imprison political resisters to their occupation of Luxembourg. Among the most notable of those political prisoners was Luxembourg's best-known sculptor Lucien Wercollier.

Following extensive renovation works, Neumünster was opened to the public in May 2004 as a meeting place and a cultural centre. It hosts concerts, exhibitions, and seminars. The abbey is also now home to the Lucien Wercollier Cloister, where many works from the sculptor's private collection are permanently displayed.

Bulgaria and Romania signed their Treaty of Accession on 25 April 2005 at Neumünster.

Neumünster station

Neumünster station is the main railway station of the town of Neumünster in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. It is at the junction of lines to Flensburg, Heide, Hamburg-Altona, Kiel, Bad Oldesloe, Kaltenkirchen and until 1985 Ascheberg. It is currently operated by Deutsche Bahn, which classifies it as a category 2 station.

Neumünster–Flensburg railway

The Neumünster Flensburg Railway is part of the Jutland line, the main north–south rail link through Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Together with the line to Husum, which diverges in Jübek, and the line to Kiel, which diverges in Rendsburg, it also serves as an important east–west axis between Kiel (on the east coast) and the Marsh Railway on the west coast. It consists of several sections that were parts of the first railways in the current territory of Germany.

Nordbahn Eisenbahngesellschaft

The NBE Nordbahn Eisenbahngesellschaft mbh & Co. KG (NBE Nordbahn Railway Company) is a German non-state-owned railway company based in Hamburg since December 2002. It is a subsidiary company of BeNEX and AKN Eisenbahn. The company is exclusively for passenger transport and operates services on the Hamburg–Itzehoe, Neumünster–Büsum, Hamburg-Altona–Wrist and Neumünster–Bad Oldesloe routes.The company operates railcars of the types Alstom Coradia LINT and Stadler FLIRT.


Schillsdorf is a municipality in the district of Plön, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Schill village is located about 10 km east of Neumünster, and about 5 km west of the Bundesautobahn 21 (extension to the federal highway 404) from Kiel to Bad Segeberg on the former railway line from Neumünster to Plon.


Segeberg is a district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is bounded by (from the southwest and clockwise) the districts of Pinneberg, Steinburg and Rendsburg-Eckernförde, the city of Neumünster, the districts of Plön, Ostholstein and Stormarn, and the city state of Hamburg.


The Stör is a river in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, right tributary of the Elbe.

Its total length is 87 kilometres (54 mi). The Stör rises east of Neumünster, and flows west through Neumünster, Kellinghusen, and Itzehoe. The Stör joins the Elbe near Glückstadt. The 27.5 km (17.1 mi) lower part between the Elbe and Itzehoe is navigable for Class III ships, the 23.7 km (14.7 mi) middle part between Itzehoe and Kellinghusen-Rensing is navigable but not classified.


Tasdorf is a municipality in the district of Plön, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Tasdorf was first mentioned in documents dating to the year 1141 AD. The current population is about 360 people; the size of the municipal area amounts to roughly 5 km². Tasdorf is located in the northeastern city limits of Neumünster. The closed railroad line from Neumünster to Ascheberg ran to the south of the village. The brook Dosenbek flows from the nature reserve Dosenmoor to Neumünster through the village municipal area.

VfR Neumünster

VfR Neumünster is a German association football club based in Neumünster, Schleswig-Holstein. The club was established on 3 March 1910 as FV Neumünster by members of FC Germania 1907 Neumünster and FC Viktoria 1909 Neumünster. In 1924, FV was joined by VfR 1923 Neumünster – which was the football department of TV Gut-Heil Neumünster – to form the present day club.


Wasbek is a municipality, directly west of Neumünster, in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

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