Barntrup is a town in the Lippe district of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It has an area of 59.46 km² and 8,824 inhabitants (2013). It lies 40 km east from Bielefeld and 9 km west from Bad Pyrmont at the east border of NRW to Lower Saxony.


Coat of arms
Location of Barntrup within Lippe district
Coordinates: 51°58′59″N 09°07′00″E
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDetmold
  MayorJürgen Schell (non-party)
  Total59.46 km2 (22.96 sq mi)
203 m (666 ft)
  Density140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05263, 05262 (Alverdissen)
Vehicle registrationLIP

Town division

  • Alverdissen
  • Barntrup
  • Selbeck
  • Sommersell
  • Sonneborn


Barntrup and Alverdissen were founded by the Earl of Sternberg in the year 1220. Originally Barntrup was called Barendorf and was a village at the Schratweg. Between 1317 and 1359 Barntrup was built on the highest point of the "Thornesberg" which is 189 m high above sea level. This is the central point of Barntrup.

Kerssenbrock Castle (also called Schloss Kerssenbrock or Barntrup Castle, see picture) was constructed from 1584-1588 by Anna von Kerssenbrock (maiden name Anna von Canstein). Her husband, Franz von Kerssenbrock, had been a mercenary in the French Wars of Religion, where he had made much money. The Kerssenbrock family was one of the main noble families in the region.


  • Primary school "von-Haxthausen Grundschule" has at this time 420 pupils and 21 teachers.
  • High school "Städtisches Gymnasium Barntrup" has about 920 pupils and 50 teachers.
  • Junior high school "Hauptschule des Schulverbandes Barntrup-Dörentrup" has about 350 pupils.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Hermann von Kerssenbroch (1519-1585), longtime rector of the High School Paulinum in Münster (Westfalen)
  • Heinrich Meibom (1555-1625), poet and historian
  • Ludwig Winter (1894, † unknown), politician (NSDAP)
  • Ulrich Born (born 1950), lawyer and politician (CDU)


  • Böttcher, Martin und Erika, ed. (1976), 600 Jahre Barntrup 1376–1976 (in German), Barntrup: Lippischer Heimatbund
  • Dedo von Kerßenbrock-Krosigk (2009), Schloss Barntrup (Lippische Kulturlandschaften, Heft 12) (in German), Detmold, ISBN 978-3-941726-09-3
  • Knese, Louis (1977), Zauberwahn und Hexenprozesse in Barntrup (in German), Detmold: Lippischer Heimatbund (u. a.)
  • Hartwig Walberg; Michael Tönsing (1988), Heinz Stoob; Wilfried Ehbrecht (eds.), Westfälischer Städteatlas (in German), Band: III, 1. Teilband, Altenbeken: GSV-Städteatlas-Verlag, ISBN 3-89115-121-7


The power transmission and industrial automation company KEB Automation KG is located in Barntrup.


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