Bodenwerder


The Münchhausenstadt Bodenwerder is a municipality in Holzminden district, Lower Saxony, Germany. It lies on the river Weser and is best known as the birthplace and residence of Baron von Münchhausen.

Bodenwerder

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Location of Bodenwerder within Holzminden district
Bodenwerder
Bodenwerder
Coordinates: 51°58′N 9°31′E
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictHolzminden
Municipal assoc.Bodenwerder-Polle
Government
  MayorElke Perdacher (SPD)
Area
  Total28.92 km2 (11.17 sq mi)
Elevation
76 m (249 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total5,561
  Density190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
37619
Dialling codes05533
Vehicle registrationHOL
Websitewww.bodenwerder.de

Geography

Bodenwerder is located in the Holzminden district, Lower Saxony, Germany. It lies on the river Weser, upstream from Hamelin, at a point where the river has carved a gap in the hills.

History

The settlement was first granted the status of a town in 1287 by Ritter Heinrich II von Homburg. There was already an important bridge over the river here in 1289, which connected Hameln-Paderborn to Einbeck-Frankfurt. Around 1340 one of the Homburg Bodos was Lord of the Manor and originated a planned town with walls and towers. From him derives the town's name, which means "Bodo's Eyot".

In 1750, Baron Münchhausen, who was born in Bodenwerder, retired to his estate here and told his famous stories to his friends. He died in 1797 and is buried here. His house was acquired by the town in 1935 and was used as the town hall; a room containing a Münchhausen museum was added.

Transportation

Train services were suspended in 1982.

Arts and culture

The Münchhausen prize for entertainment is awarded in May each year.

Attractions

The Münchhausen museum and monument as well as his grave in the monastery church of Kloster Kemnade are notable tourist attractions. There is also a Gothic church, Stadtkirche Sankt Nikolai. The town is surrounded by the remains of medieval fortifications.

Government

Bodenwerder is also the seat of the Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") Bodenwerder-Polle.

Notable people

References

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