Enger

Enger is a town in the Herford district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Enger

Coat of arms
Location of Enger within Herford district
Enger
Enger
Coordinates: 52°8′0″N 8°34′0″E
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDetmold
DistrictHerford
Subdivisions9
Government
  MayorThomas Meyer (SPD)
Area
  Total41.21 km2 (15.91 sq mi)
Elevation
107 m (351 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total20,461
  Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
32130
Dialling codes05224
05225 (most of Westerenger)
05223 (parts of Besenkamp)
Vehicle registrationHF
Websitewww.enger.de

Geography

Enger is situated between the Teutoburg Forest and the Wiehen Hills, approx. 6 km west of the town of Herford, the capital of the district.

Neighbouring places

Division of the town

Enger consists of the following districts (population as of December 31, 2005):

  • Belke-Steinbeck (2,471 inhabitants)
  • Besenkamp (1,849 inhabitants)
  • Dreyen (1,404 inhabitants)
  • Enger (7,809 inhabitants)
  • Herringhausen (West) (430 inhabitants)
  • Oldinghausen (773 inhabitants)
  • Pödinghausen (2,181 inhabitants)
  • Siele (122 inhabitants)
  • Westerenger (3,797 inhabitants)

History

The town, first mentioned in 948, calls itself "Widukind's town." The Saxon leader Widukind died about 808. However, there is no evidence that Enger existed in his lifetime.

A legend tells that Widukind founded a church in Enger after his baptism, and that he lived at the place until his death. He was buried in the church of Enger, and his monumental tomb is still there. Despite this, it remains doubtful that the remains of Widukind are actually in the tomb. Analysis shows that the memorial slab dates to the time around the year 1100.

The main current attractions of Enger are Widukind's tomb, the Widukind museum, the Widukind festival ("Timpkenfest"), held annually on January 6 and the "Kirschblütenfest".

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Wilhelm Müller (1875-1957), politician
  • Heinrich Vedder (1876-1972), missionary
  • Wolfgang Aßbrock (1952-2007), politician and member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Parliament (2005-2007)

References


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