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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°E / 54.07139; 9.99000Coordinates: 54°04?17?N 09°59?24?E / 54.07139°N 9.99000°E / 54.07139; 9.99000
DistrictUrban district
Subdivisions9 Stadtbezirke
 o Lord mayorDr. Olaf Tauras (CDU)
 o Total71.57 km2 (27.63 sq mi)
22 m (72 ft)
 o Total80,196
 o Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
24534 - 24539
Dialling codes04321
Vehicle registrationNMS
WebsiteOfficial website
Vicelinkirche (Vicelin Church)

Neumünster (German pronunciation: [n'm?nst?]) 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).


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 programmes 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

Memorial plate Eduard Müller in Neumünster
Christine Haderthauer
Panik 2008

See also


  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord - Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2019 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. ^ Bürgermeister auf neumü

External links

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