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Coordinates: 52°43′50″N08°17′19″E / 52.73056°N 8.28861°E / 52.73056; 8.28861 Coordinates: 52°43′50″N08°17′19″E / 52.73056°N 8.28861°E / 52.73056; 8.28861
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Vechta
   Mayor Helmut Gels (CDU)
  Total87.88 km2 (33.93 sq mi)
37 m (121 ft)
(2017-12-31) [2]
  Density370/km2 (950/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes 04441
Vehicle registration VEC

Vechta (German pronunciation: [ˈfɛçta] ) with a population of nearly 32,000 is the biggest city and also the capital of the Vechta district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is home to the University of Vechta.

Vechta (district) District in Lower Saxony, Germany

Vechta is a district (Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by the districts of Oldenburg, Diepholz, Osnabrück and Cloppenburg.

Lower Saxony State in Germany

Lower Saxony is a German state (Land) situated in northwestern Germany. It is the second-largest state by land area, with 47,624 km2 (18,388 sq mi), and fourth-largest in population among the 16 Länder federated as the Federal Republic of Germany. In rural areas, Northern Low Saxon and Saterland Frisian are still spoken, but the number of speakers is declining.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.


It is known for the 'Stoppelmarkt' fair, which takes place every summer and has a history dating back to 1298. With an attendance of 800,000 visitors it is one of the biggest annual fairs in north-western Germany. [3]

The town was in the recent past known as a centre of far northern German Catholicism.

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Vechta water mill

Town subdivisions

Vechta consists of 25 boroughs, but the city proper was made out of 16 boroughs, until in 1933 the three boroughs of the old "Community of Oythe" were added to the city. The six boroughs of the "Community of Langförden" were added to the city in 1974.

  • Bergstrup
  • Calveslage (1974)
  • Deindrup (1974)
  • Füchtel
  • Grünenmoor
  • Hagen
  • Holtrup (1974)
  • Holzhausen (1933)
  • Innenstadt
  • Langförden (1974)
  • Oythe (1933)
  • Petersburg
  • Rieden
  • Spreda (1974)
  • Stoppelmarkt
  • Strohe (1974)
  • Stukenborg
  • Tannenhof
  • Telbrake (1933)
  • Tonnenmoor
  • Vardel
  • Vechta-North
  • Vechta-West
  • Vor dem Moore
  • Welpe

Transport and infrastructure

The A1, also known as the Hansalinie, passes by Vechta. There are three interchanges: Vechta-West/Bakum, Vechta-Langförden/Emstek, Vechta-Nord/Ahlhorn . Also, the B69 runs through the city of Vechta.

Bundesautobahn 1 federal motorway in Germany

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Vechta lies on the Delmenhorst-Hesepe railway and offers connections to Osnabrück and Bremen.

Osnabrück Place in Lower Saxony, Germany

Osnabrück is a city in the federal state of Lower Saxony in north-west Germany. It is situated in a valley penned between the Wiehen Hills and the northern tip of the Teutoburg Forest. With a population of 168,145 Osnabrück is one of the four largest cities in Lower Saxony. The city is the centrepoint of the Osnabrück Land region as well as the District of Osnabrück.

Bremen Place in Germany

The City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany, which belongs to the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, a federal state of Germany.

Population development

Vechta has become a very rich city with a high quality of living, so Vechta is one of the rare German towns that still has a growing population.

  • 1890: 2,188 inhabitants
  • 1905: 3,895 inhabitants
  • 1910: 4,373 inhabitants
  • 1933: 7,280 inhabitants
  • 1939: 8,095 inhabitants
  • 1950: 13,097 inhabitants
  • 1977: 22,133 inhabitants
  • 1980: 23,000 inhabitants
  • 1990: 23,200 inhabitants
  • 1995: 25,616 inhabitants
  • 2000: 27,832 inhabitants
  • 2005: 30,061 inhabitants
  • 2008: 30,903 inhabitants
  • 2009: 31,250 inhabitants


Vechta is a fixed venue for the Landesbühne Niedersachsen Nord, founded in 1952. The headquarter is located in Wilhelmshaven, which stages annually up to ten performances at the Metropoltheater. The theatre offers 272 seats.


The climate in Vechta is a moderate sea climate, influenced by wet northwest winds from the North Sea. The long term average air temperature reaches 8.5 to 9.0°C and about 700 millimeters of rainfall per year. Between May and August, an average of 20 - 25 summer days (climatological term for days with the maximum temperature exceeds 25°C) are calculated.

Twin towns

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