Vechta

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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
Government
   Mayor Helmut Gels (CDU)
Area
  Total87.8 km2 (33.9 sq mi)
Elevation37 m (121 ft)
Population (2017-12-31) [1]
  Total32,201
  Density370/km2 (950/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 49377
Dialling codes 04441
Vehicle registration VEC
Website www.vechta.de

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.

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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. [2]

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

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.

Transportation

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

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

Theatre

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.

Twin towns

Well-known Natives

Andreas Romberg

See also

References

  1. Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, Tabelle 12411: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2017
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-04-21.