Borgholzhausen is a town in the district of Gütersloh in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the Teutoburg Forest, approx. 20 km north-west of Bielefeld.

Town centre of Borgholzhausen
Town centre of Borgholzhausen
Flag of Borgholzhausen
Coat of arms of Borgholzhausen
Coat of arms
Location of Borgholzhausen within Gütersloh district
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Borgholzhausen is located in Germany
Borgholzhausen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 52°06′00″N 08°18′00″E / 52.10000°N 8.30000°E / 52.10000; 8.30000Coordinates: 52°06′00″N 08°18′00″E / 52.10000°N 8.30000°E / 52.10000; 8.30000
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDetmold
 • MayorDirk Speckmann
 • Total55.84 km2 (21.56 sq mi)
Highest elevation
306 m (1,004 ft)
Lowest elevation
80 m (260 ft)
 • Total8,968
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes0 54 25
Vehicle registrationGT

Borgholzhausen is a sister city to New Haven, Missouri in the Missouri Rhineland of the United States.

Geography and early historyEdit

Borgholzhausen lies in the middle of a clearing in the Teutoburg Forest, on the northern edge of the Westphalian Lowland. The mountain range bisects the town's area roughly NW-SE, and is in turn bisected by the mountain pass at which the town of Borgholzhausen was founded. The mountainous part of the Borgholzhausen area generally reaches heights of 200–300 meters ASL, while the pass area and other lower-lying parts are at less than half that elevation.

The town centre is about one kilometer east of Mount Johannisegge and south of Mount Hankenüll. Thus, the northern parts of Borgholzhausen are located in the Ravensberg Hills, while the south is in the Münsterland. The bedrock in the former part is a thick layer of mainly Cretaceous sediments, while the latter has a less thick layer of generally Mesozoic rocks covering the rump of a Paleozoic mountain range.

The Borgholzhausen pass was an important route for crossing the Teutoburg Forest in Bronze Age times. As early as 1,500 BC, there was extensive settlement in the pass area. Numerous urnfield cemeteries have been unearthed in and around the town.

Town divisionsEdit

  • Barnhausen
  • Berghausen
  • Borgholzhausen
  • Casum
  • Cleve
  • Hamlingdorf
  • Holtfeld
  • Kleekamp
  • Oldendorf
  • Ostbarthausen
  • Westbarthausen
  • Wichlinghausen


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2019" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 17 June 2020.