Lippstadt (German: [ˈlɪpʃtat] (listen)) is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the largest town within the district of Soest. Lippstadt is situated about 60 kilometres east of Dortmund, 40 kilometres south of Bielefeld and 30 kilometres west of Paderborn.

Lutheran Saint Mary's Church
Lutheran Saint Mary's Church
Coat of arms of Lippstadt
Location of Lippstadt within Soest district
North Rhine-WestphaliaPaderborn (district)Soest (district)Warendorf (district)HammUnna (district)Märkischer KreisHochsauerlandkreisSoestEnseWelverAnröchteLippstadtWerlGesekeLippetalBad SassendorfRüthenWickedeWarsteinErwitteMöhneseeLippstadt in SO.svg
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Lippstadt is located in Germany
Lippstadt is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°40′N 8°21′E / 51.667°N 8.350°E / 51.667; 8.350Coordinates: 51°40′N 8°21′E / 51.667°N 8.350°E / 51.667; 8.350
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
 • Mayor (2020–25) Arne Moritz[1]
 • Total113.3 km2 (43.7 sq mi)
79 m (259 ft)
 • Total68,007
 • Density600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02941
Vehicle registrationSO, LP


Lippstadt is situated in the Lippe valley, roughly 70 kilometres east of Dortmund and roughly 30 kilometres west of Paderborn. The historic town centre is situated between several branches of the river Lippe.

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

Division of the townEdit

Lippstadt consists of 18 districts:

  • Lippstadt
  • Bad Waldliesborn
  • Benninghausen
  • Bökenförde
  • Cappel
  • Dedinghausen
  • Eickelborn
  • Esbeck
  • Garfeln
  • Hellinghausen
  • Herringhausen
  • Hörste
  • Lipperbruch
  • Lipperode
  • Lohe
  • Overhagen
  • Rebbeke
  • Rixbeck


Lippstadt was founded in 1168[3] by Bernhard II zur Lippe. In the early 13th century Lippstadt, with a population of 2700, had four parish churches. There was an Augustinian abbey which had existed since 1281.

Lippe and Lippstadt

From 1400, the enclave and town of Lippstadt were to be a condominium shared by the county of Lippe and the counts of Cleves-Mark, who were succeeded by the Hohenzollerns (Brandenburg/Prussia), a situation that endured until the middle of the 19th. century.[4]

Heinrich von Ahaus founded one of his communities for women of the Brethren of the Common Life there.

In 1523 it formed a defensive alliance together with the neighbouring cities of Osnabrück, Dortmund, Soest and Münster.

Augustinians studying at the University of Wittenberg brought Martin Luther's doctrine home with them. Thus in 1524 Lutheran doctrines were preached at Lippstadt by their prior Westermann, and the town was one of the first to embrace Lutheranism officially, though it resisted the rise of Calvinism in rural areas of Westphalia.

Lippstadt in the 16th century

Colonel Edward Morgan, (c. 1616 – after 1665), a Royalist during English Civil War 1642–1649, was Captain General of the Kings (Charles I) forces in South Wales. After the King's arrest and execution, he fled to the continent, and married Anna Petronilla the daughter of Baron von Pöllnitz from Westphalia, Governor of Lippstadt. They had six children, two sons, and four daughters. He was later appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica 1664–65. His nephew Henry Morgan left his Jamaican property to his godsons Charles Byndloss (b.1668) and Henry Archbold on condition they adopted the surname of Morgan. These were the children of his two cousins Anna Petronilla Byndloss (née Morgan), and Johanna Archbold (née Morgan).

In 1821 the Papal Bull "De salute animarum", made over to the Bishopric of Paderborn the Lippian parishes of Cappel, Lipperode and Lippstadt, which had previously belonged to the Archbishopric of Cologne without producing any ensuing agreement with the state of Lippe.

In 1851 the whole of Lippstadt, which up to then had been divided between the Kingdom of Prussia and Lippe, was added to the Prussian royal province of Westphalia.

In 1944 a women's subcamp of Buchenwald was founded in Lippstadt. It was also the site of a displaced persons camp in the years following World War II. On 1 April 1945 the US 2nd Armored Division made contact with the 3rd Armored Division at Lippstadt, effecting junction of the US Ninth Army with the US First Army, and seized the city from scattered resistance.[5]


Lippstadt serves as headquarters of international automotive supplier's Hella and HBPO Group. It is also home to a factory of large-diameter antifriction bearings, seamless-rolled rings manufacturer Rothe Erde.


Road TransportEdit

The important road to get to Lippstadt is the Bundesstraße 55. This street goes from north to south of the city. At north, Lippstadt connects with Rheda-Wiedenbrück and the Autobahn 2 (Dortmund-Hannover). Southwards it connects with the Bundesstraße 1 and the Autobahn 44 (Dortmund-Kassel) by passing through the town of Erwitte.

Rail TransportEdit

The Lippstadt train station (Bahnhof Lippstadt) lies on the Hamm-Warburg railway. It has a railway service with ICE, IC and region train. Passengers can change direction with Kassel, Dresden, München and Düsseldorf networks.

Region Train NetworksEdit

  • RE 1,Nordrhein-Westfalen-Express, comes from Parderborn through Ruhrgebiet region and Düsseldorf, and it also passes Cologne and end up at Aachen station.
  • RB 89,Ems-Börde-Bahn, takes only 30 minutes to Hamm-Münster


The bus system in Lippstadt is provided by Regionalverkehr Ruhr-Lippe (RLG). The system consists of 3 major types of bus networks. City-Bus Networks

The city-bus networksEdit

The city-bus networks in Lippstadt consist of five lines (C1-C5). The bus lines start every 30 minutes from Bustreff am Bahnhof and travel via five different routes to different destinations.[6]

  • C1: From Bustreff am Bahnhof to Wohnpark Süd - Landsberger Rd
  • C2: From Bustreff am Bahnhof to Pappelallee - Landsberger Rd.
  • C3 : From Bustreff am Bahnhof to Cappel
  • C4 : From Bustreff am Bahnhof to Lipperbruch
  • C5 : From Bustreff am Bahnhof to Lipperode

Region-Bus NetworksEdit

The City-Bus Network does not provide coverage in some areas. However, passengers can use Region-Bus Networks instant. Region-Bus Networks, a bus network providing transportation between cities, has individual timetables and destinations. The regular service Region-buses (S60, R61-64, R66, R73, 70 and 80.1) covers Beakum, Rheda-Wiedenbrück and Rietberg. In addition, there is the Schnellbus from Lippstadt passing through Erwitte to Warstein every hour.

Bus at the weekendEdit

On the weekend, there are a few buses in the evening so passengers have to use Nachtbusse or Anrufsammeltaxis which passengers have to call before travelling.


The nearest airport from Lippstadt is Paderborn/Lippstadt Airport. The airport is located in Büren-Ahden. They do not have direct public transport from Lippstadt to the airport. However, passengers can catch the RE1 train to Paderborn Hbf and then go to the terminal by Schnellbus S60 from Paderborn Hbf.[7][8]

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Lippstadt is twinned with:[9]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 30 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  3. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lippstadt" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 743.
  4. ^ G. Benecke, Society and Politics in Germany 1500–1750, University of Toronto Press, 1974, p. 42
  5. ^ Stanton, Shelby, World War II Order of Battle: An Encyclopedic Reference to U.S. Army Ground Forces from Battalion through Division, 1939–1946 (Revised Edition, 2006), p. 50
  6. ^ Lippstadt, StadtBus. fahrplaene. [Cited: 11 13, 2014.] Liniennetzplaene
  7. ^ Ostwestfalen-Lippe-Bus. [Cited: 11 13, 2014.]
  8. ^ "Aktuelles - Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport - Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport" (in German). Retrieved 2022-10-01.
  9. ^ "Städtepartnerschaft: Seit 1971 mit Uden in Freundschaft verbunden". (in German). Lippstadt. Retrieved 2021-02-19.

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