Oelde (German pronunciation: [ˈœldə]) is a town in the district of Warendorf, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located near Beckum.

Lange Street - Oelde centre
Lange Street - Oelde centre
Coat of arms of Oelde
Coat of arms
Location of Oelde within Warendorf district
Oelde in WAF.svg
Oelde is located in Germany
Oelde is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°50′N 8°9′E / 51.833°N 8.150°E / 51.833; 8.150Coordinates: 51°50′N 8°9′E / 51.833°N 8.150°E / 51.833; 8.150
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
 • MayorKarin Rodeheger (independent)
 • Total102.63 km2 (39.63 sq mi)
Highest elevation
173 m (568 ft)
Lowest elevation
74 m (243 ft)
 • Total29,238
 • Density280/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02522, 02529, 02520, 05245
Vehicle registrationWAF, BE


Division of the townEdit

St. Vitus church in Oelde-Lette

Oelde consists of 5 districts:

  • Oelde
  • Stromberg
  • Lette
  • Sünninghausen
  • Kirchspiel (with farming communities)
    • Keitlinghausen
    • Ahmenhorst
    • Menninghausen

Neighbouring placesEdit

The neighboring municipalities and cities are clockwise, starting in the north:

International relationsEdit

Oelde is twinned with:


St. Johannes church in Oelde

The name Oelde was first mentioned in a document around 890 as "Ulithi im Dreingau" in the Urbar of the Werden monastery.

In 1457 a conflagration destroyed the city. In 1498, after the reconstruction, Oelde had 750 citizens. Another fire raged in 1605 and destroyed a total of 18 houses, barns and the town hall.

In 1939, Oelde was given its own exit when the motorway A 2 was built.

In the 1950s and 1960s, a high number of visitors came to Oelde when diplomats accepted the invitation of the Federal Presidents Heuss and Lübke to hunt small game in the state forest "Geisterholz". These events were commonly known as "diplomatic hunts."

In 2001 Oelde hosted one of the most important flower shows ever organized in Westphalia with more than 2.2 million visitors. Since then, the city garden, included in the exhibition grounds and embellished for the occasion, has been commercially exploited under the name "Park of the four seasons" (Vier-Jahreszeiten-Park).


Oelde is a centre of metal and lumber production, publishing, and also higher education through its nursing college. It is also home to the headquarters of GEA (Westfalia Separator), a manufacturer of centrifuges and dairy machines and the headquarters of Haver & Boecker, a manufacturer of wire weaving.



Oelde is connected to the Bundesautobahn 2.


On the right: Oelde railway station

The Hamm–Minden railway connects Oelde station to the German rail network. The line is served by the Rhein-Weser-Express and the Ems-Börde-Bahn every hour.


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

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