Quakenbrück (Northern Low Saxon: Quokenbrügge) is a town in the district of Osnabrück, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Hase. It is part of the Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") of Artland.

Town hall by the market square
Town hall by the market square
Coat of arms of Quakenbrück
Location of Quakenbrück within Osnabrück district
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Quakenbrück is located in Germany
Quakenbrück is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 52°40′38″N 07°57′27″E / 52.67722°N 7.95750°E / 52.67722; 7.95750Coordinates: 52°40′38″N 07°57′27″E / 52.67722°N 7.95750°E / 52.67722; 7.95750
StateLower Saxony
Municipal assoc.Artland
 • MayorMatthias Brüggemann (CDU)
 • Total17.95 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
24 m (79 ft)
 • Total13,612
 • Density760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05431
Vehicle registrationOS


Memorial plate on the synagogue
Quakenbrück station
Church of St. Sylvester

Quakenbrück was founded in 1234 by the Bishop of Osnabrück, according to the earliest documents, although the area had been settled previously. It served as a border to the north of Osnabrück.

On 29 May 1916, a nail man made from French poplar was given to the town by Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer-Lieser and placed in the meeting room of the town hall. Revenue from the statue, which depicted a 13th-14th-century knight clad in armor and holding a shield and a sword and has come to be known as the Quakenbrück iron Knight (Quakenbrücker Eiserner Burgmann), were used to fuel the war effort. The statue was built by two soldiers from Schorlemer's Battalion.[2]


Temperate coastal climate is affected by damp NW winds from the North Sea. The long term average air temperature in Quakenbrück is 8.5–9.0 °C (47.3–48.2 °F) with an average rainfall of 700 mm (28 in). Between May and August, there are about 20–25 days during which temperatures may reach over 25 °C (77 °F).


Quakenbrück has a professional basketball team, the Artland Dragons.


  • till 1968: Aloys Geers (SPD)
  • 1968–1972: Karl Möller (CDU)
  • 1972–1979: Horst Magnus (CDU)
  • 1979–1988: Werner Korfhage (FDP)
  • 1988–1991: Jürgen Gadeberg (SPD)
  • 1991–2000: Klaus Alves (CDU)
  • 2000–2011: Wolfgang Becker (CDU)
  • 2011–2014: Claus Peter Poppe (SPD)
  • 2014–2016: Paul Gärtner (SPD)
  • 2016–2017: Matthias Brüggemann (CDU)
  • Since 2017: Claus Peter Poppe

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Quakenbrück is twinned with:[3]

Notable peopleEdit

Associated with the townEdit

  • Wilhelm Bendow (1884–1950), actor, was 1905/06 pupil of the Realgymnasium
  • Holger Czukay (1938–2017), musician, was a music teacher at the Artland-Gymnasium in Quakenbrück
  • Friedrich Ebert (1871–1925), politician (SPD), worked in the spring of 1891 in Quakenbrück in a saddlery
  • Klaus von Klitzing (born 1943), Nobel laureate for physics, left his Abitur in Quakenbrück in 1962, a street is named after him
  • Andreas Maurer (born 1970), local politician convicted of electoral fraud, member of the town council 2006–2019
  • Claus Peter Poppe (born 1948), politician and member of the Lower Saxony Landtag, headmaster of the Artland-Gymnasium in Quakenbrück in 1995–2003
  • Hans-Gert Pöttering (born 1945), politician (CDU), president of the European Parliament, graduate of the Artland-Gymnasium


  1. ^ "LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle A100001G: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen.
  2. ^ Heiko Bockstiegel: Der Eiserne Burgmann im Rathaussaal zu Quakenbrück. in: Heimat-Jahrbuch Osnabrücker Land 1980, S. 54ff.
  3. ^ "Partnerstädte der Stadt Quakenbrück". artland.de (in German). Samtgemeinde Artland. Retrieved 2021-03-03.