Rendsburg (Danish: Rendsborg, also Rensborg, Low German: Rendsborg, also Rensborg) is a town on the River Eider and the Kiel Canal in the central part of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the capital of the Kreis (district) of Rendsburg-Eckernförde. As of 2006, it had a population of 28,476.

Aerial view of the town
Aerial view of the town
Coat of arms of Rendsburg
Location of Rendsburg within Rendsburg-Eckernförde district
Rendsburg in RD.png
Rendsburg is located in Germany
Rendsburg is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Coordinates: 54°18′N 9°40′E / 54.300°N 9.667°E / 54.300; 9.667Coordinates: 54°18′N 9°40′E / 54.300°N 9.667°E / 54.300; 9.667
 • MayorJanet Sönnichsen (Ind.)
 • Total23.72 km2 (9.16 sq mi)
6 m (20 ft)
 • Total28,977
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04331
Vehicle registrationRD


Rendsburg transporter bridge
Rendsburg Railway bridge

Rendsburg's foundation date is unknown though some form of fortifications was established by Bjørn Svendsen 1099–1100. Rendsburg was first mentioned in 1199. An old form of its name was Reinoldesburch.

It became a part of Holstein in the 13th century, but was transferred to Schleswig in 1460. Many times the town passed from Danish to German control and vice versa. In the German-Danish War in 1864 Rendsburg was finally seized by Kingdom of Prussia and Austria. After 1866 the town was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia. Since that time it has remained part of Germany.

Although the Eider is navigable for small craft from its mouth on the North Sea to Rendsburg, the town's importance rose in 1895, when the Kiel Canal was finished. The much larger ships that could navigate the Kiel Canal meant that, although situated inland, Rendsburg became a seaport and a dockyard.


The most prominent structure in town, the Rendsburg High Bridge, a railway bridge made of steel, 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) in length and 41 metres (135 ft) in height, was constructed in 1913 to take the Neumünster–Flensburg railway over the Kiel Canal from the relatively flat land on either side. It is the longest railway bridge in Europe (highway/rail bridge Øresund Bridge is longer): on the northern side, the bridge connects to the Rendsburg Loop to gain height and to allow trains to continue to serve the Rendsburg station. Suspended from the railway bridge, a transporter bridge – one of only twenty ever built – traverses the canal.

The German Army's Air Defence School and the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz are both located in Rendsburg.

Other sights include:

  • Town hall, 16th century
  • Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church), 1286
  • Kiel Canal Pedestrian Tunnel, longest pedestrian tunnel in the world
  • The longest bench in the world (501 m), on the banks of the Kiel Canal
  • Jewish Museum Rendsburg[2]
  • Museums in the Cultural Centre (Historical Museum Rendsburg / Printing Museum)[3]

Notable peopleEdit

Michael Maier portrait, 1618
Maria Davids, 1905

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Rendsburg is twinned with:[5]


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2021" (XLS) (in German). Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein.
  2. ^ "Startseite - Jüdisches Museum". Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  3. ^ "Herzlich Willkommen in den Museen im Kulturzentrum Rendsburg - Museen Rendsburg". 2021-11-25. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  4. ^ Daly, John A. "Biography - Heinrich Adolph Leschen - Australian Dictionary of Biography". Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  5. ^ "Partnerstädte". (in German). Rendsburg. Retrieved 2021-05-17.