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Varel ([ˈfaːʁəl]) is a town in the district of Friesland, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated near the Jade River and the Jade Bight, approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Wilhelmshaven and 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Oldenburg.

Pedestrian area in Varel
Pedestrian area in Varel
Coat of arms of Varel
Coat of arms
Location of Varel within Friesland district
BockhornVarelZetelSandeSchortensJeverWilhelmshavenFriesland (district)WangerlandMinsener OogLower SaxonyWangeroogeLeer (district)AmmerlandAurich (district)Wittmund (district)WesermarschWittmund (district)Varel in FRI.svg
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Varel is located in Germany
Varel is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 53°23′49″N 08°08′10″E / 53.39694°N 8.13611°E / 53.39694; 8.13611Coordinates: 53°23′49″N 08°08′10″E / 53.39694°N 8.13611°E / 53.39694; 8.13611
StateLower Saxony
Subdivisions32 districts
 • MayorGerd-Christian Wagner (SPD)
 • Total113.53 km2 (43.83 sq mi)
0 - 12 m (−39 ft)
 • Total24,001
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04451
Vehicle registrationFRI

Castle churchEdit

The castle church is the oldest building in Varel. The first part of the church is believed to have been built in 1144.[2] The tower was added between 1200 and 1250, originally as twin towers, which were rebuilt in today's form first in 1651 and then in 1737. The altar, font and pulpit were carved in 1613 – 1618 by Ludwig Münstermann. The altar is nearly 10 metres (33 ft) high and is one of the main works of Northern German Mannerism.

Before the Protestant Reformation, the patron saint was Saint Peter. Today, the castle church is a Lutheran church, with no patron saint. The church was formerly one of the buildings of the castle, which was demolished in the 19th century soon after a fire destroyed most parts of it.

Notable nativesEdit

International relationsEdit


  1. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle 12411: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine, 5 June 2002; retrieved on 11 September 2009.

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