Visbek (Old Saxon Fiscbechi) is a municipality in the district of Vechta, in the Oldenburg Münsterland region of the state of Lower Saxony, Germany.

Coat of arms of Visbek
Location of Visbek within Vechta district
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Visbek is located in Germany
Visbek is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 52°50′11.74″N 08°18′35.12″E / 52.8365944°N 8.3097556°E / 52.8365944; 8.3097556Coordinates: 52°50′11.74″N 08°18′35.12″E / 52.8365944°N 8.3097556°E / 52.8365944; 8.3097556
StateLower Saxony
Subdivisions13 hamlets
 • Mayor (2019–24) Gerd Meyer[1] (CDU)
 • Total84.08 km2 (32.46 sq mi)
49 m (161 ft)
 • Total9,955
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04445, 04447 (Hagstedt)
Vehicle registrationVEC

Location and municipal subdivisionsEdit

Visbek lies on the North German Plain, approximately 12 km to the north of Vechta. The municipality consists of the village of Visbek itself, together with 13 surrounding hamlets (German: Bauerschaften), viz. Astrup, Bonrechtern, Endel, Erlte, Hagstedt, Halter/ Meyerhöfen, Hogenbögen, Norddöllen, Rechterfeld, Varnhorn/ Siedenbögen and Wöstendöllen.

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

Neighbouring communities are (counting clockwise from north): the municipality of Großenkneten, including Ahlhorn, the town of Wildeshausen, the municipality of Goldenstedt, the town of Vechta and the municipality of Emstek.


Visbek is the northernmost municipality in Vechta district, bordering the rural districts of Cloppenburg and Oldenburg. To the west, north and east of the village of Visbek, lies the long, narrow strip of the nature reserve of Streams of the Endel and Holzhausen Heath, with the geest brooks and wet lowlands of the Aue, Twillbäke and Visbeker Bruchbach streams with their associated watermills.[3][4]

Middle AgesEdit

Historical tradition dates back as far as to the late 8th century, when upon order of the Frankish king Charlemagne (later Emperor Charles the Great), the abbey of Visbek - then called "cellula fiscbechi", under Abbot Gerbert Castus - played a major role in the Christianization of the newly conquered surrounding Saxon territories of Lerigau, Hasegau and Venkigau.

In 855 AD, King Louis the German allocated the Benedictine Abbey of Visbek in the shire of Lerigau, with its territories and possessions, to the Imperial Abbey of Corvey.[5]

Megalithic tombsEdit

The Visbek region, however, had been populated even before the Middle Ages, in fact as far back as the Neolithic Period, as evinced by numerous megalithic tombs of the Funnelbeaker culture (3,500 - 2,800 BC) that may still be seen today. Examples - aside from the Heidenopfertisch illustrated below - include the large stone graves of Mühlensteine, Schmeersteine, Visbeker Braut and Visbeker Bräutigam.[6][7][8][9]


The following regional newspapers are delivered in Visbek:

Regular festivitiesEdit

  • Every year at Pentecost, the Visbek Shooting Club, St. Hubertus, hosts its Schützenfest fun fair and folk processions.
  • The annual Visbek Rockt open air music festival takes place at the end of May, featuring local and regional rock bands.

Partner municipalityEdit

  France A partnership with Pontvallain in the Sarthe Departement has been maintained since 1988.



  1. ^ "Verzeichnis der direkt gewählten Bürgermeister/-innen und Landräte/Landrätinnen". Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen. April 2021.
  2. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle A100001G: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2020.
  3. ^ Arbeitsgruppe Mühlenstraße in der Mühlenvereinigung Niedersachsen-Bremen e.V.: Kokenmühle Visbek
  4. ^ Arbeitsgruppe Mühlenstraße in der Mühlenvereinigung Niedersachsen-Bremen e.V.: Neumühle Visbek
  5. ^ Universität Marburg: Regestendatenbank. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  6. ^ Stonepages: Mühlensteine. Grave 976
  7. ^ Stonepages: Schmeersteine. Grave 977
  8. ^ "Stonepages: Visbeker Braut. Grave 952". Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
  9. ^ "Stonepages: Visbeker Bräutigam. Grave 936". Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
  10. ^ Stonepages: Heidenopfertisch. Grave 974
  11. ^ Steinzeitreise: Heidenopfertisch. Grave 974

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