Neumünster is an independent town
Independent city
An independent city is a city that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity. These type of cities should not be confused with city-states , which are fully sovereign cities that are not part of any other sovereign state.-Historical precursors:In the Holy Roman Empire,...

 in Schleswig-Holstein
Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost of the sixteen states of Germany, comprising most of the historical duchy of Holstein and the southern part of the former Duchy of Schleswig...

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

, which has a total of four independent towns.

Current Situation

Neumünster station
Neumünster station
Neumünster station is the most important station the town of Neumünster in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein and is at the junction of lines to Flensburg, Heide, Hamburg-Altona, Kiel, Bad Oldesloe, Kaltenkirchen and until 1985 Ascheberg. It is the most important station in Neumünster...

 is major railway junction with lines running in six (formerly seven) directions, including the important Hamburg-Altona–Kiel and Neumünster–Flensburg lines.

Near Neumünster at Ehndorf
Ehndorf is a municipality in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany....

, there is a high-power medium wave transmission facility for transmitting the program of Deutschlandfunk
Deutschlandfunk is a German public broadcasting radio station, broadcasting national news and current affairs.-History:Broadcasting in the Federal Republic of Germany is reserved under the Basic Law to the states. This means that all public broadcasting is regionalised...

, the Ehndorf transmitter
Ehndorf transmitter
Ehndorf transmitter is a mediumwave radio transmission mast located at Ehndorf, a village west of Neumünster in Schleswig-Holstein, Federal Republic of Germany. Owned by Deutsche Telekom, the facility broadcasts Deutschlandfunk on 1269 kHz...

, which is often named incorrectly as "Neumünster transmitter".


Neumünster is located near the geographical center of Schleswig-Holstein, 35 kilometres (21.7 mi) south of Kiel
Kiel is the capital and most populous city in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of 238,049 .Kiel is approximately north of Hamburg. Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutland peninsula, and the southwestern shore of the...

, 65 kilometres (40.4 mi) north of Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

 and 72 kilometres (44.7 mi) west of Lübeck
The Hanseatic City of Lübeck is the second-largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany. It was for several centuries the "capital" of the Hanseatic League and, because of its Brick Gothic architectural heritage, is listed by UNESCO as a World...

. The Aukrug Nature Park
Aukrug Nature Park
The Aukrug Nature Park is a nature park in north Germany with an area of . It lies in the centre of the state of Schleswig-Holstein in the region of Holstein . It is sponsored by an association formed by the 2 districts.- Location :The nature park lies near Neumünster only a few kilometres west of...

 is close to the town.

Partner cities

Parchim is a town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is the capital of the Ludwigslust-Parchim district. It was the birthplace of Moltke, to whom a monument was erected in 1876. Founded about 1210, one branch of the family of the duke of Mecklenburg residence in Parchim during part of the 14th...

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

Gravesend, Kent
Gravesend is a town in northwest Kent, England, on the south bank of the Thames, opposite Tilbury in Essex. It is the administrative town of the Borough of Gravesham and, because of its geographical position, has always had an important role to play in the history and communications of this part of...

, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

Koszalin ; is the largest city of Middle Pomerania in north-western Poland. It is located 12 km south of the Baltic Sea coast. Koszalin is also a county-status city and capital of Koszalin County of West Pomeranian Voivodeship since 1999...

, Poland
Poland , officially the Republic of Poland , is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north...

Giżycko is a town in northeastern Poland with 29,796 inhabitants . It is situated in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship , having previously been in the Suwałki Voivodeship . It is the seat of Giżycko County.-History:...

, Poland İlkadım
İlkadım is a municipality and district governorate in Greater Samsun, Turkey. Samsun is one of 16 Metropolitan centers in Turkey with more than one municipality within city borders. Now in Samsun there are four intracity municipalities in addition of Greater Samsun municipality.The mayor is...

, Samsun
Samsun is a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey. It is the provincial capital of Samsun Province and a major Black Sea port.-Name:...

, Turkey
Turkey , known officially as the Republic of Turkey , is a Eurasian country located in Western Asia and in East Thrace in Southeastern Europe...


Notable residents

  • Mona Barthel
    Mona Barthel
    Mona Barthel is a German professional tennis player. She has won four ITF singles titles and one ITF doubles title. Barthel's highest singles ranking of World No. 67 was achieved on 31 October 2011, while her highest doubles ranking of World No...

    , b. 1990, tennis player
  • Walter Bartram, 1893–1971, politician
  • Detlev Blanke
    Detlev Blanke
    Detlev Blanke is an interlinguistics lecturer at Humboldt University of Berlin. He is one of Germany's most active Esperanto philologists and has been since 1991 both the chair of the Gesellschaft für Interlinguistik and the editor of its newsletter, Interlinguistische Informationen...

    , b. 1941, esperantist
    is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto , the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, in 1887...

  • Panik, Nu-Metal Band
  • Stefan Schnoor
    Stefan Schnoor
    Stefan Schnoor is a German football defender.Schnoor made his name at Hamburger SV but left the club on a free transfer in 1998 to join Derby County F.C.. After two and a half years in England, scoring twice against Leicester City and Leeds United, he returned to Germany with VfL Wolfsburg in a...

    , b. 1971, footballer
  • Wilf Smith
    Wilf Smith (footballer born 1946)
    Wilfred Samuel 'Wilf' Smith is a former professional footballer, who played in The Football League for six different teams between 1963 and 1978....

    , born Wilfred Schmidt in 1946, footballer
  • Gerhard Wessel
    Gerhard Wessel
    Gerhard Wessel was President of the Federal Intelligence Bureau from May 1968 to December 1978.Wessel was born in Neumünster and died in Pullach....

    , 1913–2002, President of Bundesnachrichtendienst
    The Bundesnachrichtendienst [ˌbʊndəsˈnaːχʁɪçtnˌdiːnst] is the foreign intelligence agency of Germany, directly subordinated to the Chancellor's Office. Its headquarters are in Pullach near Munich, and Berlin . The BND has 300 locations in Germany and foreign countries...


External links

Official website
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