Rendsburg is a town on the River Eider and the Kiel Canal
Kiel Canal
The Kiel Canal , known as the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal until 1948, is a long canal in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.The canal links the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau. An average of is saved by using the Kiel Canal instead of going around the Jutland Peninsula....

 in the northeastern part of 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
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. It is the capital of the Kreis (district) of Rendsburg-Eckernförde. As of 2006, it had a population of 28,476.


Rendsburg's foundation date is unknown. Rendsburg was first mentioned in 1199. An old form of its name was Reynoldsburgh.

It became a part of Holstein
Holstein is the region between the rivers Elbe and Eider. It is part of Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state of Germany....

 in the 13th century, but was transferred to Schleswig
Schleswig or South Jutland is a region covering the area about 60 km north and 70 km south of the border between Germany and Denmark; the territory has been divided between the two countries since 1920, with Northern Schleswig in Denmark and Southern Schleswig in Germany...

 in 1460. Many times the town passed from Danish to German control and vice versa. In the German-Danish War
Second War of Schleswig
The Second Schleswig War was the second military conflict as a result of the Schleswig-Holstein Question. It began on 1 February 1864, when Prussian forces crossed the border into Schleswig.Denmark fought Prussia and Austria...

 in 1864 Rendsburg was finally seized by Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Prussia
The Kingdom of Prussia was a German kingdom from 1701 to 1918. Until the defeat of Germany in World War I, it comprised almost two-thirds of the area of the German Empire...

 and Austria
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. After 1866 the town was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Prussia
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. Since that time it has remained part of Germany.

Although the Eider is navigable for small craft from its mouth on the North Sea
North Sea
In the southwest, beyond the Straits of Dover, the North Sea becomes the English Channel connecting to the Atlantic Ocean. In the east, it connects to the Baltic Sea via the Skagerrak and Kattegat, narrow straits that separate Denmark from Norway and Sweden respectively...

 to Rendsburg, the town's importance rose in 1895, when the Kiel Canal
Kiel Canal
The Kiel Canal , known as the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal until 1948, is a long canal in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.The canal links the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau. An average of is saved by using the Kiel Canal instead of going around the Jutland Peninsula....

 was finished. The much larger ships that could navigate the Kiel Canal meant that, although situated inland, Rendsburg became a seaport and a dockyard.

Main sights

The most prominent structure in town, the Rendsburg High Bridge
Rendsburg High Bridge
The Rendsburg High Bridge is a railway viaduct on the Neumünster–Flensburg line that also serves as a transporter bridge. The bridge crosses the Kiel Canal at Rendsburg in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein...

a railway bridge made of steel, 2,500m in length and 41m in height, was constructed in 1913 to take the Neumünster–Flensburg railway over the Kiel Canal
Kiel Canal
The Kiel Canal , known as the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal until 1948, is a long canal in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.The canal links the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau. An average of is saved by using the Kiel Canal instead of going around the Jutland Peninsula....

 from the relatively flat land on either side. It is the longest railway bridge in Europe: on the northern side, the bridge connects to the Rendsburg Loop
Rendsburg Loop
The Rendsburg Loop is an elevated spiral railway in Rendsburg in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, connecting the Rendsburg High Bridge over the Kiel Canal on the Neumünster–Flensburg line to Rendsburg station.-Construction:...

 to gain height and to allow trains to continue to serve the Rendsburg station
Rendsburg station
Rendsburg station is located in the city of Rendsburg in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein and is at the junction of the Neumünster–Flensburg and Rendsburg Kiel lines. It is currently operated by Deutsche Bahn, which classifies it as a category 4 station. There used to be a direct line from...

. Suspended from the railway bridge, a transporter bridge
Transporter bridge
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 - one of only twenty ever built - traverses the canal.

The German Army's
German Army
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 Air Defence School and the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz
Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz
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 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

People from Rendsburg

  • Otto Bernhardt
    Otto Bernhardt
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     (born 1942, Rendsburg), a German politician of the CDU
  • Hans-Ludgwig Blohm
    Hans Blohm
    Hans-Ludwig Blohm is a photographer and author. Over three decades, he has criss-crossed the Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska, capturing images and stories of the Inuit. He has driven 16 times from his home in Ottawa to different parts of the North logging from 20 500 to 25 000 km each trip...

     (1927, Rendsburg), a master photographer and author
  • Patrik Borger
    Patrik Borger
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  • Ludwig Fahrenkrog
    Ludwig Fahrenkrog
    Ludwig Fahrenkrog was a German writer, playwright and artist. He was born in Rendsburg, Prussia, in 1867. He started his career as an artist in his youth, and attended the Berlin Royal Art Academy before being appointed a professor in 1913. He taught at the School of Arts and Crafts in Bremen from...

    , writer, playwright and artist
  • Hanne Haller
    Hanne Haller
    Hanne Haller was a German pop singer , composer, writer, producer, and sound engineer....

  • Hans Egon Holthusen
    Hans Egon Holthusen
    Hans Egon Holthusen was a German lyric poet, essayist, and literary scholar.Holthusen was born in Rendsburg the Province of Schleswig-Holstein, the son of a Protestant clergyman...

     (1913 - 1997), lyric poet, essayist, and literary scholar
  • Hartmut Lutz
    Hartmut Lutz
    Hartmut Lutz is professor of American and Canadian studies at the University of Greifswald, Germany, with a special interest in Native American and Native Canadian studies.-Life:Lutz was born in Rendsburg, Germany, and studied at the University of Kiel...

    , Professor of American and Canadian studies at the University of Greifswald
  • Michael Maier
    Michael Maier
    Michael Maier was a German physician and counsellor to Rudolf II Habsburg, a learned alchemist, epigramist and amateur composer.- Biography :...

     (1568 - 1622), a physician, learned alchemist, and counsellor to Rudolf II Habsburg
  • Gerd Schwidrowski
    Gerd Schwidrowski
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  • Christian Scriver
    Christian Scriver
    Christian Scriver was a German Lutheran devotional writer.Scriver was born at Rendsburg and entered the University of Rostock in 1647, and in 1653 was appointed archdeacon at Stendal, whence he was called in 1667 to Magdeburg as pastor of St. James's...

  • Noah Wunsch
    Noah Wunsch
    Noah Wunsch is a German Painter, Photographer and Designer.- Life :The artist Noah Wunsch learned Design at the well-known, Hamburg based artist Ursula Unbehaun. He attended the University for Music and Art in Vienna, Austria. As a photographer he was taught by Christoph Rüdt von Collenberg and...

    , painter, photographer and designer
  • Levin Moses Wallach, a German-Danish rabbi


Rendsburg is twinned with
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Lancaster, Lancashire
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, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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, since 1950 Vierzon
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, France
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, since 1954 Aalborg
-Transport:On the north side of the Limfjord is Nørresundby, which is connected to Aalborg by a road bridge Limfjordsbroen, an iron railway bridge Jernbanebroen over Limfjorden, as well as a motorway tunnel running under the Limfjord Limfjordstunnelen....

, Denmark
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, since 1967 Haapsalu
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, Estonia
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, since 1989 Kristianstad
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, Sweden
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, since 1992 Skien
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, Norway
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, since 1995 Rathenow
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, Germany, since 1989

Rendsbug has also friendship agreements with:
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, Netherlands
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, since 1994 Piteå
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, Sweden, since 1978 Racibórz
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, Poland
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, since 1995
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