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Lippe (district)

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Country  Germany
Adm. region  Detmold
Vehicle registration  LIP
Population  351,158 (31 Dec 2010)
Administrative region  Detmold
State  North Rhine-Westphalia
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Website  http://www.lippe.de
Capital  Detmold
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Colleges and Universities  Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, University of Music Detmold
Clubs and Teams  TBV Lemgo, HSG Augustdorf/Hövelhof, HC 93 Bad Salzuflen
Points of interest  Hermannsdenkmal, Detmold Open‑air Museum, Adlerwarte Berlebeck, Teutoburg Forest, Externsteine
Destinations  Lemgo, Detmold, Bad Salzuflen, Horn‑Bad Meinberg, Blomberg - North Rhine‑Westphalia

Lippe ( [ˈlɪpə]) is a Kreis (district) in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Herford, Minden-Lübbecke, Höxter, Paderborn, Gütersloh, and district-free Bielefeld, which forms the region Ostwestfalen-Lippe.


Map of Lippe, Germany

The district of Lippe is named after the Lords of Lippe and their Principality of Lippe. It was a state within the Holy Roman Empire and retained statehood until 1947, when it became a district of North Rhine-Westphalia.


The Lippe district nearly covers the same area as the historic county of Lippe. The first mention of this country was in 1123; it grew in power slowly in the following centuries. In 1528 it became a county, in 1789 it was elevated to a principality.

Unlike many other countries of the Holy Roman Empire in the area, Lippe kept its independence in the Napoleonic era, and thus wasn't incorporated into Prussia afterwards. It was one of the smaller member states of the German empire.

After the death of Prince Woldemar in 1895, the two lines of the House of Lippe fought over the regency for over a decade.

The last prince of Lippe was forced to abdicate in 1918 after the end of World War I when Germany became a republic; his country became a Freistaat in the German republic. In 1932 the Free State of Lippe was subdivided into two districts, Detmold and Lemgo. These continued to exist when in 1947 Lippe lost its status as a state of Germany and by order of the British military government was incorporated into the new federal state North Rhine-Westphalia; in 1949 this change was approved by the parliament. In 1969/70 the 168 cities and municipalities were merged to 16; and as the second part of the administrative reform in 1973 the two districts Lemgo and Detmold were merged to the district Lippe.


The Lippe district covers the northern part of the Teutoburg Forest, which also contain the highest elevation of the district, the 496 meter high Köterberg near Lügde. The lowest elevation is at the Weser river with 45.5 m. The main river is the Werre, and at the northern border of the district the Weser. The Lippe River, which shares the district's name, does not flow through Lippe, but has its headwaters right across the district line in Bad Lippspringe, Kreis Paderborn. The small territories of Lippstadt, Lipperode, and Cappel that belonged to Lippe until the mid 19th century, do lie in the valley of the river.

Culinary art

The most famous dish served in Lippe is the Pickert. In the past it was known as a meal for poor people. The main ingredients are potatoes, flour and raisins.


Lippe (district) Wikipedia