Friday, October 24, 2008

Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Two Cities in One

Christian sent me Postcrossing greetings from East Westphalia.
The name of the city is (now) Rheda-Wiedenbrueck. At one time,
in the not too distant past, Rheda and Wiedenbrueck were two
different cities, two different populations, two different purposes.
When the districts were redrawn, these two cities were forced
to merge. The people were not too happy with this arrangement.
Each city's inhabitants wanted the new city called by the name of their
old city. Rheda thought it should be called Rheda because it was the
larger, more populous city. Wiedenbrueck thought it should be called
by that name because of its importance as a districk capital. However,
it was not the people who decided the name. The officials dubbed it
Still, there was much unhappiness about the new name, but it is
the official name.
(And the capital is no longer in either city--it was moved to Soyz!)
Thank you, Christian for the great card!


Adam said...

Rheda-Wiedenbrück is a town in the district of Gutersloh, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The City of Wiedenbruck was an exclave of the Bishopric of Osnabruck until 1803. It was the capital of the subdistrict of Reckenberg. In the same year, Wiedenbrück was incorporated to the Electorate of Hannover and became capital of another district with the same name. Rheda belonged to that district until 1973. Since 1807 Rheda belonged to the same territories alomg with Wiedenbrück.


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samjanice said...

Thank you, Adam, for your additional information about Rheda-Wiedenbrueck. I am always interested in finding out more! :-)