Welcome to Vlotho, a quaint town located in the district of Herford in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Situated along the beautiful Weser river, Vlotho boasts stunning views of the Wiehengebirge, Ravensberger Hügelland, Lipperland, and Weserbergland. Whether you’re a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or a foodie, Vlotho has something to offer every kind of traveler.
Vlotho has a rich history dating back to the year 1185. In 1248, it gained official status as a city, but lost it due to war and pestilence. Throughout the centuries, Vlotho recovered as a location for industry, most notably paper. During the Thirty Years War, Vlotho was the site of a battle that resulted in a victory for an Imperial army under the command of Field Marshal Melchior, Count of Hatzfeldt over a Palatinate-Swedish army under the command of Charles Louis of Palatine. Today, visitors can explore Vlotho’s past at the Vlotho Castle, which dates back to the 13th century.
Vlotho is located along the Weser river, south of the Wiehengebirge, bordering on the Ravensberger Hügelland in the west, Lipperland in the south, and the Weserbergland in the east. The Weser river runs through the city east to north and thus separates the northeast part of the town, Uffeln, from the rest of the city. The Bonstapel at 342 m in the southeast is the highest point.
Aside from the Vlotho Castle, visitors can explore the town’s charming streets and architecture. The annual festival is a must-visit for those looking to experience local culture and traditions. For outdoor enthusiasts, Vlotho offers hiking trails through picturesque landscapes and along the Weser river.
Vlotho is also home to some notable people, including Ursula Haverbeck, a Holocaust denier, Helmut Rethemeier, a versatility rider and Olympian participant, and Heinrich Adolf Rinne, a doctor.
A major part of the local economy is the emerging tourist industry, and there is still some machine industry.
Whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway or an adventure-filled vacation, Vlotho has it all. Visit today and discover the magic of this hidden gem in Germany.