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Herford

Herford is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located in the lowlands between the hill chains of the Wiehen Hills and the Teutoburg Forest. It is the capital of the district of Herford.GeographyGeographic locationThe former Hanseatic town of Herford is situated in the chain of hills south of the Wiehen Hills (Ravensberg Hills). The highest place is the Dornberg (240 m) in the Schwarzenmoor district; the lowest point (56 m) is located in the Werretal in the Falkendiek district. The River Aa joins the river Werre in the centre of the town. The Stuckenberg is located east of the town.Neighbouring towns West: Enger, Hiddenhausen North: Löhne North-East: Vlotho South-East: Bad Salzuflen (Lippe district) South-West: Bielefeld.Districts Altstädter Feldmark Neustädter Feldmark Radewiger Feldmark Diebrock¹ Eickum¹ Elverdissen¹ Falkendiek¹ Herringhausen¹ Laar¹ Schwarzenmoor¹ Stedefreund¹HistoryThe town was founded in 789 by Charlemagne in order to guard a ford crossing the narrow Werre river. A century later, Matilda, daughter of Theudebert, duke of Saxony, grew up in the abbey of Herford; she was a descendant of the Saxon leader Widukind. In Herford she met Henry the Fowler, who later became king of Germany.
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