Infobox German Location
Art = Stadt
Wappen = Wappen-Stadt-Gütersloh.png
lat_deg = 51 |lat_min = 54
lon_deg = 8 |lon_min = 23
Bundesland = Nordrhein-Westfalen
Regierungsbezirk = Detmold
Kreis = Gütersloh
Höhe = 75
Fläche = 111.99
Einwohner = 96284
Stand = 2006-12-31
PLZ = 33241–33335
PLZ-alt = 4830
Vorwahl = 05241, 05209 (Friedrichsdorf)
Kfz = GT
Gemeindeschlüssel = 05 7 54 008
Gliederung = 12
Adresse = Berliner Straße 70
Website = [http://www.guetersloh.de/ www.guetersloh.de]
Bürgermeister = Maria Unger
Partei = SPD
Gütersloh (IPA2|ˈgyːtɐsloː) is a town in
North Rhine-Westphalia, in the area of Westphaliaand the administrative region of Detmold. Gütersloh is the administrative centre for a district of the same name. Gütersloh has a population of 96,300 people.
Gütersloh lies in the
Emssandebene, south-west of the Teutoburg Forestand on the north-eastern edge of the Westphalian basin and has no significant points of elevation. The town's lowest point is 64 metres above sea level on the river Ems near the Princess Royal Barracks, Güterslohand the highest point is 105 metres above sea level in the eastern township of Friedrichsdorf.
The border to
Rheda-Wiedenbrückextends as part of the Rhedaer Forest, a large wooded area with predominantly coniferous trees. The river Dalke flows through the town from east to west, crossing close to the Stadt Park as well as the town centre and river Ems.
Gütersloh is an industrial town with major employers including
Mieleand Bertelsmann, inside the ring road is the town centre which contains a variety of shops and department stores.
Gütersloh has two parks: the Mohns Park which contains an
amphitheater, paddling pool and several adventure playground areas, and a larger park, known simply as the Stadt Park, which contains a boating lake, botanical garden, and many paths bordered by mature trees.
Swimmers are accommodated amply in Gütersloh with no less than four pools, both indoor and outdoor, the large outdoor pool has an
Olympic Size Pool, Diving Boards and sunbathing space, while the original indoor pool has the usual saunaand steamrooms.
Gütersloh is twinned with
Châteaurouxin France(since 1977), with Broxtowein the United Kingdom(1978), with Grudziądzin Poland(1989) and with Falunin Sweden.
Royal Air Forcestation was located in Gütersloh until after the fall of the Berlin Wallhome of RAF Squadrons 3 and 4 which flew the distinctive VTOLHarrier, they were supported by Chinook Helicopters manned by 18 Squadronand 230 Squadron which flew Puma Helicopters, there were also personnel at the station from the RAF Regiment who provided Rapier Ground to Air Missile Support. It was the most easterly of the NATOairbases during the Cold War.
The Station was originally built for the
Luftwaffewho flew Junkers Bombers from the station and the runway was extended during this period with Soviet Prisoners of War, a memorial to whom now stands near Junkers Farm, a farm building which was later used as a Scout Hut within the confines of the Stations perimeter fence. RAF Güterslohclosed in 1993.
Gütersloh British Army Base
British Armytook over RAF Güterslohin 1993 and re-named it Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh. It now houses Regiments of the Royal Logistic Corps, Army Air Corps and 114 Provost Company, Royal Military Police. The second barracks in Gütersloh is called Mansergh Barracks, which holds a British high school called King's School and a primary school called Haig School for the armed forces.Mansergh Barracks is home to 26 Regimentof the Royal Artillery.It has a postal addressof BFPO 113.BFPO 47 refers to Princess Royal Barracks.
Famous people born in Gütersloh
Hans Werner Henze(* 1926), composer
Ludwig Müller(1883-1945), leader of the Protestant Reich Church
Rudolf Miele(1929-2004), entrepreneur
Reinhard Mohn(* 1921), owner of Bertelsmann
Friedrich Daniel von Recklinghausen(1833-1910), pathologist
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