Baptism is a Christian rite of admission and adoption invariably with the use of water, into Christianity. The synoptic gospels recount. Baptism is considered a sacrament in most churches, as an ordinance in others. Baptism is called christening, although some reserve the word "christening" for the baptism of infants, it has given its name to the Baptist churches and denominations. The usual form of baptism among the earliest Christians involved the candidate's immersion, either or partially. John the Baptist's use of a deep river for his baptising suggests immersion: The fact that he chose a permanent and deep river suggests that more than a token quantity of water was needed, both the preposition'in' and the basic meaning of the verb'baptize' indicate immersion. In v. 16, Matthew will speak of Jesus'coming up out of the water'. Phillip and the Eunuch went down and came up out of water. Baptism is likened unto a burial in Romans 6:3. "Dip" is translated from baptō. The traditional depiction in Christian art of John the Baptist pouring water over Jesus' head may therefore be based on Christian practice.
Pictorial and archaeological evidence of Christian baptism from the 3rd century onward indicates that a normal form was to have the candidate stand in water while water was poured over the upper body. Other common forms of baptism now in use include pouring water three times on the forehead, a method called affusion. Martyrdom was identified early in Church history as "baptism by blood", enabling the salvation of martyrs who had not been baptized by water; the Catholic Church identified a baptism of desire, by which those preparing for baptism who die before receiving the sacrament are considered saved. As evidenced in the common Christian practice of infant baptism, Christians universally regarded baptism as in some sense necessary for salvation, until Huldrych Zwingli denied its necessity in the 16th century. Quakers and the Salvation Army do not practice baptism with water. Among denominations that practice baptism by water, differences occur in the manner and mode of baptizing and in the understanding of the significance of the rite.
Most Christians baptize "in the name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit", but some baptize in Jesus' name only. Much more than half of all Christians baptize infants; the term "baptism" has been used metaphorically to refer to any ceremony, trial, or experience by which a person is initiated, purified, or given a name. The English word baptism is derived indirectly through Latin from the neuter Greek concept noun baptisma, a neologism in the New Testament derived from the masculine Greek noun baptismos, a term for ritual washing in Greek language texts of Hellenistic Judaism during the Second Temple period, such as the Septuagint. Both of these nouns are derived from the verb baptizō, used in Jewish texts for ritual washing, in the New Testament both for ritual washing and for the new rite of baptisma; the Greek verb baptō, "dip", from which the verb baptizo is derived, is in turn hypothetically traced to a reconstructed Indo-European root *gʷabh-, "dip". The Greek words are used in a great variety of meanings.
Baptism has similarities to Tvilah, a Jewish purification ritual of immersing in water, required for, among other things, conversion to Judaism, but which differs in being repeatable, while baptism is to be performed only once. John the Baptist, considered a forerunner to Christianity, used baptism as the central sacrament of his messianic movement; the apostle Paul distinguished between the baptism of John, baptism in the name of Jesus, it is questionable whether Christian baptism was in some way linked with that of John. Christians consider Jesus to have instituted the sacrament of baptism; the earliest Christian baptisms were normally by immersion, complete or partial. Though other modes may have been used. Though some form of immersion was the most common method of baptism, many of the writings from the ancient church appeared to view the mode of baptism as inconsequential; the Didache 7.1–3 allowed for affusion practices in situations where immersion was not practical. Tertullian allowed for varying approaches to baptism if those practices did not conform to biblical or traditional mandates.
Cyprian explicitly stated that the amount of water was inconsequential and defended immersion and aspersion practices. As a result, there was no uniform or consistent mode of baptism in the ancient church prior to the fourth century. By the third and fourth centuries, baptism involved catechetical instruction as well as chrismation, laying on of hands, recitation of a creed. In the early middle ages infant baptism became common and the rite was simplified. In Western Europe Affusion became the normal mode of baptism between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, though immersion was still practiced into the sixteenth. In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther retained baptism as a sacrament, but Swiss reformer Huldrych Zwingli considered baptism and the Lord's supper to be symbolic. Anabaptists denied the val
Christian Democratic Union of Germany
The Christian Democratic Union of Germany is a Christian-democratic, liberal-conservative political party in Germany. It is the major catch-all party of the centre-right in German politics; the CDU forms the CDU/CSU grouping known as the Union, in the Bundestag with its Bavarian counterpart the Christian Social Union in Bavaria. The party is considered an effective successor of the Centre Party, although it has a broader base; the leader of the CDU is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. She is the successor of the former party leader Angela Merkel, the current Chancellor of Germany; the CDU is a member of the Centrist Democrat International, International Democrat Union and European People's Party. Following the collapse of the Nazi dictatorship at the end of World War II, the need for a new political order in Germany was paramount. Simultaneous yet unrelated meetings began occurring throughout Germany, each with the intention of planning a Christian-democratic party; the CDU was established in Berlin on 26 June 1945 and in Rheinland and Westfalen in September of the same year.
The founding members of the CDU consisted of former members of the Centre Party, the German Democratic Party, the German National People's Party and the German People's Party. Many of these individuals, including CDU-Berlin founder Andreas Hermes, were imprisoned for the involvement in the German Resistance during the Nazi dictatorship. In the Cold War years after World War II up to the 1960s, the CDU attracted conservative, anti-communist former Nazis and Nazi collaborators into its higher ranks. A prominent anti-Nazi member was theologian Eugen Gerstenmaier, who became Acting Chairman of the Foreign Board. One of the lessons learned from the failure of the Weimar Republic was that disunity among the democratic parties allowed for the rise of the Nazi Party, it was therefore crucial to create a unified party of Christian democrats—a Christian Democratic Union. The result of these meetings was the establishment of an interconfessional party influenced by the political tradition of liberal conservatism.
The CDU experienced considerable success gaining support from the time of its creation in Berlin on 26 June 1945 until its first convention on 21 October 1950, at which Chancellor Konrad Adenauer was named the first Chairman of the party. In the beginning, it was not clear which party would be favored by the victors of World War II, but by the end of the 1940s the governments of the United States and of Britain began to lean toward the CDU and away from the Social Democratic Party of Germany; the latter was more nationalist and sought German reunification at the expense of concessions to the Soviet Union, depicting Adenauer as an instrument of both the Americans and the Vatican. The Western powers appreciated the CDU's moderation, its economic flexibility and its value as an oppositional force to the communists which appealed to European voters at the time. Adenauer was trusted by the British; the party was split over issues of rearmament within the Western alliance and German unification as a neutral state.
Adenauer staunchly outmanoeuvred some of his opponents. He refused to consider the SPD as a party of the coalition until he felt sure that they shared his anti-communist position; the principled rejection of a reunification that would alienate Germany from the Western alliance made it harder to attract Protestant voters to the party as most refugees from the former German territories east of the Oder were of that faith as were the majority of the inhabitants of East Germany. The CDU was the dominant party for the first two decades following the establishment of West Germany in 1949. Adenauer remained the party's leader until 1963, at which point the former minister of economics Ludwig Erhard replaced him; as the Free Democratic Party withdrew from the governing coalition in 1966 due to disagreements over fiscal and economic policy, Erhard was forced to resign. A grand coalition with the SPD took over government under CDU Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger; the SPD gained popularity and succeeded in forming a social-liberal coalition with the FDP following the 1969 federal election, forcing the CDU out of power for the first time in their history.
The CDU continued its role as opposition until 1982, when the FDP's withdrawal from the coalition with the SPD allowed the CDU to regain power. CDU Chairman Helmut Kohl became the new Chancellor of West Germany and his CDU–FDP coalition was confirmed in the 1983 federal election. Public support for the coalition's work in the process of German reunification was reiterated in the 1990 federal election in which the CDU–FDP governing coalition experienced a clear victory. After the collapse of the East German government in 1989, Kohl—supported by the governments of the United States and reluctantly by those of France and the United Kingdom—called for German reunification. On 3 October 1990, the government of East Germany was abolished and its territory acceded to the scope of the Basic Law in place in West Germany; the East German CDU merged with its West German counterpart and elections were held for the reunified country. Although Kohl was re-elected, the party began losing much of its popularity because of an economic recession in the former GDR and increased taxes in the west.
The CDU was nonetheless able to win the 1994 federal election by a narrow margin due to an economic recovery. Kohl served as chairman until the party's electoral defeat in 1998, when he was su
The Teutoburg Forest is a range of low, forested hills in the German states of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. In 9 CE, this region was the site of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest; until the 19th century the official name of the hill ridge was Osning. The Teutoburg Forest is a peripheral section in the north of the German Central Uplands, forms a long narrow range of hills extending from the eastern surroundings of Paderborn in the south to the western surroundings of Osnabrück in the northwest. South of the city centre of Bielefeld, a gap called the Bielefeld Pass bisects the range into the Northern Teutoburg Forest and Southern Teutoburg Forest. In addition, the northeastern and southwestern ridges are cut by the exits of the longitudinal valleys between the ridges; the geologically oldest ridge is the northeastern one. Most of the ridges and part of the valley are covered by deciduous forest. Parts of the valley areas are used for agriculture production of cereals; the highest elevation in the Southern Teutoburg Forest is the Velmerstot.
In the Northern Teutoburg Forest the highest elevation is the Dörenberg. The river Ems has its source at the western base of the southernmost portion of the Teutoburg Forest; the southern half of the range, situated about 30 km southwest of the Weser valley, is part of the watershed between the Ems basin in the west and the Weser basin in the east. The drainage towards the Weser is effected by the Werre river; the northwestern half of the range is drained to the river Ems on both sides. The neighbouring landscapes are the Westphalian Lowland in the west, Hase valley in the north, the hilly Ravensberg Basin in the northeast, Lippe Uplands in the east, Egge Range in the south. Except for a short area south of Osnabrück, which belongs to the Bundesland of Lower Saxony, the whole forest is part of North Rhine-Westphalia; the Battle of Teutoburg Forest in 9 A. D. occurred near this region, though the exact location is disputed. The Roman historian Gaius Cornelius Tacitus identified the location of the battle as saltus Teutoburgiensis.
Recent excavations suggest that at least the final stages of the battle took place further northwest, at Kalkriese, north of Osnabrück. As of 2011 the Teutoburg Forest comprises two separate nature parks: TERRA.vita Nature Park, northwest part between Bielefeld and Osnabrück Teutoburg Forest / Egge Hills Nature Park between Bielefeld and river Diemel Arminius, leader of the Germanic tribes during the battle, became something of a legend for his overwhelming victory over the Romans. During the period of national renaissance in the wake of the Napoleonic wars, German people saw him as an early protagonist of German resistance to foreign rule and a symbol of national unity. A monumental statue of Arminius commemorating the battle, known as the Hermannsdenkmal, was erected on the hill of Grotenburg near Detmold, close to the site where the most popular theory of the time placed the battle. Emperor William I, the first Kaiser of the unified German Empire, dedicated the monument in 1875. A monumental statue of the emperor himself was erected on the hill of Wittekindsberg in Wiehen Hills.
In order to create a national landscape the Osning Hills were given the name "Teutoburg Forest", see Teutonic. However, the old name survived among the local population and the part of the ridge around the Ebberg near Bielefeld is still known as the Osning today; the composer Johannes Brahms liked to take walks in this forest during his stay in Detmold. Arminius / Varus; the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest - Internet-Portal "Westfälische Geschichte", LWL-Institut für westfälische Regionalgeschichte, Münster Teutoburg Forest as a holiday destination - site of regional tourism board Media related to Teutoburg Forest at Wikimedia Commons
Egge (Lower Saxon Hills)
The Egge Hills, or just the Egge is a range of forested hills, up to 464 m above sea level, in the east of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Egge extends from the southern tip of the Teutoburg Forest range near Horn-Bad Meinberg and Steinheim, Westphalia southwards to the northern parts of the Sauerland near Marsberg, its highest point is the Preußischer Velmerstot at an altitude of 468m. It is part of the Lower Saxon Hills and one of the two main lines of hills within the Teutoburg Forest / Egge Hills Nature Park, it constitutes part of the watershed between the rivers Rhine and Weser. Media related to Egge Hills at Wikimedia Commons
Principality of Waldeck and Pyrmont
The County of Waldeck was a state of the Holy Roman Empire and its successors from the late 12th century until 1929. In 1349 the county gained Imperial immediacy and in 1712 was raised to the rank of Principality. After the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806 it was a constituent state of its successors: the Confederation of the Rhine, the German Confederation, the North German Confederation, the German Empire and, until 1929, the Weimar Republic, it comprised territories in present-day Lower Saxony. Waldeck was a county within the Holy Roman Empire from about 1200, its counts included Adolf II of Waldeck from 1270 to 1276. In 1655, its seat and the chief residence of its rulers shifted from the castle and small town of Waldeck, overlooking the Eder river and first mentioned in 1120, to Arolsen. In 1625, the small county of Pyrmont became part of the county through inheritance. In January 1712, the count of Waldeck and Pyrmont was elevated to prince by Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor. For a brief period, 1805 to 1812, Pyrmont was a separate principality as a result of inheritance and partition after the death of the previous prince, but the two parts were united again in 1812.
The independence of the principality was confirmed in 1815 by the Congress of Vienna, Waldeck and Pyrmont became a member of the German Confederation. From 1868 onward, the principality was administered by Prussia, but retained its legislative sovereignty. Prussian administration served to reduce administrative costs for the small state and was based on a ten-year contract, renewed until Waldeck was formally absorbed into the Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau in 1929. In 1871, the principality became a constituent state of the new German Empire. In 1905, Waldeck and Pyrmont had an area of 1121 km2 and a population of 59,000. At the end of World War I, during the German Revolution, resulting in the fall of all the German monarchies, the prince abdicated and Waldeck and Pyrmont became a free state within the Weimar Republic; the princely house of Waldeck and Pyrmont is related to the royal family of the Netherlands. The last ruling prince, was the brother of Queen consort Emma of the Netherlands.
Waldeck had raised a battalion of infantry in 1681 but for much of the subsequent history leading up to the Napoleonic Wars, Waldeckers served as'mercenaries' in foreign service. Such was the demand that the single battalion became two in 1740, three battalions in 1744, four in 1767 and in 1776 a third regiment was raised. Most notably the foreign service was with the Dutch and English —the latter using them to suppress rebellions in the colonies; the 3rd Waldeck Regiment thus served during the American War of Independence, where they were known under the'umbrella term' used during that conflict for all Germans—'Hessians'. The regiment was captured by the Americans and only a small number returned to Germany, where some formed part of a newly raised 5th Battalion. By the time of Napoleon's conquest of Germany, the Waldeck Regiments in Dutch service had been dissolved when, as the Batavian Republic, Holland was made into a kingdom ruled by Napoleon's brother Louis. Reduced to battalion strength, they now formed the 3rd battalions of the 1st and 2nd Infantry Regiments of the Kingdom of Holland.
The 5th Battalion was disbanded, Waldeck was now obliged to provide two companies to the II Battalion, 6th German Confederation Regiment in the service of the French Empire. As with all French infantry, they were referred to as'Fusiliers', they served in the Peninsula War against the Duke of Wellington. In 1812, the 6th Confederation Regiment was re-formed, with three companies from Waldeck and one from Reuß again forming the II Battalion. By the time of the downfall of the French Empire in 1814 the battalions in Dutch service had disappeared, but Waldeck now supplied three Infantry and one Jäger Companies to the newly formed German Confederation. By 1866, the Waldeck contingent was styled Fürstlisches Waldecksches Füselier-Bataillon, in the Austro-Prussian War of that year Waldeck allied with the Prussians. Joining the North German Confederation after 1867, under Prussian leadership, the Waldeck Fusilier Battalion became the III Battalion of the Prussian Infantry Regiment von Wittich No. 83, as such it remained until 1918.
The position of regimental ` Chef' was held by the Prince of Pyrmont. Unlike Hesse-Darmstadt, Hesse-Kassel retained no distinctions to differentiate them from the Prussian; the Waldeckers however, were permitted the distinction of carrying the Cockade of Waldeck on the Pickelhaube. The Waldeck battalion was garrisoned, at various times, at Arolsen/Mengeringhausen/Helsen, Bad Wildungen, Bad Pyrmont and Warburg; the regiment saw action in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, during the First World War—as part of the 22nd Division—fought on the Eastern Front. Arolsen Castle Line of succession to the former throne of Waldeck and Pyrmont Principality of Waldeck Canon law of the regnancy Waldeck, 1556 Decorations of the Principality of Waldeck National anthem and flags http://www.nationalanthems.us/forum/YaBB.pl?action=print.
Beverungen is a town in Höxter district in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Beverungen lies in the Weser Uplands on the side of the Weser opposite Solling 10 km south of Höxter. In parts of the eastern municipal area near the river, the town has a share of the Weser Valley, to the west the higher Oberwälder Land natural region. In Beverungen, the river Bever empties into the Weser. Geopolitically, Beverungen thereby lies in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia at the three-state point shared with Lower Saxony and Hesse; the Weser forms the border with the former. One peculiarity in the town's location is to be found at the constituent community of Würgassen, which lies on the Weser's right bank, which would mean that the community were in Lower Saxony had it not been for the way a long-standing boundary dispute was settled in 1837. Today, the boundary does not quite put all the community in North Rhine-Westphalia; the town of Beverungen lies right at the point common to the Bundesländer of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Hesse.
It borders in the west on the towns of Borgentreich and Brakel, in the north on the town of Höxter, in the east on the Samtgemeinde of Boffzen with its member communities of Boffzen and Fürstenberg and the market town of Lauenförde, the municipality-free area of Solling, in the south on the towns of Bad Karlshafen and Trendelburg. Beverungen consists of the following 12 centres: Beverungen Amelunxen Blankenau Dalhausen Drenke Haarbrück Herstelle Jakobsberg Rothe Tietelsen Wehrden Würgassen The name "Beverungun" is known from as early as the mid 9th century; this was at first a noble estate with great landholdings. About 1300, Bishop Bernhard of Paderborn began building work on the castle; the village was granted town rights in 1417. For over 500 years thereafter, Beverungen was a farming town; the town reached both heights and depths through this time, one of the latter being the Plague striking the town in 1626, during the Thirty Years' War. The Hessians and the Swedes saw fit in 1632 to burn the town down, leaving only five houses standing afterwards.
Thanks to the town's advantageous location, it soon recovered and had a flourishing trade in grain and glass from the glassworks in the Paderborner Land. For centuries, Beverungen was the harbour town for the Prince-Bishopric of Paderborn. Many people who went to the Americas began their journeys to the ocean steamers in Bremen here. Towards the end of the 19th century, a new economic upswing began with the railway's arrival and the building of a bridge across the Weser. During World War II, a subcamp of Flossenbürg concentration camp was located here; the current town of Beverungen with its 12 constituent communities was created in 1970. Its existence witnessed by documentary proof from the 10th century, Würgassen already existed in Charlemagne's time. In 1698, the stately home was completed. Although the local folklore holds that the village's name came about from the story in which "Charlemagne had the Würgassen dwellers strangled in the lanes for reverting to heathen customs", or in German, "Karl der Große hat die Würgasser wegen eines Rückfalles in heidnische Sitten in den Gassen erwürgen lassen", this is untrue.
Rather, the village's original name was Wirrigsen, more akin to the terms Wirura and Gisen. As late as the early 20th century, the Weser at Würgassen was still underlain by a good many rocks, so that the water was churned up; the villagers who did not work in agriculture in earlier days hired themselves out foremost as sailors in the shipping on the river Weser. In the 1970s, many people were employed at the newly built nuclear power station, abandoned in 1995 and is now being dismantled. Town council's 32 seats are apportioned as follows, in accordance with municipal elections held on 26 September 2004: CDU 18 seats SPD 8 seats Greens 3 seats FDP 3 seats Beverungen's civic coat of arms might heraldically be described thus: In azure three fleurs-de-lis argent, two above, one below; the fleur-de-lis only appeared in the town's official seal in the 17th century. At first, there was only one, but the now familiar design with three came into use in the 18th century; the charge is believed to represent the Bishop of Paderborn.
The arms were conferred on 12 May 1917, confirmed in 1970. The current arms do not bear any likeness to the original town seal, which came into use at the time when Beverungen was granted town rights; this seal showed Saint Vitus. Beverungen is served by Lauenförde-Beverungen station on the Solling Railway in the neighbouring community of Lauenförde, close to Beverungen. Trains run hourly to Bodenfelde. From Ottbergen there are connections to Altenbeken and Holzminden. Furthermore, the constituent community of Wehrden has a halt on the same line. Public Internet café Festival hall Würgassen nuclear power station Beverungen has a school centre with a Hauptschule, a Realschule and a Gymnasium to which go students not only from Beverungen, but from the neighbouring communities of Lauenförde in Lower Saxony and Trendelburg-Langental in Hesse. In Beverungen, a shooting festival is held every other year; every year at Whitsun, the "Orange-Blossom-Special" – a music festival hosted by the local record label/mail order company, Glitterhouse Records – is held.
Some 2000 visitors attend from all over
Höxter is a town in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on the left bank of the river Weser, 52 km north of Kassel in the centre of the Weser Uplands. The main town's population is around 15,000, with outlying centres, about 30,000, it is the seat of the Höxter district. As part of North Rhine-Westphalia's municipal reforms, the collective municipality of Höxter came into being on 1 January 1970, formed out of the eleven communities of the former Amt of Höxter-Land, the main town, the community of Bruchhausen from the former Amt of Beverungen; the communities in question voluntarily merged to pool their resources and bring about a unified administration. These constituent communities are: Albaxen Bosseborn Bödexen Brenkhausen Bruchhausen Fürstenau Godelheim Lüchtringen Lütmarsen Ottbergen Ovenhausen Stahle Höxter in the time of Charlemagne was a villa regia, was the scene of a battle between his forces and the Saxons. Under the protection of the Abbey of Corvey it increased in prosperity, became the chief town of the principality of Corvey.
It asserted its independence and joined the Hanseatic League. Höxter was located on the important long distance trade-route known as Hellweg. Rivalry with Corvey Abbey and the nearby town known as Corvey increased and in 1265, the burghers of Höxter allied themselves with the Bishop of Paderborn, their troops damaged the abbey. The town never over the following decades reverted to a small village; this event marked the beginning of the long period of decline of the abbey. Höxter suffered during the Thirty Years' War. In 1634, Imperial troops laid siege to the town in. After the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 it was united with Brunswick. In 2005, an explosion within a house in the historic town centre damaged the town hall and many other significant buildings and resulted in three deaths. Work is expected to continue for many years. Albaxen had its first documentary mention, under the name Albachtessen, on the occasion of the neighbouring Corvey Abbey's founding in 822, by 900 it was known by its current name.
The Albaxen parish church was first mentioned in the 9th century. The Tonenburg, a mediaeval building complex near Albaxen – not a castle as the name suggests – was built in 1350 by Corvey Abbey. In 854, Lüchtringen was first mentioned under the name Lutringi in Corvey Abbey's annals and beginning in 1230 it belonged to the fourth archdeaconate of Höxter-Corvey of the Bishopric of Paderborn. Before it became Prussian in 1813, Lüchtringen belonged to the Principality of Orange-Nassau in Fulda from 1803. In 1970, Lüchtringen became a constituent community of Höxter. Lüchtringen is North Rhine-Westphalia's easternmost community; the town's main manufactured products are linen, cotton and gutta-percha latex, there is a considerable shipping trade. Höxter has long been an important garrison town and the presence of the military continues to play a large role in the local economy. Regular culinary events in Höxter are "Höxter Kulinarisch" and the "Fischer- und Flößertage". At these events and the advertising community get together and present culinary delights.
Höxter has a medieval town hall and historic houses with high gables and carved façades from the 15th and 16th centuries. Many of the buildings in this area were damaged or destroyed by the great explosion in 2005; the most notable of the churches is the Protestant church of Saint Kilian, with a pulpit dating from 1595 and a font dating from 1631. The Weser is crossed here by a stone bridge about 150 m in length, erected in 1833. On the Brunsberg abutting the town is an old watchtower, said to be the remains of a fortress built by Widukind's brother Bruno. Attractions in Höxter include: The extensively preserved mediaeval town structure is made up of half-timbered buildings, among which are found a few examples of the Weser Renaissance style. Notable among these are the Adam-und-Eva-Haus on Stummrige Straße and the old Dechanei on the marketplace, featuring over 60 carved rosettes, none of them identical. On Höxter's outskirts lies Schloss Corvey Corvey Abbey, on the bank of the Weser; the abbey church has a Carolingian crypt as well as an imposing westwork.
Furthermore, the poet Hoffmann von Fallersleben, who wrote Das Lied der Deutschen, worked here as a librarian and is buried next to the church. As part of the Erlebniswelt Renaissance, there is a town walk with the theme "market", on which visitors may solve a murder case from 1617; the Obermühle Höxter is a former watermill. Today it houses the Mühlencafé; the Tonenburg There are many sport clubs in Höxter. The biggest club is the Höxter Handball and Athletics Club, which furthermore offers fitness courses, aquajogging, back gymnastics and judo. There is the Höxter-Weserbergland Football Arena. There, on two indoor courts on artificial turf, the year round, the newest generation of football can be played; the town council's 44 seats are apportioned as follows, in accordance with municipal elections held on 30 August 2009: CDU 17 seats SPD 14 seats Greens 3 seats FDP 4 seats DIE LINKE 1 seat UWG 5 seatsNote: UWG is a citizens' coalition. The mayor is Alexander Fischer, SPD (since 2009