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Oerlinghausen (North Rhine Westphalia)

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Oerlinghausen is a municipality in the Lippe district of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, located between Bielefeld and Detmold in the Teutoburger Wald. In 2003, the population of the city was 17,429 and an area of 32.7 square kilometers. Oerlinghausen was first mentioned in 1036, the town became a city in 1926 by authority of the Land of Lippe. In 1969, the city was expanded with the addition of Helpup, Wahrentrup and Lipperreihe as part of the Gebietsreform movement.

Geographically, Oerlinghausen is located on top of the Teutoburger Wald hills. Oerlinghauens highest point is the Tonsberg with 334 meters. The flatlands of northern Germany start some 40 kilometers north of Oerlinghausen. There are stunning hiking routes along the hill chain which stretches 80 kilometers in east west direction. To the south of the hills are big sand areas originating from melting glaciers during past ice ages. Although not high, the hills are steep in many places and thus almost completely covered by forest which makes it a weekend destination for friends of nature. It is a city with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.

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