Exterior view of the town church

Town Church:

Lange Straße
31675 Bückeburg
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Town Church

The evangelical town church of Bückeburg was built from 1611 to 1615. Its architecture is based on the late Gothic style. Regarding the ornaments, the builders orientated themselves to Renaissance and early Baroque style instead. That's why the church building is considered a masterpiece of the so called Weser Renaissance architecture.

The building was ordered by the art-loving Count Ernst of Holstein-Schaumburg who later became a prince.  The territorial lord applied the inscription "EXEMPLUM RELIGIONIS NON STRUCTURAE", which means "An example of religiousness, not of architecture", to the representative frontage above his coat of arms, whereby the initials of the words form his first name ERNST.

The church is a three-aisled hall church built of Obernkirchen sandstone.

Originally, a tower was planned. However, once construction started, the foundation was too weak due to the fact that the brickwork was laid on quicksand.

The interior of the church was newly created and restored several times, the last time being after a fire in 1962. The bronze baptismal font was created by Adrian de Vries in 1613 and is considered the most precious early baroque piece of art in the church. The pulpit is one of the most beautiful ones in northern Germany. It is decorated with bas-reliefs by Hans Wolf. Since the sermon plays an important role during the protestant service, all pews are oriented in direction of the pulpit.

Another special feature is the royal loge, the "Golden gallery" which is situated above the entrance area and provided with the royal coat of arms of Schaumburg-Lippe.

The town church has been the center of the evangelic-protestant community of Bückeburg for almost 400 years. At the same time it is the church of the bishop of the regional church Schaumburg-Lippe. Johann Gottfried Herder worked here as consistorial council from 1771 to 1776. His memorial is in the north western part of the church.

Opening hours

  • from 15th April to 14th October
    from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.30 to 12 a.m.
    from Tuesdays to Sundays from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

  • from 15th October to 14th April
    on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from
    2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Kanzel in der Stadtkirche
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Stadt Bückeburg

  • Marktplatz 2 - 4
  • 31675 Bückeburg