The Nethebrücke in Ottbergen

The source in Neuenheerse

The mouth of the Weser at Godelheim

The river Nethe is a 50.4 km long tributary of the Weser in the upper forest land ( circle Hoexter, North Rhine -Westphalia, Germany ).

The Nethe is eponymous for the Nethegau, a former Saxon and Carolingian Gau.

In the field of cities Beverungen and Hoexter - Ottbergen the company power plant will be pumped storage power plant with 390 MW capacity Nethe.


The headwaters of the river lies on the eastern slope of the Eggegebirge and thus Teutoburg Forest Nature Park / Eggegebirge south of the main town in the district of Bad Driburg Neuenheerse. Here the Nethe is dammed by a small dam since 1975 Nethestausee. From its source the Nethe flows southeast to Willebadessen, after which it turns to the east. After that flows through or passes it Fölsen and sneezing and then turns along the B252 east of Gehrden north. About Siddessen, Rheder and east past trickle reaches its water Brakel, after which it flows eastward. About Erkeln, Beller, Hembsen, Bruchhausen, Ottbergen and Amelunxen it reaches along the B 64 Godelheim, after which it empties into the Weser.


Its main tributaries are the Rickenbach in Willebadessen that Helmerte at Fölsen that Taufnethe in sneezing, eye in Siddessen that Aa near Riesel and Brucht in Brakel.

Catchment area

The catchment area extends from the Egge Mountains in the east of the Steinheim flare in the north to Warburger flaring in the south.


The headwaters of the Nethe lies on the Rhine -Weser watershed: This means that the Nethe, most of which flows in an easterly directions, drained into the Weser, while the oxygen that flows into predominantly in western directions on the Altenau, Alme and lip drains into the Rhine.



The Nethe was sung by the local poet Friedrich Wilhelm Weber at the beginning of his famous poem epic Dreizehnlinden:

I. From the Nethegau Wonnig is he in days of spring Reaching for the walking stick And, the bouquet on the hat, To wander through the garden of God. Top draw the white clouds, Down go the blue streams, Beautifully resplendent in new clothes The wooded and meadow area. [ ... ]