Twiste (Diemel)

Twiste at the mouth of the Welda ( Hörler Bach) at Welda

The Twiste is approximately 40.8 km length of the most important and a right tributary of the Diemel in Hesse and North Rhine -Westphalia ( Germany ).


The river rises in the northwestern North Hesse in Waldeck- Frankenberg in the northeastern foothills of the Rothaargebirge. Its source is situated at about 480 m above sea level. NN southeast of the flat Kamps ( 571.6 m above sea level. NN ), northeast of the town of Homberg (531 m above sea level. NN ) and southwest of the Leusmannskopfs (501 m above sea level. NN ), three heavily forested mountains northwest of Korbach.

Korbach north passing the Twiste flows northeast across the board by Waldecker Bern village as their narrow, beginning at the village of Twiste transverse valley at Long forest to open it in Braunsen in Arolsen and to flow through them. Below the dam, the dam is located directly east of Wetterburg, it flows into an open river valley towards and through Külte and Volkmarsen to kinking then north. After crossing the border to the North Rhine -Westphalia (district Hoexter ) the Twiste flows through Welda where the hydropower plant is Welda. Then it passes through a narrow part of the valley in which it informed the Federal Highway 44 ( Twistetalbrücke; 650 m long) crosses under.

Then the Twiste opens north of Wormeln or on the southern outskirts of Warburg at the Twistemühle to 160 m above sea level. NN in the Weser Creek Diemel.


The headwaters of the Twiste is on the Diemel-Eder/Fulda/Weser-Wasserscheide, that is, that the Twiste, which flows north, drained by the Diemel into the Weser, while the Kuhbach, which on the southwest side of the flat Kamps springs, a southern detour via the Itter, Eder - with Lake Eder - Fulda and makes the Weser; the same applies for the advertising that on the Waldecker panel east of Korbach springs and later empties into the Lake Eder to flow via the Fulda and Eder into the Weser.


Popular destinations at or near the Twiste are the Arolsen and Bad Arolsen.

Catchment and inflows

Catchment area

The catchment area of ​​446.731 km ² comprises Twiste.


First inflows in textual overview: Inflows of Twiste with length, possibly catchment and estuary location ( downstream considered ):

  • Wool bag (4.1 km, 8.696 km ²) - right hand just below the village of Berne
  • Bicke (5,7 km ) - left hand below Berne Village
  • Mühlhauser Bach ( 5.3 km, 12.319 km ²) - left hand below Berne Village
  • Bröbecke (4.1 km, 10.155 km ²) - left hand below Berne Village
  • "Bach by Hermann Berg " (3,2 km, 4.466 km ²) - left hand in Twiste
  • Wilde (9.5 km, 38.49 km ²) - right hand below Twiste
  • Kappel trench ( 2 km) - left hand below Twiste
  • Aar (13,9 km, 37.429 km ²) - left hand below Wetterburg
  • Watter (21,9 km, 41.253 km ²) - right hand below Külte
  • Walls (12,4 km, 35.361 km ²) - left hand below Volkmarsen
  • Erpe (26 km, 153.651 km ²) - right hand below Volkmarsen
  • Hörler Bach (7.5 km, 11.0 km ²) - left hand in Welda

2 inflows in graphical overview: The left tributaries are shown in dark, the right in light blue valley.


One of the towns on the Twiste include ( downriver considered ):

  • Berne village
  • Twiste
  • Braunsen
  • Wetterburg
  • Külte
  • Volkmarsen
  • Welda
  • Wormeln
  • Warburg

Gauging stations

At the Twiste a gauging station is on the Westphalian page at Welda. The level and other relevant characteristics can be accessed online.

Quality Classification

The Twiste was classified in a report by the NRW Environment Agency in 2001, the water quality class II -III. Various routes have some structural damage, this is because the river is dammed several times and large amounts of water are derived. The line-like consistency for aquatic organisms is not given because of the impoundments, such as the EC Water Framework Directive requires.