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The Schaumburg Forest used to be a border forest between the Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe and Prussia; today, parts of its western edge form sections of the state border with North Rhine-Westphalia. The Schaumburger Landwehr, which in the past reached as far as the Steinhuder Meer and marked the border between Schaumburg-Lippe and Westphalia in the Middle Ages, extends over a length of around 25 km in the Schaumburg Forest. The Schaumburg Forest is the western remainder of the historic Dülwald, which once stretched from Minden to the Steinhuder Meer and was a border forest of old Saxon districts.
In the middle of the forest, on the Petershagen – Bückeburg road, there is the Baum hunting lodge and a small mausoleum; the final resting place of the Schaumburg count Wilhelm and his family.
Another mausoleum is located in the southern part of the Schaumburg Forest about one kilometer north of the connecting road Meinsen to Cammer (both to Bückeburg). It contains the coffins of the founder of Bad Eilsen, Countess Juliane von Schaumburg-Lippe (1761–1799) and her mother. Juliane had become a widow at an early age, and the grave of her secret lover, the princely chief forester Clemens August von Kaas (1760–1832), is in a very hidden place in the forest, east of Baum Castle.
The Schaumburg Forest acquired cultural and historical significance because Wilhelm Busch often painted and drew on its forest edges and on its forest meadows, because his birthplace Wiedensahl, where he often stayed later, is close to the western edge of the Schaumburg Forest.
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The Schaumburg Forest is located directly east of the state border with North Rhine-Westphalia in the north-western part of the Schaumburg district not far east of the Weser, south of the Rehburg Mountains and north-west of the Mittelland Canal. It extends between Wölpinghausen in the north, Pollhagen and Meerbeck in the east, (to the east of it lie the district town of Stadthagen and the town of Obernkirchen); Bückeburg in the south, the middle town of Minden in the southwest, as well as the city of Petershagen and the spot Wiedensahl in the west. In the north it borders with the Rehburg mountains almost on the district of Nienburg.
The Schaumburg Forest, which is a maximum of 19.5 km long in the southwest-northeast direction and up to four kilometers wide in the northwest-southeast direction, lies in the lowlands between about 45 and 75 m above sea level. NN. Its highest point (⊙) is to the west of the state road "L 371", which connects Wölpinghausen in the north - with Pollhagen in the south. Almost 800 meters west-northwest of it is a 74.3 m above sea level. NN high point.
The state border to the Minden-Lübbecke district, and thus to North Rhine-Westphalia, coincides almost exactly with the north-western border of the forest. Nevertheless, some forest tongues extend into the Westphalian area (e.g. south of Petershagen-Borstel). In addition, the numerous forest islands in the area of the city of Petershagen in the broader sense can still be counted as part of the Schaumburg Forest, so that the Minden-Lübbecke district also has a certain proportion of the Schaumburg Forest.
The "Landwehrallee" runs through the eastern areas in the central part of the Schaumburg Forest, roughly parallel to the Mittelland Canal. This is a wide road that leads near the edge of the forest from Mittelbrink-Landwehr (to Niedernwöhren) in the northeast, to Rusbend, to Bückeburg in the southeast.
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