The Info List - Herdecke

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is a town in the district of Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. It is located south of Dortmund
in the Ruhr Area. Its location between the two Ruhr reservoirs Hengsteysee and Harkortsee has earned it the nickname Die Stadt zwischen den Ruhrseen (lit. The city between the Ruhr lakes). The city is located in the area of the Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR). The two Ruhr lakes as well as the forests on the Ardey heights make the town attractive to tourists. The historic center with its many half timbered houses and the 30 metre high railway viaduct across the Ruhr valley are two more landmarks.


1 Geography

1.1 Geology 1.2 Climate 1.3 Town structure

2 History

2.1 Population history 2.2 Emblem

3 Politics

3.1 City Council 3.2 Mayor 3.3 Town partnerships

4 Culture and Sites

4.1 Sites of interest 4.2 Leisure activities 4.3 Events

5 Infrastructure and economy

5.1 Traffic

5.1.1 Public transportation 5.1.2 Roads

6 Public facilities 7 Education 8 Social organisations 9 Media 10 Companies 11 Personalities 12 References 13 External links

Geography[edit] Herdecke
is located at the foot of the Ardeygebirge, the northwestern part of the Sauerland, between Dortmund
in the North and Northeast, Hagen
in the South, Wetter (Ruhr)
Wetter (Ruhr)
in the Southwest and Witten
in the West and Northwest. Herdecke
lies between 80 and 274 meters above sea levels. It lies on the north bank of the river Ruhr, between the Harkortsee to the west and the Hengsteysee
to the east. Geology[edit] Though part of the Ruhrgebiet, the town was only indirectly influenced by the mining of coal, as it has few coal beds. Climate[edit] The average precipitation is between 850 and 900 mm. The average temperature is around 10.6 °C. Town structure[edit] Most of Herdecke
lies North of the Ruhr except for a small part at the Ruhr bridge. The town is about 8 kilometers in length from North-East to South-West and 5 kilometers in width from North-West to South-East. Herdecke
has two major settlements: Herdecke
proper and Ende. The latter covers the former town of Ende with its farming communities Kirchende, Ostende, Westende and Gedern as well as the "mansion district" Ahlenberg. History[edit] The origin of Herdecke
was the foundation of a women's monastery at the beginning of the 9th century. The former monastery church (Stiftskirche), which was rebuilt in the second half of the 13th century, still retains parts of the original Carolingian construction.[2] In 1324 Herdecke
went from ownership of the Bishopric of Cologne
Bishopric of Cologne
to the County of Mark. The count took all jurisdiction from the abbess and erected a pillory in front of the church which existed until 1700. 1355 market rights were given by Count Engelbert III. In the following centuries the regionally important corn market developed thanks to the good connection to trading roads from Cologne to the Weser
area, Münsterland
and Siegerland. 1594 free jurisdiction was canceled. In 1615 Herdecke
became a Freiheit. In the winter of 1624/1625, Herdecke
was host to a garrison of Spanish military. It was given city rights by Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1739. The Fourth Edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon noted in 1888: „Herdecke, town in Prussian government district Arnsberg, Hagen, 104 meters above sea levels. Lies at the navigable Ruhr and the lines Hagen-Witten, Hagen-Dahlhausen and Schwelm- Dortmund
of the Prussian State Railroad Company. Has an evangelic and catholic church, great sandstone quarries as well as factories for fabrics, tobacco, leather paper and hardware, dye works and beer brewing. On the heights of the town is the Kaisberg with a tower commemorating the Baron of Stein; further away are the remnants of the Hohensyburg; the new tower was erected to honour president v. Vinke. Underneath the Hohensyburg lies the Sonnenstein, a 200 meter high plateau where every year in June the famous Rhein-Westfalic Sonnenstein fair is being held. Next to Herdecke
lies Vorhalle with its iron and brass factories.“[3] 1939 Ende was incorporated into Herdecke. In World War II the town was godfather to the U 751, a submarine that was sunk in the Atlantic by British planes on 17 July 1942. Population history[edit] In the course of two centuries between 1739 and 1939 Herdecke
changed from a medieval market town to a flourishing small town. The population between 1939 and 1993 grew at 147% because of people's wishes to "have a green home". In the 1990s the population reached its maximum to this day (26,500). The population slowly declined afterwards. Because of the population grow Herdecke
is a town with the most sealed surfaces in the Government District of Arnsberg. More than a third of the town's surface has been built upon and almost 300 square metres of surface per person is sealed.

Year Population

1793 896

1939 10,713 (of which 3,766 for Ende)

1961 17,218

1970 20,157

1987 25,238

1993 26,488

2002 25,982

2006 25,374

2013 22,572

Emblem[edit] The Herdecke
emblem is a silvern oak on a hill bearing yellow fruit upon a red shield. The so-called "Herta-Oak" has been the city's trademark for a long time. A city seal of 1784 already shows a tree. Since the giving of the emblem by the Prussian Government in 1902, the official emblem bears a wall with three towers on the top side. Politics[edit] City Council[edit] Since 2009 the city council has 38 members. The election results of 25 May 2014 were:[4]

Herdecke, town hall

Party / List Votes Seats

SPD 41.2% 16

CDU 29.6% 11

Grüne 14.4% 5

FDP 7.8% 3

The Left 7.0% 3

Mayor[edit] At the mayor election on 30 August 2009 Katja Strauss-Koester won with 70.9% against Renate Drewke (SPD, 29.1%). Strauss-Koester was an independent candidate supported by CDU, FDP and the Green Party. At the election in 2004 the long-term mayor Hans-Werner Koch (SPD) was confirmed in the office, having 51% of all votes in the first ballot. Town partnerships[edit] There is a town partnership with Blankenburg (Harz). The town has a display on every Herdecke
May Fair where typical foods and beverages as well are offered and touristic offers are being shown. Culture and Sites[edit] Sites of interest[edit] Tourism is popular especially around and on the two Ruhr lakes. There is Bachviertel, the historical part of Herdecke.

Ruhr Viaduct Gut Schede Haus Mallinckrodt Haus Ende Haus Kallenberg Herdecke's old town district

Industrial culture

Koepchenwerk (a pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant) Water power station Hengstey (only partly in Herdecke) Power station Stiftsmühle (a run-of-the-river hydroelectricity plant)


Protestant Church St. Marien Protestent Church of Kirchende Catholic Church of St. Philippus and Jakobus

Leisure activities[edit] Herdecke
has a lot of forest areas where one can hike or jog. Both Ruhr lakes are usable for watersports. The leisure centre "Bleichstein" has playgrounds and large grass areas. There is an open-air pool and a hall pool. In addition to the "Bleichstein" there is "Am Kalkheck" in Kirchende. There are several sport clubs and further smaller areas for sporting and for leisure. Herdecke
is the home of some world champion and Olympic winners. (e.g. Mark Warnecke). Events[edit] Herdecke
has no municipal event hall, but there are two larger halls where to have events. 1984 the Ruhrfestsaal was inaugurated in collaboration with the hotel Zweibrücker Hof. It can be used for 350 people and was extended in 2005. Since 2001 there is a private music hall, the Werner-Richard-Saal which can also take 350 visitors. The museum Heimatstube is the only museum in town. Since 1993 it sits in Stiftsplatz 3 next to the city hall in a historic building. Here the town's history is presented. There is a theatre Am Stiftsplatz and since 1992 there has been a theatre ensemble called Theater 'ne ah. In 1978 a cinema called Onikon was opened (No Kino backwards; Kino = cinema in German). In addition there is an art gallery Ruhrgalerie as well as private artists galeries or ateliers. Regular events

May fair: Every year on Ascension day there is a four day-events with a historic market and medieval elements as well as music, dances and sports in the town center. Many clubs take part in the organisation of the event. Flea market: in May and October Weekly market: every Thursday morning in the town center. Herdecke
city run: in June by the club TSV Herdecke Ende city run: in September by the club TuS Ende Christmas run: end of year by the club RC Westfalen Herdecke Shooting fairs (two clubs)

Infrastructure and economy[edit] Herdecke
is home to many high-income families. In 2001 39 income millionaires with more than 500,000 Euro annual income lived in Herdecke. Because of the high amount of taxes paid, the neighbouring city of Hagen
has tried to incorporate Herdecke
into Hagen. Traffic[edit] Public transportation[edit] Herdecke
is accessed by train (Volmetalbahn). There are two stations: Herdecke
and Wittbräucke. The Volmetalbahn
runs every hour from Dortmund
to Lüdenscheid and back. The station Hagen-Vorhalle, south of Herdecke, used to be called Herdecke
Vorhalle. Six bus lines connect Herdecke
to its neighbouring towns and cities, for example the line 376 to Witten
or the line 518 to Hagen. Roads[edit] Herdecke
has a connection to the A1 and A45 motorways and routes 54, 226 and 234. Public facilities[edit] Herdecke
is home to the anthroposophic hospital Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Herdecke. A school for the civil service is located in Haus Ende. Education[edit] There are five primary schools (im Dorf, Kirchende, Robert-Bonnermann, Schraberg, Vinkenberg), a special school (Albert-Schweitzer-Schule), two secondary schools (Am Sonnenstein, Am Bleichstein) and a high school (Friedrich-Harkort-Schule). A musical school and an adult evening school also exist. The Witten/ Herdecke
University is located in adjacent Witten. The "Herdecke" part of the name refers to the hospital Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Herdecke, which cooperates with the university. Social organisations[edit]

Fire brigade Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft

Media[edit] Several local newspapers exist. Herdecke
is sometimes reported on in radio and TV stations nearby (e.g. in Dortmund
or Hagen). Companies[edit] The biggest employer is the hospital. Some famous German companies like Dörken, Dörken MKS-Systeme or Idealspaten are located in Herdecke. WestfaliaSurge, one of the world's leading milking machine producers, left Herdecke
in 2005 after 30 years. Personalities[edit]

Antje Jackelén, German-Swedish Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala and primate of the Church of Sweden Jürgen Klopp, German football coach (Liverpool FC) Lars Ricken, German football player (Borussia Dortmund) Irmingard Schewe-Gerigk, member of German Bundestag


^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.  ^ Denkmalschutz ^ Meyers Konversations-Lexikon ^ Local election results

External links[edit]

Official site (in German) Heimatverein-Herdecke.de (in German) Facebook Group "Du bist Herdecker, wenn" (in German)

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Towns and municipalities in Ennepe-Ruhr

Breckerfeld Ennepetal Gevelsberg Hattingen Herdecke Schwelm Sprockhövel Wetter (Ruhr) Witten

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 125486