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City of Soest
Coordinates: 51 ° 33 ′ 10 ″  N , 8 ° 3 ′ 12 ″  E
Height : 101 m
Residents : 1760
Incorporation : 1st July 1969

Ampen is a district of Soest in Westphalia . With over 1760 inhabitants, it is one of the larger villages of the Soest Börde and the largest district of Soest, but originally not a church village, in contrast to the neighboring districts of Meiningsen and Ostönnen . The district has grown considerably in recent years, it benefits u. a. from the convenient location on the B 1 between Soest and Werl .


Soest and its districts

As with many places on the Soest Börde, which is ancient settlement soil, the history of Ampen also goes back a long way. Ampen is mentioned as "Anadopa" in one of the oldest Westphalian documents from 833. On July 1, 1969, Ampen was incorporated into Soest .


The name “Ampen” is a contraction of the determiner ( as. ) Anad , ( mnd. ) = N (e) d , ēnde “duck” and the basic word -apa , which denotes water in many place names. The name means something like: "Waters with ducks". "Lütgenampen" or "Lütgen Ampen" as a designation for the eastern, smaller part of Ampen, prefixes the place name with a Low German term, which is preserved in northern Germany as "lütt" (small).

Culture and sights


Individual evidence

  1. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, DNB  456219528 , p. 92 .
  2. Documents, derivation and designation according to: Michael Flöer, Claudia Maria Korsmeier: The place names of the Soest district (=  Westphalian Place Name Book (WOB), Volume 1). Verlag für Regionalgeschichte, Bielefeld 2009, ISBN 978-3-89534-791-7 , pp. 27-29 ( digitized version ).


  • Marga Koske : Amps. Notes on its settlement history . In: Soest magazine of the association for the history of Soest and the Börde. No. 95 (1983), pp. 39-47.
  • Wilhelm Runte: Ampen 833–1983… 1150 years in the middle of the world. Soest 1982, DNB 831168021 .

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