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Coordinates: 51 ° 37 '  N , 7 ° 38'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Arnsberg
Circle : Unna
Height : 65 m above sea level NHN
Area : 44.9 km 2
Residents: 50,407Template: Infobox administrative unit in Germany / maintenance / not yet converted to meta template
Postal code : 59192
Primaries : 02307, 02306 , 02389Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : UN, LH, LÜN
Community key : 05 9 78 004
City structure: 6 districts

City administration address :
Rathausplatz 1
59192 Bergkamen
Website :
Mayor : Roland Schäfer ( SPD )
Location of the city of Bergkamen in the Unna district
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Rünthe Heil Oberaden Weddinghofen Mitte OverbergeLocation of the districts
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Logo of the city of Bergkamen

Bergkamen is a middle district town in the Ruhr area , North Rhine-Westphalia , Germany . Administratively part of the town to the district of Unna in Arnsberg and the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe and the Ruhr Regional Association . In terms of regional planning, Bergkamen is a medium-sized center in the outskirts of the upper center of Dortmund . The new municipality of Bergkamen, created on January 1, 1966 through the merger of five smaller municipalities ( law on the merger of the municipalities of Bergkamen, Heil, Oberaden, Rünthe and Weddinghofen, district of Unna ) - Overberge was added two years later - was earlier as the largest Well-known mining city in Europe. Today Bergkamen is in the midst of economic structural change and is known for its variety of sports and leisure activities and its special cultural offerings.


Bergkamen is located in west central Germany in Westphalia on the eastern edge of the industrial Ruhr area in the immediate vicinity of the cities of Hamm and Dortmund . The Hellweg with the adjoining low mountain range of the Sauerland runs south of the city , while the Münsterland borders Bergkamen to the north . In the east lies the fertile Soest Börde .

The northern border of the city is formed by the Lippe , the eastern border of the federal highway 1 . The southern border runs roughly in the area of ​​the A 2 . The Seseke , a tributary to the Lippe, flows along the western border . The Datteln-Hamm Canal connects Bergkamen to the European waterway network.

The highest point in the urban area is 148.5  m above sea level. NN the "Adener Höhe" on the artificially raised heap of large wood , a landmark in the Ruhr area .

Neighboring communities

In the immediate vicinity are: (direction, city size, district membership)

  • Kamen (in the south, medium-sized town, Unna district)
  • Lünen (in the west, large city, district of Unna)
  • Werne (in the north, medium-sized town, district of Unna)
  • Hamm (in the east, big city, district free)

City structure

The municipality of Bergkamen (since June 14, 1966 city of Bergkamen) has existed since January 1, 1966 (Overberge since January 1, 1968) of the following districts (with the number of inhabitants on December 31, 2019 in brackets):

Population development

The following table shows the population development of Bergkamen (total) and the population development of the various districts of Bergkamen from 2000 to 2019:

The table is arranged according to the number of inhabitants in the various districts of Bergkamen:

year Total population center Oberaden Weddinghofen Rünthe Overberge Salvation
2000 52,732 18,074 13,120 10,188 7.185 3,647 515
2001 52.714 17,937 12,997 10,338 7,225 3.712 503
2002 52,607 17,983 12,793 10,377 7,198 3,744 511
2003 52,353 17,996 12,678 10.306 7.162 3,709 502
2004 52,329 18,169 12,571 10,242 7.152 3,698 496
2005 52.021 18,109 12,317 10,212 7.105 3,772 506
2006 52.020 18,069 12,391 10,211 7,076 3,800 483
2007 51,755 17,969 12,323 10.182 6,991 3.813 477
2008 51,467 17,932 12,266 10,082 6,914 3,791 482
2009 51,158 17,940 12,136 9,935 6,868 3,799 480
2010 50,605 17,728 11,956 9,815 6,842 3,790 474
2011 50,274 17,583 11,921 9,740 6,792 3,749 483
2012 49,957 17,462 11,898 9,635 6,757 3,751 470
2013 49,587 17,284 11,730 9,657 6.712 3,709 495
2014 49,637 17,359 11,696 9,666 6,724 3,682 510
2015 50,035 17,300 11,703 10.110 6,726 3,676 520
2016 50.161 17,350 11,820 10,053 6,740 3,673 525
2017 50,443 17,394 12,124 10,052 6,694 3,647 532
2018 50,339 17,427 12.094 9,972 6,682 3,636 528
2019 50,407 17,479 12.110 9,994 6,671 3,621 532


Prehistory and early history

The history of the area around the city of Bergkamen goes back to the Romans . In the late summer of 11 BC Chr. Was part of the planned expansion of the Roman Empire from the Rhine to the Elbe by Roman legions under the command of the commander Drusus , a stepson of Emperor Augustus , in their advance along the lip on a hill in today's Berg Kamen-Oberaden the Roman camp Oberaden , a legionary camp for two legions and auxiliary troops. In the year 8 BC After the subjugation of the Germanic tribes of the Sugambrer and the Brukterer , the camp was given up again as planned.

Since the discovery of the Roman camp in 1905 by Pastor Otto Prein , parts of the complex have been explored in several excavation campaigns. The 56-hectare warehouse is one of the most important prehistoric monuments in Westphalia. It is the largest Roman military camp north of the Alps and the oldest known camp in Westphalia. Some finds and reconstructions are in the Bergkamen City Museum.

From the Saxon - Franconian times a still clearly recognizable double wall ring system in the northeast of the city area, the so-called Bumannsburg , comes under protection as a ground monument.

Middle Ages and early modern times

To the south of Autobahn 2 in the Ostfeld corridor, there were three early medieval graves with additions. It was a south-north-oriented women's grave and a west-east-oriented men's grave. The man had been given a lance , a shield and a bundle of arrows, along with a belt set. A comparable set is otherwise known from Xanten and the 7th century (type Civezzano, which is otherwise only known from Bremen-Mahndorf in northern Germany ). His head was found to be pointing westward. A third grave, probably of a very small person or a child, was hardly preserved in traces, but could be dated to the 7th century. Further above the graves there was only a pit with fire rubble from the middle of the 11th century.

Immediately to the east of Bergkamen's city limits, in the area of ​​the city of Hamm, is the Reck house , a noble residence from the 15th century.

History of the 19th and 20th centuries

Statue for the fallen or shot fighters of the Red Ruhr Army

Up until the end of the 19th century there were only small villages and individual farms in the area of ​​today's town of Bergkamen. Worth mentioning is the Gut Haus Velmede , which has been the seat of part of the von Bodelschwingh family since 1636 , from whom two Prussian ministers and pastor Friedrich von Bodelschwingh the Elder , the founder of the health facilities in Bethel near Bielefeld, came from in the 19th century .

In 1849 the community had 463 inhabitants.

At the end of the 19th century the Ruhr mining industry reached the local area. In 1890 the first shaft for what would later become the Zeche Monopol shaft Grimberg 1/2 was sunk. This started the strong population increase in the communities of today's urban area due to the need for workers in the mining industry . The population of the old municipality of Bergkamen increased ninefold between 1890 and 1912.

On December 1, 1910 Bergkamen had 5211 inhabitants.

When the Reich government in Berlin was to be overthrown by a putsch on March 13, 1920 ( Kapp Putsch ), the workers in the Ruhr area went on a general strike and fought armed against the putschists ( Ruhr uprising ). Among other things, in the Battle of Pelkum there were high losses of the Red Ruhr Army. The Bergkamen victims of the fighting near Pelkum as well as members of the Red Ruhr Army who were later shot dead by the Freicorps - a total of six fighters - were buried in today's central cemetery. The sculpture of a woman above her graves symbolizes freedom, for the defense of which the six Bergkamen workers died.

In 1946, Germany's worst mining disaster occurred at the Monopol colliery, Schacht Grimberg 3/4 at a depth of 939 meters. 405 miners were killed.

With effect from January 1, 1966, the municipalities of Bergkamen, Rünthe, Weddinghofen, Oberaden and Heil merged to form the large municipality of Bergkamen, which was granted city rights on June 14, 1966 by the North Rhine-Westphalian state government . The municipality of Niederaden , which originally also wanted to join Bergkamen, decided to incorporate it into the city of Lünen . The so-called Unna Law finally added the municipality of Overberge as the sixth district on January 1, 1968 .

Religions in Bergkamen

General information

According to the 2011 census , 19,928 (40.7%) of Bergkamen were Protestant, 13,078 (26.7%) were Roman Catholic and 16,005 (32.7%) were non-denominational or members of other religious communities. When the five Catholic parishes merged in 2011 to form the Bergkamen Pastoral Association, they had around 13,000 members; there are currently around 12,000 Bergkamen Catholics. There are churches of various denominations in the village; The catholic parish church St. Elisabeth , which is located in the center of Bergkamen, is worth seeing .

Catholic parish of the Holy Spirit

The pastoral association Bergkamen was created in 2011 from a merger of the two former pastoral associations Bergkamen-Rünthe and the pastoral association Weddinghofen-Oberaden. On January 1, 2020, the Bergkamen Pastoral Association was renamed the Heilig Geist parish. The other two names available to choose from were the two Saints Saint George and Saint Abraham. The next step that the Catholics would like to take is the merger of the three pastoral associations Bergkamen, Kamen and Bönen into one pastoral space. The parish offices of the parish churches in Oberaden, Weddinghofen and Rünthe have been closed since April 2020. The parish office at the St. Elisabeth Church serves as the central parish office, which is therefore also the main church of the Catholic parish of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic parish holds two masses on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. (Herz Jesu) and at 6:30 p.m. (Weddinghofen). On Sundays the parish offers services at 10:00 a.m. (Oberaden) and at 11:30 a.m. (center). In addition, church services are offered in the individual retirement homes in Bergkamen. The Catholic parish of the Holy Spirit is currently occupied by three priests, a parish clerk and two deacons. For some time now, the community has had an improved website and is also on Facebook and Twitter. On the YouTube platform, the Heilig Geist congregation broadcasts services for the congregation members and also announces important information there that is of importance for the congregation members.

Due to the current circumstances, masses will be offered at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Elisabeth Church.


  • Parish Church of St Elizabeth (center) with around 5,300 members
  • Parish church of St. Barbara (Oberaden) with around 2,900 members
  • Parish church of St. Michael (Weddinghofen) with around 2,500 members
  • Parish church Herz Jesu (Rünthe) with around 1,600 members
  • Parish Vicarie St. Clemens (Rünthe) with around 500 members

Evangelical Peace Church Congregation

The Evangelical Church Community is also represented in Bergkamen and currently has 10,000 members. The respective churches are located in the districts of Mitte, Overberge and In Weddinghofen.

It is divided into three parishes:

  • Church of the Resurrection (in the west of the city)
  • Friedenskirche (middle)
  • Thomaskirche (in the east of the city)

Mosques in Bergkamen

Bergkamen has five mosques :

  • Merkez mosque
  • Mevlana mosque
  • Oberaden Mosque (belong to the DITIB umbrella organization )
  • Darul-Erkam mosque is under the umbrella organization IGMG operated
  • VIKZ mosque.


Local election 2014
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Election to the city council

The local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 25, 2014 resulted in the following results for the 44 seats of the Bergkamen City Council:

  • SPD : 59.4% = 26 seats
  • CDU : 24.2% = 11 seats
  • Greens / GAL : 9.5% = 4 seats
  • BergAUF Bergkamen: 4.2% = 2 seats
  • FDP : 2.6% = 1 seat

The BergAUF Bergkamen personal electoral alliance is assigned by the protection of the constitution as being closely related to the MLPD .

In Bergkamen, the SPD achieved the best election result nationwide in 2009. She had already achieved this in 1994. In the local elections in 1975 and 1979, she was behind Oer-Erkenschwick in second place. She came third nationwide in the local elections in 1989 and 2004.

Results of the local elections from 1975

Only parties and voter communities that received at least 1.95 percent of the votes in the respective election are shown in the list. The election results of the parties and voter communities are given in the table in percent.

year SPD CDU Green 1 Mountain UP FDP
1975 64.5 28.1 5.7
1979 64.5 29.3 4.9
1984 57.8 29.1 10.7 2.4
1989 62.4 24.6 09.4 3.6
1994 63.6 24.9 09.7 1.8
1999 48.5 39.4 07.9 4.2
2004 51.7 32.0 08.4 4.3 3.7
2009 56.4 25.5 09.5 3.5 4.9
2014 59.4 24.2 09.5 4.2 2.6


1 Greens: 1984: Greens: 7.1%, GAL: 3.6%, from 1989: Greens / GAL

Mayoral election

The mayoral election on May 25, 2014 brought the following result:

  • Roland Schäfer (SPD) 69.08%
  • Martina Plath (CDU) 21.09%
  • Thomas Grziwotz (Greens / GAL) 5.88%
  • Werner Engelhardt (BergAUF) 3.95%

This is the fourth time that Roland Schäfer has been elected full-time mayor of Bergkamen for the fourth time.

City Directors

  • 1966–1973: Alfred Gleisner (SPD), born June 19, 1908, † February 15, 1991
  • 1973–1988: Heinrich Brüggemann (SPD), born April 12, 1930
  • 1989–1998: Roland Schäfer (SPD), born July 29, 1949


  • 1966–1975: Edgar Pech (SPD), born January 12, 1920, † May 20, 1975
  • 1975–1989: Heinrich Kook (SPD), born October 8, 1924, † January 11, 2004
  • 1989–1998: Wolfgang Kerak (SPD), born June 22, 1942
  • 1998– 2014: Roland Schäfer (SPD), born July 29, 1949

Directly elected members of the Landtag and Bundestag

Town twinning

Bergkamen has partnerships with the following cities:

square of the twin cities at the town hall

A partnership was established with the Bergkamen municipal high school and its youth symphony orchestra "Bachkreis Bergkamen"

  • China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Xi'an in China

The district of Unna maintains a long-term partnership with

In this context, the Bergkamen Adult Education Center has been running appropriate language trips for many years.

coat of arms

The coat of arms of the city of Bergkamen shows six hexagons, alternating between red and silver, on a gold background. The number 6 indicates that the city of Bergkamen was created through the merger of six municipalities (today's districts). The arrangement of the hexagons should symbolize the chemical structural formula for benzene (C 6 H 6 ) = Benzene circle.svgand thus indicate the industrial basis of the city at that time ( hard coal , coking plants , coal chemistry ).

The used colors gold, red and silver are reminiscent of the former territorial affiliation of today's Bergkamen city area to the county of Mark .

The coats of arms of the formerly independent communities Weddinghofen , Rünthe and Oberaden are shown on a plaque at the town hall entrance. On the outside of a hexagonal fountain in the pedestrian zone in the east of the city center are the coats of arms of the communities Overberge and Heil.

Economy and Infrastructure


Bergkamen's economy was shaped by mining ( hard coal ) until a few decades ago . However, the mine closings have caused unemployment to skyrocket. There are currently more than 110,000 m² of commercial or mixed-area areas available in the city for the settlement of new commercial enterprises. Over 340,000 m² will be available in the medium to long term.

The town of Bergkamen has the lowest average primary income per inhabitant in the Unna district. In a national comparison, it was ranked 388 among the 396 municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia in terms of average disposable income in 2016. Thus Bergkamen is one of the lowest income communities in the state.

Commercial establishments

(Status 10/2007)

  • 34 industrial companies
  • 29 wholesalers
  • 162 retail outlets
  • 52 restaurants
  • 56 farms
  • 220 master craftsmen's businesses
  • 91 craft-like businesses
  • 108 other businesses and service providers

Large resident companies

Work by Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Bergkamen power plant in the background
  • Bayer Pharma
    the former Schering AG , a former large pharmaceutical company , whose headquarters are in Berlin , but whose main production site for the active ingredients was in Bergkamen, was taken over in 2006 by Bayer AG with headquarters in Leverkusen (1,600 employees).
  • Chemtura
    Former Crompton Corp., through the merger of the two US chemical companies Crompton Corp. and Great Lakes Manufacturing (290 employees).
  • Huntsman
    Production of base material for paint , building protection products, adhesives and printing inks for the processing industry
  • Bergkamen power plant
    a hard coal power plant with 747 MW of electricity.
  • Poco furniture stores
    Founded in 1989 by Peter Pohlmann, this Bergkamen-based company operates a large number of branches throughout Germany

Transport and public transport

Road traffic

Transport links

The city of Bergkamen is located on the Kamener Kreuz and is connected to the German trunk road network via two motorways and two federal highways :

Puttgarden - Hamburg - Bremen - Dortmund - Wuppertal - Cologne - Saarbrücken (Hansalinie)
Oberhausen - Dortmund - Bielefeld - Hanover - Magdeburg - Berlin

The course of the federal (B) and state roads (L) through the Bergkamen city area:

  • B 233
    Coming from the south in the direction of Kamen, this main road forms the border between the districts of Bergkamen-Mitte and Overberge for the most part. Further north it leads through the Rünthe district and leaves the urban area in the direction of Werne .
  • L 654
    Coming from the west of Lünen , this state road runs through the Oberaden district and leads in the direction of Kamen through the south of the Weddinghofen district. Near the outskirts of Kamen is on the junction Kamen / Bergkamen motorway A2 connected. The road leads via Kamen through the south of the Overberge district and leaves the Bergkamen urban area in the direction of Hamm .
  • L 664
    This state road begins east of the center of Bergkamen- Oberaden on the B 61 . It leads through Weddinghofen, Bergkamen-Mitte and Overberge and leaves Bergkamen in the direction of Pelkum.
  • L 736
    Coming from Lünen , this state road leads through the districts of Heil and Rünthe and leaves Bergkamen in the direction of Hamm . Directly at the border of the district Rünthe to Sandbochum the L 736 is about the connection point Hamm / Bergkamen with the highway A 1 , respectively.
  • L 821
    This state road begins in the Heil district. It runs mainly in a north-south direction through Oberaden and leaves Bergkamen in the direction of the Kamen district of Methler
    A new route within the city of Bergkamen has been under discussion for over twenty years, but it is highly controversial.

Local public transport (ÖPNV)

Rail transport

  • The DB freight train route Hamm  -  Oberhausen-Osterfeld ( Hamm-Osterfelder Bahn ) crosses the city from east to west. Until 1983 the double-track line was also used for local passenger transport. The Bergkamen train station was located between the districts of Mitte and Rünthe in the sparsely populated area near what is now the “Beversee” nature reserve. A second train station was in the Oberaden district on Lünener Strasse ( L 654 ).

After Herten, Bergkamen is the second largest German city without rail passenger transport. The nearest passenger stations are in the neighboring cities of Kamen , Lünen and Werne . The closest railway hubs are Hamm and Dortmund .

bus connections

Local public transport in Bergkamen is carried out by the VKU. A central bus station is located directly at the Bergkamen town hall. A total of 10 regular lines with regular traffic run through Bergkamen . These lines are 3 express bus lines, 5 regional lines, 1 city bus line and 1 direct line.
Express bus lines
line Route Tact Stops Duration (approx.)
S20 Lünen - Beckinghausen - Bergkamen - Hamm-Herringen - (Hamm main station) Hourly (Mon-Sat) 22nd 52 minutes (from Lünen)
S30 Bergkamen - Weddinghofen - Dortmund Reinoldikirche - Dortmund main station Hourly (Mon-Sat), 2-hourly (Sun) 8th 37 minutes
S81 Werne Holtkamp - Rünthe - Bergkamen - Kamen - Kamen Karee - Königsborn - Unna train station Hourly (Mon-Fri) 36 1 hour 14 minutes
Since 2005, Bergkamen has had an attractive connection to Dortmund with the S30 express bus line. The route (Bergkamen bus station - Bergkamen-Weddinghofen - Dortmund-Kirchderne - Dortmund Reinoldikirche - Dortmund main station ) and short travel times ensure a high level of acceptance for the express bus line. The S81 has many shared stops with the regional line R81.

With the express bus lines S20 , S30 and S81 there is a connection guarantee at the Bergkamen, bus station stop , ie the buses all depart at the same time, so that passengers can transfer directly from one express bus to the next. The S20 only runs at certain times from Lünen train station via Bergkamen bus station to Hammer bus station.

Regional bus lines
line Route Tact Stops Duration (approx.)
R11 Lünen - Lünen-Süd - Horstmar - Beckinghausen - Oberaden - Weddinghofen - Bergkamen bus station Different, mainly 30-60-minute intervals 38 1 hour 16 minutes
R12 Lünen - Beckinghausen - Oberaden - Weddinghofen - Bergkamen bus station Different, mainly 30-60-minute intervals 39 52 minutes
R13 Bergkamen bus station - Kamen train station 30-minute intervals (Mon-Fri), 60-minute intervals (Sat-Sun / public holidays) 15th 23 minutes
R81 Werne Hospital - Rünthe - Bergkamen bus station - Weddinghofen - Kamen station - Kamen Karee - Königsborn - Unna station Different, mainly 30-minute intervals 40+ 1 hour 46 minutes
R82 Werne Hospital - Rünthe - Overberge - Bergkamen bus station Hourly 34 45 minutes
The new line R13 has been running from Bergkamen bus station to Kamen train station since 2017 . The R12 now only runs to the Bergkamen bus station and no longer in the direction of Kamen.
City bus routes
line Route Tact Stops Duration (approx.)
C11 Bergkamen Bus Station - Stadium - Nordfeld - Green Island - Wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse (partly ring line) 20-minute intervals (Mon-Fri), hourly intervals (Sat) 9 11 minutes
Since 2017, the city bus line C11 has been running between Bergkamen bus station and Nordfeld in the south of the city. From the Stadion stop, the C11 is a ring line that ends at Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str.

Once an hour, the C11 changes to the S30 to Dortmund, so you don't have to change.

Direct bus lines
line Route Tact Stops Duration (approx.)
D80 Bergkamen bus station - Kamen train station Hourly 6th 12 minutes
D86 Schwerte - Unna - Königsborn - Kamen - Bergkamen, Werner Straße - Rünthe - Werne Amazon 1 morning ride (Mon-Sat) 20th 1 hour 5 minutes
The new direct line D80, which runs from the Bergkamen bus station to the Kamen train station, has been in existence since 2017 . The line is particularly fast because it only has a total of 6 stops between the two cities. The D86 is used to ensure a good connection to the Amazon logistics center in Werne, including cities such as Schwerte, Unna and Kamen.
Night bus lines
line Route Tact Stops Duration (approx.)
N11 Lünen - Oberaden - Weddinghofen - Bergkamen - Overberge - Rünthe - Werne Three journeys on Saturdays, four journeys on Sundays 39 56 minutes
The route of the night line N11 is similar to the regional line R11
Taxibus lines
line Route Tact Stops Duration (approx.)
T36 Heil - Oberaden - Bergkamen - Nordberg Hourly intervals (Mon-Sat) Only with prior registration 16 25 minutes
In addition to the 3 regional lines R11, R81 and R82, there are additional trips in the form of a taxi bus:
T11 Lünen - Lünen-Süd - Oberaden - Weddinghofen - Bergkamen bus station (The routes on the T11 may change depending on the time.) Only at certain times (see timetable) Mostly 21 Mostly 25 minutes
T81 Werne - Rünthe - Bergkamen bus station - Weddinghofen - Kamen - Königsborn - Unna (route varies depending on the time) Only at certain times (see timetable) Mostly 22 Mostly 41 minutes
T82 Werne Hospital - Werne Town House - Werne Markt (variable routes) Only at certain times (see timetable) mostly 13 Mostly 14 minutes
The four taxi bus routes T11, T36, T81 and T82 only run at certain times and only upon telephone request from the VKU.

As a result, there are still 8 school bus routes with temporary service:


Transfer options

bus station

In Bergkamen there are numerous transfer options between the various bus lines, including the following stops

Werner Strasse: R13, R81, R82, S20, D86

Nordberg: R81, R82, S81, T36

Kreuzstrasse: R11, R12, S20

Altendwohndorf: C11, S20

In the old village / Lindenweg: R11, R81, S30

Kanalstrasse: R81, R82, S20

Fritz-Husemann-Str. (East): R13, R81, S20, S81

Overlap stops

In Bergkamen there are a few stops that belong to several price zones: (clockwise)

  • Lippe Bridge (Werne, Bergkamen)
  • Industriestraße, North (Hamm, Bergkamen)
  • Kupferbergsiedlung (Kamen, Bergkamen)
  • Kugelbrink (Kamen, Bergkamen)
  • Kreuzstrasse (Lünen-Beckinghausen, Bergkamen)

Bergkamen bus station

The Bergkamen bus station has a total of 4 bus platforms, each with different letters:
Bus platform A Bus platform C
line Direction of travel line Direction of travel
R12 Oberaden - Beckinghausen - Lünen Central Station C11 Stadium - Nordfeld - Wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse
R81 Rünthe - Werne - Werne Hospital S20 Rünthe - Herringen - (Hamm main station)
R82 Overberge - Rünthe - Werne - Werne Hospital Bus platform D
S20 Oberaden - Lünen R13 Overberge - Kamen train station
S81 Rünthe - Werne - Werne Holtkamp R81 Weddinghofen - Ostring - Kamen train station - Königsborn - Unna train station
N11 Werne - Lünen S81 Kamen - Königsborn - Unna train station
126 Salvation D80 Came station
Bus platform B T36 Heil - ecology station
R11 Oberaden - Beckinghausen - Lünen - Cappenberger See 128 Overberge - Rünthe
S30 Weddinghofen - Dortmund Reinoldikirche - Dortmund main station 193 Overberge - Pelkum - Bönen

Further trips from the Kamen train station

Many people in Bergkamen use the train station in Kamen to reach other destinations by train.

With the following lines of the VKU you can easily get to Kamen train station: S81 R13 R81 D80


The VKU is a member of the Verkehrsgemeinschaft Ruhr-Lippe (VRL). The Westphalian tariff applies . For trips from the municipalities of Lünen, Bergkamen, Kamen, Unna, Holzwickede and Schwerte to the VRR area and vice versa, the tariffs of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) apply. Various line network plans can be found on the VKU website.


A large part of the transport services of the VKU, especially in the school bus transport , is provided by subcontractors . The subcontractor Vehling Reisen is based in Bergkamen and also drives for VKU.

The Westphalian sports boat center - Marina Rünthe

Waterway network

The Datteln-Hamm Canal connects Bergkamen to the European waterway network . Bergkamen owns two industrial ports on the Datteln-Hamm Canal. There is also a sports boat harbor on this canal in Bergkamen, the Rünthe Marina . It is one of the largest leisure harbors in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The sports boat harbor can be reached with the two express bus lines S20 and S81 at the Marina stop and with the two regional lines R81 and R82 at the Wichernstraße stop.


The nearest airports are Dortmund Airport , the airport Dusseldorf and Muenster / Osnabrueck Airport . Dortmund airport is only 14 kilometers away, Münster / Osnabrück airport is 65 kilometers and Düsseldorf airport is 87.5 kilometers by car. Dortmund Airport can be easily reached by public transport. The following bus lines take you to Dortmund Airport from Bergkamen bus station (with a change):

At Bergkamen bus station, take either the regional line R81 or the express bus line S81 and then drive to the Unna train station, where the end of the two VKU lines is also reached. From Unna train station, take the city line C41 and then drive directly to Dortmund Airport.


Almost all types of schools are represented in Bergkamen. Bergkamen also has a youth art school, a music school and an adult education center . The city ​​library only moved into the building on the city market a few years ago.

Special schools


  • Friedrich-von-Bodelschwingh-Schule, funding focus: intellectual development


  • Sub-location of the rainbow school, secondary level I, special school of the Unna district, special focus: emotional and social development
  • Branch of the school in Heithof, LWL school in the LWL University Clinic Hamm


  • Sub-location of the rainbow school, primary level, special school of the district of Unna, special focus: emotional and social development (until July 31, 2017)
  • Sub-location of the sun school, primary level, special school of the Unna district, special focus: language

Elementary schools

Bergkamen center

  • Gerhart Hauptmann School
  • Schiller School


  • Jahnschule
  • Preschool


  • Overberger elementary school


  • Freiherr von Ketteler School


  • Palatinate School

Further training

  • Municipal high school Bergkamen (in the Weddinghofen district)
  • Willy Brandt Comprehensive School Bergkamen
  • Freiherr-vom-Stein-Realschule
  • Realschule Oberaden

The TÜV Nord training center has not existed in Bergkamen for a long time

Culture and leisure

Historic sites

earth wall of the Bumannsburg
  • Roman camp Oberaden
    The Oberaden Roman camp in the Oberaden district is a two-legion camp with an area of ​​54 hectares, the largest Roman military camp north of the Alps and at the same time the oldest legion camp in Westphalia. On April 30, 2006, the Archaeological Educational Trail Roman Camp Oberaden of the Association of Friends and Supporters of the Bergkamen City Museum was presented to the interested public.
  • Bumannsburg ground monument
    The Bumannsburg is located in a forest near the A1 motorway in the Rünthe district. Despite the heavy tree growth, the walls of the Saxon-Franconian double wall ring are still clearly visible. The facility served the farmers from the area as a refuge . Today an educational forest trail has been laid out within the facility.

Listed buildings

The Bergkamen buildings listed below are listed:

Memorial "Nazi Collective Camp Schönhausen"
"Shaft 3" in Rünthe
  • Nazi collective camp memorial in the Mitte district
    From April 1933 to October 1933, the social building of the “Kolonie Schönhausen” miners' settlement, which was built in the 1920s, was used as a collection camp for opponents of the regime. In a large-scale raid on April 12, 1933, 489 KPD functionaries or people close to the party were arrested and housed in the welfare building. A total of around 900 to 1,000 people were transferred from here to larger camps (e.g. Brauweiler ) or extermination camps .
  • “Schacht 3” cultural center in the Rünthe district
    Coal production began in shaft 3 of the Werne colliery in Rünthe in the winter of 1915. Due to the slack sales caused by the global economic crisis, shaft 3, like many other shafts, was shut down in 1930. Since the traffic routes were badly damaged after the end of the war , the shaft was used from 1946 to quickly bring the Rünther miners to the site. It was not until 1960 that the shaft was finally shut down. The former laundromat of the colliery is used as a cultural center and is a listed building .
ecology station
  • Gutshof "Schulze-Heil" - ecology station
    The “Schulze-Heil” estate from 1864 houses the Unna district's ecological station. Several regional institutions and associations for environmental and nature conservation are located in the ecology station. The following facilities can be viewed during opening hours:
    • Wild bee nature trail
    • Cottage garden
    • Environmental education
    • Herbal sewage treatment plant
    Guided tours through the model pig stable and the meat cutting plant are possible by appointment. Regional products such as apple juice, jellies, honey, etc. can be purchased at the sales point of the ecology station. Regularly changing art exhibitions can also be viewed in the ecology station.

sport and freetime

Entrance area to the natural swimming pool in Heil
Indoor swimming pool
Sunbathing lawn at the wave pool
  • Westphalian sports boat center
    On the Datteln-Hamm Canal is the Westphalian sports boat center with the Rünthe Marina , one of the most modern and largest leisure harbors in North Rhine-Westphalia with around 250 berths and a complete boat infrastructure. In the harbor there is a hotel as well as several restaurants, bistros, beer gardens and fitness facilities. With the passenger ship “Santa Monika” you can travel to Hamm and the Henrichenburg ship lift.
  • Wave pool
    The Bergkamen wave pool is located in the Weddinghofen district. With over 2,000 m² of water, a 50 m slide and 24,000 m² of lounging area, this facility is also an attractive leisure offer for visitors from neighboring cities.
  • Heil natural swimming pool
    The natural open-air swimming pool in the Heil district is an “insider tip”. Nestled between meadows and fields with well-tended sunbathing lawns partially shaded by old trees, this outdoor pool, which is located in a side arm of the Lippe, offers pure relaxation.
  • Bergkamen indoor swimming pool
    The indoor pool in the Mitte district has a 312 m² multi-purpose pool with a lifting floor (water depth: 0.90 - 3.80 m). There is also a 100 m² non-swimmer pool. The jumping facility has a 1-meter and a 3-meter board.
  • Ice rink
    The ice rink in the Weddinghofen district with a 1,800 m² ice rink attracts over 50,000 visitors from Bergkamen and neighboring cities each season.
  • Bike trails
    • The Römerroute long-distance cycle route leads through Bergkamen .
    • Bergkamener Rad-KulTour
      The ADFC and the city of Bergkamen have developed a 25 km bike tour to the most important art objects in the city area.
    • Route industrial culture by bike
      The "Großes Holz" mine dump in Bergkamen is a lookout point on this route.
    • Zechenbahn route from Kamen to Werne
      The disused railway line, which has been developed as a cycle path, makes it possible to travel from Kamen to Werne through the Overberge and Rünthe districts undisturbed by car traffic.
  • Others

The city ​​has also made a name for itself in German indoor handball . The men's team of HC TuRa Bergkamen played from 1983 to 1985 in the highest German division.

Parks and recreational areas

Water park in the city center west
Main cemetery
Beversee nature reserve
  • Water Park
    In 2001 the "water park" was completed in the west of the city center. The area of ​​the park is approx. 22,000 m². The rainwater from the "City" north of the park is used to supply the artificially created 4,500 m² water area. A promenade runs along the north bank of the water area and a reed zone on the south bank.
  • Colliery park
    The Zechenpark is located in the Mitte district between Nordberg and the Grimberg 1/2 industrial estate. In the last few years the park, which was once overgrown, has been thoroughly renovated.
  • Römerbergwald
    This forest in the Oberaden district has many walking paths.
  • "Large wood" heap
    Since the 1970s, the Großer Holz heap has been created as an artificial hill made from mining overburden. Due to the special system of the paths laid out, it is possible to choose the physical strain on the hike to the summit yourself. Either you choose the long paths laid out as serpentines, or the direct, steep paths between the serpentines.
  • Park cemetery
    The 22 hectare main cemetery of the city of Bergkamen, which was created as a forest cemetery, is located in the district of Weddinghofen. The spacious site was completed on February 2, 1980 after a two-year construction period.
  • "Beversee" nature reserve
    The Beversee was formed by the subsidence of the terrain caused by mining. With a total area of ​​around 100 hectares, the area is one of the largest nature reserves in North Rhine-Westphalia and also offers a home to plants and animals that have become rare. The diverse bird life can be observed from a viewing platform on the lakeshore. There are many places where aircraft bombs fell from WWII in the area. These bomb craters are mostly filled with water and have integrated into the landscape as small pools.
  • "Mühlenbruch" nature reserve
    The Mühlenbruch nature reserve is located southwest of the federal highway 61 on the city limits of Kamen. A parking lot allows walkers to drive up to the area.

Regular events

during the 2004 light market
  • Weekly market
    Every Thursday, the largest weekly market in the region takes place in Bergkamen-Mitte with many visitors from the neighboring communities.
  • Health day
    The Bergkamen Health Day takes place on the Zentrumplatz in the Mitte district every first weekend in September. With over 3000 visitors, it is one of the largest events of its kind in the eastern Ruhr area.
  • Lights market
    On Halloween, the light market in the Mitte district attracts many visitors to the city. Dipped in colored light, actors and visitors create a unique work of light art.
  • Harbor Festival
    On the first weekend in June the Marina Rünthe invites you to the harbor festival.
  • Flea markets
    There are regular flea markets in the Rünthe industrial estate and in the Werner Straße / Landwehrstraße industrial estate.

Modern city art

Concrete figure by Lothar Kampmann
"Das Glück" by HA Schult
"The blue ribbon" in the east of the city center
  • Concrete figures by Lothar Kampmann
    There are many concrete figures by Lothar Kampmann in the Bergkamen urban area : six figures in the Oberaden district at Museumsplatz, eight figures and one figure (horse) at the main cemetery in Bergkamen-Weddinghofen in the indoor pool area in the Mitte district.
  • Object artwork "Das Glück" by HA Schult
    In July 2005, the Cologne action artist HA Schult began to design the dreary facade of the unused “City Tower” with colorful garden sheds painted on wooden panels. The plan was to increase the ten objects attached to the east side to 70 houses on the entire facade. In March 2011, the wooden panels had to be removed again due to weather-related wear. Most of the residential tower above the city complex was demolished in 2014.
  • The blue ribbon
    The “Blue Ribbon” connects the city center east (Presidential Street / Nordberg) and the city center west (Rathausviertel) as a partly water-bearing stream and partly as a blue mosaic strip. The sculptures at the end of the blue ribbon are by Bolette Holm and Ole Hempel .
  • Wind plastic
    On the Wieliczka Square on the corner of Presidential Street and Pestalozzistr. there is a stainless steel sculpture by Günter Tollmann .
  • Sculpture by Andrzej Irzykowski
    At the end of the pedestrian zone (corner of Praesidentstrasse and Fritz-Husemann-Strasse) there is a sculpture by the Polish artist Andrzej Irzykowski
  • Earth pyramid
    In front of the town hall at the bus station is the "Earth pyramid" by Timm Ulrichs . The top of the inverted pyramid points exactly to the center of the earth. Only the metal cover of the "underside" of the work of art is visible. In addition to the name of the work of art, the inscription on the cover contains the name of the artist, the dimensions of the ( imaginary ) pyramid (1 m × 1 m × 6,364,416 m) and the coordinates of the location.
Art object "Integrationsplatz" (excerpt) by Lothar Kampmann
  • Integration place
    The art object "International Integration Sculpture Square" by Lothar Kampmann is located in the Rünthe district at the corner of Rünther Str./Schlägelstr. It consists of three walls with a relief design, figures and a table with a sundial. Lothar Kampmann realized the project in 1968 together with Mehmet Uyanik and Andrzej Pollo .
  • Light art and illumination
“Scale” by Maik and Dirk Löbbert
"No agreement today, no agreement tomorrow" by Andreas M. Kaufmann
"The blue light" by Horst Rellecke
Bergkamen owns a large number of works of light art, light sculptures and illuminations.
With the following works it is represented in the culture project Hellweg - a light path .
  • The media sculpture with the title “no agreement today, no agreement tomorrow” by Andreas M. Kaufmann shows 24 black and white photos of known and unknown people in the roundabout in front of the town hall at night.
  • Rochus Aust's “subport bergkamen” is the world's first and only underground airport with a total of 14 light and sound installations in the sewer shafts over the Nordberg.
  • The fountain system "Staged water wall" by the artist Birgit Hölmer in front of the town hall shows views of fountains in Europe on its standing water fountains at the weekend (projection).
  • Four light steles by the brothers Maik and Dirk Löbbert installed in roundabouts around Bergkamen city center - as "Bergkamen standards" - form an imaginary roof over the city of Bergkamen and at the same time represent illusory city gates.
  • Eight meter high “lamps” form the basic elements of the artistic intervention entitled Pulslicht by Mischa Kuball in the port of Marina Rünthe.

See: List of works of art in public space in Bergkamen


Bergehalde Big Wood
Lippeauen in Rünthe
Lippe near Bergkamen
  • The green heap " Großes Holz " is 148.5  m above sea level. NN the highest point in the northern Unna district and at the same time a landmark on the route of industrial culture in the Ruhr area.
  • There are three nature reserves in Bergkamen's urban area, including the Beversee and Lippe floodplains, which are important European nature reserves . The ecology station, which is operated by the Unna district and the Ruhr Regional Association, is also located in the Lippeauen.

Museums and galleries

  • Bergkamen City Museum
    The focus of the city museum in the Oberaden district is , in addition to the exhibition of finds, models and replicas from Roman times, the history of mining, industry, settlement and the city, as well as the following topics:
    • Smallholder living
    • Mining living
    • 1950s home decor
    • Barber shop
    • Bergkamen under the swastika
    • Mom and pop shop
    • Historic classroom
    • Barbara tunnel on the working world of miners underground
  • Art gallery "sole 1"
    The municipal art gallery " sole 1 " is the oldest municipal art gallery in the Federal Republic. This gallery has enjoyed great recognition in the art scene since it was founded. In addition to the exhibitions, a printing workshop provides information on various printing techniques.


  • The Bergkamener Studio Theater is a central stage with 420 seats. The focus of the guest performances is the series "Cabaret / Cabaret".
  • The cabaret stage in the “sole 1” gallery regularly offers performances by well-known and as yet unknown cabaret artists. Another cultural highlight: the “coffee house afternoons”.
  • The Schmülling restaurant is the place for regular jazz morning pints with well-known jazz and blues bands.


  • Colliery settlements
"New Monopol" headframe
City tower 2007 with objects from HA Schult
Bus station and town hall
  • Art of lights at the roundabout in the city center
  • IBA projects:
    • Market development with market roof
    • Residential projects
      • "Women plan apartments"
      • "Easy and do-it-yourself"
  • Bus station
    Sister city square
  • City tower
    A high-rise building with 15 floors and 150 residential units, built in 1974 and vacated since November 2000, demolished in 2014.
  • Headframe of the former Grimberg 1/2 colliery

Panorama picture

Bergkamen 2001 View from the south (A2 motorway) onto the districts of Weddinghofen and Mitte (City, Colony Schönhausen and Nordberg). In the background the “Haus Aden” mine in Oberaden, the “Großes Holz” mine dump, the coal-fired power plant in Heil and the headframe of the “Neu Monopol” mine

City personalities

Born and raised in Bergkamen:
Eugen Drewermann


  • Martin Litzinger: Region in Transition - History of the Bergkamen Area 1890–1991. City of Bergkamen, 1991.
  • Günter Stahlhut: If a mine could tell… Regio, Werne 1997, ISBN 3-929158-07-8 .
  • Johann-Sebastian Kühlborn: The Roman camp in Oberaden III. Aschendorff, Münster 1992, ISBN 3-402-05140-0 (Soil antiquities of Westphalia, 27).
  • Rudolf Asskamp, ​​Stephan Berke (editor): The Roman occupation north of the Alps at the time of Augustus. Colloquium Bergkamen 1989. Lectures. Aschendorff, Münster 1991, ISBN 3-402-05139-7 (Soil antiquities of Westphalia, 26).
  • Friedhelm Schwemin: The Romans in Oberaden. Regio, Werne 1998, ISBN 3-929158-09-4 .
  • Monika Lichtenhof: Bergkamen. Stadt-Bild, Leipzig 2003, ISBN 3-934572-57-X (illustrated book).
  • Martin Litzinger: Bergkamen - From farming village to industrial location . City of Bergkamen, 2003, ISBN 3-929675-05-6 .
  • Martin Litzinger: Bergkamen. In: Wolfgang Benz , Barbara Distel (eds.): The place of terror . History of the National Socialist Concentration Camps. Volume 2: Early camp, Dachau, Emsland camp. CH Beck, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-406-52962-3 .
  • Martin Litzinger: Bergkamen. In: Manfred Groten , Peter Johanek , Wilfried Reininghaus , Margret Wensky (Eds.): Handbook of historical sites . Volume 3: North Rhine-Westphalia (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 273). Published by the regional associations of Rhineland and Westphalia-Lippe. 3rd, completely revised edition. Kröner, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 3-520-27303-9 .

Web links

Commons : Bergkamen  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Bergkamen  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Information and technology North Rhine-Westphalia: official population figures
  2. ^ City of Bergkamen, population figures. Retrieved July 17, 2018 .
  3. ^ Population figures Bergkamen Website of the city of Bergkamen. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  4. Eva Cichy, Martha Aeissen: With a view of the Seseke - remains of an early medieval burial ground in Bergkamen , in: Archeology in Westphalia (2011) 96-99 ( online ).
  5. ^ MF Essellen: Description and brief history of the Hamm district and the individual localities in the same . Verlag Reimann GmbH & Co, Hamm 1985, ISBN 3-923846-07-X , p. 167 .
  6. Population figures 1910
  7. Heino Baues: Anniversary of the Battle of Pelkum, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, March 26, 2010 (offline)
  8. Stephanie Reekers: The regional development of the districts and communities of Westphalia 1817-1967 . Aschendorff, Münster Westfalen 1977, ISBN 3-402-05875-8 , p. 214 .
  9. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 63 .
  10. Census database - City of Bergkamen , Population by Religion, 2011 census
  11. There are also reasons for the many people leaving the church in Bergkamen
  12. ^ Team of the Heilig Geist parish. Website of the Holy Spirit Catholic Congregation. Accessed June 17, 2020.
  13. ^ Website of the Catholic Church Community of the Holy Spirit. Retrieved June 17, 2020
  14. ^ Members of the Bergkamen Pastoral Association. KAB Bergkamen website. Accessed June 17, 2020.
  15. ^ Members of the Evangelical Church Congregation Bergkamen. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  16. ^ Mosques in Bergkamen
  17. Directories of the results of the local elections for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (LDS NRW) from 1975 to 2009
  18. Elective profile of the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics NW ( Memento from June 6, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  19. Election results 1999  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 5.9 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  20. 2004 election results  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 7.0 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  21. Election results 2009  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 3.5 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  22. Primary income in NRW per inhabitant in 2016 by municipalities
  23. VKU timetable for the city of Bergkamen VKU website, accessed on June 17, 2020
  24. Short biography Ostendorff on the homepage of the German Bundestag (17th electoral period) ( Memento from February 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) (offline)