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Coat of arms of the city of Dülmen
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Coordinates: 51 ° 50 ′  N , 7 ° 17 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Muenster
Circle : Coesfeld
Height : 65 m above sea level NHN
Area : 184.83 km 2
Residents: 46,657 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 252 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 48249
Primaries : 02594, 02590, 02548
License plate : COE, LH
Community key : 05 5 58 016
City structure: 7 districts

City administration address :
Market 1–3
48249 Dülmen
Website : www.duelmen.de
Mayoress : Elisabeth Stremlau ( SPD )
Location of the city of Dülmen in the Coesfeld district
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City view with St. Viktor Church

Dülmen is a medium-sized city ​​in the North Rhine-Westphalian district of Coesfeld and is located between Münster and the Ruhr area .

With around 46,000 inhabitants, it has the status of a small medium-sized town and, with an area of ​​around 185 km 2, is both the largest town in terms of population and area in the Coesfeld district .

Dülmen has a large network of cycle routes , which makes it a destination especially for the nearby Ruhr area . Dülmen is a member of the working group for bicycle-friendly cities and communities in North Rhine-Westphalia . Dülmen is better known through the Dülmen wild horses and the mystic Anna Katharina Emmerick .


Dülmen is located in the central Münsterland at the Hohe Mark-Westmünsterland nature park between the Baumberge with the city of Münster on the other side in the northeast, the Borkenberge in the south and the Hohen Mark in the southwest. The Lippe flows a few kilometers to the south near Haltern , and the Dortmund-Ems Canal runs to the east . The Recklinghausen district begins on the southwestern city limits near Hausdülmen .

Market square with town hall and anniversary fountain

Expansion of the urban area

Lüdinghauser Tor - Dülmen's landmark
Farmland 82.33 km²
Garden land 1.22 km²
Grassland 46.28 km²
Forest area 26.67 km²
Water surface 2.64 km²
pagan 0.02 km²
Mining land 0.42 km²
Unland 0.09 km²
Courtyard areas 13.31 km²
Streets, paths and squares 8.83 km²
Other types of use 2.68 km²
total area 184.49 km²

City structure

Districts of Dülmen
House Merfeld

The city of Dülmen has five districts and two city districts.

The five districts of Dülmen are seen clockwise in the north Rorup , in the north-east Buldern , in the east Hiddingsel , in the south-west Hausdülmen and in the north-west Merfeld .

The two boroughs of Dülmen are center and parish . The Mitte district comprises the city proper. The district Parish includes the surrounding areas and the Bauerschaften Börnste, Daldrup, Dernekamp, Leuste, Mitwick, Empte, Rödder, Weddern and Welte.

Neighboring communities

The city borders the following cities and municipalities , they are named starting from the south in clockwise order:

Haltern am See ( Recklinghausen district ), Reken ( Borken district ), Coesfeld , Nottuln , Senden , Lüdinghausen (all Coesfeld district ).


The Münsterland with the region around Dülmen was once inhabited by the Germanic tribe of the Brukterer in single and multi-farm houses, one of which was the main farm. After the Franconian occupation and the Christian missionary work, political and ecclesiastical administration took place, with the main courtyard of the later Dülmen farmers becoming ecclesiastical around 800. For the first time will peasantry Dülmen documented as "Dulmenni" in 889 in Lifting register of the monastery are mentioned dutiable. In 1115, south-west of the village of Dülmen, work began on the construction of the lordly castle " Haus Dülmen ". In 1299, Count Eberhard I von der Mark set fire to the village; in the following years it was secured with walls and ditches. Since 1305, near the eastern edge of the settlement, in front of the later Lüdinghauser Tor, there was a sovereign court, the Gogericht "zur Greinkuhle". The town charter was granted on April 22, 1311 by the Prince-Bishop of Münster , Ludwig II . In addition to limited self-administration, these rights also included market rights. The parish church of St. Viktor was elevated to a collegiate church in 1323. The chapter finally included twelve canons. Senior of the chapter was the dean.

The nun tower in Dülmen with a fragment of the old city wall

From 1328 to 1808, two mayors elected annually controlled the fortunes of the city. In 1404 the mayor and the city council bought the land for the construction of the town hall. From 1414, the poor found help and admission in the Heilig-Geist-Spital. From 1424 to 1803 the secular rule in the diocese of Münster was divided into twelve offices, one of which was the office of Dülmen. It included the cities of Dülmen and Haltern and the parishes of Dülmen, Buldern and Hullern. In 1434 a teacher was employed according to a mutual agreement between the chapter of the monastery and the city. In 1457 the Augustinian nuns from Münster opened a convent called Agnetenberg near today's nuns tower. Dülmen became a member of the Hanseatic League in 1470 . In Weddern in 1476/77, the Marienburg Charterhouse was the only Carthusian settlement in Westphalia. In 1498 the oldest list of residents recorded 288 households and 780 people over twelve years old. In 1507, five “street communities” joined forces within the city to make better use of the common brands. In 1538 three Anabaptists were sentenced to death . In 1566, Dülmen, plagued by the plague, received food from the city of Münster . In 1579 the restoration work on St. Viktor's high choir, built around 1500, was completed. In 1581 the sovereign had some Jews arrested who had settled in Dülmen without his permission. In 1583, during the Spanish-Dutch war, the civil rifle organizations were reorganized and the fortifications reinforced. In 1591 Dülmen was sacked by the Spaniards and the Dutch. In 1601 the St. Viktor Church received a tower with a towering helmet and a Gothic gallery.

Dülmen around 1647 from the southwest. The two mercenaries in the foreground would be walking on Halterner Strasse today .

In the Thirty Years' War Dülmen had to open its gates to imperial troops in 1623. The municipal self-government that had existed since 1311 came to an end for the time being. In 1628 two women were burned as witches within four weeks. In 1629 a conflagration incinerated almost a third of the city and damaged walls and gates. In the course of a single year, Dülmen changed military garrisons twenty times in 1635. After a long and hard period of occupation, the Hessian mercenaries finally cleared the place in 1651. The consequences of thirty years of war were in 1670: 123 houses were devastated, 79 were inhabited by the poor. The Kreuzkapelle was built in front of the Lüdinghauser Tor in 1679 as a place of worship for the residents of town and country. A mail service from Münster to Cologne via Dülmen started operating in 1723. Johann Heinrich Schücking built a grain distillery in 1752, which was expanded to include a steam mill in 1828. During the Seven Years' War , the French commander Soubise had a large part of the city wall demolished in 1761.

After the abolition of the Principality of Münster in 1803, the former Amt of Dülmen became an imperial county of the Dukes of Croÿ, who came from the Franco-Belgian border area, for three years . When the Münsterland was incorporated into the French Empire in 1811, Napoleon dissolved the monastery chapter at the parish church of St. Viktor and the Agnetenberg monastery . As the new sovereign, the King of Prussia transferred Dülmen to the Coesfeld district within the province of Westphalia in 1816 .

In 1824 the stigmatized former Augustinian nun Anna Katharina Emmerick died here after suffering twelve years. The Wesel - Haltern - Dülmen - Münster road begun by Napoleon was partially completed in 1828 as the first "art road" . The company Aloys Kirschner, commissioned with the construction of the Herzog-von-Croÿschen Palace , moved its headquarters from Havixbeck to Dülmen in 1834 . The Prinz Rudolph ironworks was the first factory to be built during industrialization in 1842 . During the March Revolution of 1848 there was an outbreak of social protest. Day laborers and small craftsmen from the city and the surrounding area demolished some rooms of the castle. Then they threw the windows of merchants and officials, looted their food supplies and alcohol. The Evangelical Congregation, which had built its church the year before, was raised to an independent church congregation by the consistory and government in 1857. The new synagogue of the Jewish community had also been on Münsterstrasse since 1863. The construction of the Essen-Münster railway line opened up the city for rail traffic between the Ruhr area and Hamburg in 1870 . Meier Bendix (son of Moses Bendix ) opened a mechanical weaving mill on Lüdinghauser Strasse in 1873, initially with 100 chairs. With the opening of the Dortmund – Gronau line , Dülmen became a railway junction with a tower station in 1875 . The city council and the magistrate transferred the central supply of gas and water to the newly founded municipal utilities in 1897. The old "Latin School" or the "Rector's School" of the 19th century was expanded into a grammar school in 1912.

Despite much opposition, the Church of the Holy Cross was built in 1936 as the second Catholic parish church. During the “ Reichskristallnacht ” members of the SA let the synagogue of the Jewish community go up in flames. During the French campaign in 1940, bombs fell for the first time near the city. The goal was the underground fuel depot of the air force in the Osthofer forest. The last members of the Jewish community - ten elderly people - were transported to the east in 1941/1942 and finally murdered in a concentration camp. In connection with the Allies crossing the Lower Rhine, bomber groups destroyed the entire city center shortly before the end of the Second World War.

The rapid reconstruction of the residential and workplaces reached a festive climax with the handover of the new town hall in 1956. In 1963, Dülmen entered into a partnership with the French city of Mézières near Charleville . With the stationing of the 7th artillery regiment of the Bundeswehr in the St. Barbara barracks, the economically thriving Dülmen became a garrison town in 1966, and with the establishment of the Dülmen special ammunition dump it was also a location for nuclear weapons. As a result of the regional reform, the rural communities lost their independence in 1975. The enlarged urban area includes the municipality of Buldern with Hiddingsel , the Dülmen office with the municipality of Kirchspiel and Merfeld as well as the municipality of Rorup and parts of the municipality of Limbergen belonging to the Rorup office. With the completion of the A 43 Wuppertal-Münster, Dülmen was connected to the motorway network in 1981. In 1983 the city granted the British military equipment depot the right of honor. After the opening of the inner German border joined Dülmen and Fehrbellin in Brandenburg in 1990 a twinning arrangement . After the number of employees in the Paul Bendix textile spinning and weaving mill was halved during the structural crisis in 1966/67 and production was switched to carded yarn, the company was discontinued in 1993, ending 120 years of company history and the formerly most important sector of the Dülmen economy ceased to exist. The history of the garrison ended in 2003 with the withdrawal of the Bundeswehr units stationed in Dülmen.

In 2016, during excavation work on the planned “Intergenerational Center”, Germany's oldest bell pit at that time was found.


On April 1, 1930 Hausdülmen was incorporated into the parish of Dülmen parish .

On July 1, 1969, Hiddingsel was united with the municipality of Buldern.

On January 1, 1975, the previously independent communities Buldern , Parish Dülmen , Merfeld and Rorup were incorporated into the city of Dülmen.


A good 90% of Dülmen was destroyed in the Second World War. After the war, Dülmen experienced a rapid upswing. From the approximately 5,000 inhabitants after the war, the population grew to over 20,000 by 1973.

Population statistics

Status: March 2019

District Residents households
Dülmen-Mitte 28,752 12,235
Buldern 5,759 2,451
Hausdülmen 2,087 888
Hiddingsel 1,752 746
Parish 4.145 1,764
Merfeld 1.993 848
Rorup 2,276 969
total 46,764 19,900


Status: 2008

religion Residents percent
evangelical 8,381 17.8
evangelical reformed 10 0.02
Evangelical Lutheran 156 0.3
Old Catholic 3 0.01
Roman Catholic 32,363 68.6
other 6.251 13.3
total 47.164 100


City Council

Allocation of seats since 1999

Seats Voters CDU SPD FDP Green UWG GAL The left ÖDP DMP
2014 44 20,844 23 seats 13 seats 2 seats 4 seats * * 2 seats * *
2009 44 22,839 20 seats 14 seats 4 seats 2 seats 2 seats 1 seat 1 seat * *
2004 44 22,387 22 seats 13 seats 4 seats 1 seat 2 seats 1 seat * 1 seat *
1999 44 21,016 25 seats 12 seats 1 seat 2 seats 2 seats * * 0 seats 2 seats

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.

year CDU SPD Green 1 FDP left UWG
21975 2 62.9 31.4 3.5
1979 63.3 32.8 3.9
1984 49.4 25.4 7.5 3.2 14.6
1989 47.2 31.2 5.4 04.96 11.3
1994 46.6 33.9 7.8 2.9 08.9
31999 3 57.5 26.5 3.5 3.0 004.17
4th2004 4 49.3 29.1 5.4 9.5 04.6
2009 45.2 30.6 6.5 9.7 2.8 05.1
2014 50.7 30.8 8.6 5.4 4.5


1 green:

1984 and 1989: Greens, 1994 and 1999: B'90 / Greens,
2004: GAL: 3.1%, B'90 / Greens: 2.3%,
2009: B'90 / Greens: 4.4%, GAL: 2.1%
2014: B'90 / Greens

2 1975: additionally: DZP: 2.2%
3 1999: additionally: DMP: 4.20%
4 2004: additionally: ÖDP: 2.1%

Dülmen, town hall on the market square
Council chamber in the town hall
Wedding room in the town hall


Elisabeth Stremlau ( SPD ) was elected mayor in the 2009 municipal elections with 12,359 votes (55.3%), replacing Jan Dirk Püttmann ( CDU ) after ten years .

Deputy Mayoress

At the constituent assembly of the city council on October 29, 2009, Annette Holtrup ( CDU ) , Hugo Ruthmann ( SPD ) Claus Joachimczak were elected as deputies of Mayor Elisabeth Stremlau. The ( FDP ) appointed an honorary mayor for the first time in the history of Dülmen in the 2009 to 2014 electoral period. In 2010, Claus Joachimczak made the office available due to a change of party. His successor was Manuela Pross ( CDU ) . These three representatives remained unchanged after the new election by the city council in 2014.

Mayor since 1945

mayor Political party be right %
2015 Elisabeth Stremlau Non-party 13,458 71.2
2009 Elisabeth Stremlau SPD 12,359 55.3
2004 Jan Dirk Püttmann CDU 11,182 50.9
1999 Jan Dirk Püttmann CDU 13,270 63.9
1994 Dorothea Hainke SPD *
1986 Karl Ridder CDU *
1958 Hans-Rudolf Schlieker CDU *
1957 Wilhelm Telohe center *
1953 Josef Espeter CDU *
1949 Wilhelm Telohe center *
1947 Josef Espeter CDU *
1946 Wilhelm Brücher SPD *
1945 Karl Sicking *

Until 1999, the mayors were active on a voluntary basis and were elected by the city council.

The first mayors were Lambt von Hiddingsel and Gotfrid gent Traghe in 1328.

coat of arms

The coat of arms of the city of Dülmen

Blazon : "A blue four-leaf clover in gold."

It appeared for the first time at the turn of the 16th to the 17th century and was used on copper coins minted in Dülmen at the end of the 16th century. The coat of arms was then included in the municipal seal at the beginning of the 18th century.

The cross probably comes from the coat of arms of the city patron St. Viktor . He is shown on a rider's seal of the Dülmen St. Viktor monastery from the 14th century with such a shield.

The colors blue in gold were given as an ancient tradition as early as 1848. The city colors are yellow-blue.

City flag

In the city flag, the city colors yellow are reflected in the left half and blue as longitudinal stripes in a one-to-one ratio. On the left you can see the trefoil cross, which is also shown in the coat of arms. The banner is designed accordingly and shows the trefoil cross in the upper half of the yellow strip.

Town twinning

Since 1963, Dülmen has been twinning with Charleville-Mézières (formerly Mézières ), the capital of the French Ardennes department . Since 1990 there has been a friendship between the cities of Fehrbellin in Brandenburg .

Culture and sights


Of the old city fortifications, which included five gates and at least four towers, there are still the Lüdinghauser Tor , which is Dülmen's landmark, the Lorenkenturm and the nuns' tower . The other gates (Münstertor, Burgtor, Neues Tor and Coesfelder Tor) are only reflected in the names of a few restaurants or streets. Buddenturm and Tiber tower have not been preserved.

Among the older preserved buildings are also the oldest church in Dülmen, St. Viktor , named after Viktor von Xanten , which was founded in 780. The second Catholic Church of the Holy Cross was built between 1936 and 1938.

Other structures:


The city archive of the city of Dülmen primarily preserves written and audiovisual evidence of the time that is important for the city's history. The archive's holdings include documents and newspapers, for example, as well as photos and postcards showing Dülmen at different times. The reading room is also open to interested private individuals or school groups. The city archive is located in the basement of the Hermann Leeser School.

Another archive is the Duke von Croÿ'sche Archive, which is located in the building of the Duke von Croÿ'sche administration.


The spectrum of clubs and groups that make music is wide. It ranges from choirs and bands to rock and Irish folk music.

  • Choirs
    • After Eights (a cappella choir of the music school)
    • Choir community Dülmen 1905 e. V.
    • Dülmener Choir Loreley e. V.
    • Madrigal Choir Dülmen e. V.
    • MGV Germania Buldern 1887 e. V.
    • MGV Singers Association 1888 e. V. Duelmen
  • Folk, pop and rock music
    • Aalsturm (hard rock band)
    • Do You Mind (Pop-Punk)
    • Black Button (rock band)
    • Glengar - Irish-Folk Duo
    • Minutes to Midnight (rock band)
    • Rockdiele Dülmen e. V.
    • West Coast Hannes
    • YAP! (Rock and pop band)
    • Square Heads (Blues / Rock)
    • Death by Exile (Death Metal)
  • Orchestras, bands
    • Golden Wings - Big Band of the Dülmen Music School
    • Youth brass orchestra of the Stadtkapelle Dülmen e. V.
    • Medium Big Band e. V.
    • Dülmen trombone choir
    • Circle of fifths Dülmen
    • Stadtkapelle Dülmen e. V.
    • Brass band 09
  • Minstrel moves
    • Spielmannszug Buldern 1932 e. V.
    • Minstrel march "In Treue fest" Kolping Dülmen
    • March of the Volunteer Fire Brigade Dülmen
    • Fanfarenzug 1978 Buldern e. V. (German champion 2008, German youth champion 2010)
  • Others
    • Hunting horn blower Dülmen
    • St. Joseph Choir


The Dülmen Wildlife Park as the largest Dülmener park with 250 hectares and also known nationwide has existed since 1860, the year the land was acquired, and has its origins in the former Gut Hinderkinck, which has existed since 1341. Originally, the site was intended as a country residence for the Duke of Croÿ. In 1864 the owner Alfred von Croÿ commissioned the English landscape architect Edward Milner with the design, who planned the 120 hectare site with a pond, wooden bridge, meadows and groups of trees. The execution was carried out by the gardener Charles Barnard, who also had an influence on the design. In the following years the park was expanded. Today the park is used for local recreation and is home to various wild animals such as roe deer and fallow deer, which have been kept in the park since the 1920s.

The wildlife park is connected to the former site of the castle, of which only the old stables still exist, via the so-called, parallel park. The foundation stone for the castle was laid in 1834 by Alfred von Croÿ. The palace garden belonged to the palace and was converted into a landscape garden in 1861. The castle was destroyed in the last days of the Second World War, with the route of Halterner Strasse intersecting the western facade of the castle. Today the garden represents the castle park, which offers relaxation and play opportunities.

Other parks are the Bendixpark, the wedding park “An der Lehmkuhle”, the park “An den Wiesen” or the Vorpark.

Dülmen wild horse

The Dülmen wild horse is a breed of small horse that lives mainly in Dülmen in the Merfelder Bruch, a nature reserve of around 350 hectares. There are around 300 wild horses there. Every year - traditionally on the last Saturday in May - the one-year-old stallions are caught from the herd on the wild horse track in the Merfelder Bruch .


The Catholic St. Viktor Church , which is the oldest church in downtown Dülmen, is of central importance .

Other churches:

  • Evangelical :
    • Christ Church
  • Free Church :
    • Parish hall of the Evangelical Free Church in Dülmen e. V.
  • Catholic :
    • St. Joseph
    • Holy cross
    • St. Maria Queen (is no longer used as a church)
    • St. Pankratius (Buldern)
    • St. Mauritius (Hausdülmen)
    • St. Georg (Hiddingsel)
    • St. Jakobus (parish, Karthaus)
    • St. Antonius (Merfeld)
    • St. Agatha (Rorup)


Catholic chapels are:

  • Kreuzkapelle on Lüdinghauser Strasse
  • Marienkapelle (parish, Visbeck) next to the house Visbeck
  • Chapel of St. Michael (parish, Rödder)
  • Chapel of St. Johannes Nepomuk (Hiddingsel)

There is also a chapel and a number of smaller chapels and prayer stations around Dülmen at Haus Merfeld.

Other sacred buildings

In Dülmen there are meeting rooms for the New Apostolic Church and Jehovah's Witnesses .

Nature reserves

In the Merfelder Bruch, an extensive forest , moor and heathland area, there is a herd of wild horses living in the wild .

The nature reserves “Am Enteborn”, “Heubachwiesen”, “Welter Bach”, “Borkenberge” and “Ponds in the Heubach lowlands” are also located near Dülmen.


Several leisure activities are possible in the city. The creative and cultural offers of the Neue Spinnerei are to be emphasized . a. next to the Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Gymnasium on the former factory site of the Paul Bendix company.

Dülmen has the leisure pool düb . In addition, south of Dülmen, adjacent to the Hausdülmen district, the Dülmener See and the Silberseen , both of which offer bathing opportunities.

The opportunities to use the bike are very important. Dülmen offers many, mostly signposted, cycle paths around Dülmen.

Regular events

The catch of wild horses is of particular importance and is of national and even international importance. Every year on the last weekend in May the one-year-old stallions are caught from the herd of "Dülmener Wildpferde" and auctioned or sold.

The "Dülmen Summer" with its various musical events and street theater are just as important.

Other Events:

  • Citizens' Festival (October 3rd)
  • Trinity Fair (after Pentecost)
  • Dülmen à la carte
  • Dülmen winter (with ice rink)
  • Dülmener pub festival
  • Spring market (4th Sunday in March)
  • Potato market (2nd Sunday in September)
  • Last Chance To Dance - Open Air Festival with nationally known bands.
  • Viktor-Kirmes (autumn)
  • Viktormarkt (every first Saturday in March, May, July and September)
  • Volksradwandertag (last Sunday in April)

Sporting events

Every year on the second weekend in January, the youth football department of the sports club DJK Adler Buldern 1919 e. V. organizes the indoor soccer tournament for the "Adler Cup". As the best U17 one-day tournament in Germany, the tournament, in which, in addition to the city selection of Dülmen, only youth teams from German Bundesliga clubs take part, enjoys a high level of awareness far beyond the borders of Dülmen.

There are also a number of other sporting events, some of which are of national importance. Here, for example, from the Otternasen Merfeld e. V. organized the “Otternasen Cup” with amateur football teams for the benefit of people in need and the “Nikolauslauf” run by TSG Dülmen e. V . to name, the proceeds of which are also donated to a good cause.

Infrastructure and economy




Dülmen was connected to the road network with the first highway in 1828 . As Kaiserstraße N3 , this basically followed today's course of the L551.

Rail transport

Due to the meeting of two lines of competing railway companies, the Köln-Mindener Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft ( Hamburg-Venloer Bahn ) and the Dortmund-Gronau-Enscheder Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft , in the period around 1870 and 1875, two separate stations developed initially, although already at When planning the Dortmund-Gronau-Enschede line, a common train station was required and made a condition. For more pragmatic reasons, this was not done for the time being. After several attempts to build a joint reception building had failed, it was not until the 1950s that the “Dülmen Ost” station with temporary buildings became the only “Dülmen” station. It was not until 1964 that Dülmen received a common reception building at a central location for both routes. Since then, the station has been one of the few tower stations in Germany. The track expansion was initially very intensive - also with sidings for local companies - but lost its importance with the rise of individual traffic in the 1950s.

Great Bomberg

The district of Buldern has its own train station, which, according to legend, owes it to the great Bomberg . He is said to have always pulled the emergency brake on the railway line between Münster and Dülmen at the height of Buldern. He was happy to pay the resulting fine, as he was then able to walk to his residence, Schloss Buldern . The railway administration finally had some understanding and built "the smallest train station in the Münsterland".

Transport network

For the entire public transport system which is considered Westphalia tariff and tariff-border space of NRW fare .

Rail transport

The Dülmen station is on the double-track , electrified railway line Wanne-Eickel-Hamburg . Here goes long distance (the Dülmen without stopping happens), rail transport and freight transport .

The route is operated every hour by DB Regio NRW with the lines:

-about 30 minutes offset-

The single-track, non-electrified connection Westmünsterlandbahn , on which the RB 51 runs daily and hourly between Dortmund and Enschede , also stops at the Dülmen tower station . The traffic is also carried out by DB Regio NRW.


Remnants of the textile industry: Paul Bendix's plant in Dülmen (today: Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Gymnasium )
Wiesmann production and presentation building in the shape of a gecko


In the district of Hiddingsel , the Dortmund-Ems Canal touches the Dülmen city area.

Established businesses


Printing units


Public facilities



Elementary schools

  • Community elementary school Dernekamp
  • Ev. Elementary school Paul-Gerhardt-Schule
  • Catholic elementary school Augustine School
  • Kath. Elementary school Anna-Katharina-Emmerick-Schule
  • Catholic Primary School St. Mauritius, Hausdülmen
  • Catholic primary school Kardinal-von-Galen-Schule, Merfeld
  • Catholic elementary school Ludgerusschule, Buldern
  • Catholic primary school Marienschule, Rorup
  • Catholic elementary school St. Georg School, Hiddingsel

Secondary schools

  • Erich-Kästner-Schule, Buldern (municipal community secondary school , closes in 2018 at the latest)
  • Cardinal von Galen School (Municipal Catholic Secondary School)


  • Marienschule (Private Episcopal Realschule)
  • Hermann-Leeser-Schule (municipal secondary school for boys and girls)

High schools

Special schools

  • Peter-Pan-Schule (special needs school in the Coesfeld district with special focus on language)
  • Pestalozzi School (municipal special school with a special focus on learning, primary level and lower secondary level)
  • Municipal school for sick people in the St. Vincenz Hospital (special school of the city of Coesfeld, branch: Franz Hospital)

Vocational school

  • Richard von Weizsäcker Vocational College

Vocational training centers

  • The vocational training center of the chimney sweep trade North Rhine-Westphalia - chimney sweep school / academy
  • Crafts training centers e. V.


  • Music school of the city of Dülmen
  • Music school dieTonart - music school in Dernekamp
  • Private music school guitar piano + co
  • Adult Education Center (VHS Dülmen - Haltern am See - Havixbeck) with headquarters in Dülmen and offering various courses and further training opportunities in the branches.
  • Family education facility

Telephone prefixes

In Dülmen mainly the area code 02594 applies. Buldern and Hiddingsel use 02590. For calls to Rorup, 02548 is to be dialed.


Honorary citizen

Born in Dülmen

Associated with Dülmen

Fictional Dülmener


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  • Erik Potthoff, Dietmar Rabich: Dülmen - yesterday and today . Laumann-Verlag, Dülmen 2013, ISBN 978-3-89960-397-2 .
  • Adalbert Rabich: The regional history of Dülmen and the surrounding area: The home - the objective historiography, part 2 . From the foundation of the city with special consideration of the economic development. GRIN-Verlag, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-640-80584-6 .
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