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Kirchhundem parish
Coordinates: 51 ° 4 ′ 30 "  N , 8 ° 5 ′ 33"  E
Height : 335 m above sea level NN
Residents : 243  (Jun 30, 2015)
Postal code : 57399
Area code : 02723

Flape is a village in the center of the municipality of Kirchhundem in the Olpe district , North Rhine-Westphalia . As of June 30, 2015, the place had 243 inhabitants.


Geographical location

Flape is located in the southern mountains of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. This belongs to the South Sauerland, which is also known as the Olper Land, and here to the so-called Bilsteiner Bergland. The village is located on the western foothills of the Rothaargebirge south of Kirchhundem in the Flape valley. The surrounding mountains are the Galgenberg (north-east), the Katzenstein (south-east), the Hohe Lohe (south-west) and the Emberg (north-west). The Katzenstein is the northern branch of the 616.5 m high Stüvelhagen. The drainage through the flape takes place to the north towards the dogs .

Neighboring places

Neighboring places of Flape are Kirchhundem in the north, Würdinghausen in the northeast, Albaum in the southeast, Emlinghausen in the south, Berghof in the southwest and Hofolpe in the west.


The name Flape was formed from the basic word " apa " (stream, water). Apa names originated from around the birth of Christ until the early Middle Ages . The Flape / Hundem / Altes Feld area is likely to be one of the oldest settlement areas in the Kirchhundemer Land. The oldest written mention to date is, along with several other places, in the tithing register of the Mariengraden-Stift , Cologne , from July 25, 1279. In the earliest appraisal registers from 1536, 1543 and 1565 each 12 taxpayers appear. In 1757, 88 people lived on ten farms in Flape. In addition to the farmers, there used to be carters, tailors, joiners and shoemakers in the village, there were also inns and even a cigar factory. Today there are still two farms, a sheep farm, two fish farms, a plumber and a winery. Around 1850 the Flapetal was opened up by an artificial road from Kirchhundem to Hilchenbach. Before that, the place was only connected to the neighboring villages by unpaved roads. In 1890 a post office was set up at the C. & H. Müller winery, which received a telegraph in 1896 and a telephone in 1900; the company's own hydropower plant supplied the village with electricity as early as 1898. The first aqueduct, which only supplied part of the town, was laid in 1897. In 1955 today's association water pipeline was built, to which all houses are connected. There has been a modern sewage disposal system since 1993. From 1912 to 1939 Flape had a one-class elementary school, set up in the former cigar factory. Because of the significant freight traffic of the C. & H. Müller winery, the station on the Altenhundem – Birkelbach railway line opened in 1914 was given the name "Kirchhundem-Flape".

Kirchhundem-Flape railway station

There was already a chapel in the village in 1606. The current neo-baroque chapel was built in 1929. The early baroque altarpiece from 1647, which has been a listed building since 1994, should be emphasized . In the chapel there are works by the Kirchhundem painter Ina-Maria Mihályhegyi-Witthaut . In 1968 the old main house with storage of the Müller-Sommer farm was dismantled by the State Museum of Folklore. Since June 1997 the striking ensemble with the beautiful Renaissance gable from 1623 has been an attraction in the Sauerlanddorf of the Detmold open-air museum .

Population development

Population development in Flape
Year number Residents


St. John Baptist

In the center of the village is the Catholic chapel of St. Johannes Baptist , built in 1929. The summer courtyard house from the 16th century is now in the "Sauerland Village" of the LWL open-air museum in Detmold .

Two houses and a villa were entered in the monuments list of the municipality of Kirchhundem.

Natural monuments

The “Vierlinden” natural monument is a group of trees with a processional cross from the Kirchhundem Corpus Christi procession . The Krähenpfuhl nature reserve is located on the northern slope of the Stüvelhagen near Katzenstein.


You can go fishing in the fishing ponds south of the village.

Culinary specialties

C. & H. Müller winery

The C. & H. Müller winery in Flape sells fine wines from German and other growing regions.


The village of Flape is accessed by the L728. Until 1959, the Kirchhundem-Flape station on the Altenhundem – Birkelbach railway line was served.

Sons and daughters of the place


  • Carl Josef Müller: Müller's in Flape. A family and local history. Flape 1984.
  • Carl Josef Müller: The history of the chapel St. Johannes Baptist in Flape. Flape 1996.

Individual evidence

  1. Kirchhundem parish: Places , accessed on October 17, 2015
  2. Otto Lucas: The Olper Land. Work of the Geographical Commission in the Provincial Institute for Westphalian Regional Studies and Folklore. 4. Münster 1941. pp. 4f and 22f.
  3. a b Hiking map 1: 25,000 Lennestadt-Kirchhundem in the Rothaargebirge, Ebbegebirge and Homert nature parks. Edited by the State Surveying Office of North Rhine-Westphalia based on the topographic map 1: 25000. 2nd edition 1998
  4. ^ Günther Becker and Martin Vormberg: Kirchhundem - history of the office and the community. Kirchhundem 1994. pp. 19f and 24f
  5. ^ A b c Carl-Josef Müller: Müller in Flape. A family and local history. Flape 1984. pp. 60f.
  6. ^ Publications of the Historical Commission of Westphalia. XXX. Westphalian treasury and tax registers. Volume 2. The valuation registers of the 16th century for the Duchy of Westphalia. Part 1. The registers from 1536 and 1565. Münster 1971. S. 197f. Part 2. The registers from 1543 and estimates of the nobility from 1543 and 1549. Münster 2000. P. 36f
  7. Census of 1757. Archive of Baron von Fürstenberg, Arnsberg-Herdringen. No. 5356
  8. ^ Carl Josef Müller: The history of the St. Johannes Baptist chapel in Flape. Flape 1996
  9. List of monuments of the Kirchhundem community