Fröndenberg / Ruhr

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Fröndenberg / Ruhr
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Coordinates: 51 ° 28 '  N , 7 ° 46'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Arnsberg
Circle : Unna
Height : 180 m above sea level NHN
Area : 56.23 km 2
Residents: 20,760 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 369 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 58730
Primaries : 02373, 02303, 02377, 02378
License plate : UN, LH, LÜN
Community key : 05 9 78 012
City structure: 14 districts

City administration address :
Bahnhofstrasse 2
58730 Fröndenberg / Ruhr
Website :
Mayor : Friedrich-Wilhelm Rebbe ( SPD )
Location of the city of Fröndenberg / Ruhr in the Unna district
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Fröndenberg / Ruhr is a medium-sized district town in North Rhine-Westphalia and belongs to the Unna district . Until June 1, 2003, the city of Fröndenberg / Ruhr carried the official name of Stadt Fröndenberg .


Fröndenberg is located in the south of the Unna district and borders the city of Unna in the north, the municipality of Wickede (Ruhr) in the east, the cities of Menden (Sauerland) and Iserlohn in the south and the municipality of Holzwickede in the west . The watch as the southern border river is also the boundary of the circle Unna to Märkischen circuit .

Fröndenberg lies in the transition area from the Ruhr area in the northwest to the Soester Börde in the east and to the Sauerland in the south.

From west to east, the Haarstrang runs through the city area, which slopes steeply to the Ruhr valley to the south and gently to the Hellweg to the north . The Henrichsknübel is at 245 meters the highest point in the city of Fröndenberg.

City structure

The city of Fröndenberg / Ruhr consists of the following fourteen districts ( districts ):

from the former parish and tax municipality Bausenhagen:

from the former parish and tax community Dellwig:

from the former parish and tax municipality Frömern

from the former parish and tax municipality Fröndenberg

  • Fröndenberg

The locations Hohenheide and Westick belong to today's core town of Fröndenberg . It was created at the beginning of the 20th century through the merger of the three communities Stift, Dorf and Westick near Fröndenberg.


Prehistory and early history

A village from the Iron Age has been excavated in Fröndenberg- Dellwig on Unnaer Strasse since 2015 . Traces of house posts, rubbish pits and urn graves with corpse burns from the period between 800 BC were found on the 10 hectare area intended for an industrial park. Chr. And the turning point.

Modern mining in Fröndenberg

The oldest excavations for coal are dated to 1575. The tunnels did not begin until the 18th century, when the Scheda monastery had Siepen mined in Strickherdicker for six years .

From 1820 to 1847, the Frohe Sicht mine used the same tunnel and had others built. After the Second World War, due to the shortage of coal , coal was mined again using a sloping shaft under the old tunnels. In 1953 the mine was finally shut down after an accident with one dead and several people buried.

There was also the Zum wilden Mann colliery in Fröndenberg in the valley of the Vossacker stream , which probably mined coal until 1857. However, the coal reserves were comparatively small, so that the tunnels were quickly closed.

A hiking trail of the geotopes opens up the localities. The early mining in Fröndenberg, the chain forging museum there , the Langschede run-of-river power station and the nearby Halingen / Fröndenberg waterworks in Menden are among the themed routes on the Route of Industrial Culture .

Möhne disaster in May 1943

Due to the destruction of the Möhne dam in the night of May 16-17, 1943, large masses of water flowed from the reservoir into the Möhne and thus also through the Ruhr valley near Fröndenberg, which is about 20 km downstream under the dam. The tidal wave reached the city in the outermost parts of the town about two hours after the dam was destroyed at around 2:45 a.m. On today's Bahnhofstrasse, the water was about 1.80 m high at the peak of the tidal wave on May 17th at around 4 a.m. The road and railway bridges over the Ruhr were destroyed by the water. The old Ruhr bridge in Langschede, which had meanwhile been replaced by a new building, withstood the pressure except for some damage. In the station, locomotives and wagons were derailed, pushed together and sometimes lay on their side. In Dellwig the cow bridge gave way under the load. Eleven houses in the urban area were completely destroyed, another 200 seriously or slightly damaged. In the two large factories UNION and Himmelmann, operations were suspended for 18 and 90 days respectively. On July 1st, a temporary bridge for rail traffic between Fröndenberg and Menden was opened, the neighboring road bridge on August 18th. 36 residents of the city died as a result of the tidal wave.

Today only a gauge mark on a residential building not far from the new senior citizens' center in Karl-Wildschütz-Straße and the only single-track rebuilt railway bridge remind of the Möhne disaster.

Recent city history

At the beginning of the 1980s, the appearance of the town center of Fröndenberg differed significantly from its current appearance. Fröndenberg benefited from the three divisions chain industry, paper industry and the production of bicycle parts. In particular, these were the companies UNION (chains and bicycle parts) and Weig-Himmelmann (paper industry), which for decades shaped the city's silhouette, job offer and image.

UNION was founded in 1899 as Wilhelm Feuerhake & Co. She benefited from the rise of the bicycle as a cheap, convenient, and fast means of transportation. For this purpose, spokes, nipples and pedals were produced here . The company was located in an area between today's market square and Von-Tirpitz-Straße. At the end of the 1970s there was not enough space to expand, which is why it was decided to move a few kilometers further west to the site of the former Atlantic rubber factory on Ardeyer Strasse. The building of the factory in the city center was blown up in 1981 and the area, which had meanwhile been designated as a redevelopment area, was finally built over with today's residential and business district as well as spacious parking spaces. At the same time, in 1991, the bypass was completed by means of the throw at the train station, thus remedying the problems with traffic in the Alleestraße area and the former level crossing (which is still preserved today as a pedestrian crossing). The UNION company was closed in 1994.

On the other side of the railway, the Himmelmann paper mill was built on the banks of the Ruhr in 1854. It was the city's second major employer after UNION and was closed in 1982 after a company takeover. The factory buildings stood on the Himmelmann site for ten years. In 1992 parts of the factory were blown up in the course of shooting the film Schtonk , u. a. with Götz George . This area was then also leveled. After initial planning for an amusement park, a freely accessible landscape park was finally realized. The former straw warehouse of the Himmelmann factory became the chain forge museum in Fröndenberg and the cultural forge event center . Parts of the walls without a roof form the so-called forum. The most striking object is the 14-meter high high-performance funnel trap ("Fröndenberger funnel"), which has been preserved as an industrial relic and was renovated and signed by Markus Lüpertz . At the end of 2010, the Ruhrufer landscape park was renamed Himmelmannpark based on the factory name. Since then, blue steel steles in the shape of an F (for “Fröndenberg”) have stood at the entrances . 2011 was close to the weir of the so-called Ruhr Ruhr balcony officially opened, which extends in the shape of a ship as a viewing platform a few meters above the Ruhr.

Administrative history

On April 1, 1902, the community Fröndenberg was formed from the previous communities of Dorf Fröndenberg , Stift Fröndenberg and Westick near Fröndenberg . It belonged to the Hamm district and on October 17, 1930, it moved to the Unna district that was now formed from the old Hamm district . Fröndenberg has been a town since October 28, 1952. On January 1, 1968 Altendorf, Bausenhagen, Frohnhausen, Frömern, Langschede, Neimen, Ostbüren, Stentrop, Strickherdicke and Warmen were incorporated. Part of the former Bentrop community was added on July 1, 1969. Since January 1, 1975, Fröndenberg has belonged to the Unna district, which has completely changed in extent.

Population statistics

Population development of Fröndenberg from 1998 to 2015

(as of December 31st)

  • 1962: 16 856
  • 1965: 16,894
  • 1970: 17 779
  • 1975: 19 289
  • 1980: 20 624
  • 1985: 20 040
  • 1990: 21,252
  • 1995: 22 145
  • 2000: 22 995
  • 2005: 23 128
  • 2009: 22 135
  • 2015: 20,961
  • 2019: 20 760

Denomination statistics

According to the 2011 census , 40.0% of the population in 2011 were Protestant , 37.7% Roman Catholic and 22.3% were non-denominational , belonged to another religious community or did not provide any information. The number of Protestants and Catholics has fallen since then. Currently (as of March 29, 2020) 7,577 inhabitants (35.4%) are Protestant, 7,442 (34.8%) Roman Catholic and 6,339 (29.6%) either belong to another religion or are non-denominational.


City Council

The council of the city of Fröndenberg / Ruhr consists of the 34 elected council members and the mayor. Since the local elections on May 25, 2014, the seats have been distributed among the parties and groups of voters as follows:

Party / list Seats
SPD 14th
CDU 12
Green 4th
The left 1
Free community of voters 2

Mayor of the city

From 1975 to 1999, volunteers, since 1999 have been or are full-time mayors of the city:

  • 1975–1984: Friedrich Westermann (CDU)
  • 1984–1994: Willi Demmer (SPD)
  • 1994–1998: Christa Büscher (CDU)
  • 1999–2009: Egon Krause (SPD)
  • since 2009: Friedrich-Wilhelm Rebbe (SPD)

Results of the local elections from 1975

The list only shows the votes of the parties and constituencies that received at least 1.95 percent of the votes in the respective election.

year SPD CDU Green 1 FWG left FDP CWG FBL
1975 49.4% 42.5% 8.1%
1979 48.6% 43.6% 7.8%
1984 48.2% 38.0% 6.4% 7.4%
1989 51.6% 35.5% 7.1% 5.7%
1994 43.9% 38.9% 11.2% 3.9% 2.2%
1999 38.5% 44.3% 07.1% 5.5% 4.5%
2004 36.4% 40.2% 09.0% 7.3% 7.0%
2009 36.0% 33.2% 12.7% 8.8% 9.3%
2014 38.8% 34.5% 12.1% 6.6% 4.1% 3.9%

1 green: B'90 / green

Town twinning

Fröndenberg has had a town partnership with Bruay-la-Buissière ( France ) since May 4, 1964 and a town friendship with Hartha in Saxony since June 1, 1991 .

A town twinning with Winschoten ( Netherlands ) that had existed since May 6, 1989 was ended in August 2017.

coat of arms

Blazon : The coat of arms of the city shows the bust of Saint Mauritius , the patron of the collegiate church Fröndenberg, growing in a golden field above a bar in three rows of red and silver .

Culture and sights


St. Mary
House Schoppe



  • The chain forge museum is located in a building of the former paper mill .
  • On the upper floor of the old abbey building (monastery building) is the local history museum of the city, which is managed by the local heritage association.

Art in public space

The city of Fröndenberg has been represented in the Hellweg - ein Lichtweg cultural project since 2002 . This enabled a light-acoustic sculpture by the artist Tilman Küntzel called Lighting Blue (s) to be realized in the city center in 2005 , which projects a video of the bubbling Ruhr water - accompanied by corresponding noises - onto a glass plate from below. It was damaged right before the opening, but is still in operation in the summer half of the year and can be viewed.

A second artistically designed fountain is located in Hindenburghain in the Westick district. A large sundial was painted on the concrete shell of the decommissioned fountain. To read the time, the person has to step into the fountain interactively. B. to act as a shadow thrower with an extended arm. The dilapidated condition of the well has already been the subject of public debates several times, but according to various statements it is intended to be.

The sculpture "Winnie" by the artist Peter Trautner has also stood on the Ruhr cycle path in Westick since 2009 .

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


There are two outdoor pools in Fröndenberg. The Löhnbad is located north of the city center and was renovated in 1999. The second outdoor pool is in Dellwig. Both pools are operated by the Fröndenberg / Ruhr municipal utility. In February 2011, the Fröndenberg municipal utilities announced that they would no longer operate the outdoor pool in the Dellwig district from the 2011 season for economic reasons. As a result, an action alliance was founded to preserve the open-air swimming pool in the Dellwig district. In addition to the outdoor pools, there are two teaching pools in Fröndenberg, one in the Overberg school and one in the Sonnenberg school in Langschede.


In terms of sport, Fröndenberg does not only appear through good sporting performances such as that of Vice World Champion Erik Zabel : The owl (mountain) , a 1200 m long, on average 7.7% steep mountain, is notorious in cycling circles as a sporting challenge. For many years, the owl formed the decisive cliff in the high-ranking road bike race "Around Dortmund" until the 1990s. In 1999, the cycling professionals rode the "owl" on the Germany tour. This event was repeated on August 2nd, 2006 and June 24th, 2008. During the 2008 event, the "owl" was also part of the 15th Police National Championship in cycling.

There are six noteworthy (cycle) hiking trails within the urban area of ​​Fröndenberg. The best known is the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path , which runs from the source of the Ruhr in Winterberg to its confluence with the Rhine near Duisburg . It first crosses Neimen and Westick, changes the banks of the Ruhr for a few kilometers and reaches the city of Menden (Sauerland) . Another crossing of the Ruhr takes place at Langschede. From there, the cycle path continues parallel to the railway line towards Schwerte . Fröndenberg is roughly in the middle of the path.

The second major route is the Westphalia hiking trail from Hattingen to Altenbeken, which crosses the districts of Frömern, Hohenheide, Stentrop and Bausenhagen. Another long - distance cycle route is the 480-kilometer Kaiser route , which Fröndenberg, coming from Aachen, crosses in Altendorf, Dellwig, Ardey, the city center and Neimen in the direction of Paderborn.

With the Zabel route, a training circuit for the Fröndenberg cyclist was shown. It runs from the town hall Fröndenberg through Westick and along the Ruhr to Wickede with an alternative route via Gut Scheda ("family round without mountain classification") and then back to the starting point in the urban area of ​​Menden.

There are also two other noteworthy shorter hiking trails: One is the Geotope hiking trail, a circular hiking trail from the Ardey train station via Kessebüren, Frömern and the golf course, which deals with geological and topographical features. The mines of the early mining industry on Thabrauck and the Wilder Mann mine, boulders and a quarry are considered.

The meditation path between the Stentrop oasis and the Bausenhagen village church is a little shorter. At the edge of this path, so-called “views” invite you to pause and meditate.

The city also has two 18-hole golf courses .

Economy and Infrastructure

Fröndenberg / Ruhr has one of the higher average primary incomes per inhabitant in the Unna district. In a national comparison, it was ranked 80 among the 396 municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia in terms of average disposable income in 2016. Thus Fröndenberg / Ruhr is one of the higher-income municipalities in the state.

Correctional Hospital NRW

The correctional hospital in North Rhine-Westphalia is located in Fröndenberg . This is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and offers medical care to the approximately 18,500 offenders imprisoned in North Rhine-Westphalia . The hospital is the city's largest employer. Medical care for the residents of Fröndenberg takes place in the hospitals in the neighboring towns of Unna and Menden.



The course book route 435 Obere Ruhrtalbahn , built in this section in 1870, runs from west to east from Hagen to Warburg . In the urban area, Langschede was also served until 1983 and Warmen until 1979. Today, trains only stop at Fröndenberg station in the city center . This is served by the local transport lines RE 17 Sauerland Express (Hagen – Warburg or individual journeys to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe) and RE 57 Dortmund-Sauerland Express ( Dortmund - Bestwig or every two hours to Winterberg ). East of Fröndenberg they complement each other's hourly service to Bestwig and offer a fast and direct connection to the Ruhr area.

The Fröndenberg – Unna railway line, inaugurated in 1899, also runs north from Fröndenberg station ; From the south comes the Letmathe – Fröndenberg line , opened in the first section in 1872 , which crosses the Ruhr south of the station. On these two routes, which are managed together as Kursbuch route 437, which runs line RB 54 Hönnetal train of Unna to Neuenrade . With Ardey and Frömern, there are two further stops on the route to Unna in the Fröndenberg urban area; the Fröndenberg West stop in the area of ​​the wire mill has been closed since 1962.

After the station building in Fröndenberg was destroyed, a new station building was not erected until 1957 on the central platform between the Upper Ruhr Valley Railway and the south branch to Menden. At the end of September 2008 the Radhotel opened in the building that had been vacant for years. a. for cyclists on the Ruhrtalradweg . A bus stop, a P&R parking lot, a grocery discounter, a drinks market and a shopping area with a snack bar, taxi center, flower shop and bakery are now located on the former freight yard.


There are motorway connections to the north via the former federal motorway 443 (today Bundesstraße 233 Iserlohn-Werne), which is about eight kilometers away, to the motorways 44 (Dortmund-Kassel) and 1 (Cologne-Bremen), about fifteen kilometers south in Hemer to the A 46 (Hagen –Hemer) and about twelve kilometers east in Wickede (Ruhr) to the A 445 (Werl – Arnsberg).

The following federal (B) and state roads (L) run through Fröndenberg :

  • The B 233 leads from Werne (from the B 54 ) via Bergkamen , Kamen and Unna . It crosses Fröndenberg in a north-south direction in the west of the city. It leads through Strickherdicke and Langschede. Finally it ends in Iserlohn on the A 46 .
  • The L 673 begins at the L 675 in Hagen. It leads north of the Ruhr over Schwerte in a west-east direction through the entire urban area of ​​Fröndenberg. After crossing Wickedes , it ends in the Enser district of Bremen on the B 516 .
  • The L 679 runs from Unna via Frömern and the city center of Fröndenberg to Menden . There it ends at the B 7 .
  • The L 881 begins on the L 844 in the Hammer district of Bockum-Hövel . It leads via Herringen , Bönen - there with a break - Unna -Westhemmerde and Bausenhagen to Frohnhausen. There it ends at the L 673.


The Hellweger Anzeiger , the Westfalenpost and the Westfälische Rundschau appear in Fröndenberg - each with a local section for the city. The local radio stations of the neighboring cities can be received: Antenne Unna , Radio MK , Radio Hagen and Radio Dortmund 91.2 , in the north Radio Lippe Welle Hamm and Hellweg Radio .



  • Although the city is rather small, it has two golf courses.
  • Fröndenberg has four telephone prefixes: 02378, 02373, 02377 and 02303.
  • One of the first comprehensive schools in North Rhine-Westphalia is in Fröndenberg.
  • The places Warmen, Neimen and Frohnhausen are mentioned on the hidden track of the CD "Where the pepper grows" by the Wise Guys .


  • Stefan Klemp : "There weren't any real Nazis here". National Socialism in a small town on the outskirts of the Ruhr area. LIT Verlag, Münster 1997, ISBN 3-8258-3324-0 , 2nd revised. 2000 edition.
  • Fröndenberg view. The magazine for the whole Ruhr city, ed. v. City of Fröndenberg / Ruhr, Unna: Horschler, since 2006.

Individual evidence

  1. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  2. ^ GV. NRW 1967 p. 276
  3. Surprising find. Archaeologists find a settlement from times before Christ in Fröndenberg , in: Westfälischer Anzeiger , August 5, 2015.
  5. ^ City of Fröndenberg: Fröndenberg and its districts. 16./17. May 1943. Möhne disaster. The great flood. Horb am Neckar 1993, ISBN 3-89264-768-2 .
  6. Leisure atlas , history area  ( 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.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  7. Leisure atlas and city information system, heading history (see web links )
  8. Article on Himmelmannpark at (private site)
  9. ^ The West, photo gallery: Ruhrbalkon, Fröndenberg, April 20, 2011
  10. a b Stephanie Reekers: The regional development of the districts and communities of Westphalia 1817-1967 . Aschendorff, Münster Westfalen 1977, ISBN 3-402-05875-8 , p. 234 .
  11. ^ A b Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first restructuring program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 63 and 94 .
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  23. Elective profile of the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics NW ( Memento from August 19, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  24. 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 /  
  25. 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 /  
  26. 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 /  
  27. Winschoten ends - Fröndenberg's twin town ends friendship
  28. § 2 of the main statute of the city of Fröndenberg  ( 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.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  29. Leisure atlas and city information system, section sights (see web links )
  30. ^ Report on the announcement of the closure of the outdoor pool
  31. Flyer halftime in Fröndenberg - time for a rest. Published by the city of Fröndenberg
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  33. Flyer Start Frei! The Zabel route. Published by the city of Fröndenberg
  34. Flyer On the way in Fröndenberg / Ruhr - hiking trail of the geotopes. Published by the village community Ardey eV
  35. Flyer The Meditation Path ( Memento from July 31, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  36. Gut Neuenhof Golf Club
  37. Unna-Fröndenberg Golf Club
  38. Primary income in NRW per inhabitant in 2016 by municipalities
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  43. The Hönnetalbahn - train stations, stops and background information ( memento from November 1, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (private website)
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  1. In Glenzdorf's Internationales Film-Lexikon Volume 3. (Peit - Zz), Bad Münder 1961, p. 1495, the date of birth of Eric Schildkraut is given differently on November 6, 1911 . IMDb,, the article Eric Schildkraut and other sources assume 6 November 1906 as the date of birth.

Web links

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