Halle (Westphalia)

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Halle (Westphalia)
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Coordinates: 52 ° 4 ′  N , 8 ° 22 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Detmold
Circle : Gutersloh
Height : 125 m above sea level NHN
Area : 69.7 km 2
Residents: 21,577 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 310 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 33790
Area code : 05201
License plate : GT
Community key : 05 7 54 012
City structure: 6 districts

City administration address :
Ravensberger Strasse 1
33790 Halle (Westphalia)
Website : www.hallewestfalen.de
Mayoress : Anne Rodenbrock-Wesselmann ( SPD )
Location of the city of Halle (Westphalia) in the Gütersloh district
Gütersloh Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock Verl Rietberg Langenberg Rheda-Wiedenbrück Herzebrock-Clarholz Steinhagen Werther (Westf.) Halle (Westf.) Harsewinkel Borgholzhausen Versmold Kreis Paderborn Kreis Lippe Kreis Soest Bielefeld Kreis Herford Kreis Warendorf Niedersachsen Nordrhein-Westfalenmap
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Halle (Westphalia)  [ ˈhalə ] , officially Halle (Westf.) , Is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia and is located about 15 km west of Bielefeld in the north of the Gütersloh district in East Westphalia-Lippe . The urban area extends in the northeast into the Teutoburg Forest and in the southwest to the Ems sand plain . Mentioned for the first time in 1246, the place raised to town in 1719 belonged to the County of Ravensberg for several centuries and between 1816 and 1972 was the district town of the Halle (Westphalia) district . In addition to a large number of medium-sized companies, August Storck and Gerry Weber, two internationally known large companies, are based in Halle . Halle is also known as the "Lindenstadt" due to the numerous linden trees in the city. Please click to listen!Play


Geographical location

Halle is located about 15 km west of Bielefeld and 38 km south-east of Osnabrück in the north of the Gütersloh district in East Westphalia-Lippe . It is counted on the northeast edge of the Westphalian Bay and is mostly located in the Ems sand plain on the southern slope of the Teutoburg Forest , which runs through the urban area from northwest to southeast. Smaller parts of the urban area lie in this ridge, which simultaneously delimits the eastern Münsterland and the Westphalian Bay and at this point is part of the Weser-Ems watershed . The highest peaks are the Hengeberg with 316  m above sea level. NN and the Große Egge at 312  m above sea level. NN . At 70  m above sea level NN is the southwestern outskirts deepest. There the Hessel and the Rhedaer Bach flow out of the urban area, while the Ruthebach flows into the Loddenbach at the city limits there . The Künsebecker Bach, which rises on the Hengeberg in the northern part of the city, and the Laibach form the Rhedaer Bach near Kölkebeck. All streams arise in the Teutoburg Forest and ultimately flow to the Ems . The urban area is largely characterized by agricultural use, but also has significant proportions of forest area, namely the Teutoburg Forest and the Tatenhauser Forest , as well as 40  hectares of urban forest. The 52nd parallel cuts the urban area in the southern area.


Geothermal map of Halle
data in kWh / (m · a)

The rocks of the near-surface subsurface are steeply erected in the Osning . They are made of clay marl - lime marl - limestone and marl stones , but also from sandstones and sandy marls of the Mesozoic , especially the lower and upper Cretaceous . These rocks lie on a base of folded rocks from the ancient times , especially Devonian and Carboniferous . In the transition area to the Münsterland, the chalk layers are increasingly covered by a thin, mostly sandy, loose rock layer from the Ice Age ( Quaternary ), which consists of river sediments from the Ems and ice-age deposits such as ground moraine or meltwater sands.

In terms of soils, the urban area can be morphologically divided into three sections. The soils of the gullies, valleys and lowlands in the southwest are filled with groundwater right up to the surface. These gleye are natural grassland locations. Crests and ridges of drifting sand and meltwater, sediments of the Quaternary, rise from the lowlands . These sands are weathered to form nutrient-poor, acidic heather soils , sometimes with stone in the subsoil. On the south-western slope of the Teutoburg Forest, for example near Künsebeck, they take up large areas. As a result of historical farming techniques and many years of arable use, some of these soils consist of deep humus , occasionally with pests . To the southwest of the main ridge of the Teutoburg Forest are some isolated peaks, for example the Hesselner Berge. Here, shallow, clayey-loamy rendzines were created from limestone and marl stones of the Upper Cretaceous . These base-rich soils are typical hardwood locations. The main ridge consists of sandstones from the Lower Cretaceous . Mighty, acidic, stony heather soils have formed on it.

Halle is moderately to good, very good in ridges, for the use of geothermal heat sources by means of a geothermal probe and heat recovery through heat pump heating (see the adjacent map).

Expansion and use of the urban area

Use of space in Halle

The municipal profile of the North Rhine-Westphalian State Office for Information and Technology has identified Halle as a "small town" since 2009. Until 2008, Halle was classified as a “small medium- sized town ”.

The city covers an area of ​​69.21 km². The predominant part consists of agriculturally used area and forest area, together around 83%, followed by built-up area and traffic area, together around 15%. Compared to other small town- type cities , Halle has only about half as much forest area, but twice as much buildings, open and operating area and around 10 percentage points more agricultural area.

The largest extent in both north-south and east-west is about 10 km each. The northernmost point is at Eggeberg, the southernmost point at Kölkebeck.

according to type of use
and open space

Surface of water
Sports and
green space
Area in km² 45.5 11.68 6.73 3.86 0.85 0.30 0.23 0.13
Share of total area 65.68% 16.86% 9.71% 5.57% 1.23% 0.43% 0.33% 0.19%

Neighboring communities

Halle borders the town of Borgholzhausen in the northwest , the town of Werther in the northeast, the municipality of Steinhagen in the southeast and south , the town of Harsewinkel in the southwest and the town of Versmold in the west , all of which belong to the Gütersloh district. Larger cities in the neighborhood are Bielefeld and Gütersloh , both of which are around 15 km from Halle.

City structure

Halle is divided into ten districts, of which, apart from the core city of Halle, only the industrial and suburban Künsebeck and the rural and rural districts of Bokel, Hesseln, Hörste and Kölkebeck are closed local areas. While the village-rural districts are clearly recognizable as independent structural components of the urban area, the transition between Halle and Künsebeck is fluid. Oldendorf and Gartnisch have completely merged in the local area of ​​Halle. In contrast to Gartnisch, Oldendorf is no longer perceived by the population as a district. Eggeberg and Ascheloh are sparsely populated districts. The aforementioned structure is not regulated by the main statute of the city, which does not name individual districts, but goes back to the boundaries of the formerly independent municipalities in the urban area and is used by the city, for example, when specifying the number of inhabitants in the districts.

The following table gives an overview of the size and population of the districts. For orientation purposes, the former districts in the city are shown on the map.

District Area (in km²)
As of December 31, 1972
as of May 2015
Districts of the city of Halle (Westf.)
Administrative division of Halle (Westf.)
Bokel 8.50 781
Hall of

    Hall (location) including


n / a
n / a
n / a
n / a
Hesseln 5.37 1,336
Listen 15.24 1,629
Kölkebeck 9.06 550
Künsebeck 8.56 3,514
total 65.15 1 21,352
1 Deviation from today's area due to the annexation of parts of the area of ​​Werther (zu Eggeberg) and Borgholzhausen (zu Hesseln) on January 1, 1973
Precipitation diagram Steinhagen-Brockhagen


Halle belongs to the moderate climate zone of Central Europe and lies in the area of ​​the subatlantic maritime climate . The winters are mostly mild under the influence of the Atlantic and the summers are moderately warm. The annual mean temperature is 8–8.5 ° C, although in the north in higher or lee -side mesoclimates this temperature can sometimes be significantly lower. Here flowering can occur between two and four weeks later than further south. For the climate in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region , to which Halle belongs, see also the article Climate in Ostwestfalen-Lippe .

Due to the location in the sub-Atlantic maritime climate, a humid climate prevails all year round with relatively evenly distributed rainfall. Altogether, at the Brockhagen measuring station in the immediately neighboring municipality of Steinhagen, south of Halle, a long-term average of 775 mm of precipitation per year falls . This means that more precipitation falls in the southern urban area than the German average (700 mm). With increasing proximity to the Teutoburg Forest, the amount of precipitation increases due to the rain catching effect due to incline rain to up to 1,200 mm of precipitation per year.


middle Ages

Replica of the certificate of exchange
Katharinenstollen of the former "United Arminius Colliery"

Hall is located in Ravensberger Land and belonged for centuries to the Office Ravensberg in the same county whose name from the neighboring Borgholzhausen located Burg Ravensberg is derived.

In 1246, Bishop Engelbert von Osnabrück and the Iburg Abbey exchanged the “tor Halle” church on the southern edge of his diocese with all its rights and accessories for the church in Rheda with all the rights and income associated with it. Halle is mentioned for the first time in this document of May 9, 1246, which seals the church exchange. The two villages of Oldendorf and Gartnisch, which today form a coherent settlement core with Halle, are older than the “Tor Halle”. They are mentioned in a document as early as the end of the 11th century.

Early modern age

The Ravensberger Urbar , completed in 1556, lists 49 names for Halle between 1491 and 1541, including 26 free citizens and 23 belonging to the sovereign or the noble landlords in Steinhausen and Tatenhausen. For the 16th century, the population is estimated at 350 people. In the first half of this century, the Reformation gradually took hold in Ravensberg and Halle. Only a few noble families remained in the previous Catholic faith, including the lords of Tatenhausen Castle , in whose territory the Catholic community of Stockkämpen still existed and still exists today. At the end of the 16th century, Halle received a linen leg , which lasted until the 19th century.

In 1505, Duke Wilhelm IV von Jülich-Berg allowed his governor, Count Philipp II von Waldeck , to build mines in the Ravensberg office, among other things . This permit led to an approximately four hundred year old coal and ore mining in the community. The first pit was probably located in today's border area between Halle and Werther. In the middle of the 17th century, coal was mined in Eggeberg (near Düfelsiek farm). They looked for ores near the surface on the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest . There was plenty of wood in the Teutoburg Forest to expand the pits. In the middle of the 18th century, coal mining was profitable because of the high wood prices and the problems of importing cheaper coal. At the time of the mining boom in the 19th century, there were 23 excavations in and around Halle for coal and 24 for iron ore near the surface. The excavations were closed in 1883 because the increasing importance of the trunk line of the Cologne-Mindener Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft meant that coal could be delivered more cheaply from the Ruhr area . In 1923, because of the occupation of the Ruhr area by French troops, a tunnel was briefly put back into operation.

The first Haller city map from 1784


On April 17th, 1719 Halle were from Prussian King I. Friedrich Wilhelm city rights awarded. As a result of the Prussian defeat by Napoleon, the city came under French rule from 1807 to 1813. Initially, Halle belonged to the Bielefeld district in the Weser department of the Kingdom of Westphalia . Between 1811 and 1813, Halle was even divided, the border between the French Empire and the Kingdom of Westphalia ran through the city (with today's names) in a north-easterly direction on Bahnhofstrasse, at Ronchinplatz turning onto Rosenstrasse and on Kiskerstrasse further towards Werther. To the south of the city center, the border ran partly along the Haller Laibach. While the eastern part continued to belong to the reduced Bielefeld district, now in the Fulda department in the Kingdom of Westphalia, the western part was incorporated into the Minden district in the Upper Ems department, which had been part of the French Empire since 1810. Throughout the French period, the population suffered from the oppressive burdens that the financing of the Napoleonic wars brought with it.

In 1813 Prussia took over administration again. Halle was initially assigned to the provisional civil government between the Weser and Rhine between 1813 and 1816 , then in 1816 it became part of the Minden administrative district of the Westphalia province and finally became the capital of its own district . Until December 31, 1972, this consisted of today's cities and communities of Halle, Werther, Steinhagen, Borgholzhausen and Versmold and is still referred to as the old district in everyday parlance .

Up until the 19th century, Halle remained dominated by agriculture, with grain, flax and hemp being grown and cattle farming. The traffic situation of Halle on several supraregional connection routes was not unfavorable, but until 1844 there were no cobbled streets and the city was always in the shadow of Bielefeld. A paved road to Brackwede and thus a modern connection to Bielefeld was not completed until 1844 . The road to Werther followed in 1864, the connection to Hörste in 1874, to Brockhagen in 1881 and to Theenhausen in 1889. Since the middle of the 19th century, however, the city changed its image with the onset of industrialization and gained economic importance. The connection to the Haller Willem railway from Bielefeld to Osnabrück has played a particularly important role since 1886. As a result, a brandy distillery and several meat factories and wood processing companies were established.

The Hall hospital was built in 1876. The construction was financed largely from bequests and donations. The building was expanded in 1927 and 1944 and had to give way to a new building in 1960.

National Socialism and World War II

The time of National Socialism also brought about fundamental changes for Halle. From March 1933, the NSDAP set the tone in Hall's town hall. After that, the Nazis immediately expanded their power and suspended elementary basic rights. As part of the so-called " Gleichschaltung" , the other political parties, trade unions and many associations were banned and most leadership positions in politics, administration and in all public life were occupied by the NSDAP. Those who did not fit in with the national community were persecuted and imprisoned.

Jewish cemetery in Halle

In June 1936, the district party conference of the NSDAP was held in Halle. During the November pogroms of 1938 , on November 10 , the National Socialists set fire to a Jewish- owned house in nearby Brockhagen . In December 1941, deportations of Jews to the extermination camps began in Halle and 19 Jewish citizens from Halle and Werther were murdered by the end of the war. A woman managed to escape at Bielefeld train station during the transport and she survived the Holocaust . There is no longer a Jewish community in Halle. During the war, a weapons factory of the Dürkopp company with over 2000 jobs was built in Künsebeck . In 1942, 639 forced laborers were used in Halle. In 1943 there were already 21 community camps for foreign workers. For April 11, 1944 a number of 1460 prisoners of war in Haller area is known. Halle was largely spared from the air war. Shortly before the end of the war, a British war plane crashed on Mount Knüll . The war ended in Halle on April 2, 1945 with the invasion of American troops. The power of command passed to the British military government and all previous councilors were dismissed from their office.

Post-war and present

Shortly after the end of the war, Halle had to take in a large number of refugees and displaced persons, mainly from the east. As a result, there were supply and integration problems as well as demographic shifts. In the autumn of 1945 the city briefly grew to almost 44,000 inhabitants, but this number was reduced again to around 14,000 by 1950. Nevertheless, it was urgently necessary to create new living space. New residential areas were created primarily in the 1950s on the outskirts of the old town center. In 1963 the previous station building in Halle was replaced by a new building. Since the railway line between Dissen-Bad Rothenfelde and Brackwede was a decentralized project of the World Exhibition Expo 2000 in Hanover , the station was renovated in 1999 with funds from this project.

In 1959 the district council of the Halle district decided to build a grammar school for the district's students and the planning began. Construction of the complex began in 1961 and it was ready to move into in 1967. The construction of the secondary school in Halle on Kättkenstrasse was also completed in 1967. Just four years later, however, the decision was made to build the new Masch school center , which was inaugurated in May 1981. The buildings on Kättkenstrasse have housed the Halle vocational college since then .

On January 1, 1973, after 157 years, Halle lost its position as a district town as a result of the North Rhine-Westphalian regional reform when the districts of Halle (Westphalia) and Wiedenbrück were merged to form the new district of Gütersloh . The Gerry Weber Stadium was opened in 1991.

Origin of the name

No documents seem to exist about the name Halle and the origin of the place. The most common, but not verifiable, explanation is that it is derived from "hale". Scientific statements on the origin of the name of Halle (Saale) can apply analogously to Halle (Westphalia). Especially in regional literature and that of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the toponomics of the word "Halle" is attached to the term salt. The literature takes the view that -hal or halla stand for Germanic "salt". The Leipzig professor of onomastics Jürgen Udolph doubts this representation. According to him, the root of the term “salt” contains the letter “S” in all languages ​​that have hitherto been attempted to explain it and are therefore out of the question for the reading that is often used. Udolph believes that Germanic names with hal can be traced back to an older Indo-European word stem with the meaning of sloping , sloping or sloping . These and similar theses were already advocated by August Friedrich Pott in the 19th century. There is a connection between this interpretation and the geographical location of the city, which can be justified with the slope of the city area from the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest.


On October 1, 1938, the community of Oldendorf b. Halle amalgamated from the Halle office into the city of Halle. On October 1, 1956, part of the Gartnisch community followed, also from the Halle office.

As part of the North Rhine-Westphalian regional reform , the municipalities Ascheloh, Eggeberg and Gartnisch from the Halle office were incorporated into the city of Halle on July 1, 1969 with the "Law on the reorganization of municipalities in the Halle district" of June 24, 1969.

On January 1, 1973, Halle was formed with the communities of Bokel, Hesseln, Hörste, Kölkebeck (for the most part) and Künsebeck as part of the implementation of the "Law for the reorganization of the communities and districts of the reorganization of Bielefeld ( Bielefeld Law )" of October 24, 1972 the Halle office and some parts of the municipalities of Amshausen and Brockhagen, both formerly part of the Halle office and parts of Borgholzhausen ( Borgholzhausen office ) and Theenhausen ( Werther office ) merged to form the new city of Halle. The Halle office was dissolved, the legal successor is the city of Halle.


The Haller Herz with the evangelical parish church St. Johannis (in front of it the Ronchin-Platz )

Denomination statistics

According to the 2011 census , more than half of the population still belonged to the Protestant churches; In 2011, 51.6% of the population were Protestant , 14.6% Roman Catholic and 33.8% were non-denominational , belonged to another religious community or did not provide any information. The number of Protestants and Catholics has fallen since then. As of December 31, 2017, 10,403 (47.7%) of the population were Protestant, 3,166 (14.5%) were Roman Catholic and 8,238 (37.8%) are non-denominational or belong to another religious community.

History and present

The Jewish community in Halle was destroyed in the time of National Socialism, and since then there have no longer been any fellow citizens of the Jewish faith in Halle. The two Evangelical Lutheran congregations in Halle and Hörste belong to the Halle parish of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia , the Catholic parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is part of the Stockkämpen pastoral association in the Archdiocese of Paderborn . There are also the free church congregations Mennonite Brethren Congregation , New Apostolic Congregation and Free Evangelical Congregation . Muslim believers will find the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Association with the Ayasofya Mosque as a point of contact and the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Kurdish Yazidis are represented with a community.

Population development

The population of Halle can be traced back to the year 1491 with some restrictions. Between the years 1491 and 1541 the population is given as 49. That number grew to around 350 in the 16th century.

For the year 1818 an exact number can be given for the first time with 1070 inhabitants. This does not include the inhabitants of the communities that are now part of the urban area. In 1871 Halle had 1,480 inhabitants according to the territorial status at that time , i.e. without later incorporations or 5545 inhabitants according to the current territorial status. These numbers grew to 3393 and 8169 inhabitants respectively by 1939.

Due to a large influx of refugees as a result of the Second World War , the number of inhabitants rose to 15,258 by December 31, 1961 according to the current territorial status, in between it reached a peak in autumn 1945 with around 44,000 inhabitants as a direct consequence of the war. The first census after the North Rhine-Westphalian regional reform in 1987 showed a population of 18,161 for the city of Halle. This number grew steadily to 21,177 inhabitants by the end of 2007. The graphic on the right shows the population growth over the entire specified period (excluding 1945).

The following overview shows the population of the city of Halle according to the respective territorial status, with some figures also according to the current territorial status. Changes in the territorial status resulted from the incorporation of the municipality of Oldendorf b. Halle on October 1, 1938 (1933: 701 inhabitants), the partial amalgamation of the Gartnisch community on October 1, 1956 (1950: 104 inhabitants affected), the incorporation of the communities of Ascheloh, Eggeberg and Gartnisch on July 1, 1969 (1961: together 1799 Residents) as well as the merger with the communities of Bokel, Hesseln, Hörste, Kölkebeck (mostly), Künsebeck and smaller parts of other communities on January 1, 1973.

The figures are approximate before 1818, census results from 1818 to 1970 and for 1987, and from 1975 official updates by the State Office for Information and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia, Statistics Division . The figures from 1975 to 1985 are estimated values, the figures from 1990 are extrapolations based on the results of the 1987 census. The figures relate to the local population from 1871 and 1946 , to the resident population from 1925 and to the population from 1985 on Location of the main residence . Before 1871, the population figures were determined using inconsistent survey methods. In 1974 the population figures in the entire city and in the city of Halle (Westphalia) with the former boundaries were determined by the State Statistical Office.

Population development in Halle (Westphalia). SvgPopulation development of Halle (Westphalia) - from 1871 onwards
Population development in Halle (Westphalia) according to the table below. Above from 1491 to 2018. Below an excerpt from 1871

Hall according to the territorial status at that time

year Residents
1491 0.049
1541 0.049
1600 0.350
1818 (Dec. 31) 1,070
1831 (December 3) 1,280
1837 (Dec. 3) 1,343
1843 (December 3) 1,452
1849 (December 3) 1,423
1852 (December 3) 1,447
1858 (Dec. 3) 1,415
1861 (December 3) 1,445
1867 (December 3) 1,503
year Residents
1871 (December 1) 01,480
1885 (December 1) 01,711
1895 (December 1) 01,758
1905 (December 1) 01,841
1925 (June 16) 02,094
1933 (June 16) 02,309
1939 (May 17) 03,393
1946 (Oct. 29) 05,234
1950 (Sep 13) 05,805
1961 (June 6) 07,542
1970 (May 27) 10.123
1972 (Dec. 31) 10,217

Hall according to the current territorial status

year Residents
1871 (December 1) 05,545
1939 (May 17) 08,351
1950 (Sep 13) 13,853
1961 (June 6) 15,573
1970 (May 27) 17,458
1972 (Dec. 31) 17,776
1974 (June 30) 18,048
1975 (Dec. 31) 17,868
1980 (Dec. 31) 18,556
1985 (Dec. 31) 18,323
1987 (May 25) 18,161
year Residents
1990 (Dec. 31) 18,841
1995 (Dec. 31) 19,502
2000 (Dec. 31) 20,478
2005 (Dec. 31) 21,283
2007 (Dec. 31) 21,177
2008 (Dec. 31) 21,066
2009 (Dec. 31) 21,058
2012 (Dec. 31) 21,228
2016 (Dec. 31) 21,692
2017 (Dec. 31) 21,713
2018 (Dec. 31) 21,640


City council

City council election 2014
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p

The city ​​council has 38 members from six parties. In addition, the mayor is the council chairman.

One of the big issues for voters in local politics is how to deal with Autobahn 33 in the future (see road traffic ). In the 2004 local elections, for example, the Southern Road Union (STU) stood for election for the first time, and has made the further construction of the A 33 on a certain route its program.

Allocation of seats in the
city ​​council in 2014
A total of 38 seats
  • SPD: 14
  • Greens: 6
  • STU: 1
  • FDP: 1
  • UWG: 3
  • CDU: 13

Hall's city ​​council currently has 39 members. These are the mayor and the council members elected in the 2014 local elections , who represent the CDU , the SPD , the Greens , the FDP as well as the UWG (Independent Voting Association) and the STU (Southern Road Union) .

The following table shows the local election results since 1975:

2014 2009 2004 1999 1994 1989 1984 1979 1975
Political party Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats %
SPD 14th 35.4 13 33.47 11 27.76 12 31.54 14th 36.01 14th 34.10 15th 35.73 14th 35.23 15th 40.45
CDU 13 35.0 13 33.17 14th 36.08 19th 49.06 17th 40.94 15th 37.62 18th 43.23 18th 46.40 20th 49.78
Green 06th 14.4 04th 11.85 03 08.06 03 08.03 04th 11.17 03 09.29 04th 09.88 - - - -
STU 01 03.7 03 07.73 06th 16.78 0- - 0- - 0- - 0- - - - - -
UWG 03 08.4 03 07.20 02 06.09 02 06.88 02 06.05 03 08.91 02 06.27 04th 10.07 - -
FDP 01 03.2 02 06.58 02 05.23 02 04.50 02 05.43 04th 10.07 00 04.89 03 08.30 04th 09.77
Individual applicants - - - - - - - - 00 00.39 - - - - - - - -
Total 1 38 100 38 100 38 100 38 100 39 100 39 100 39 100 39 100 39 100
voter turnout 54.1 58.11 57.61 60.73 84.23 69.60 70.22 71.14 86.79
1 without taking into account rounding differences


Acting mayor has been Anne Rodenbrock-Wesselmann (SPD) since July 9, 2002 . In the 2014 local elections she was confirmed in office with 73.6% of the valid votes cast.

Her predecessors until the 1960s were Jürgen Wolff (CDU, 1997-2002, full-time), who left office when he reached the age limit of 68, before that Wilhelm Bentlage (CDU, 1969-1997, honorary), who was responsible for his Merit was appointed honorary mayor of Hall, and before that mayor Heinrich Thomas (CDU, until 1969). Thomas died unexpectedly on the night of April 12th to 13th, 1969, shortly before the celebrations on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Hall's city charter on April 17th, 1969. He had also signed the commemorative publication for these celebrations.

Surname Term of office comment
Johannes Bitter 1613 to?
Johann Lucas Brune 1715 to April 3, 1754 died in office
Eduard Kisker 1907 to 1919
Eduard Meyer zu Hoberge April 1, 1929 to 1946
Heinrich Thomas ? until 1969 died in office
Wilhelm Bentlage 1969 to 1994 appointed honorary mayor after leaving office
Jürgen Wolff 1994 to June 8, 2002 from November 6, 1996 first full-time mayor; retired for reasons of age
Anne Rodenbrock-Wesselmann since June 9, 2002

Further election results

State election

Halle belongs together with the Bielefeld districts of Dornberg and Jöllenbeck as well as the communities Steinhagen , Versmold , Borgholzhausen and Werther from the district of Gütersloh to the state electoral district of Gütersloh I - Bielefeld III .

In the state elections in 2012 , the direct mandate of the constituency Georg Fortmeier (SPD) received 41.27% of the vote. The turnout was 62.95%

Result of the state election 2012 in Halle (Westf.)
Political party First vote Second vote
SPD 41.27% 39.86%
CDU 35.79% 27.26%
GREEN 09.94% 12.03%
Pirates 07.30% 07.75%
FDP 03.29% 07.24%
THE LEFT 02.41% 02.32%
Others 00.0% 03.73%

For the total constituency result of the constituency Gütersloh I - Bielefeld III see main page Landtag constituency Gütersloh I - Bielefeld III .

Bundestag election

Hall belonged to and including the 1976 Bundestag elections for the Bundestag constituency Bielefeld - Halle and since then the federal election Gütersloh .

In the 2013 federal election , Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) was given the direct mandate of the constituency. Among other things, he prevailed against the former parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Klaus Brandner .

Result of the 2009 Bundestag election
Political party Halle (Westphalia) National average
CDU 35.1% 33.1%
SPD 31.1% 28.5%
FDP 12.0% 14.9%
GREEN 10.7% 10.1%
Others 11.0% 13.4%

coat of arms

The coat of arms of Halle shows three stalked silver lilies in red with the coat of arms of the County of Ravensberg as a heart shield (three red rafters in silver ).

The coat of arms was first awarded in 1908 by decree of the King of Prussia. While the three rafters undoubtedly indicate that it belonged to the County of Ravensberg, the origin and meaning of the three lilies has not been unequivocally clarified. According to unproven traditions, the symbol of the lily was probably introduced by the Korff-Schmising in Tatenhausen Castle in the 13th century (see also the legend of the von Korff coat of arms ). A preserved city seal from 1792 already shows the three lilies (contrary to all heraldic rules) in a hanging flower vase.

The original design of the coat of arms provided for a larger shield under today's heart shield and lilies, on which the heart shield was located. The large shield had a castle wall and a castle gate and three tin towers. In addition, the heart shield was angular in the original design. The Prussian king approved the coat of arms, but added the following handwritten addition: “His Majesty, however, thinks that the shape of the heart shield in the coat of arms is too monotonous and recommends choosing the usual shape, as his Majesty constantly suggests next to the design have rested " . The king's proposal was followed.

The larger shield was removed in 1940 so that the coat of arms consisted only of the heart shield. This draft was adopted unchanged after the municipal reorganization.

The city flag is red-white-red in a ratio of 1: 3: 1, striped lengthways with the city's coat of arms in the middle of the left half
The city banner is red-white-red in a ratio of 1: 3: 1 striped lengthways with the city's coat of arms in the middle of the upper half

Town twinning

The town twinning between Halle and the northern French town of Ronchin has existed since September 22nd, 1984. A central square in the center of the town was named Ronchin Square in honor of the twin town . There are regular cultural exchanges and sporting encounters. At the Haller Willem city festival and the Nikolausmarkt on the first weekend of Advent, Ronchin is represented with a stand that offers local specialties. For the Nikolausmarkt this is the strong beer Belzébuth, which is produced in Ronchin.

Since 2011, approximately 27,500 inhabitants, Valmiera in the region Livonia in Latvia twinned. Contacts to Valmiera emerged from the partnership between the Gütersloh district and the Valmiera district and aid projects initiated on this basis.

No regular town twinning, but the city maintains friendly relations with Kirkby-in-Ashfield , which has around 25,000 inhabitants in Nottinghamshire, England, and Târnăveni in Transylvania , Romania, with around 26,500 inhabitants .

Culture and sights


The museum for childhood and youth works by important artists is located in Halle . It is the only museum in the world with this focus. The focus of the museum's work is particularly on the youth paintings by artists such as Paul and Felix Klee , August Macke , Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Pablo Picasso .

In the Kiskerhaus in the gallery shed regularly solo or group exhibitions with local influences and with a focus on visual arts instead. Contemporary graphics, sculptures, acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, and photographic work are on display.

In the old leather factory Güttgemanns built in 1912, more than 15 local artists and craftsmen have their domicile. Joint exhibitions and presentations are organized regularly.

The artist Sigmund Strecker lived on the property at Gartenstrasse 4 for many years . Replicas and some originals are shown in the colonnades and in the house.

In the Hörste district, in the old village school, there is the Hörste home parlor , which shows farm equipment, historical household appliances, a collection of Ravensberg coins, as well as exhibits on linen production and processing.

The Haller ZeitRäume museum , which invites citizens to take part in the collection of exhibits of historical value, is initially an exclusively virtual museum of its kind in Westphalia.


The nationally known “Haller Bachtage ” take place in Halle in February . Choir and orchestral concerts, chamber and organ concerts are held within two weeks. In addition to the Haller Bach Choir, international classical music stars such as Peter Schreier , Thomas Quasthoff or Petr Eben are also frequently engaged.

Since 2003 the Rhythm'n'Blues Festival with international artists has taken place in the Gerry Weber Event Center .


The southern part of the church ring development

In town

The Protestant St. John's Church is located in the middle of the tree-lined, half-timbered church square. The originally single-nave vaulted building from the middle of the 13th century with a square choir and west tower was supplemented by the south aisle in the 15th century. The northern extension dates from 1886. Inside, remains of the baroque furnishings have been preserved, including the pulpit made of sandstone from 1716, as well as the early Gothic painting, such as decorations with lily motifs. In the north aisle there is a gallery parapet from 1661. In 1992 the church received a new organ. Until 1828 the church square was Hall's most important cemetery.

A large number of half-timbered buildings have been preserved in the town center to this day. The church ring development, called "Haller Herz", is impressively cohesive, for which there are only a few comparative examples in the wider area (cf. Delbrück , Gütersloh ). The oldest building is Church Square No. 3 , which was dendrochronologically dated to the year 1512. Church square no. 11 has a facade carved with fan rosettes , which was hidden in front of a new building after the original building was demolished. There are more handsome half-timbered buildings in the nearby Bahnhofstrasse . House no. 10 from the 17th century is particularly stately with a street-side utlucht , which housed the district office until the early 19th century.

The Kiskerhaus, today adult education center, is the parent house of the Kisker distilleries and consists of an older core building from 1692, which was expanded in 1712. It served as a residence and office. The Schinkenhaus, a plastered solid house with a mansard roof , in which the north-west gable is half-timbered, also belongs to the building complex on the same site . The grounds also include the distillery, which was built at the beginning of the 19th century and in which the old distillation plant can still be seen in the cellar, as well as the remise, which was built around 1880 and served as a warehouse and workshop shed.

The Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was consecrated on November 14, 1909. Its building was donated by Countess Julia Korff-Schmising-Kerßenbrock .

In front of the old building of the district court of Halle (Westphalia) there is a war memorial that was erected in 1898. His inscription reads: Your sons who died in the victorious campaigns of 1866 and 1870/71 in Darkness; The parish of Halle i./W. 1898 .

The Haller Willem monument is located on Ronchin Square . It is reminiscent of Wilhelm Stukemeyer, the last horse carter who transported people and goods with his horses between Halle and Bielefeld before the railway line was opened in 1886 . This railway line also bears the name Haller Willem in honor of Stukemeyer .

Out of town

Coffee mill and Hagedorn monument on the southern slope of the NSG Knüll / Storkenberg

The moated castle Tatenhausen is located in the Tatenhauser forest . The current facility was built in 1540 in the Weser Renaissance style.

The coffee mill is a building in the Teutoburg Forest on the hillside of the Knüll mountain. It was built as part of a larger garden (Bergkamps property) , which began in 1791, by Hermann Hagedorn, a Bremen merchant whose father lived in Halle. It has been in the possession of the city of Halle since 1904 as a gift from the Julius and Florenz Kisker families. From here there are views of the city and the surrounding area to the south. The name of the building is derived from the great resemblance to a coffee grinder .

A little below the coffee grinder is the Hagedorn monument, erected in honor of Hermann Hagedorn on the occasion of his 68th birthday.

In several places on the slopes of the Teutoburg Forest there are covered forest graves, for example the grave of Frederike Delius, a daughter-in-law of Hermann Hagedorn, and the forest grave of the Kisker family.

A Walther-von-der-Vogelweide monument is also located on the slope of the Teutoburg Forest . The construction was suggested by the Ravensberg men's choir at the end of the 1920s, although even then it had to be assumed that it had never been in the region. The men's choir wanted to express its close ties to Walther von der Vogelweide with the building. The memorial was unveiled in 1930 on the 700th year of his death. Since then, the men's choir has been holding its traditional Whitsun singing at the monument. The inscription on the monument, which is a stop on the Teutoburg Forest Laibachweg cultural trail , reads:

“Grüß Gott with a bright sound / Heil German word and sang; To commemorate the 700th year of Walther von der Vogelweide's death / Halle (Westphalia) on June 29, 1930 / Men's Singing Association Ravensberg / 'Walther von der Vogelweide, whoever forgot his would suffer me!' "

Sculpture Exodus by Ulf Strippelmann in the Sculpture Park Alter Friedhof

On a marked circular path, which begins with an information board about the mining history of Halle, the hiker is led past old tunnels and the mine house.

In the south of Halle, as part of the Lindenweg cultural trail, there is the atonement cross (also known as the shepherd's stone), around which a legend is entwined. According to legend, a shepherd worked the foundling originally on the site into a cross after his two sons had killed each other while fighting over a wife. The father had foreseen this and warned his sons in vain.


There are several parks in the area of ​​the city of Halle. The park in Stockkämpen in the Hörste district is open to the public . Created Park Similar is the cemetery I near the train station Halle (Westf.), Who in the population as a public park is called. Since 2004, when the first sculpture was permanently installed there, Friedhof I has been increasingly transformed into a sculpture park. The natural monument on Laibach, which was redesigned in winter 2008/2009, is also used as a park. Since the expansion in spring 2011, the city has called the area "Laibach Park".

The park at the Wasserschloss Tatenhausen in the Hörste district is not open to the public .

The urban area is part of the TERRA.vita nature park , formerly the Northern Teutoburg Forest-Wiehengebirge nature park.

Nature reserves and natural monuments

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With regard to nature reserves, Halle has a special position in the Gütersloh district in several respects, because with seven designated nature reserves it is home to the largest number of cities and municipalities in the district as well as the largest in terms of area. The total area of ​​the nature reserves is the largest in the district with 939.2 hectares in absolute terms and also in terms of percentage with around 13.6% in relation to the urban area.

The wetlands Hörste are 531 hectares of the area, the largest nature reserve in the circle and a FFH area . The Tatenhauser Wald is also protected by the Habitats Directive on 177 hectares. Rare bat species such as the Bechstein's bat , the great mouse- eared bat and the pond bat live in it . The Laibach is also a habitat for the kingfisher . The reserve is the only proven occurrence of the hero goat . Typical biotopes are beech and oak mixed forests with high proportions of old wood and alder-ash floodplain forests. The Gartnischberg nature reserve is located in the Teutoburg Forest and has a size of 107.7 hectares. There is a forest grave that is unique in Westphalia. The Knüll - Storkenberg nature reserve is also located in the Teutoburg Forest and has a size of 78.9 hectares. There are also some forest graves there. The Großer Berg - Hellberg nature reserve with a size of 66.5 hectares is also located in the Teutoburg Forest. The Barrelpäule nature reserve has a size of 41 ha. Together with the nature reserves Kipshagener Teiche and Furlbachtal , which are located in the town of Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock , it was designated on July 19, 1937, making it one of the oldest nature reserves in the district. The barrel pillar is also protected by the Habitats Directive. The currently youngest nature reserve in Halle is the Hesselner Berge area , a forest area of ​​around 33 hectares. The Schneiker quarry , which was declared a nature reserve after its release, has a size of only 2.1 hectares and is therefore the second smallest nature reserve in the district. It is home to several endangered tailed amphibians . In addition, Halle has a share of the area in the Ravensberg - Barenberg nature reserve , the main part of which is in the area of ​​the city of Borgholzhausen, and in the Feuchtwiese Vennheide nature reserve , the main area of ​​which is in the Steinhagen district of Brockhagen .

There are eight designated natural monuments in the urban area. These are the park landscape at Tatenhausen Castle ( ʘ ), a source pond of the Laibach surrounded by a group of oaks ( ʘ ) and six individual trees or groups of trees ( ʘ , ʘ , ʘ , ʘ , ʘ and ʘ ). Most of the natural monuments are accessible from Hall's cycle paths.


The Gerry Weber Stadium
Conditioning of the golf club Teutoburg Forest , hole 18

Every year in June, Halle hosts the Gerry Weber Open . Tennis professionals use the tournament to prepare for Wimbledon . In 2007 the Gerry Weber Stadium , after the Heidewald Stadium in Gütersloh, was the second largest stadium in the Gütersloh district, and the venue for the 2007 men's handball world championship .

The men of the TC Blau-Weiss Halle became German team champions in tennis in 1995, 2006 and 2014.

Handball in particular is well represented in the entire region. For example, the 1st women's team of the HSG Union 92 Halle played in the 3rd division of the German Handball Federation from 2010 to 2016 . The HSG Union 92 Halle was founded in 1992 from the handball departments of the clubs SC Halle , TV Deutsche Eiche Künsebeck and TSG Kölkebeck-Bokel and has grown steadily in recent years thanks to a real handball boom.

For water sports enthusiasts , the city ​​offers various alternatives with the Canadier Sports Club , the 1st Haller Sport Fishing Club and the Swimming Club Halle (Westphalia) . The Teutoburger Wald Golf Club has a 31-hole golf course , including four practice courses . The three chess clubs Schachklub Halle 1946 e. V. Schachverein Künsebeck 1948 e. V. and chess club Karpov's grandchildren invite the citizens to play.

Other sports clubs in the city are z. B. the CVJM-Leichtathletik-Club , the Reit- und Fahrverein Halle , the Automobilclub Halle (Westf.) Or the Squashclub 1. Ravensberger SC . In addition, there are two karate clubs, Karate Dojo Halle and Karate Dojo Mushin Halle from 1991 , the model flying group Halle (Westphalia) and the Halle folk dance group . In addition, various football, tennis and gymnastics clubs offer the citizens sporty alternatives.

Regular events

Before the party in the yellow lake

In addition to the Gerry Weber Open and the Bach Days, there are other annual events. These are the city ​​festival Haller Willem on Ascension Day , a fair around the church in the Hörste district, the so-called Hörster Bummel , the shirt sleeve ball fair in August, the Nikolausmarkt , which is held on the first Sunday of Advent in the Haller Herz and the Christmas market in Hörste , always on the third Advent. There is also, also on an annual basis, the Gartnisch trade show , a consumer show for the local trade. With an interruption in 2008, the party in the yellow lake took place annually until 2010 , a folk festival that took place in a field with blooming sunflowers that were sown especially for the occasion.

There is a weekly market on Tuesdays (afternoons) and Fridays (mornings) in Halle's pedestrian zone.

Culinary specialties

The confectionery of August Storck such as Werther's Original and Toffifee are sold worldwide, nationally known are produced in Hall spirits of Kisker distilleries .

Infrastructure and economy


Road traffic

Halle is connected to the trunk road network via the federal motorway 33 . An air measuring station set up at a bottleneck in the through-town of the city center in 2007 showed that the permissible limit values ​​for fine dust were exceeded in 21 cases in 2008, both using continuous and gravimetric measuring methods. This was the eleventh worst result in North Rhine-Westphalia and ranked 23rd among the worst values ​​in Germany.

Rail and bus transport

Halle (Westf) station with special train during the Haller Willem city ​​festival in May 2003

The train station "Halle (Westf.)" And the stops "Künsebeck", "Halle Gerry-Weber-Stadion" and "Hesseln" are on the Osnabrück – Bielefeld railway line ( KBS 402 ), which runs every hour (sometimes every half hour to Bielefeld) the regional train " Haller Willem " RB 75 runs. Local rail passenger transport is carried out by NordWestBahn with Talent diesel multiple units for speeds of up to 120 km / h. The line was opened in 1886.

In road passenger transport operate Regio buses to Bielefeld, Gütersloh , Werther , Steinhagen , Brockhagen and Versmold . Significant parts of the traffic are provided by the Go.on company for bus and rail traffic . The regional network tariff “Der Sechser” ( OWL Verkehr GmbH), which has been replaced by the Westphalian tariff since August 2017 , as well as the NRW tariff, applied to all local public transport . In the direction of Osnabrück there is a transitional tariff for the local transport community (VOS-Plus) .

The inner-city offer is supplemented by four taxi bus routes during off-peak times and on weekends .

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic

Halle is on the stretch of the national long- distance cycle route BahnRadRoute Teuto-Senne , which leads from Osnabrück via Halle (Westphalia) and Bielefeld to Paderborn. The approximately 500 km long Teutoburg Forest wellness cycle route , which was implemented as a circular cycle path until 2011, also led through Halle. In addition, four circular cycle paths of a good 20 km each lead through the urban area in the shape of a clover from the Hall train station.

Halle has a short pedestrian zone with a weekly market on Fridays. There are twelve signposted circular hiking trails for hikers.

The Hermannsweg runs along the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest, i.e. on the northern boundary of the municipality, and is a hiking trail that connects Rheine with Velmerstot in Lippe .

Air traffic

There is a choice of four commercial airports within one to one and a half hours by car, which means that the number of destinations that can be reached by direct flights is quite high. The Muenster / Osnabrueck Airport is located around 55 km, of Paderborn / Lippstadt airport about 70 km, the Dortmund Airport about 100 km away and Hannover Airport around 130 km away.

Public facilities

District court with war memorial
Disposal point north

The city library holds around 30,000 titles. It is housed in the listed distillery building that was formerly used by the Kisker distilleries. The city archive is also integrated into this building.

The Lindenbad is a fun pool that combines indoor and outdoor pools. It is operated by Technische Werke Osning GmbH, the municipal utilities wholly owned by the city of Halle, which is also the local electricity and gas supplier. Operations will end on July 1, 2012, after which the bathroom will be demolished and replaced by a new building in the same location. A construction period of two to three years is expected.

The local hospital was operated by Klinikum Ravensberg gGmbH until the end of 2009. On January 1, 2010, the company gave up its independence through a merger with the Bielefeld Clinic . The house in Halle has 163 beds.

The district court of Halle (Westphalia) is responsible for the entire old district of Halle, i.e. in addition to Halle also for the cities of Borgholzhausen, Versmold and Werther and the municipality of Steinhagen.

The volunteer fire brigade Halle (Westphalia) is responsible for fire protection and general help in the city area. Operations are carried out with a total of 160 active persons from the fire fighting train locations in Halle (59 active persons), Hörste (36 active persons), Kölkebeck (36 active persons) and Künsebeck (30 active persons). The youth fire brigade , founded in 1995, has 25 members.

A road maintenance department of the state road construction company NRW is located in the city. Furthermore, the disposal point north is located in Halle , one of two waste and recycling collection points in the Gütersloh district.

The wastewater treatment plant in Künsebeck, built in 1985 and renovated in 2005, has an annual cleaning capacity of 1.6 million m³ of wastewater.


South view of the Masch school center

There are four primary schools in the city, the Gartnisch primary school, the Lindenschule, the Hörste primary school and the Künsebeck primary school. Secondary schools in lower secondary level are the Peter-Korschak-Schule (Hauptschule) Halle, named after a child who died in the Künsebeck labor camp a few months after birth during World War II, and the Halle Realschule. Both schools will expire in the next few years and will be replaced by the comprehensive school founded in 2014. Like the two schools that are being phased out, this is housed in the same building complex in the Masch school center. In the upper secondary level there is the district high school in Halle and the vocational college in Halle.

In addition, there is the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule as a special needs school and the Ravensberg adult education center for adult education.

Some of Hall's schools, especially the vocational college and the district high school, are important beyond the city area because some of these types of school are not offered in the neighboring communities.

In 2007, a total of 2898 students were taught at schools in Hall (excluding vocational college and adult education center) with 192 teachers, 32.7% of them at elementary schools, 7.4% at secondary schools and 24.8% at secondary schools, 30.9 % at grammar school and 4.1% at special school.

Established businesses

The most famous employers in Halle are Gerry Weber International AG and August Storck KG.

Gerry Weber International AG is a listed fashion and lifestyle company, August Storck KG is a confectionery manufacturer whose headquarters have been in Berlin since 1998, but which has its origins in Halle and has its main plant here.

The spirits manufacturer Kisker distilleries is also based here. The pharmaceutical and medical technology company Baxter International has a branch here, Baxter Oncology AG.

The Japanese company JTEKT, one of the world's leading rolling bearing manufacturers, has a needle roller bearing plant in Künsebeck (Koyo Bearings Deutschland GmbH). The plant previously belonged to Dürkopp , FAG , Torrington and Timken .

The Kreissparkasse Halle (Westf.) And the Volksbank Halle / Westf. eG have their headquarters in Halle (Westphalia).


Main office of the Haller Kreisblatt

The daily newspapers from Monday to Saturday are the Haller Kreisblatt , a cooperation partner of the Neue Westfälische , and a local edition of the Westfalen-Blatt . Both newspapers get their coat from their respective coat editorial offices in Bielefeld. Both newspapers report in the local section from all communities in the old district of Halle. In addition, the OWL newspaper is published free of charge on Sundays and the Altkreis-Kurier , both offshoots of the Westfalen-Blatt , on Wednesdays . The city magazine Haller Willem (circulation 10,500) and the city magazine Halle experience from Panorama Verlags- und Werbegesellschaft mbH, also an offshoot of the Westfalen-Blatt, appear monthly.

Halle belongs to the reporting area of ​​the regional studio Bielefeld of the WDR . The local radio for the Gütersloh district is Radio Gütersloh .


Haller Willem monument on Ronchin Square
Jörg Ludewig (2006)

Honorary citizen

Halle has not yet awarded any honorary citizenship. After leaving the office of mayor, Wilhelm Bentlage was appointed honorary mayor.

sons and daughters of the town

Severin Schlüter was born in Halle in 1571 , a teacher and one of the most important Protestant theologians of his time. After attending the grammar schools in Herford and Osnabrück , he attended the universities in Cologne and Erfurt before he obtained the academic degree of a master's degree in philosophy in Helmstedt . He then held various positions as private tutor and court master , before he was vice rector at the Athenaeum Gymnasium in Stade in 1603 and took over the rectorate the following year. Schlueter was called in 1613 as a preacher in Bucca in the county of Hoya , in 1615 as pastor in Winsen (Aller) and in 1617 as chief pastor of the St. Jakobi Church in Hamburg . In 1646 he became the spokesman for the Lutheran parish of Hamburg. Schlueter was the grandson of a mayor and his only adult son Johann was mayor of Hamburg between 1684 and 1686 .

Hermann Adolph Meinders was born in 1665 , a judge at the Gogericht zu Halle and a historian. Among other things, he is the author of a twelve-volume chronicle of the County of Ravensberg. In 1803 Ferdinand Wilhelm Brune was born, a classicist architect and master builder in the Principality of Lippe . Many of his buildings can still be seen today. Gustav Wilhelm Kisker was also born in Halle in 1803. After attending school, he studied law and then worked as an assessor in Breslau in 1831 . He later worked as director of the city court in Bochum and Iserlohn . He worked in the Prussian Ministry of Justice from 1835 to 1847. Towards the end of 1848 he held the office of Prussian Minister of Justice for about seven weeks. In March 1848, Kisker was appointed President of the Court of Appeal in Naumburg and was later a member of the first chamber of the Prussian state parliament and in the House of Representatives . Friedrich Wilhelm Dankberg , born in 1819, was a sculptor and plasterer . In 1834 Friedrich Anton Harbort was born in Halle . He was a Catholic theologian and pastor and was particularly involved in missionary work and nursing. Hermann Julius Kolbe , born in 1855, was an entomologist specializing in beetles . Heinrich Strakerjahn was born in 1856 in what was then the village and today's district of Oldendorf , a pioneer in special education. Margarete Windthorst , born in 1884, has made a name for herself as a writer. She wrote mostly Westphalian homeland novels, as well as natural poetry and fairy tales. Heinrich Wolf , born in 1890, was a local politician and district administrator (SPD). He was a member of the landscape assembly of the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe and was a member of the provincial parliament from 1921 to 1929. After the Second World War he was district administrator of the Halle district three times until 1964.

Paul Kirchhoff was born in 1900. He was a philosopher and an anthropologist. In 1943 he introduced the term Mesoamerica for the classification of ethnographic phenomena in the Mexican-Central American area and thus unified a diverse and dynamic cultural area. Peter Calmeyer , born in 1930, was an archaeologist specializing in the Near East. In 1972 he became the second director of the Tehran department of the German Archaeological Institute . Hartwig Höcker was born in 1937 . He is a professor emeritus for textile chemistry and macromolecular chemistry at RWTH Aachen University . With his help and design, more than 50 patents and more than 400 publications have been developed. As a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, he initiated many collaborations with engineering and medicine. The Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF) at the University Hospital Aachen emerged from one of these collaborations . Heiner Erke , born in 1939, made a name for himself as a traffic psychologist. He developed traffic control and steering systems and was a member of the German Society for Psychology.

Uwe Pallaks played football in the 2nd Bundesliga for seven years . He was born in Halle in 1952. The Austrian entrepreneur, TV cook and author Sarah Wiener was born in Halle in 1962. The dressage rider Monica Theodorescu , born in 1963, is a multiple winner of Olympic gold and European champion. Also in 1963, the Namibia-based poet and author Iris Grädler was born here. Viola von Cramon-Taubadel , born in 1970, is Member of the Bundestag for the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group . The satirist, cabaret artist and publisher Volker Surmann was born in Halle in 1972. Former cyclist Jörg Ludewig was born in Halle in 1975. Among other things, he took part in the Tour de France three times . David Kramer was born in 1978. He is an actor and was featured in the ZDF - Telenovela Paths to Happiness . In 1979 the church musician Georg Hage was born in Halle. The journalist and writer Cemil Şahinöz was born here in 1981 and the soccer player Franziska Bröckl was born here in 1994 . Markus Diekhoff , born in Halle in 1978, has been a member of the FDP in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia since 2017.

Other personalities

Not born in Halle, but lived and / or worked here:


  • Uwe Heckert: Halle in Westphalia: history (s) of a city in the Teutoburg Forest . Publishing house for regional history, 2005, ISBN 3-89534-560-1 .
  • Uwe Heckert: Hall in Westphalia. Tour through the historic old town. Halle (Westf.) 1997. Data set in the North Rhine-Westphalian Bibliography
  • Uwe Heckert: 1246-1996. 750 years of Halle in Westphalia. Guide to the city history exhibition "City history around the heart of Hall" . 1996, ISBN 3-9805460-0-4 .
  • Walter Hempelmann: Evang.-Luth. St. John's Church Halle / Westfalen (=  Small Kunstführer . No. 2233 ). Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg 1996, ISBN 3-7954-5984-2 .
  • District of Halle / Westf. (Ed.): 150 years of the Halle district (Westphalia) . Self-published, 1966.
  • Heinrich Meise: The district of Halle (Westphalia) . Regensberg, 1950.
  • Albert Ludorff : The architectural and art monuments of the Halle district (= architectural and art monuments of Westphalia, Volume 28). Munster 1909.

Web links

Commons : Halle (Westfalen)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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. ^ Geological Service North Rhine-Westphalia, Geoscientific Community Description Halle (Westf.) ( Memento from February 20, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Geological Service NRW: Using geothermal energy - Geothermal study provides planning basis ( Memento from September 14, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 360 kB)
  4. a b c State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia: Municipal profile Halle (Westf.) ( Memento from May 5, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Figures, data, facts PDF download
  6. Uwe Heckert: Halle in Westphalia: History (s) of a city on the Teutoburg Forest. Publishing house for regional history, 2005, ISBN 3-89534-560-1 .
  7. State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection North Rhine-Westphalia: Technical report I, Niederwald and Hochwald - a faunistic-ecological comparison, p. 314. ( Memento of March 29, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 375 kB)
  8. ^ A b Franz Herberhold: The land register of the Grafschaft Ravensberg from 1556. Volume 1, Verlag Aschendorff, 1960.
  9. ^ Provincial Association of the Province of Westphalia (Hrsg.): The architectural and art monuments of Westphalia. Volume 28. The architectural and art monuments of the Halle district. 1996, ISBN 3-922032-68-0 .
  10. a b c Halle in Westphalia, 250 years of city rights 1719–1969 , Festschrift, Halle (Westphalia).
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