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Coat of arms of the city of Herten
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Coordinates: 51 ° 36 '  N , 7 ° 8'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Muenster
Circle : Recklinghausen
Height : 75 m above sea level NHN
Area : 37.33 km 2
Residents: 61,821 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 1656 inhabitants per km 2
Postcodes : 45699, 45701
Primaries : 02366, 0209Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : RE, CAS, GLA
Community key : 05 5 62 020
City structure: 9 districts

City administration address :
Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse 2
45699 Herten, Germany
Website : www.herten.de
Mayor : Fred Toplak (TOP party)
Location of the city of Herten in the Recklinghausen district
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The city of Herten is located in the Ruhr area in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia . As a member of Recklinghausen owned Large district town of Münster Region and is also part of the Rhine-Ruhr .


Spatial location

The city is located in the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia. The highest point is the Hoheward dump in the Emscherbruch in Herten-Süd with 152.5 m. The highest natural elevation is in the west of the Recklinghausen Loessback in Scherlebeck, near the city limits of Recklinghausen (- Hochlar ) at 110 m. The Herten water towers are also located there .

Urban area

The urban area has an area of ​​37.31 square kilometers. The north-south extension is 9.5 kilometers, the west-east extension 6.5 kilometers.

Herten consists of nine districts: Scherlebeck , Langenbochum , Disteln , Paschenberg , Herten-Mitte , Herten-Südwest , Herten-Südost , Bertlich and the largest district, which was the independent town of Westerholt until the end of 1974 .

District map

On November 30, 2019, the Herten districts had the following population figures:

district Residents including foreigners Quota of foreigners
Scherlebeck 6,906 612 8.86%
Langenbochum 8,010 809 10.10%
Thistles 6,872 528 7.68%
Paschenberg 6,199 1,316 21.23%
Herten center 8,830 1,837 20.80%
Herten southwest 5,968 1,451 24.31%
Herten-Southeast 5,534 1,180 21.32%
Bertlich 3,460 277 8.01%
Westerholt 10,794 1,544 14.30%
total 62,573 9,554 15.27%


Historical overview

Map of the German Empire 1: 100,000 of today's Herten area at the end of the 19th century;
larger parts of the former rural community of Recklinghausen did not become part of the local area until 1926, Westerholt and Bertlich only in 1975
Downtown Herten with the statue of Anthony the Great - the "father of the monks"

Herten was first mentioned as "Herthene" around 1050 in the register of the Werden an der Ruhr abbey. Around 1350 the Lords of Herten were mentioned as the owners of Herten Castle. On February 2, 1376 the Herten house (the forerunner of today's castle) was mentioned. In the Middle Ages, the place was part of the Electorate of Cologne. For about 300 years, Herten Castle was the seat of the governor of the Electoral Cologne judicial district. Between 1844 and 1856 the rural community belonged to the Recklinghausen office . In 1857 Herten resigned from the official association and has since formed its own office . Until the beginning of the coal mining industry in 1872, Herten remained a village.

The now onset of industrialization accelerated population growth. Since the labor supply in the area was insufficient, numerous Poles, Czechs and Slovenes were recruited. Herten developed into one of the largest mining cities in Europe. In 1882 street lighting was installed in the community for the first time with four kerosene lanterns. The gas works opened on September 29, 1900. On May 10, 1901, the tram started operating.

On April 1, 1926, the farming communities Ebbelich, Disteln, Langenbochum and Scherlebeck were detached from the rural community of Recklinghausen and incorporated into Herten. The population increased from 19,000 to 35,500, the area of ​​the municipality increased from 1500 to 2900 hectares. The office of Herten was abolished in 1934, making Herten an office-free municipality. On April 20, 1936, Herten was given the right to use the designation "city" and on June 8, 1936, the right to use its own city coat of arms. According to the German municipal code of 1935, no further rights were associated with it. During the Second World War, Herten suffered relatively little damage, with a degree of destruction of 16%, and 145 houses were destroyed. City hall and moated castle were slightly damaged in air raids.

Due to the influx of refugees and displaced persons from the German eastern regions after the Second World War and the attractiveness of the mining location, the population of the city rose to around 52,000 by 1961. On January 1, 1975, the town of Westerholt and the district of Bertlich were incorporated in the course of municipal reorganization .


  • April 1, 1926: Farmerships Ebbelich, Disteln, Langenbochum and Scherlebeck of the dissolved rural community of Recklinghausen
  • January 1, 1975: City of Westerholt and Bertlich part of the municipality of Polsum

Population statistics

Shaft 2 of the Ewald colliery
Population development of Herten from 1871 to 2016

In the Middle Ages and early modern times , Herten was only a small village with a few hundred inhabitants. The population grew only slowly and fell again and again due to the numerous wars, epidemics and famine. With the beginning of industrialization and the development of mining at the end of the 19th century, population growth accelerated. In 1871 there were only 870 people living in the community, by 1925 there were already 19,000. With the incorporation of several farmers on April 1, 1926, the population rose to 35,500. Even after that, the population continued to grow. In 1953 there was a large influx of Transylvanians due to the so-called coal campaign , who mainly settled in the Transylvanian settlement in the vicinity of the Schlägel-und-Eisen colliery.

In 1961 Herten had just under 52,000 inhabitants. The incorporation of Westerholt and Bertlich on January 1, 1975 brought an increase of 17,686 people to the historic high of 70,795. On June 30, 2005 the " official population " for Herten was 65,070 ( only main residences and after comparison with the other state offices). On December 31, 2005, according to the city administration, 51.6 percent of the Herten population were female and 48.4 percent male. 37.4 percent of the citizens of Herten belonged to the Catholic and 33.0 percent to the Protestant Church.

The following overview shows the number of inhabitants according to the respective territorial status. These are census results (¹) or official updates from the State Statistical Office. From 1871, the information relates to the “local population”, from 1925 to the resident population and since 1987 to the “population at the location of the main residence”.

year Residents
December 1, 1871 ¹ 870
December 1, 1890¹ 3,600
December 1, 1900 ¹ 12,186
December 1, 1905 ¹ 15,475
December 1, 1910¹ 17,673
December 1, 1916 ¹ 17,350
December 5, 1917 ¹ 17.134
October 8, 1919 ¹ 18,347
June 16, 1925 ¹ 19,167
June 16, 1933 ¹ 34,256
May 17, 1939 ¹ 32,697
December 31, 1945 34,177
October 29, 1946 ¹ 35,704
year Residents
September 13, 1950 ¹ 41,889
September 25, 1956 ¹ 48,854
June 6, 1961 ¹ 51,847
December 31, 1965 52,724
May 27, 1970 ¹ 52,669
June 30, 1974 52,982
December 31, 1975 70,647
December 31, 1980 69,247
December 31, 1985 68.004
May 25, 1987 ¹ 67,806
December 31, 1990 69,245
December 31, 1995 69,183
December 31, 2000 66,930
year Residents
December 31, 2005 64,807
May 9, 2011 ¹ 61.505
December 31, 2012 61.001
December 31, 2016 61,461

¹ census result

Denomination statistics

According to the 2011 census , on May 9, 2011, the proportion of Catholic citizens was 35.8%, Protestant 31.6% and the other 32.6%. The number of Protestants and Catholics has fallen since then. On April 30, 2020, the proportion of Catholic citizens was 31.2%, Protestant 26.6% and the other 42.2%


City council

After the local elections on May 25, 2014 , the seats in the city council are distributed as follows:

Seats: 23 12 2 2 1 2 1 1 44 seats
P / L: 4 ± 0 + 2 ± 0 - 1 - 1 ± 0 ± 0 + 1 ± 0

1 Independent citizens' party     2 WIR in Herten eV     3 Non-party voter community in Germany     4 Profit or loss compared to the 2009 election

The members of the individual parties and groups of voters formed parliamentary groups. The council members of FDP, WIR and WG BRD are non-attached, as these lists only have one council member each.

Results of the local elections from 1975

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

1975 56.2 36.9 5.1
1979 54.9 38.4 5.1
1984 54.8 33.5 08.4 2.7
1989 50.5 29.8 10.5 3.2 4.7
1994 48.9 32.4 08.7 1.6 7.4
1999 47.2 39.2 04.9 2.2 6.5
22004 2nd 45.7 33.9 06.7 2.7 04.96
2009 51.5 24.0 05.9 3.7 6.6 4.2
2014 51.0 27.1 05.7 5.4 5.1 2.5

1 Greens: 1984 and 1989: Greens, from 1994: B'90 / Die Grünen
2 2004: additionally: PBP: 3.6%, AUF Herten: 2.4%


  • 1857–1865: Count Felix Droste zu Vischering von Nesselrode-Reichenstein
  • 1867–1876: Count Hermann Droste zu Vischering von Nesselrode-Reichenstein
  • 1876–1879: Lieutenant a. D. de la Chevallerie
  • 1879–1881: Friedrich Meistring
  • 1881–1886: August Zumloh
  • 1886–1901: H. Böckenhoff
  • 1901–1927: Adolf von Kleinsorgen

City Directors

  • 1946–1958: Wilhelm Rheinländer
  • 1958–1975: Ulrich Stanke
  • 1976–1981: Heinz Pickmann
  • 1981–1989: Dr. Bernd Adamaschek
  • 1989–1992: Friedhelm Hodde
  • 1992–1993: Karl Bockelmann
  • 1994–1999: Klaus Bechtel 4


  • 1927–1931: Adolf von Kleinsorgen (from December 27, 1927 through an amendment to the law)
  • 1931–1945: Paul West, from 1933: NSDAP 1
  • 1945: Johann Buschmann (resigned due to illness)
  • 1945–1946: Wilhelm Rheinländer, presumably initially: Center , then: CDU 2
  • 1946–1948: Albert Müller, CDU 3
  • 1948–1956: Walter Voigt, SPD
  • 1956–1956: Hans Jablonsky, SPD
  • 1956–1975: Hans Senkel, SPD
  • 1975–1991: Willi Wessel , SPD
  • 1991–1999: Karl-Ernst Scholz, SPD
  • 1999-2004: Klaus Bechtel, SPD 4
  • 2004–2016: Ulrich Paetzel , SPD
  • since 2016: Fred Toplak , TOP party

1 Paul West was first mayor of the Herten office from 1931. He joined the NSDAP in 1933. Even after he was granted the right to use the designation "city" from April 20, 1936, he remained in office.

2 After the end of the war, Wilhelm Rheinländer was appointed mayor in place of the National Socialist Paul West by the Allies after Johann Buschmann could no longer exercise the office of mayor due to illness.

3 Albert Müller was the first elected post-war mayor.

4 With the law amending the municipal constitution of May 17, 1994, the office of the full-time mayor, directly elected by the citizens, was introduced in North Rhine-Westphalia, who instead of the previous city director takes on full-time management of the city administration and at the same time instead of the one previously elected by the council members honorary mayor presides over the city council. On this basis, the full-time mayor was elected in Herten for the first time in the 1999 local elections.

coat of arms

Today's coat of arms goes back to a seal by Gerlach van Herten from 1392 and the Westerholter coat of arms.

In the upper field there is a silver deer antler on a green background. It indicates the origin of the name: "Hert" 'was a Middle Low German word for "deer". The black and white squares of the lower right (heraldic: left) square were taken over from the old Westerholt coat of arms and displaced two of the former three roses (a historical reference to the Lippe rose is wrong) of the old Herten coat of arms after the incorporation of Westerholt.

Town twinning

Herten has four twin cities:

We have a close partnership with Arras in particular. So are z. B. the Franco-German student exchange programs are exemplary.

In 2011 rumors circulated that the town twinning with Doncaster was from the anti-European Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, with the words "I only know two words in German, but they are enough: Goodbye!" been dissolved. But there was no official termination. In any case, the Doncaster-Herten German Society in Doncaster continues its meetings.

Culture and sights


Westerholt village
Water towers in Herten

The moated castle Herten is located on the edge of the city center in the 'Schlosspark', an English landscape park. It was first mentioned in a document in 1376. The castle was renovated in the 1980s and has been one of the most beautiful architectural monuments in North Rhine-Westphalia ever since . Many cultural events take place around the castle every year, such as B. the art market or the Herten Folk Festival.

With capacities of 4,000 and 5,000 cubic meters, the 30 meter high water towers in Herten that are still in operation are the largest in Germany.

Since 2005 there has been a landscaping structure on the Hoheward dump , in the south of Herten, a sundial with a diameter of 62 m and an 8.65 m high stainless steel obelisk as a pointer. The Horizon Observatory has stood on the summit plateau of the heap since 2008, and its 50 m high meridian arc can be seen from afar.

The old village of Westerholt consists of around 60 well-preserved half-timbered houses. These stand on an area of ​​approx. 6.5 hectares (the old town center). In 1991 the old village of Westerholt was placed under protection as a monument area . A total of 56 half-timbered houses were entered in the list of monuments.

Westerholt Castle and the city's numerous churches are also worth seeing .

Evangelical churches : Friedenskirche (Disteln), Gustav-Adolf-Community Center (Scherlebeck), Community Center Ackerstraße (Langenbochum), Lutherhaus (Paschenberg), Thomaskirche (Westerholt), Johanneskirche (Herten-Süd), Erlöserkirche (Herten-Mitte) and Christ Church (Westerholt and Bertlich)

Catholic churches : St. Antonius, consisting of the patrons St. Antonius (center), St. Barbara (Paschenberg), St. Josef (thistles) and St. Joseph (south). The northern parishes of St. Martinus and Johannes (Westerholt and Bertlich) and St. Maria Visitation (Langenbochum) with St. Ludgerus (Scherlebeck) have a common pastor with a pastoral care team.

New Apostolic Church congregations in Herten-Mitte, Westerholt and Scherlebeck

Greek Orthodox Church: Saint Dimitrios Herten (Herten-Süd)

There are six mosques in Herten: The Haci Bayram Mosque in Ewaldstraße, the Blue Mosque in the north of the Paschenberg (inaugurated in 2009), the Scherlebeck Mosque in Margenboomstraße, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Feldstraße, the Westerholt- Mosque on Arenbergstrasse and the Yeni Mosque on Geschwisterstrasse.

The Herten glass house , opened in September 1994, has established itself as an important cultural meeting point in downtown Herten. The Herten city ​​library is located in the building designed for functionality . It is also used as a congress and conference center.

Art in public space


Herten Castle Park and Herten Castle : The 30-hectare castle park is a gem in the middle of the city. In the heart of the English landscaped garden is a baroque moated castle from the 14th century. Narcissus meadow, chestnut and rhododendron avenues attract visitors to the park all year round. Over 200 exotic plants, many of them unique in Europe, can be found here. The castle park merges seamlessly into the 200 hectare castle forest, which extends to the southern city limits of Herth.

Boggy landscape of the Emscherbruch near Herten

The Hoheward Landscape Park is a public-law recultivation project in the northern Ruhr area , which is transforming around 7.5 square kilometers of former industrial areas and spoil heaps from the coal mining industry on the outskirts of the cities of Herten and Recklinghausen into a recreation park landscape . Planning began in 2001, construction work in 2004, and completion is planned for 2008.

Several landscape architects, planning offices and astronomers have planned to use funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters to create a viable financing concept and an attractive, public local recreation park with numerous attractions such as the horizontal sundial with obelisks, the horizon observatory, the "balcony promenade" and the Höhenweg to create.

The large Herten sculpture path with 18 works of art is remarkable .

Folk festivals and events

The Westerholter Summer Festival is held every year in August or September. Well-known artists also perform at this festival with culinary delights, rides, entertainment and sales kiosks. Paintings, applied arts and cabaret are presented on an art mile. In addition, the Herten flower market in May and the Herten wine market in September each draw large numbers of people to the Herten city center on three days. The two-day art market around Herten Castle takes place regularly at Whitsun.

Stage of the Kustom Kulture Tattoo Show 2019

The Kustom Kulture Forever (formerly Bottrop Kustom Kulture ), one of the largest Kustom Kulture shows in Europe, has been taking place on the grounds of the Ewald colliery since 2013 . The Kustom Kulture Tattoo Show has been affiliated since 2016 . “The affiliated Tattoo Convention was previously called the “ Classic Traditional Tattoo Show ”and was organized by Andreas Coenen. Last year Andreas Hentschel and his team from Ewig Und Drei Tage Tattoo took the lead and were successful. Since then the tattoo convention has been called »Kustom Kulture Tattoo Show«.

“Conceptually, only a few tattooists are invited, but a high level is offered, which is something completely due to the integration of the tattoo show in Kustom Kulture Forever, the event par excellence with Kustom Cars and Bikes, Punk Rock, Skateboarding and Rock'n'Roll Special will be .... "

- Sabrina Ungemach in Tattoo Kulture Magazine



The soccer club SG Herten-Langenbochum was successful (merged with Westfalia Scherlebeck to form Blau-Weiß Westfalia Langenbochum). Especially the youth work produced several youth national players and Bundesliga players such as B. Benedikt Höwedes , Christian Timm , Frank Riethmann and Michael Ratajczak . The club was considered a talent factory for the big clubs in the area such as Borussia Dortmund , FC Schalke 04 and VfL Bochum .

Other football clubs in Herten are:

Other sports

The best-known Herten sports clubs are the DJK Spvgg Herten, whose roller hockey department has already won several German championship titles, the heavy athletes from SV Westerholt , who have been in the first division in powerlifting for over ten years and since 2006 also in the first division in bench press and brought over 60 German individual championship titles to Herten, the handball players from the same club, who took part in the finals of the German handball championship several times in the 1950s and became German runner-up in indoor handball in 1959 , and the Herten Panthers, whose wives were in the first judo Bundesliga fought.

The basketball club Hertener Löwen is the largest sports club in Herten and in the entire Recklinghausen district (measured in terms of members, audience numbers and division). The club played in the 2nd Basketball Bundesliga North from 2005 to 2007 and has been active in the new 2nd Basketball Bundesliga Pro B since the 2007/2008 season. On average, 700 spectators attend the home games, which are played in the sports hall of the Rosa Parks School (until August 1, 2008: Comprehensive School Herten) and attract audiences from all over the Ruhr area.

But SuS Bertlich is also known far beyond the city limits. Three times a year, the club, which has more than 650 members, organizes the Bertlicher street races , to which runners from all over Germany and neighboring countries travel.

On March 26, 2006, the German half marathon road running championships took place in Bertlich.

Herten is characterized above all by its large variety of sports. In October 2006, for example, the European Billiards Championships took place in the Herten glass house.

Another Herten sports club is the SG Rochade Disteln 1991. The chess club celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011 and is currently playing with the first team in the district class of the Vestischer Schachkreises (VSK) + Schach district Herne (HER).

Furthermore, the Golf Club Schloss Westerholt between Herten-Westerholt and Gelsenkirchen-Buer is worth mentioning, which has an 18-hole parkland course with old trees.

Economy and Infrastructure


Ewald colliery with the double-headed headframe above shaft 7
Westerholt colliery, gate area
Colliery Schlägel und Eisen 3/4/7 in Herten-Langenbochum.

For a long time, Herten was the largest mining town in Europe in terms of production volume (at times 36,000 t of coal production / day). Herten was home to three mines. The Schlägel und Eisen mine in the north, the Ewald mine in the south and, after the incorporation of Westerholt, the Westerholt mine . The overburden that arose from coal mining was dumped in the south of Herten near the Ewald colliery . Thus arose heaps Hoppenbruch , Emscherbruch and Hoheward . In 1990 the Schlägel und Eisen colliery was merged with the Ewald colliery to form the Ewald / Schlägel und Eisen mine . In 2000, the Ewald colliery, which had formed a joint mine with the Hugo colliery in Gelsenkirchen since July 1997 , was closed together with it.

At the end of 2008, the last remaining mine in the Herten city area, the Lippe mine , which was created in 1998 from the Fürst Leopold colliery in Dorsten and the Westerholt colliery, was closed. In the near future, a hotel is to be built in the striking winding tower above Shaft 1 of the Westerholt colliery.

In addition to the mines, the Schweisfurth company , which is known throughout Europe with its meat processing company, today's " Herta " plants (400 employees), stood out. In addition, "Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH" is an important employer. In the south of the city there are also some other well-known companies (e.g. ALDI or Klaeser ) and the raw material recovery center Ruhr (RZR) of the AGR , which provide over 800 jobs. The State Environment Office Herten, the former State Office for Water and Waste Management, has been based in Herten since 1988. The Fresenius Institute opened a laboratory in October 2002, right next to the "Future Center" that has existed since 1996. Together, the three facilities form the Herten technology park. On the opposite side of the track system is the bottling plant of Coca-Cola GmbH, which has expanded its operating area many times over in recent years.

As a result of the colliery closings, various relocations of operations, rationalization measures and the associated job cuts in both the local private and public-sector and communal businesses and administrations, the two Christian churches in Herten with their day-care centers, hospitals, care services, old people's homes, non-profit workshops and others are now coming Charitable and diaconal institutions as employers on the first labor market and as creators of local jobs on the second labor market are of outstanding importance. The unemployment rate is 12.4 percent (January 2016).

Public facilities

Herten has a fire brigade with one full-time and three volunteer fire engines . In the city center (Herten fire fighting train, since 1885), in Scherlebeck (Scherlebeck fire fighting train, since 1909) and in Westerholt (Westerholt fire fighting train, since 1909) there is one fire fighting train each , consisting of an operations department, a youth fire brigade and an honorary department . On February 16, 2011, the city council decided to convert the full-time guard into a professional fire brigade . The details are regulated by a statute issued at the same time.


With over 60,000 inhabitants, Herten is the largest German city without rail passenger transport. The closest train stations for passenger traffic are Recklinghausen Hauptbahnhof , Wanne-Eickel Hauptbahnhof and the Gelsenkirchen-Hassel stop (not far from the Bertlich district of Herten).

Since the Oberhausen-Osterfeld-Hamm railway with the local train stations Herten and Westerholt has only been used for freight traffic since 1983 , Herten can only be reached by road. It is planned that the S-Bahn line 9 ( Wuppertal - Essen - Bottrop - Gelsenkirchen-Buer Nord - Haltern am See ) , which stops every hour in Gelsenkirchen-Buer Nord , will run every 30 minutes from 2019. It should alternately run from Gelsenkirchen-Buer Nord to Marl - Haltern or Herten - Recklinghausen.

Since all the collieries were closed, Herten no longer has a freight yard; the next one is already in Gelsenkirchen, only a few meters behind the city limits. This means that the Oberhausen – Hamm route is only used as a transit route, and rail freight usually has to be brought from the freight station outside via the road to Herten and vice versa.

The motorway A 2 (Oberhausen-Recklinghausen-Dortmund-Bielefeld, Hanover and Magdeburg-Berlin) crosses the urban area; the junction is called Herten. Outside the city limits, Herten has a connection to the A 43 (Münster – Recklinghausen – Wuppertal) in Recklinghausen / Herten and Recklinghausen-Hochlarmark and A 42 (Dortmund – Duisburg – Kamp-Lintfort) in Herne-Wanne.


There are ten primary schools in the city : Augusta School, Barbara School, Comenius School, Elisabeth School, Goethe School, Herten-Mitte Elementary School, "In der Feige" elementary school, Ludgerus School, Martini School and Forest School.

In the area of ​​secondary schools, there are the Herten municipal high school , the Herten comprehensive school (since August 1, 2008 Rosa Parks School), two secondary schools (Erich Klausener school as a Catholic private school and Willy Brandt school) and a secondary school (Martin Luther School). The Martin Luther School is now a secondary school, the secondary school is running out.

In addition, there are two special schools, namely the Achtbeckschule (special school with a special focus on learning and emotional and social development) and the Christy Brown School LWL special school (special needs physical and motor development) .

As a vocational school in Herten there is the central school for health professions, im Schloßpark 4a, which is jointly supported by the St. Elisabeth Hospital Herten and the Prosper Hospital Recklinghausen, at which health and nursing staff are trained.

Recognized institutions of adult education, the Adult Education Center Herten and the Family Education Center Herten.

The city library in the glass house has more than 100,000 books and media on an area of ​​2,000 square meters. According to the library index, it is one of the best libraries in North Rhine-Westphalia in its category.

The Herten city archive contains archives (including files, plans, photos) on the historical history of the city of Herten and the former city of Westerholt.


In 2010, the Hoheward visitor center opened at the Ewald colliery in the former wage and light hall , which serves as an information point for the citizens of Herten and tourists from the surrounding cities and districts. In addition to an extensive range of information material, guided tours can also be booked there (e.g. via the adjacent Hoheward dump ).


Former honorary citizens of the city

1 Honorary citizenship is granted to living persons. If an honorary citizen dies, he is no longer an honorary citizen due to Section 43 (2) of the Administrative Procedure Act for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (VwVfG. NRW.). The phrase “otherwise canceled” is decisive for this. A posthumous granting of honorary citizenship is at the discretion of the respective city council.

Current honorary citizen of the city

sons and daughters of the town

Prominent citizens


  • Max-Josef Midunsky: From Herten's past. Contributions to history and local history. 1600 dates on the history of the city of Herten and its districts . 4 issues (1955, 1957, 1961, series of publications by the Herten City Archives)
  • Helmut Handrick: The Last Paradise (1956, Aurel Bongers Verlag). Illustrated book about the Herten Castle Park
  • Hans Pilgram: Herten. Picture of a young city on the northern edge of the district (1959, Aurel Bongers Verlag). History book
  • City of Herten: Herten. Pictures of a City in Transition (1969, Aurel Bongers Verlag)
  • City center of Herten (1972, city of Herten). Documentation on the municipal reorganization in the northern Ruhr area
  • Bernd Danz / Gregor Spohr: Herten. 111 Moments - Wendebuch (1978, Danz & Spohr). Photo book about the city of Herten with old and new views
  • Hans-Ulrich Stanke: It was a long way ... Retrospective thoughts on the development of the city of Herten in Westphalia . (1980, City of Herten) History book about the incorporation of the places Westerholt and Bertlich
  • Heinz Wener: Westerholt in old views (1982, European library). Illustrated book with postcard views from the turn of the century
  • Friedrich Schlüter: Contributions to the history of Westerholt (1984, City of Herten)
  • Emi Wollny: St. Antonius Abbas. The history of the village of Herten (1984, Verlag der Buchhandlung Droste). History book from the beginning to the 19th century
  • Emi Wollny: Herten becomes a city (1987, Verlag der Buchhandlung Droste). History book from the 19th century to the city's development in 1936
  • Everyday life in the third Reich. War and end of war in Herten (1987, City of Herten). Documentation for an exhibition in the town hall of Herten in 1985
  • Friedhelm Glinka: Herten in old views (1992, European library). Illustrated book with postcard views from the turn of the century
  • Gregor Spohr, Wolfgang Quickels : Herten (1992, Verlag der Buchhandlung Droste). Photo book about the city of Herten
  • Ludger Zander: Westerholt. Impressions from history. From imperial freedom to the industrial community . (1992, City of Herten) Documentation of an exhibition from 1989
  • Herten Castle (1993, Westfälischer Heimatbund). Brochure about the Herten Castle
  • Life on the Heath. District information Herten Süd , 2 volumes, (1995, 2005, City of Herten)
  • Gregor Spohr, Wolfgang Quickels, Friedrich Duhme: Schloßpark Herten (1997, Verlag der Buchhandlung Droste). Illustrated book about the Herten Castle Park
  • Hans-Heinrich Holland: Materials for a History of the Jewish Inhabitants of Herten (1998)
  • Hans-Heinrich Holland: Materials on the history of the forced laborers in Herten (2000)
  • Hans-Heinrich Holland: The Pogrom Night and its Prehistory in Herten (2001, VHS Herten in cooperation with the Herten Action Alliance against Neofascism)
  • Heinz Wener: Archive Pictures Westerholt (2003, Sutton Verlag). b / w pictures from the 1920s to 1950s
  • Heinz-Dieter Busch: Archive Pictures Herten (2004, Sutton Verlag). b / w pictures from the 1890s to the 1970s
  • Gregor Spohr, Wolfgang Quickels: Herten. StadtBildBand (2005, RDN-Verlag). Photo book about the city of Herten
  • Michael P. Hensle: The city development of Hertens 1927-1936. From republican referendum to national socialist propaganda act. A documentation (2006, City of Herten - PDF; 3.8 MB)
  • Experience Herten. The city guide through Herten and the surrounding area (2006, Die better Umwelt Verlag)
  • Wolfgang Quickels, Sybille Raudies, Eberhard Scholz: It was, it will. The Ewald colliery from 1871 to 2010 in history / s and pictures (2007, RDN-Verlag)

Web links

Commons : Herten  - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Herten in the Westphalia Culture Atlas

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. District map of Herten on herten.de (JPG; 9.3 MB)
  3. Population figures in Herten by district on herten.de
  4. ^ Official journal of the Münster government 1857: Formation of the Herten office
  5. ^ A b c Stephanie Reekers: The regional development of the districts and municipalities of Westphalia 1817-1967 . Aschendorff, Münster Westfalen 1977, ISBN 3-402-05875-8 , p. 245 .
  6. Dr. Erich Keyser: Westphalian City Book , Stuttgart 1954.
  7. a b Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality register for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 316 .
  8. Census 2011 City of Herten Religion (%) , accessed on November 17, 2019
  9. City of Herten Statistics & Demography Population in Herten , accessed on May 16, 2020
  10. City of Herten website  ( 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. (offline)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.herten.de  
  11. Directories of the results of the local elections for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (LDS NRW) from 1975 to 2009
  12. Elective profile of the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics NW ( Memento of the original from June 6, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.it.nrw.de
  13. 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 / webshop.it.nrw.de  
  14. 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 / webshop.it.nrw.de  
  15. 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 / webshop.it.nrw.de  
  16. "Snubber reactions from the island are not an issue for the town twinning Neuwied-Bromley" Rhein-Zeitung online December 26, 2011
  17. ^ Town twinning "is not in danger" December 19, 2011 in WAZ
  18. ^ Doncaster-Herten German Society: About Us , accessed on September 9, 2019.
  19. Mosques in Herten
  20. Stefan Kober: Bottrop loses image carrier "Bottrop Kustom Kulture" - Festival moves to Ewald in Herten. In: WAZ. January 14, 2013, accessed May 27, 2019 .
  21. Clemence Burgun: Kustom Kulture Tattoo Show 2018. In: Tattoo magazine . July 4, 2018, accessed May 27, 2019 .
  22. https://www.herten.de/wirtschaft-arbeit/wirtschaftsfoerderung/wirtschaftsdaten/wirtschaftsdaten-herten/  ( 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 / www.herten.de  
  23. http://www.feuerwehrmagazin.de/magazin/nachrichten/news/herten-soll-berufsfeuerwehr-bekommen-15449
  24. Press release WAZ: With the S9 without changing from Gladbeck to Recklinghausen
  25. http://www.bix-bibliotheksindex.de/vergleich_db/?id=19&L=0&x=y&sorting=&template=liste&land=NRW&bixtyp=4&jahr=2015&x=59&y=8
  26. ^ Hoheward landscape park
  27. § 43 VwVfG. NRW. Administrative Procedure Act for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In: Justice portal of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia