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Weir in the Hundem in Kirchhundem

Weir in the Hundem in Kirchhundem

Water code DE : 27662
location in the Rothaargebirge ; District of Olpe , North Rhine-Westphalia ( Germany )
River system Rhine
Drain over Lenne  → Ruhr  → Rhine  → North Sea
source in the Rothaargebirge near Oberhundem on the Riesenberg
51 ° 5 ′ 40 ″  N , 8 ° 12 ′ 11 ″  E
Source height approx.  615  m above sea level NHN
muzzle in Altenhundem in the Lenne coordinates: 51 ° 6 ′ 39 ″  N , 8 ° 4 ′ 4 ″  E 51 ° 6 ′ 39 ″  N , 8 ° 4 ′ 4 ″  E
Mouth height approx.  270  m above sea level NHN
Height difference approx. 345 m
Bottom slope approx. 23 ‰
length 15 km
Catchment area 128.946 km²
Left tributaries Wigge , Albaumer Bach , Olpe
(these and others see separate section )
Right tributaries Selbecke
(this and others see separate section )
Medium-sized cities Lennestadt
Communities Kirchhundem

The Hundem in the North Rhine-Westphalian district of Olpe ( Germany ) is an approximately 15 km long, orographically left-sided and southeastern tributary of the Lenne in the Sauerland part of the Rothaar Mountains .


The Hundem has its source in the south-western center of the Rothaar Mountains in the Sauerland-Rothaar Mountains Nature Park . Its source is about 2.2 km (as the crow flies ) east-northeast of the village of Oberhundem (to Kirchhundem ) at about 615  m above sea level. NHN on the northwest flank of the wooded Riesenberg ( 724.7  m ), which lies between the Kahleberg ( 710.9  m ) in the north-northwest and the Hohen Hessel ( 743.6  m ) in the southeast. The Rhine-Weser watershed runs over the Wildhöfer ( 727.9  m ) elevation a little southeast of the Riesenberg .

To the west of the main ridge of the Rothaargebirge, the Hundem flows predominantly westwards - initially in the municipality of Kirchhundem. In this case, it takes at the beginning southwest through forest running, immediately after passing flow of Oberhundem the Wigge on. From then on, the stream runs in a forest-lined valley, roughly along the state road  553 westwards to and through Würdinghausen , after which the Albaumer Bach flows into it, and then further south past Herrntrop , to and through the Kirchhundemer core town.

Then the Hundem reaches the urban area of Lennestadt after picking up the Olpe and after crossing under the federal highway 517 and the Ruhr-Sieg route ; Above it, she moved to the Ebbegebirge Nature Park until 2015 , which is now part of the first-mentioned nature park. From there it flows along the main road and railway line and later also along the L  715 northwards through the village of Altenhundem (to Lennestadt).

Directly after flowing through Altenhundem and crossing under the federal highway 236 , where the Hundem used to switch back to the Rothaargebirge nature park, it flows into the Lenne tributary of the Ruhr at about 270  m above sea level .

Catchment area and tributaries

The catchment area of the Hundem is 128.946 km². Their tributaries include with orographic allocation (l = left-hand side, r = right-hand side), water length, mouth location and catchment area size (viewed downstream) :

Individual evidence

  1. a b Topographical Information Management, Cologne District Government, Department GEObasis NRW ( Notes )
  2. a b German basic map 1: 5000
  3. a b c d e Water directory of the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection NRW 2010 (XLS; 4.67 MB) ( Notes )