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Coordinates: 51 ° 36 '  N , 7 ° 40'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Arnsberg
Circle : Unna
Height : 67 m above sea level NHN
Area : 40.95 km 2
Residents: 43,023 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 1051 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 59174
Area code : 02307
License plate : UN, LH, LÜN
Community key : 05 9 78 020
City structure: 6 districts
Website :
Mayoress : Elke Kappen ( SPD )
Location of the city of Kamen in the Unna district
Dortmund Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis Hagen Hamm Kreis Coesfeld Kreis Soest Kreis Warendorf Märkischer Kreis Bergkamen Bönen Fröndenberg/Ruhr Holzwickede Kamen Lünen Schwerte Selm Unna Wernemap
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Came with Emilienkirche (left) and Pauluskirche (right)

Kamen ( Low German : Kaomen) is a North Rhine-Westphalian Hanseatic city in the eastern Ruhr area and belongs to the Unna district . Kamen used to be spelled Camen .


The landmark of Kamen: The "Leaning Tower" of the Pauluskirche
old market

Kamen is located on the southern edge of the Westphalian Bay and immediately north of the first ridge of the central German hill zone, the Haarstrang , and close to the Hellweg zone, which is centered by the district town and southern neighboring town of Unna.

The river Seseke flows through Kamen from east to west, absorbs the grains that come from the east of Dortmund in its extreme northwestern urban area and clears both rivers in the northwestern urban area, which had a sewage function for a century, but are now being renatured flow in artificial meanders. The Seseke flows into the Lippe in downtown Lüner .

Kamen is located in the southwest corner of the Kamener Kreuz , one of the most important road connecting points in Germany. The urban area is divided in an east-west direction by the Dortmund - Hamm railway main line , which was a huge traffic problem for the inner-city and regional north due to the rail-level crossing until the railroad- bridging high road ( B 233 ) was created in the early 1970s. South traffic dragged.

Kamen is somewhat poor in nature; In the city there are only small green areas with the Postpark, the Stadtpark, the Koppelteich-Park, the Park am Galgenberg and the tree-lined Seseke-Aue (see photo). Outside near the city limits there are two forest areas, the Kurler Busch beyond the city limits to Dortmund in the west, and in the east on the Kamen area the Heerener Holz. The individual villages of Kamen are separated from one another by arable land; the Kamen area belongs to the outskirts of the very fertile and profitable Werl-Unnaer Börde .

Outline and adjacent communities

Kamen borders in a clockwise direction in the north, starting with the cities and communities Bergkamen , Hamm , Bönen , Unna , Dortmund and Lünen .

City structure

The city of Kamen is divided into four localities and six districts

Locations :

  1. Kamen-Mitte (with rottum and Derne)
  2. Heeren-Werve
  3. Methler (with Westick and Wasserkurl )
  4. Südkamen (with Kamen-Süd)

Districts :

  1. Came center
  2. Heeren-Werve
  3. Methler (with Westick and Wasserkurl )
  4. Südkamen (with Kamen-Süd)
  5. Rottum
  6. That
district Residents surface Population density
Came center 20,940 07.4 km² 2,830 inhabitants / km²
Methler 11.602 12.6 km² 0.921 inhabitants / km²
Heeren-Werve 08,277 10.1 km² 0.820 inhabitants / km²
South came 04,673 06.0 km² 0.778 inhabitants / km²
That 00.075 02.5 km² 0.030 inhabitants / km²
Rottum 00.094 02.3 km² 0.041 inhabitants / km²
total 45,661 40.9 km² 1,116 inhabitants / km²

The population figures are as of December 31, 2012 and include main and secondary residences.


The Seseke in Kamen
Pauluskirche in Kamen

The area, which is now called the Methler district, has a history of more than 1100 years and, before the municipal reorganization of 1968, consisted of the independent municipalities of Methler , Westick and Wasserkurl . The location of Kaiserau was never an independent municipality, but originally a mining settlement that was located on the municipal areas of Westick and Methler. The name "Kaiserau" became known nationwide through the Kaiserau sports school , which has since been renamed SportCentrum Kaiserau . The German national soccer team trained here for the soccer world championships in 1974 and 1990 . The Spanish national team was a guest during the 2006 World Cup .

The main connecting route between Kamen city center and Methler is Westicker Strasse, which, after extensive expansion in the 1970s, had become a hot spot for accidents. This development was countered by building several roundabouts.

South came

Südkamen was created as a living area around former agricultural farms. With the formal amalgamation of the settlement areas "Kamen Süd" and Südkamen, today's district of Südkamen was created, which today offers an extensive social infrastructure (senior citizen center, workshops for the disabled, elementary school, kindergartens, Protestant and Catholic community centers). In particular, the large industrial areas Zollpost and Kamen Karree have an important supply function for the entire city of Kamen (hypermarket, furniture store, garden market, hardware store, etc.) and beyond the city limits. The Ikea store Kamen is approached by customers from all over North Rhine-Westphalia.


Kamen-Süd is actually part of the city of Kamen, but is separated from the city center north of the railway line by the railway. The connections to the inner city area that can be used by cars are the elevated road of the B233, which, due to the long ramps, requires at least three kilometers to drive each north-south route and cannot be used as a footpath or by bike, as well as Südkamener Strasse, which crosses the Railway line through a gated level crossing, usable for cars and cyclists. Pedestrians and cyclists can also use an underpass east of the Kamen train station.

Because of this separation, Kamen-Süd sees itself as a separate district and for a long time was also separated from Südkamen by a few hundred meters of arable land. In particular through the development of residential areas in the southern district in the 1980s, Kamen-Süd has now grown together with Südkamen. That is why the Kamen-Süd district was merged with the Südkamen district at that time. Today there is only the district of Südkamen (according to § 1, paragraph 2 of the main statute of the city of Kamen).


Heeren, with the ancestral seat of Haus Heeren, belonging to the von der Recke family of the Brandenburg nobility, was a separate farming community and has a distinct town center to this day. In terms of their self-image, the Heerener are mostly not just Kameners, but rather Heerener. The way to the city of Kamen is quite long at over four kilometers.

The district of Werve also has its own small village center and is both rural in Westphalia and from the mining era. Heeren and Werve are separated by the Mühlbach. The other part of the village can be reached via one of four bridges.

Heeren-Werve is located between Bönen, Unna and Kamen.


Rottum is in the immediate vicinity of the Kamener Kreuz, where the A 1 and A 2 motorways intersect. In a very quiet location, around ninety people currently live in Rottum, which, together with Derne, is the smallest district. By being separated by two highways, Rottum is more oriented towards the neighboring Bönen-Nordbögge and Hamm .


Derne is a scattered peasantry in the east of Kamen, looking at the motorway junction diagonally opposite the city of Kamen. Probably the most famous attraction of Derne is the glider airfield on the border with Heeren-Werve. Every year in May the kite flying festival "Kite" takes place here with international participation, which attracts spectators from all over the region with its numerous unusual kites and its colorful supporting program. This highlight of the small peasantry is wrongly assigned to the neighboring district in the press.



On January 1, 1968, the previously independent places Derne, Heeren-Werve, Methler, Rottum and Südkamen were incorporated.

Population development

The population development shows a typical curve of the industrialization of the Ruhr area. Kamen population figures climbed to the sinking of the mines monopoly and Königsborn.

On December 1, 1910, the community had 10,754 inhabitants.

Since the mining crisis and the incorporation of Heeren and Methler, the population has stabilized, just below the 50,000 threshold that is relevant for funding. Lt. In 2013, the state database of North Rhine-Westphalia had 43,177 residents in Kamen.


Around 1540, the parishes at St. Severin in Kamen, St. Margarethe in Methler and the parish church in Heeren initially adopted the Evangelical Lutheran faith in Kamen. Around 1600 the congregations in the city and in Heeren switched to the Reformed creed, while a minority in the city and the congregation in Methler remained Lutheran. Around 1740 the Lutheran minority in the city was granted its own church, today's Luther Church. The Protestant parishes in Kamen merged in 1920, as a result of which the Severinskirche was renamed the Pauluskirche. Only with the influx of workers as a result of mining in the 19th century did the Catholic parishes with the three churches Holy Family in Kamen, St. Marien Kaiserau in Methler (since 2008 as a pastoral association Kamen-Kaiserau) and Herz Jesu emerge in Heeren-Werve. Due to later labor migration, Kamen also has an Islamic part of the population, especially in the northern parts of the city. Accordingly, there is an Islamic religious community on the Lüner Höhe. Other religions are not well represented in Kamen.

Politics / administration

City Council

The city council has had 40 members since the local elections on May 25, 2014 . The turnout in this election was 54.7%. The distribution of seats is shown in the following table.

New town hall of Kamen
Party / list Seats G / V
SPD 22nd - 2nd
CDU 10 ± 0
Green 04th ± 0
The left 02 ± 0
FDP 01 - 1
FW 01 + 1
Others 00 - 2nd

P / L = gains / losses versus 2009 election

The following table lists the results of the local elections from 1975 onwards. Until 2004, the share of votes is only given for those parties and constituencies that have received at least 1.95 percent of the vote at least once.

year SPD CDU Green 1 left FW FDP BG 2 VK 3 VDS / DKP 4
1975 55.9% 32.7% 6.1% 5.3%
1979 60.0% 32.0% 6.7% 1.3%
1984 56.5% 26.5% 13.1% 3.9%
1989 54.4% 24.2% 17.0% 4.3%
1994 53.2% 28.6% 15.7% 2.6%
1999 49.5% 37.7% 09.3% 3.6%
2004 49.0% 30.1% 11.2% 4.4% 5.2%
2009 52.2% 23.1% 09.2% 5.4% 5.0% 3.1% 1.3%
2014 51.6% 25.2% 10.3% 5.7% 3.5% 2.6%
1 green
1984: Greens: 7.8%, GAL: 5.3%,
1989: Greens: 10.5%, GAL: 6.5%,
1994: B'90 / Greens: 10.8%, GAL: 4.9%,
1999: B'90 / Greens,
2004: B'90 / Greens: 8.1%, GAL: 3.1%,
2009 and 2014: B'90 / Greens

2 Bürgergemeinschaft Kamen e. V.
3 Volksinitiative Kamen
4 1975: VDS, 1979: DKP


Mayor Erdtmann, a former miner and primary school principal, was the first full-time mayor after the municipal law reform of the 1990s. The city director Hermann Görres, who was previously in office in Kamen, became managing director of the communal public utilities (together with Bönen and Bergkamen).

Hermann Hupe (* 1950), previously the headmaster of the grammar school, became the mayor of the city administration in 2003. He was elected with 55.1% of the valid votes. In 2009 he received 68.6% of the vote and in 2014 he was re-elected with a voter turnout of 52.1% with a share of the vote of 71.8%. On July 31, 2018, he resigned from the office of mayor of the city of Kamen at his own request.

On August 1, 2018, Elke Kappen became the first woman to take office as head of the city. In a runoff election on July 1, 2018, she won 54.3% of the vote.


The administration of Kamen is concentrated in a fairly new town hall in front of the western gates of the inner city. Some administrative areas, such as the VHS and the city archive, have been outsourced to other urban properties.

Municipal coat of arms

The coat of arms of the city of Kamen shows the Brandenburg chess bar and the comb wheel on a yellow background.

The chess bar is the coat of arms of the medieval rulers of the Counts of the Mark . The comb wheel is an addition for the city of Kamen. The meaning is controversial. In some theories it is interpreted as a mill wheel , others see it as a symbol of the Westphalian Feme or as a Germanic sun wheel . In 1912 the form of the coat of arms prescribed by the state was adopted, a pointed Spanish shield with a three-tower wall crown on top. This form was prescribed for most cities with a medieval tradition. The top of the wall was intended to underline Germany's ability to defend itself. In the 1990s, the city of Kamen reintroduced the historical form of the coat of arms without the wall crown.

Town twinning

Kamen has partnerships with the following cities:

Culture and sights

Art in public space

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


Kamen old town

Half-timbered house "Rathausapotheke" with colonnade
Ev. Pauluskirche with a leaning tower
Five-arch bridge over the Seseke in Kamen
Kamen train station

The Romanesque tower of the Pauluskirche made of green sandstone and the (no longer preserved) original nave were built in the 12th century. The roof dome (popularly known as the "Leaning Tower") is said to have been intentionally tilted against the prevailing wind direction when it was built in the 14th century, as the old tower was tilted backwards by a storm around 1800 and the nave was destroyed. After the reconstruction, the tower was built in the opposite direction of the wind, so that if it should fall again it would be impossible for it to land on the nave. The construction of the leaning tower resulted in a large square and exclusively uninhabited buildings in front of the tower. Today it is the symbol of Kamen and is shown in simplified form (as a contour) in the city logo. The tower was renovated for a long time, as parts of the sandstones broke off and fell down. The current nave of this Protestant town church was rebuilt in the neo-Romanesque style in 1844–1849 .

White Street and Old Market

The streets in the middle of the city center feature beautiful and well-preserved half-timbered houses, such as the one opposite the historic town hall on the market square.

Town hall pharmacy

The half-timbered house is one of the rare half-timbered buildings with a public colonnade (see The Rows in Chester , Great Britain).

The source

The source is a modern fountain on the market square.

Kämerstrasse 5

The small two-storey eaves house was originally built as a storage facility. It was created in the 16th century. The barn extension dates from 1865.

Five arch bridge

The five-arch bridge built in 1846 for the Cologne-Mindener Eisenbahn on thousands of oak piles in the river bed of the Seseke is a stone bridge that has been preserved in its original state. It is one of the oldest preserved railway structures in Germany. In 2015, a noise protection wall was erected on it, which is held by a golden railing. This was not well received by many residents because it restricts the view and the old structure no longer comes into its own.

Station building

The station building, built in 1848 based on a sample design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel , is in its restored original condition. The station building and the Seseke Bridge are part of the Route of Industrial Culture .


The corner tower of Haus Heeren .


City Hall

Immediately adjacent to the town hall is the town hall, in which various cultural, club and commercial events take place. Tour theaters and concert ensembles give regular guest performances here. Commercial parties are also held here (e.g. "Ü30 parties"), exhibitions by local car dealers, as well as regular book markets (of the Kamen Lions Club ) and flea markets (e.g. model trains ). The town hall has been in deficit since its construction and is subsidized with around 300,000 euros per year from the budget of the town of Kamen.

Concert hall

With the concert hall on the premises of the grammar school, Kamen has another theater and music venue, where events also take place regularly from national ensembles: concerts and touring theater guest performances.


Kamen has a lively club life.

  • Sports clubs for
    • Soccer,
    • athletics
    • Handball,
    • Gliding and motor gliding, ultralight flying and model flying,
    • Table tennis,
    • Swimming including water polo,
    • Cycling
    • billiards
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Sledge ice hockey
    • Indiaca
    • To dance,
    • Tennis,
    • Horse riding,
    • Floorball (floorball)
    • chess
  • Shooting clubs,
  • partly nationally known performance choirs,
  • Mandolin and Guitar Association Kamen-Heeren 1924 eV,
  • Animal breeder associations,
  • Model building association (with a large model airfield, which, now a rarity, can be flown with internal combustion engines),
  • Motorsport club (with the offer of youth motorsport and classic car racing)
  • Musician initiative "Laut & Lästig eV - Association for the Promotion of Kamen Amateur Music" (one of the oldest still active musician initiatives in Germany)
  • The German Amateur Radio Club (DARC) is represented by the club house O12

Regular events

Before the start of the summer holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia there is the multi-day old town / fountain festival, as well as a multi-day “Severinsmarkt” during the Easter and autumn holidays, a fair with fireworks at the end or, more recently, at the beginning, and in late summer in the Methler district the “plum fair ” ". The internationally attended kite festival "KITE" has been held annually in May since 1987 on the glider airfield in Kamen-Derne. One of the highlights is the night kite flying with kites and fireworks on Saturday evening.

Economy and Infrastructure

The remaining winding tower of the closed Monopol colliery is a reminder of Kamen's industrial past
Gülde cold rolling mill

A technology and start-up center is located on the site of the former Monopol colliery . A bicycle dealer, a piano restoration and trading company, a computer construction and trading company, a specialist in stage sound technology and several grocery stores have also settled here. There is also a wholesaler for interior fittings in the area.

The "Sports Center Kaiserau" of the Football and Athletics Association Westphalia e. V. in the Methler district is known beyond the borders of North Rhine-Westphalia as a training camp for footballers and track and field athletes .

Ikea in the "Kamen Karree"

Kamen is home to a number of large companies and institutions. One of the first IKEA branches in Germany was opened here in the 1970s and moved to a large area east of the A1 motorway in 2005. The American company 3M operates a production facility for bandages and wound care products in Kamen (440 employees). Around the station are the operations of the Lechleitner gear factory, the Gülde cold rolling mill (150 employees) and the VAHLE Group (around 500 employees), manufacturer of power supplies and, among other things, supplier of systems for the Transrapid . In Kamen-Methler, around 150 employees produce office supplies for the Durable company .

Kamen's gastronomy does not have any unusual features, but is quite diverse: Italian, Turkish, Spanish, Greek, Chinese and Westphalian cuisine are available. The accumulation of American fast-food restaurants in the "Kamen-Karree", an industrial park directly at the Kamen-Zentrum motorway junction, is remarkable. There you will find branches of McDonald, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut as well as “Connie's Diner” with a Tesla Supercharger . Hungry vehicle occupants who are approaching the Kamener Kreuz on the A1 or who have just passed it in the direction of Cologne are attracted by the company symbols attached to high steel masts and can reach the cluster of fast food restaurants in two minutes via the motorway exit. In addition, the restaurant of the IKEA furniture store, also located in Kamen-Karree, is available.

In 2016, a shopping center, the Kamen Square, was opened in a new building on the site of the Karstadt department store, which was abandoned and demolished years ago, in which a large grocery retailer, a drugstore and various boutiques are located.

The Städtische Sparkasse, founded in 1857, has its headquarters in the city center . In 2013 the Sparkasse Kamen merged with the Sparkasse Unna. The institute now operates under the name Sparkasse UnnaKamen. Commerzbank and Volksbank have branches in Kamen. In addition to shops for daily needs, boutiques, photo dealers, small restaurants and ice cream parlors, there is also a large electronics retailer in the city center.

The vehicle trade is - measured by the population of less than 50,000 inhabitants - a prominent focus of the Kamen economy. In Südkamen there is an independent car dealer specializing in elaborate sports cars and vintage cars, which also operates a truck service point and a towing service on the Karree, opposite a service specialist for vintage cars from Rolls-Royce and Bentley up to the 1960s, customers across Europe and Has reputation. There is also an Opel dealer in Südkamen , and next to the Kamen-Karree there is a large Toyota dealer and a Tesla base with fast charging stations in the immediate vicinity of the motorway exit. In the west there is a dealer for Peugeot and Mazda and an agency for Kawasaki , and in the northwest there is a Ford dealer and an independent motorcycle used dealer. This density of car and vehicle houses would otherwise correspond to a large city. Not even the much larger neighboring cities of Unna and Lünen have such an extensive and wide range of vehicles. Vehicle dealerships for VW, Audi, Seat, Fiat, Renault and Honda that previously existed have also closed since 2005. Furthermore, there is no dealership in BMW, Mercedes and Audi vehicles in Kamen. These requirements are covered by neighboring cities, mainly Unna.


Road traffic

Kamen is known for its motorway junction , the Kamener Kreuz . The north-south axis A 1 ( Lübeck - Saarbrücken ) and the west-east axis A 2 ( Oberhausen - Berlin ) intersect here . The cross was rebuilt until September 2009 and is now open to six lanes.

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

  • The B 61 begins in Lünen on the B 54 . Coming from the west, it runs through the Bergkamen district of Oberaden and leads through the center of Kamen through the rural south of the Bergkamen district of Overberge. She leaves the Unna district in the direction of Hamm . After a total of approx. 160 km it ends in Bassum at the gates of Bremen .
  • The B 233 begins in Werne on the B 54 . Via Bergkamen it reaches Kamen in a north-south direction. It ends first at the A 1 driveway . The following road section to Unna was downgraded to L 678. From Unna the B 233 runs to Iserlohn , where it ends at the A 46 .
  • The L 663 comes from Dortmund . It crosses the districts of Südkamen and Heeren-Werve . It continues through the Bönen district of Flierich and ends at the B 63 in Hamm -Osterflierich.
  • The L 665 begins in the Hammer district of Pelkum on the B 61 . It runs over Bönen -Nord- and Altenbögge and Heeren-Werve to Unna, where it ends at the L 678 (the former B 233 ).
  • The L 821 begins in the Bergkamen district of Heil. It runs mainly in a north-south direction through Oberaden , Methler, the Unna district of Massen and Holzwickede to Dortmund -Aplerbeck to the B 234 .

Rail transport

Kamen train station
Location in the network Intermediate station
Platform tracks 3
abbreviation EKAM
IBNR 8003168
Price range 4th
City / municipality Came
country North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 35 ′ 7 "  N , 7 ° 39 ′ 41"  E
Railway lines
Railway stations in North Rhine-Westphalia

One of the oldest and busiest railways runs through Kamen: the Cologne-Mindener Eisenbahn on the section between Dortmund and Hamm . Currently, four Regional Express lines (RE1, RE3, RE6, RE11) stop in Kamen every hour in both directions on weekdays . Only lines RE1, RE3 and RE11 stop at the Kamen-Methler stop.

The railway line via Kamen is only three-track, with the third track only being used as a siding. A four-track expansion is being planned, but is currently far from being realized. The Kamen station building, inaugurated in 1854 and expanded in 1906, is a monument from around 1850. It was extensively renovated at the end of the 1990s as part of a project by IBA Emscher-Park ( International Building Exhibition Emscher Park ) and a bike station (one of the first in North Rhine-Westphalia -Westfalen) expanded. In 2015 the station was expanded again and is now barrier-free .

At the Kamen train station, the Fröndenberg – Kamen line branched off in the direction of Unna . The line between Kamen and Unna-Königsborn has been dismantled since 1955 .

Overpasses and underpasses

Pedestrians and cyclists can use an underpass in the area of ​​the Kamen train station. In the west of the urban area there are four further rail crossings:

  • a former cattle drift near the Körnebach, which was developed as an underpass for pedestrians and cyclists,
  • a newly built underpass for pedestrians and cyclists in the area of ​​the former municipality of Westick,
  • two crossings for motor vehicles (underpass Schimmelstraße and overpass Wasserkurler Straße).

There is also a last rail-level crossing in the Südkamen area. The conversion to an underpass is also planned here.

There are three more railroad crossings in the east of the city, but there are bridge structures everywhere. All inner-city traffic goes via the four-lane elevated road of the B 233.

In addition, there are some underpasses only for pedestrians and cyclists in the city area.

Bus transport

From 1908 to 1950, Kamen was the operational center of the Unna – Kamen – Werne Kleinbahn , an overland tram on standard gauge tracks with a 600-V overhead line. After their shutdown, the successor bus routes will form the backbone of Verkehrsgesellschaft Kreis Unna (VKU).

Today, in addition to the rail traffic of the DB and the Eurobahn, the other public transport is regulated by the local VKU. It operates the following regular services in Kamen:

Express bus line
line Route
S81 Werne, Holtkamp - Werne, Stadthaus - Bergkamen-Rünthe, Marina - Bergkamen, bus station - Kamen, train station - Unna-Königsborn, Rehfuß - Unna, train station (on Saturdays the line only runs between Kamen train station and Bergkamen bus station.)
Regiobus lines
line Route
R13 Bergkamen bus station - Werner Street - Kamen train station
R54 Unna, train station - Unna-Massen, Kleistraße - Unna-Massen, Landesstelle - Kamen-Methler, Schmiedeweg - Methler, Lutherplatz
R81 Werne, hospital - Werne, town house - Bergkamen-Rünthe, commercial center or Kettelersiedlung - Bergkamen, bus station - Bergkamen-Weddinghofen, wave pool - Kamen, station - Unna-Königsborn, Rehfuß - Unna, station
Some of the Regiobus lines continue with a different line number:
R54 from Kamen-Methler, Schmiedeweg continue as line C24 in the direction of Kamen, Markt
City bus lines
C21 Kamen, Bahnhof - Kamen, Markt - Kamen, Auf dem Spiek - Kamen, Stammer Hausgeräte - Kamen, Lüner Höhe
C22 Kamen-Südkamen, cemetery - Kamen, Hochstraße - Kamen, town hall - Kamen, market
C23 Kamen, train station - Kamen, market - Kamen, Hochstraße - Kamen-Heeren, monument
C24 Kamen, market - Kamen, train station - Kamen, industrial area "Hemsack" - Kamen-Methler, Lutherplatz - Kamen-Kaiserau, Heimstrasse - Kamen-Methler, train station - Kamen-Methler, Schmiedeweg
C91 Kamen-Heeren, monument - Bönen-Altenbögge, market - Bönen, train station - Bönen, industrial area "Am Mersch" - Bönen-Nordbögge, train station - Bönen-Nordbögge, Jungholzstraße
Some of the StadtBus lines continue to run under different line numbers:
C23 from Kamen-Heeren, Denkmal continue as line R53 in the direction of Unna, train station or as line R92 in the direction of Bönen, Woortstraße
C24 from Kamen-Methler, Schmiedeweg continue as line R54 in the direction of Unna, train station
Direct bus lines
D80 Bergkamen bus station - Kamen train station
NachtAST line
NightAST Came

In addition, other lines are offered that do not run in time.

The Westfalentarif tariff association (network "Münster / Ruhr-Lippe") applies to all lines . In the transition to the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) u. a. to Dortmund, the VRR tariff is used on all bus and train lines .

The Kamen night call collective taxis (Nacht-AST) run from certain stops in Kamen-Mitte, Kamen-Methler, Kamen-Süd or Kamen-Heeren to all destinations in Kamen and Bönen to the front door.

The Kamener Markt and the Kamener Bahnhof are each provided with different platforms for the different lines of the VKU.


Old town hall in Kamen, today the seat of the city library

All types of schools are represented in Kamen. Kamen also has a music school and an adult education center . In 1998, the city ​​library moved to the renovated old town hall on the Alter Markt.

Elementary schools

Came middle and south came

  • Diesterweg School
  • Friedrich Ebert School
  • Südschule / Josefschule (school association)


  • Eichendorff School
  • Jahnschule


  • Astrid Lindgren School / School in der Mark (School Association)

Further training

Kindergartens and community houses

There are kindergartens in every district of Kamen. In the city itself, there is often a choice between municipal and denominational kindergartens. Overall, the supply of the population with kindergartens in Kamen can be described as good.

The Justus-Perthes-Heim in Kamen-Süd, a place of residence and work for disabled people, should be mentioned first and foremost as a facility for the care of the disabled and the elderly. In Kamen-Heeren, the Perthes plant of the Ev. Church the house Mühlbach. There is also a large residential facility for the elderly at “Am Schwimmbad”, and another commercial facility is being expanded in Kamen-Süd, east of Hochstraße, with the Volkermann-Hof.

Kamen has a Turkish-German club in the building of the municipal primary school. In addition, there are halls in all parts of the city that can be used for club and large family events.

fire Department

The voluntary fire brigade of the city of Kamen is divided into 7 fire fighting groups (3 fire engines ):

  • Mitte and Südkamen (fire engine 1)
  • Methler, Westick and Wasserkurl (fire-fighting train 2)
  • Heeren-Werve and Rottum (fire brigade 3).

In addition to the volunteers, the Kamen fire brigade also maintains a full-time guard, which, among other things, also handles the rescue service in Kamen, Bergkamen and Bönen .

A total of 23 vehicles are available to the emergency services (middle 9 + ambulance, Südkamen 2, Methler 4, Westick 2, Wasserkurl 1, Heeren-Werve 4, Rottum 1)

With the Kamener Kreuz in the area of ​​operation, most vehicles focus on providing technical assistance. At least one emergency fire engine with hydraulic rescue equipment and a tank fire engine (in the middle a swap truck with roll-off container water / foam) are stationed in every fire engine. The LF 16 TS from Westick and the SW 2000 Tr. from Südkamen were originally procured by the federal government. In the meantime, the Westicker vehicle was bought by the city of Kamen to have it repaired. The head of the fire brigade drives a command vehicle 1 on a BMW 5 Series Touring.

Sports and leisure facilities

In addition to several football clubs , Kamen has an energetic sports club in particular with VfL Kamen, which with its sports facilities in the western town on the Hemsack has good training opportunities and is divided into many departments. As the street name suggests, there is a large open-air swimming pool in the neighborhood of "Am Schwimmbad", where swimming competitions and, above all, national water polo tournaments are held twice a year .

Opposite the open-air swimming pool there is a structurally interesting sports hall designed as a prestressed concrete arch construction, which, in addition to its function as a school sports hall for the neighboring primary and secondary schools, can also be used by sports clubs; especially for the handball department of VfL Kamen. The clubhouse of the Kamen billiard sports club is located in the youth rooms of the sports hall. Of the numerous school sports halls, the Friedrich-Ebert sports hall should be mentioned, which with its comfortable furnishings offers an ideal training and competition venue, especially for apparatus gymnastics . Every two years National Turner show here, Belarus , which are in communication with the gymnastics department of VfL Kamen since 1989, a gymnastic attracts the sports enthusiasts from around the region.

The most important figurehead of Kamen sport is the SportCentrum Kamen-Kaiserau of the Football and Athletics Association Westphalia (FLVW) . In addition to its function as a venue for well-known dance tournaments , this sports facility was often also a training camp for national teams , including the German national soccer team or the Canadian national athletics team. During the 2006 World Cup , Kaiserau was the World Cup headquarters of the Spanish national soccer team .

Kamen has three tennis clubs . The facility of the oldest Kamen tennis club, the tennis department of VfL Kamen (seven ash courts), is adjacent to the swimming pool complex. A second large club with eight ash places and a three-field hall (TC Methler) exists in Methler on the city limits of Dortmund-Husen. In Kamen-Heeren, the HTC 1975 eV, founded by the later mayor and honorary citizen Werner Berg, initially had 7 ash courts, from 2006 on six ash courts and a beach tennis court. The Heeren tennis club has had such a sharp decline in membership in recent years that four of the seven places had to be given up. The beach tennis court has been converted back into a normal tennis court. This 3rd place was rebuilt again in mid-2019. An investor built an outdoor padel arena on the site. There are now 2 spots with floodlights available for this game, which is widespread in Spain and South America.

The Westphalian Tennis Association is based in Kamen next to the VfL tennis court, where it also operates a training and performance center (four ash courts, one hard court, four indoor courts).

There is a mini golf course in the urban area of ​​Kamen, another one can be found in the immediate vicinity of the north-eastern city limits in Bergkamen-Overberge.


Honorary citizen

  • Werner Berg (1924–2002), former mayor

sons and daughters of the town

Personalities who worked in Kamen

  • Hermann Hamelmann (1526–1595), theologian, historian and reformer of Westphalia
  • Anton Praetorius (1560–1613), theologian, rector of the Latin school in Kamen 1586–1588
  • Gertrud Bäumer (1873–1954), women's rights activist, worked in Kamen from 1892 to 1895 as a teacher at the elementary school
  • Wilhelm Groß (* 1925), former chairman of the staff council and headmaster, still active in NAMERKA (Mersch Kamen neighborhood community) today
  • Fritz Nöpel (* 1935), pioneer of Gōjū-Ryū karate in Germany, since September 2007 a highly graduated German Dan holder
  • Wilhelm Fehring (* 1935), owner of the largest collection of historical documents in the city of Kamen, donor of documents
  • Reimund Kasper (* 1947), painter, graphic artist, sculptor and culture maker
  • Ina Scharrenbach (* 1976), politician (CDU), Minister for Home, Local Affairs, Building and Equality for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


  • Westphalian city atlas. Volume I, 10th Part. On behalf of the Historical Commission for Westphalia and with the support of the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe, ed. by Heinz Stoob and Wilfried Ehbrecht. City folder Kamen, author: Heinz Stoob. Dortmund / Altenbeken 1975, ISBN 3-89115-337-6 .
  • Ulrich Bonke, Stefan Milk: Kamen - pictures of a lovable city. Klartext-Verlagsgesellschaft, 2005, ISBN 3-89861-530-8 .
  • Friedrich Buschmann: History of the city of Camen . Regensberg, Münster 1842. ( Digitized edition of the University and State Library Düsseldorf )
  • Klaus Goehrke: Burgmannen, Citizens, Miners. A history of the city of Kamen. Friends and supporters of the museum, Kamen 2010.

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. ^ Wilhelm Schleef: Dortmund dictionary. (PDF; 3.9 MB). Böhlau, Graz / Cologne 1967, DNB 458840300 .
  3. ^ Main statute of the city of Kamen. (PDF) City of Kamen, July 28, 2014, accessed on March 12, 2017 .
  4. Data and facts. ( Memento from January 3, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) on:
  5. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 64 .
  6. Population figures 1910
  7. State Returning Officer NRW: Final result for Kamen
  8. Directories of the results of the local elections for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (LDS NRW) from 1975 to 2009.
  9. Elective profile of the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics NW ( Memento from June 6, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  10. 1999 election results  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) (PDF; 5.9 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  11. 2004 election results  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) (PDF; 7.0 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  12. Election results 2009  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) (PDF; 3.5 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  13. TOP: Kamen City Hall - meeting: 12.12.2002. ( Memento from June 20, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Kamen city council portal , December 12, 2002.
  14. Mandolin and Guitar Association Kamen-Heeren 1924 eV Plucked music from Kamen-Heeren-Werve. MGV, 2014, accessed July 5, 2017 .
  15. ^ Suite Mexicana, 5th movement, by Eduardo Angulo, MGV Kamen-Heeren (from 0:01:20) on YouTube
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Web links

Commons : Kamen  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Kamen  - travel guide
  • Came in the Westphalia Culture Atlas