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Coat of arms of the city of Olpe
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Coordinates: 51 ° 2 ′  N , 7 ° 51 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Arnsberg
Circle : Olpe
Height : 307 m above sea level NHN
Area : 85.88 km 2
Residents: 24,551 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 286 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57462
Primaries : 02761, 02722, 02764
License plate : OE
Community key : 05 9 66 024
City structure: 22 districts

City administration address :
Franziskanerstraße 6
57462 Olpe
Website : www.olpe.de
Mayor : Peter Weber ( CDU )
Location of the city of Olpe in the Olpe district
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Olpe is a middle district town in the district of Olpe in the administrative district of Arnsberg , North Rhine-Westphalia ( Germany ). In 1311 it was granted city rights by Archbishop Heinrich II, Count of Virneburg . Since 1819 it has been the district town and seat of the district council of the district of Olpe. Due to the large number of linden trees that have been planted since the beginning of the last century, the city was nicknamed the "city of a thousand linden trees". Based on this, the motto of the annual city festival is “Olpe celebrates under the lime trees”.


Geographical location

Olpe is located in the southwestern part of the Sauerland and is surrounded by the Ebbegebirge in the north, the Rothaargebirge in the east, the Siegerland in the southeast and the Bergisches Land in the west. The city is located in an extensive hill country . In the north the slopes are steeper, the valleys narrower (e.g. in the villages of Rhode , Neger ), in the south the hills have soft crests and the valleys are wider (e.g. Thieringhausen or Günsen). There are also smaller plateaus there.


The following bodies of water can be found in the Olper urban area . The river Bigge, a southern Lenne tributary and the largest river in the city, flows through Olpe from south to north. It crosses Saßmicke , Dahl and Rüblinghausen . In the immediate vicinity of the bus station, the Olpe flows into the Bigge. Shortly thereafter, the Bigge flows into the pre-Taub corners of the largest reservoir in southern Westphalia , the Bigge . The Olpe River is fed by the Günse and underground by Felmicke , Kortemicke and Ahe . The other rivers include the Brachtpe , which flows into the Biggesee, the Bieke is fed by the Neger and flows into the Biggesee, and the Veischede (Veischedebach), which flows into the Lenne at Grevenbrück .


The highest mountains around Olpe are (height in meters above sea ​​level ): Engelsberg ( 589.2  m ; northeast of Neuenkleusheim ), Rother Stein ( 582.2  m ; north of Rehringhausen ), Feldberg ( 556.2  m ; northeast of Neger ), Homert ( 536.7  m ; east of Neger) and Rhonardberg (Hohe Rhonard; 525.6  m ; east of Olpe). The core city is surrounded by these mountains: Attenberg ( 445.8  m ), Bratzkopf ( 370  m ), Eichhardt, Finkenhagen ( 344.5  m ), Gallenberg ( 353.7  m ), Hatzenberg, Imberg (approx. 402  m ), Kimickeberg (Kimicker Berg; 430.5  m ), Kreuzberg (approx. 361  m ), Lindenhardt ( 390.7  m ), Rochusberg ( 441.9  m ) and Schlamborn ( 458.7  m ). The deepest point in Olpe is the water surface of the Bigge lake with normal full damming: 307.5  m above sea level. NN .


The urban area is part of the Rhenish Slate Mountains . The area around the Biggesee and the core town of Olpe is classified as part of the Mittelbigge-Bergland according to the landscape structure as provided by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning . The core city lies in the Olper-Senke and the eastern and southern parts of the urban area are known as the Südsauerländer Rothaarvorhöhen. The rock subsoil around the middle and upper Bigge is essentially formed from slate, partly calcareous clay and silt stones, and there are also sandstones with a quartzite character.

Surface structure

View from the northwest (2006)

The maximum extension is about 11 km in north-south and west-east directions. The city of Olpe has a total area of ​​85.88 km². About 16.64 km² (19.4%) of this are settlement and traffic areas . The land consumption increased by 7.1% from 1998 to 2009 (from 15.54 km² in 1998 to 16.64 km² in 2009). The remaining area is divided into forest area (46.87 km²; 54.6% of the total area), agricultural area (19.11 km²; 22.3% of the total area), water area (3.12 km²; 3.6%) and others Areas such as bogs, mining land, etc. (14 km²; 0.2% of the total area).

Neighboring communities

Neighboring municipalities of Olpe are the cities of Attendorn (north) and Lennestadt (northeast), the municipality of Kirchhundem (east-northeast), the city of Kreuztal (southeast; Siegen-Wittgenstein district ), the municipality of Wenden (south) and the city of Drolshagen (west) .

City structure

Spatially, the urban area is divided into the following localities: Altenkleusheim , Apollmicke , Bruch , Dahl , Eichhagen , Fahlenscheid , Friedrichsthal , Griesemert , Grube Rhonard , Günsen , Haardt , Hanemicke , Hitzendumicke , Hof Siele , Hohl , Howald , Hüppcherhammer , Kessenhammer , Lütringhausen , Möllendickhausen , Neger (divided into Unter-, Mittel- and Oberneger), Neuenkleusheim , Neuenwald , Oberveischede , Rehringhausen , Rhode , Rhonard , Ronnewinkel , Rosenthal , Rüblinghausen , Saßmicke , Siedenstein , Sondern , Stachelau , Stade , Tecklinghausen , Thieringhausen and Waukemicke .


The inhabitants of Olpe are called Olper. If they were born in at least the second generation in Olpe, they call themselves Ölper (so-called long-time residents or native inhabitants). Newcomers are called Büterling.


Precipitation diagram

Olpe's location in the western part of Germany leads to an oceanic climate, which is characterized by cooler temperatures compared to the Rhineland or the Ruhr area due to the altitude (just over 300 meters above sea level).

Due to the hillside location and the frequent westerly winds, it often rains in Olpe. The clouds suck over the Atlantic Ocean with steam full. When these then hit the mountain slopes of the Olper Hügelland, they rise higher and the water vapor condenses under the influence of the cold into larger drops, which then fall as rain. The annual precipitation is 1243 mm in the observation period 1981-2010 and is thus in the upper third of the values ​​recorded by the measuring points of the German Weather Service . Over 90% indicate lower values. The driest month is April; it rains most in December. In the wettest month there is around 1.8 times more rain than in the driest month. The seasonal fluctuations in precipitation are in the upper third. In over 88% of all places, the monthly precipitation fluctuates less.

Nature and landscape protection areas

There are several nature reserves in the city of Olpe:

  • The Grubenhalde Rhonard nature reserve has existed since 1969. The area is 1.13 hectares and is therefore the smallest nature reserve in Olpe.
  • The nature reserve beech and quarry forests near Einsiedelei and Apollmicke is located in the Rhode district, in the north-eastern part of the urban area. The district of Apollmicke is located in the middle of the area. Parts of the nature reserve are also part of the city of Lennestadt and the municipality of Kirchhundem.
  • The Griesemert nature reserve has an area of ​​80.98 hectares.
  • The nature reserve Hoher Bilstein has an area of ​​11.27 hectares and is located north of Olpe, above Lake Bigge.

Parts of the city of Olpe belong to the Bigge-Lister-Bergland nature reserve.


Map section Le Comte de la Marck 1692 S. Sanson cartographer
Olpe 1875

Olpe is said to have got its name from the confluence between Olpe and Bigge. ( "Oil- apa " = Bach in the moist Wiesengrund)

The first archaeological finds from the Olper area can be dated (around 900 AD): cullet and slag (iron extraction and processing) in the deserted area of ​​Kimickerberg, coin find in Dahl (after 1005).

  • 1220: First documented mention.
  • 1311: Granting of Soest town charter by Archbishop Heinrich II. Count von Virneburg .
  • 1500: Kreuzkapelle is mentioned for the first time.
  • 1525: First evidence of a shooting society.
  • 1587–1697 witch trials can be proven in the judicial district of Olpe .
  • 1615: There is the first teacher in Olpe.
  • 1634: Great city fire.
  • 1665: First Agatha vow to protect against conflagrations.
  • 1673: For the first time, the Rochus vow takes place to protect against the plague and other epidemics.
  • 1696: last conviction of a " witch ".
  • 1711: The mail comes to Olpe for the first time.
  • 1795: Great fire in Olpe, 83% of Olpe is destroyed. Instead of the medieval appearance, the reconstruction was carried out on the basis of an overall plan (three wide parallel streets, connected at right angles by side streets)
  • 1819: Olpe becomes a district town, formerly Bilsteiner Kreis, now " Kreis Olpe ".
  • 1828: Re-establishment of the Olper Schützenverein. Its name is "St. Sebastianus Schützenverein".
  • 1842/44: Foundation of the Evangelical Congregation.
  • 1863: Foundation of the order " Poor Franciscan Sisters of Eternal Adoration " (today: "Franciscans of Eternal Adoration in Olpe")
  • 1864: Telegraph station in Olpe.
  • 1875: The railway comes to Olpe. Only after Attendorn / Finnentrop, in 1880 followed Olpe-Rothemühle, in 1903 the connection Olpe-Bergneustadt.
  • 1888: First electric light.
  • 1908/09: The St. Martinus Church burns down almost completely (arson) / New building in neo -Gothic style .
  • 1945: On March 28th of that year there was a heavy bombing raid on Olpe. On April 10, 1945, the US Army finally occupied Olpe. Elsewhere in Germany, the war continued until the beginning of May. The Second World War finally ended on May 8th with the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht .
  • 1965: Damming of the Biggetalsperre.
  • 1971: Approval of federal motorway 45 .
  • 1976: Approval for federal motorway 4 .


The law on the reorganization of the district of Olpe , which came into force on July 1, 1969, also had an impact on Olpe. The officially free city of Olpe and the three surrounding municipalities of the Olpe office ( Olpe-Land , Kleusheim and Rhode ) were merged to form the new city of Olpe , the legal successor to the dissolved Olpe office. Parts of the municipality of Helden , namely the places Oberveischede , Tecklinghausen and Neuenwald , as well as the place Fahlenscheid of the municipality of Rahrbach and finally Apollmicke from the municipality of Kirchveischede were incorporated into this town. The urban area increased from 12.78 to 85.65 km², the population increased from 14,184 to 21,705.

Population development

(as of December 31st)

Population development of Olpe from 1781 to 2017 according to the adjacent table
year Residents
(before  territorial reform )
1781 1,354
1890 3,088
1910 5,334
1933 7,398
1939 7,561
1950 10,280
1961 12,694
1969 14,148
year Residents
(after  territorial reform )
1970 21,164
1980 22,351
1990 24,708
2000 25,660
2005 26,440
2007 25,954
2009 26,229
2010 26,065
year Residents
(after  territorial reform )
2013 24,592
2014 24,646
2015 24,757
2016 24,511
2017 24,685
2018 24,688


The population of the city of Olpe is predominantly Catholic. The city's patron is St. Martin of Tours .

religion number percent
Catholic: 17,834 67.99%
Evangelical: 3,732 14.26%
Other religion / non-denominational: 4,644 17.75%


Marienkirche Olpe
Pallotti House
Evangelical Church, Olpe

Olpe belongs to the Archdiocese of Paderborn under canon law . At the middle level, Olpe is administered by the Deanery South Sauerland . This was formed on July 1, 2006 from the previous deaneries Attendorn, Elspe and Olpe and is the same area as the Olpe district. Pastor Andreas Neuser is dean.

Until 2015, Olpe was divided into two pastoral associations. The diocesan law for the territorial update of the pastoral areas in the Archdiocese of Paderborn, which came into force on January 1, 2010, determined that the two pastoral associations will be merged into a new, large pastoral area by 2016 at the latest. As a first step towards this, the new Olpe Pastoral Association was founded on September 20, 2015, which, with the exception of the Fahlenscheid chapel community (belonging to the Rahrbach parish), covers the entire city area. The pastoral area is to be expanded to include the Drolshagen parish by 2029.

The pastoral associations valid until then:

  • Olpebach-Täler, consisting of the parish of St. Mariae Himmelfahrt Olpe with the chapel communities Günsen, Lütringhausen, Rhonard, Stachelau, Thieringhausen and the parish Altenkleusheim with the places Alten- und Neuenkleusheim and Rehringhausen.
  • Pastoral Association Olpe-Biggesee, consisting of the parish of St. Martinus Olpe with the branch communities Dahl / Friedrichsthal and Saßmicke, the parish vicarie Heilig Geist (western area of ​​Olpe and Rüblinghausen) and the parish of Hatzenberg as well as the parish of St. Cyriakus in Rhode with the branch community of Sondern and the parish vicarages of Oberveischede and Neger.

Once a year at the beginning of July on the feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, the town pilgrimage from Olpe to Werl takes place, in which several hundred people take part. Some of these pilgrims made the way there in three daily stages on foot.

The women's congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Eternal Adoration in Olpe has its mother house and the convent of S. Damiano in Olpe .

The Pallottines had their own monastery, the Pallotti House . The community, which has been based in Olpe since 1915, closed its branch in January 2018. For economic reasons, the Order sold the building to an investor in 2007, who set up 40 old people's homes and 100 full inpatient care places there. The Fathers last lived as tenants in some of the apartments. The spiritual work was continued unchanged until then. The youth courtyard in the former economy of the monastery was continued by the Pallottines as a youth education center, but in the course of 2018 it was relocated to the former Maria Königin monastery in Altenhundem.


There has been a Protestant parish since 1844. She owns the oldest Olper church, which was built in 1898 from red brick.

Other religious communities

The Turkish-Islamic Cultural Association has been running the Eyup Sultan Mosque since 1986. There is also an Ev. Free church, Jehovah's Witnesses , a New Apostolic Church and a Greek Orthodox Church.


Local election 2014
Turnout: 52.4% (2009: 56.7%)
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
-3.6  % p
-1.6  % p
+ 4.5  % p
+ 0.8  % p
-0.1  % p

City Council

town hall

In the recent local elections on May 25, 2014 which CDU the absolute majority lost, although she has won all directly elected seats. There is a cooperation agreement between the CDU and the Greens.

The 42 mandates are distributed among the individual groups as follows:

Party / list be right Seats (+/–)
CDU 46.9% 20 (0)
UCW eV * 21.1% 9 (+1)
SPD 17.2% 7 (+2)
GREEN 8.0% 3 (0)
FDP 6.9% 3 (+1)

* Independent Christian constituency

Results of the state and federal elections

In the last state and federal elections, the parties in Olpe received the following votes:

Political party State election 2005 Bundestag election 2005 Bundestag election 2009 State election 2010 State election 2012 Bundestag election 2013 State election 2017 Bundestag election 2017
CDU 66.1% 53.3% 46.36% 51.87% 42.7% 59.4% 49.95% 47.20%
SPD 21.2% 26.3% 21.10% 23.29% 28.63% 23.4% 20.64% 16.94%
FDP 6.1% 11.6% 16.58% 8.09% 10.3% 6.3% 15.59% 16.65%
GREEN 3.6% 4.3% 6.07% 8.62% 7.89% 5.2% 3.70% 4.73%
LEFT (2.7%) 2.1% 5.70% 3.11% 1.51% 3.7% 2.31% 4.60%
Others 2.6% 2.5% 4.19% 5.02% 3.02% 2.1% 7.81% 9.88%

Youth parliament

The youth parliament has existed since the end of 2005. The youth parliament represents the interests of young people for young people with the aim of developing suggestions for improving the situation of Olpe children and young people and proposing measures so that the council and administration of the city of Olpe respond more closely to the wishes of children and young people can enter.

The youth parliament currently consists of 25 members. They are elected in secondary schools for a period of two years. Each school receives one mandate for every 150 pupils it begins, but at least two mandates. Everyone, including students from neighboring communities, can vote in grades 5 to 10 at the Olper schools. However, only students residing in Olpe are eligible.

The youth parliament meets, usually in public, at least four times a year. If desired, working groups can be formed in the meetings for different projects. Even unelected members, children and young people, are allowed to work in these.

Mayors as well as city and office directors

From 1946 to 1997 the office of the head of administration in Olpe was called the city ​​director . The mayors were honorary and had representative tasks as well as chairing the city council. There has been a full-time mayor since 1997. He heads the city council and is also head of administration. The current mayor is Peter Weber.

Mayor (since 1800) Term of office Remarks
Johannes Möllendik 1802, 1804, 1806 1st Mayor
Johann Edmund Funcke 1802 2nd Mayor
Johann Edmund Funcke 1803 1st Mayor
Franz Josef Zeppenfeld 1804, 1806, 1811 2nd Mayor
Jodocus Edmund Weber 1811-1823 City school hot
Schute 1824
Gottfried Anton Gerlach 1825
Johann Adam Halbfas 1825-1850 Bailiff
1851-1861 mayor
Ernst Hermann Halbfas 1861-1879
Louis Wilhelm Liese 1880-1891
Ewald Röper 1891-1896
F. Josef Caspar Hundt 1896 representing ( Alderman )
Franz Karl Dütz-Josun 1897-1901
Heinrich Sommerhoff 1901-1933
Theodor Schulte 1933-1943
Josef Wurm 1943-1945
Heinrich Otto Spies April 1945
Josef Schrage ( CDU ) 1945-1946 full-time
Adolf Bieker 1946
Franz Adam 1946-1947
Franz Stork ( CDU ) 1948-1952
Ignatz Müller ( CDU ) 1952-1964
Alfred Enders ( CDU ) 1964-1979
Wilma Ohly ( CDU ) 1979-1997
Horst Müller ( CDU ) 1997-2015 full-time
Peter Weber (CDU) since 2015 full-time
City and office directors (1946–1996) Term of office
Josef Klein 1946-1949
Paul Habbel 1949-1968
Ernst Elbers 1968-1988
Karl-Josef Leyendecker 1989-1996

coat of arms

City arms of Olpe
Saint Martin in red on a flat arched green shield base in a knightly blue robe, with golden (yellow) hair and a halo, face and hands in natural colors, on a silver (white) horse, with golden (yellow) hooves and golden (yellow) bridle Parting his silver (white) cloak with a silver (white) sword, in front of him a kneeling beggar, naked except for a silver (white) apron, in natural colors with golden (yellow) hair on his head; on the right a square silver (white) upper corner with a continuous black cross.
The coat of arms shows an episode in the life of St. Martin when he donated half of his cloak to a beggar. As early as 1360, this scene graced the city's oldest seal . In 1911, when the coat of arms was created on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the city, the cross of the Archbishops of Cologne was added in the upper right corner as a sign of the long membership in the Electorate of Cologne (1180–1802) . The originally approved design still contained three battlements, but they were omitted when the city was revised to reorganize the city in 1969.

Town twinning

Since July 28, 2001 there has been a twinning with the French city ​​of Gif-sur-Yvette . The municipal high school in Olpe has been running regular student exchanges with a college in Gif-sur-Yvette for years .

Culture and sights

Regular events by the city's cultural office and by associations from a wide variety of sectors shape the image of cultural work in Olpe. Concerts of all kinds, plays, musicals, cabaret acts, exhibitions and other events are regularly offered in the program series. The following venues are available:

  • City Hall Olpe
  • Marketplace
  • Lorenz Jaeger House (OT)
  • Old Lyceum
  • District House Olpe
  • Kreuzkapelle


The first theater association was founded in April 2015. The Theater Ensemble Olpe deals, among other things, with the classics of German theater.


Since 1997 the Friends of the City Museum Olpe has been trying to set up a local museum. Despite a council resolution that such a museum should be built by the city's anniversary in 2011, the plan has so far been postponed.


The city library is located in the town hall and has around 29,000 different media on offer. In addition, the parish of St. Martinus operates a Catholic public library.


The city archive is housed in the old lyceum, in the immediate vicinity of the town hall. The city archives were first mentioned in 1665.

The inventory includes, among other things

  • Parchment documents since 1361
  • Books since 1478
  • Files since 1584
  • Maps since the 16th century
  • City maps since 1795
  • Newspapers since 1840
  • Photos since 1875
  • Films since 1937

The district archive is located in the district building.


The music school offers training opportunities in the following areas: early musical education, keyboard instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments, percussion instruments, plucked instruments, vocal music. The place of training is the old lyceum. In addition, there are music clubs in Neuenkleusheim, Rhode, Rehringhausen, Sondern, Saßmicke as well as the music train of the Olpe volunteer fire brigade, the Negertal musicians and the musicians train (Tambourcorps) Olpe. In many parishes and in many villages there are male, female, children's or mixed choirs.


City wall in Olpe (Weierhohl)

The list of monuments of the city of Olpe contains 75 monuments and 10 ground monuments , including churches, parsonages and chapels, but also residential buildings, milestones and crossroads . Not all of the buildings listed here are listed , but they have an important function for Olpe:

  • Historic city ​​wall (preserved: approx. 200 m) with angel tower and witch tower
After Olpe was promoted to town in 1311, the fortified town wall was built by 1373 at the latest . It consisted of three large and two small city gates and a few round towers. Today only the remains of the city wall in the Weierhohl with the witch and angel tower and the portals of a large and small city gate exist. The 14th century witch's tower is the oldest preserved secular building in the city. The name could refer to the witch hunt in which it could have served as a prison. However, there is no evidence of this. The Olper local history researcher Manfred Schöne assumed that the name is derived from "Hessenturm".
In addition, the memorial designed by Ewald Mataré to commemorate the victims of the war and as a memorial for the living has been located below the city wall since 1963, and the Brackish memorial since 1996 .
  • water wheel
Water wheel in Olpe (Weierhohl)
The water wheel stands at the location of the former "Supreme City Mill" in Weierhohl. It is modeled on the outlines of the old mill. The “Unterste Stadtmühle” existed until the 1960s on Mühlenstrasse, where the cinema is now. They were supplied with water from Olpe and Bigge through two mill ditches.
St. Martinus Church
After the fire in 1907, the Martinus Church was rebuilt in neo-Gothic style as a three-aisled hall church with a transept and a double tower facade. One of the towers was damaged in the course of the major attack on March 28, 1945 and then blown up by German pioneers for security reasons and has not been rebuilt to this day. Today it is understood as a monument to peace, although efforts are repeatedly made public to rebuild the tower. The current mayor, Horst Müller, is aiming for a foundation that aims to rebuild the tower. In front of the northern exit there has been an Agatha statue since 1979.
  • Protestant church
It was built from 1897 to 1898, making it the oldest church in the city. The church is a neo-Romanesque style element and a three-bay vaulted hall building. The facade of the church is made of red brick.
  • Market square with the Panneklöpper monument
After the great city fire of 1795, the medieval floor plan was abandoned and replaced by a drawing board city designed by Johann Adam Stahl. In this context, today's form of the market square was created. Many houses that were built during this time still have the cellars of the old, burned down houses, some of which protrude into the street today. In the 1990s, the market square was redesigned and car-free (except on Sundays during high mass in the Martinus Church). The Panneklöpper monument was erected in 1982 and symbolizes the former importance of the Breitschmiede for the city of Olpe.
  • Chapels (cross, Rochus and Valentine's chapel)
The Kreuzkapelle is only rarely open, but then allows a view of three splendid carved altars, which, like the chapel, were consecrated in 1753.

Natural monuments

Kölsches Heck describes today's administrative border between the districts of Olpe and Siegen-Wittgenstein. In the past it also served as a Landwehr and consisted of a moat and wall with a rising hedge, which was shortened to man's height and interwoven. Another wall / ditch system often followed at a distance of 15 to 100 meters. In today's urban area you can discover historical traces above Altenkleusheim .


There are currently eleven active cemeteries in the city of Olpe. The cemetery in Olpe has been operated as a communal cemetery since January 1st, 1977 and the cemetery in the Sondern district has been operated by the city of Olpe since the Biggetalsperre was dammed. Other cemeteries are located in the districts of Altenkleusheim, Dahl, Neger, Neuenkleusheim, Oberveischede, Rehringhausen, Rhode, Saßmicke and Thieringhausen and are sponsored by the respective Catholic parish.

There is also a Protestant cemetery on Bergstrasse, which is still dedicated as a cemetery, but is no longer used, as well as a cemetery at the Kreuzkapelle, on which priestly graves, a memorial for Soviet slave laborers who perished in World War II and two family graves have been preserved. The remaining graves were transferred to the new Catholic cemetery at the beginning of the 20th century. There are also the two no longer managed Jewish cemeteries Neuenkleusheim and Rhode .


In the urban area of ​​Olpe there are eleven gyms, nine tennis courts and ten football and sports fields.

  • Kreuzberg Stadium
The largest sports facility in Olpe is the Kreuzberg Stadium. There is a turf and an artificial turf soccer field here. The main square (lawn) has a capacity of 5000 spectators. It is equipped with a 150 lux floodlight system and is part of the location for the DFB talent promotion program (U12-U21). The athletes have eight running tracks, a long jump facility, a triple jump facility, a high jump facility and a shot put area.
  • swim
There are various pools and thermal areas in the Olpe leisure pool. This also includes a sauna area and an outdoor pool. There is a teaching pool in the Imbergschule. In But there is the possibility to swim under supervision in Biggesee.
Indoor pool before renovation
  • Soccer
There are eleven football clubs in Olpe that play on the ten football fields. The Spielvereinigung Olpe , founded in 1919, has played in the Westphalia League (Season 2) from 2008 to 2018 with one break and in the State League since the year of relegation in 2018
  • Winter sports
There are groomed trails for cross-country skiing in Thieringhausen when there is snow . You can ski down in Fahlenscheid , where there are two double anchor lifts and a snow-making system.
  • Diving
As a reservoir, the Biggesee offers good conditions for diving . The local divers often meet diving guests who regularly visit z. B. dive the Biggesee from the surrounding area, but also for groups from abroad. In addition to the diving school, there is the Biggesee-Olpe e. V., here, in addition to the wide range of training courses and weekly training, the focus is also on club life.
  • rowing
The Biggesee rowing club has set up shop at the reservoir and trains there five times a week. The annual Biggesee regatta takes place in summer, with up to 20 clubs rowing for the blue ribbon, for example. From the club's own jetty you can row to Olpe (5 km), Rosenthal (4 km) and Stade (3.5 km).
  • Sport shooters
There are three sport shooting clubs . The St. Sebastianus Schützenverein Olpe trains on the Ümmerich / Schützenplatz in Olpe, the St. Josef sports shooters in Dahl-Friedrichsthal in the village community hall in Dahl and the sports shooters from St. Josef Lütringhausen in the youth home in Lütringhausen.
  • Gymnastics club
With more than 3,100 members, the Turnverein Olpe (TVO) is the largest sports club in the city of Olpe. Apart from the classic gymnastics club offers popular sports to: badminton , basketball , disabled sports , Fistball , health sports , handball , heart sports , athletics , swimming , skiing , taekwondo , dancing and volleyball .

Other sports facilities and clubs are sailing , canoeing , windsurfing or kite surfing on the Biggesee, sport fishing at the railway sports club, two motorsport clubs, a pub club, a karate and a ju-jutsu club, as well as a riding and driving club. There is also a table tennis , volleyball , chess and ski club .

Regular events

The customs in town and country are based on customs that are often hundreds of years old. They often have their origins in church tradition.

  • Shooting festivals are celebrated in many parts of the city. The largest shooting festival in the city is the Olper shooting festival organized by the St. Sebastianus shooting club . It is always celebrated on the weekend around the third Sunday in July. It is celebrated on the Ümmerich , the Schützenplatz on the Imberg. The association has more than 5100 members.
  • Agatha Day (February 5th) and procession (always the following Sunday)
  • Olper Teamcup (mostly on a Friday in June, for the first time in 2004) - a running event with a mass sport character through the Olper city center
  • Poschefeuer (Easter fire on the Gallenberg and in almost all villages in the city, on the Bratzkopf for the last time in 2008 because the Easter fire place had to give way to a new building area)
  • Rochus vows followed by a procession
  • Muggle fair (every third Sunday in September) - a big festival for a good cause, with numerous offers for large and small people, without the usual showman trade, but with a lot of voluntary participation and a family atmosphere
  • St. Martin with move
  • Organ piece "The old carpenter" It is always played at the end of Christmas masses. The song originally comes from the Austrian-speaking area.
  • Between the Days Festival - Pop and Rock Music on December 29th
  • Ölper Tied (11 am - traditionally "Ölper" time for a drink )

Culinary specialties

  • Specialties around the Olper Schützenfest
The "Olper Beff" is a kind of meatball, in which potatoes are also processed, which is served warm with a brown sauce (oxtail soup) together with a bread roll. Its quality is officially tested on the Friday before the shooting festival at the beer and beff tasting.
Some butchers in the city only offer “Spürne”, a cold cut made from cured cow's udder, during the Olper Schützenfest. There is also “Quatsch” (raspberry juice) as a children's drink for the Schützenfest.
  • Buttered pretzel
A real Olper specialty is also the butter pretzel, which was originally produced by the Gastreich bakery, then by the Sommerhoff bakery and is now made by the Lüning confectionery.
  • Kempers grain
In the Kornbrennerei Kemper Inh. Arens, a grain brandy and various liqueurs are made with water from their own well.
  • Veischeder Landbier
In the Oberveischede district, the Müller brewery brewed dark, naturally cloudy pilsner in a house brewery, which was also sold outside the home. A neighboring bakery used it to bake “Veischeder Landbierbrot”. The country beer as well as the light pilsner, which was also brewed in the past, are no longer produced.
Up until the 1960s there were two breweries in Olpe, "Olper Löwenbräu" and the Schmelzer brewery.

Dialect / Olper Platt

Until the end of the 19th century, Olper Platt was widely used as a colloquial language in the Olpe area. It is a local dialect of the Sauerländer Platt and is a branch of the Low German vernacular. Under the influence of High German, the importance of this dialect has rapidly declined to this day. As an everyday colloquial language, the Platt has almost no meaning anymore. In the villages of the Olper Land, Low German is still an everyday language among the older generation.

Economy and Infrastructure


The abundance of forests, ore and water formed the basis for the emergence of iron and copper works , hammer mills , pan forges and tanneries. In addition, the location between the Siegerland on the one hand and the Sauerland in the Brandenburg region on the other also favored economic development. By the 18th century at the latest, Olpe and its immediate surroundings were one of the economic centers of the Duchy of Westphalia.

  • Breitschmiede (called "Panne (n) klöpper" (pan hammer) in Olpe)
They have a long tradition in Olpe and thus also played an important role in the life of the city. As early as 1567 there was a hand smiths' guild , the “Schmiedeamt”. The blacksmiths increasingly concentrated on the production of sheet metal. Protected by the guild privileges repeatedly confirmed by the electors, the Olper Breitschmieden succeeded in enforcing an almost monopoly-like position in sheet metal production in southern Westphalia. As a reminder of the old blacksmiths' guild, there is a bronze monument with the "Panneklöpper" or "Pannenklöpper" on the market square.
  • Hammer mills
Their operators formed another guild in the Olpe area. The hammer mills took over the important preparatory work for the wide forge, but also for all other forges. The hammer mills were driven by water power.
  • Copper smelter
The Stachelauer Hütte was a copper hut near Stachelau that was built in the 16th century. It existed until the 19th century. In addition, a metal smelter was built in the middle of the 19th century, which for a few decades produced lead and at times also mercury.
  • Mining
Copper mining in the Rhonard has been documented since the middle of the 16th century . Along with many other small mines in Olpe, the "Rhonard Pit" was the largest. It belonged to the Brabeck family until 1805 . Until it was closed in 1890, it was the oldest and last mine in the city of Olpe. In addition to copper, iron ore was also mined. There were also small deposits of silver , mercury and cinnabar .


Medium-sized and supraregional companies in various industries are the pillars of economic activity in the district town. These include metal foundries , tube drawing mills , forging , fittings factories , machinery factories and enterprises for electronic products. There are also numerous businesses and firms in the craft, trade and service industries. Another important economic factor is tourism .

The retail situation in Olpe has developed positively. According to the data on trade centrality (= ratio of retail sales per inhabitant to retail purchasing power per inhabitant) evaluated by the Siegen Chamber of Commerce and Industry , the ratio for Olpe in 2018 was 133.7 and indicates that purchasing power is being skimmed off. a. neighboring places.

Selected resident companies

The non-profit society of the Franciscans in Olpe (GFO) is a charitable organization with more than 40 facilities in the fields of hospitals, elderly care and child and youth welfare.

The Lister and Lennekraftwerke GmbH (CAC) is an established in 1905 utilities. Together with Stadtwerke Attendorn and Stadtwerke Olpe, this energy is sold under the brand name "BIGGE-Energie".

The company PolygonVatro , which specializes in the restoration of fire and water damage, was originally founded under the name VATRO Bautrocknungs GmbH in 1992. In May 2011, the Swedish Polygon AB, which belongs to the financial investor Triton Partners, acquired the now more than 32 branches in Germany.

The Open-Xchange AG is a software company in the field of groupware .

The Gebr. Kemper is GmbH + Co. KG is a global, private company and manufacturer of fittings and system technology in HVAC systems as well as market leader in the EU and worldwide with rolled strips of copper alloys.

The ohm Häner Metallwerk GmbH & Co. KG (proper spelling OHM & HÄNER) is founded by Paul Ohm and Alois Häner 1961 foundry for non-ferrous metals. The owner-managed medium-sized company produces workpieces made of copper and aluminum cast alloys for machine and device construction as well as for the automotive industry in two plants.

Römer Systems GmbH is the trademark holder of the Römer helmets .

Other important companies are the fittings manufacturer Schell, the two pipe producers Peterseim Metallwerke and MGI and the manufacturer of electromechanical components Karl Jungbecker.


Rail and bus transport

Former station building (2007)
A regional train of the "Biggesee-Express" near Olpe.

Olpe the station is on the single-track Bigge Talbahn ( KBS 442), on the hour in the rail transport of Bigge-Express (RB 92) according to Finnentrop operates with a connection to the Ruhr Victory (RE 16). There is a sea station in the village of Sondern , which enables a direct transfer from rail to passenger ship. This is the only sea station in North Rhine-Westphalia .

The railway line was built by the Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn and put into operation on November 1, 1875 from Finnentrop to Olpe. Originally it ran via Gerlingen and Rothemühle (both belonging to the municipality of Wenden ) to Freudenberg (Westphalia), where it passed into the Asdorftalbahn via Niederfischbach to Kirchen (Sieg) with a connection to the victory route (KBS 460).

Another route ran from Olpe via Drolshagen and Bergneustadt to Dieringhausen (section of the Aggertalbahn ) (KBS 459). The passenger traffic was stopped in 1979, since 1997 the Aggertalbahn has been disappearing further and further, meanwhile there are only a few tracks between Derschlag and Olpe.

There are numerous bus routes in local road transport that also connect Olpe with its neighboring communities and cities. The operators are VWS , based in Siegen, a company of the Wern Group (Siegen), and BRS (Busverkehr Rhein-Sieg GmbH; DB Stadtverkehr). In addition, lines of the Oberbergische Verkehrsgesellschaft run to Olpe (301 Gummersbach / Derschlag / Bergneustadt / Pernze / (Olpe)).

Local rail and road passenger transport are grouped together in the Westphalian tariff.


Roman path (green) and other prehistoric paths and castles of the southern Sauerland

Even before the city was founded, the Römerweg and Eisenstrasse long-distance routes had their intersection at Olpe. They used the ford through the Olpe and Bigge rivers together. The "Römerweg" led from the mouth of the Sieg near Bonn towards the northeast to Brilon-Paderborn, while the Eisenstrasse connected the Siegerland with the Märkisches Land.


In total there are traffic routes with a total length of approx. 307 km. The local roads with a total length of approx. 228 km account for the largest share. Federal roads, country roads and district roads each have a length of 22 to 24 km.

The city of Olpe is accessed by two federal motorways:

The federal highways 54 (Münster – Lünen – Dortmund – Hagen – Olpe – Siegen – Limburg – Wiesbaden) function together with the 55 (Olpe – Lennestadt – Meschede) as a large-scale city bypass. Both federal highways have a length of approx. 14 km each. However, there is a joint route from the village of Hüppcherhammer to the village of Rhode with a length of 5 km. This results in an actual distance of the federal highways totaling 23 km.

There are three main traffic axes in the city center. In the north-south direction this is the state road L 519 with the street names In the desert, Franziskanerstraße and Bruchstraße. It also serves as a connection to the respective motorway access roads. Another main axis is the Westfälische Strasse. She leaves the historic old town in a northeast direction. The third main axis is Martinstrasse, which is closed to heavy goods traffic and leads east from the city center. Roundabouts were installed at almost all inner-city junctions. The city center has four parking garages.

Street names

The Olper street names can be sorted into the following areas:

  • Street names end with -seifen, -siepen, -micke or -mecke , these are references to watercourses (brooks), e.g. B. Osterseifen (eastern brook), Kortemicke (short brook), Felmicke (Feldbach or Fellbach - it flows through the former Gerberviertel)
  • In addition to the obvious street name ending -berg, - (h) ardt also indicates a mountain, e.g. B. Rhonardt (cleared mountain), Eichhardt. Other street names also indicate mountains, e.g. B. On the cliffs, Bratzkopf,
  • References to old trades in Olpe
  • Mining z. B. Kupferweg, Steigerweg
  • Huts z. B. Hüttenweg, Olper Hütte
  • Hammers z. B. Hammerweg, Kessenhammer, Saßmicker Hammer
  • Notes on special features in the immediate vicinity
  • Drift or drift (terrain where the shepherds drove their cattle) e.g. B. In der Trift, Rüblinghauser Drift
  • Hatch (comes from hatching through; passage between hedges) z. B. Wide hatch
  • Fohrt ( ford ; a passage through a river or stream) z. B. On the Fohrt
  • Schlade (valley without watercourse) z. B. Papenschlade (Pape = priest = pastor, i.e. pastor's valley)
  • Ohl (wet valley) z. B. Zum Lehmenohl
  • Hollow (cave, hole, refuge) z. B. Weierhohl
  • Buildings or locations z. B. Am Stadtwald, Bahnhofstrasse
  • Derived from saints e.g. B. Martinstrasse, Rochusstrasse, Agathastrasse
  • Names of personalities
  • Personalities who were born in Olpe or who lived or worked here, e. B. Johann-Bergmann-, Franz-Wärme-Straße
  • Resistance fighters or victims of the Nazi era, e.g. B. Stauffenbergring, Anne-Frank-Weg
  • Other group of people such as B. famous doctors, e.g. B. Sauerbruchweg
  • Street names from plant and animal world z. B. Meisenweg, Buchenweg,


Boat tours can be undertaken on the Biggesee. Two Biggesee passenger ships operate there from April to the end of October. A tour takes about two hours. There are five boarding options. Just a few years ago, four ships formed the “White Fleet” of Biggesee shipping: In addition to the still existing MS “Westfalen” and “Bigge”, another passenger ship (“Sauerland”) sailed on the main lake. A canal boat called the “Olpe” was on its way to the Olpe reservoir, also known as the “Obersee”. The low construction was necessary so that the ship could drive under a low railway bridge. In addition, the boat was specially weighted with concrete so that it lay deep in the water.

Bike paths

There is a closed network of cycle paths around the Biggesee and the Listertalsperre . This leads to the Biggedamm in Attendorn . Olpe is also connected to the NRW cycling network. The valley tour of the Bike Arena Sauerland crosses Olpe at various points on the route.

Hiking trails

The 1080 kilometer long hiking trail of German Unity leads through Olpe. On May 31, 2014, the 18.5 km long and 16 stations comprehensive Franz-Wärme-Pilger- und Erlebnispfad was opened. The "Waldweg Grenzenlos" is a forest adventure path on the Kimickeberg especially for people with disabilities. It is wheelchair accessible and equipped with a guidance system for the blind. The total length is approx. 2900 m. There are also various other signposted hiking trails.



The local editions of the Westfalenpost (WP) and the Westfälische Rundschau (WR) appear as daily newspapers in Olpe . They belong to the Funke media group (formerly WAZ) and have had a joint local editorial team since 2009. Thus the local section of both newspapers is identical. The office was closed in January 2010.

The Siegener Zeitung is another daily newspaper with its own local section for Olpe. It appeared as an afternoon paper until 2000. The Siegener Zeitung is part of the medium-sized family company "Vorländer & Rothmaler GmbH & Co. KG" with headquarters in Siegen and maintains a local editorial office and an office in Olpe.

In addition, the Ippen Group's free advertising paper Sauerlandkurier appears . On special occasions, such as the rifle festival, the Sauerland stock exchange , an A4-sized advertising paper , appears in irregular order . Until about the year 2000 the Stadtanzeiger appeared on Wednesdays , later Hallo Sauerland , an advertising paper published by a subsidiary of the WAZ Group. Until around 1980 (?) Olpe was also the place of publication of the Sauerland Volksblatt . This was also printed in Olpe at the printing company FX Ruegenberg, which has since been dissolved due to bankruptcy.


The district of Olpe does not have its own local station or radio. With a decision of April 28, 2006, the district of Olpe was designated by the LfM, the responsible supervisory authority for broadcasting in North Rhine-Westphalia, as a possible distribution area for local radio. An organizer community has existed for many years. Several attempts to set up an operating company failed due to a lack of economic prospects. The latest news about Olpe can be received via the WDR 2 radio program from the Siegen regional studio, which broadcasts news from South Westphalia every half hour Monday to Friday.

watch TV

Olpe belongs to the editorial area of ​​the Siegen studio of WDR television . The local time Südwestfalen reports on the region.

Public facilities

Authorities and institutions

District court Olpe

Olpe is the seat of the Olpe district . The district office (district administration) Olpe on Westfälische Strasse was extensively rebuilt and expanded in the 1990s. Parts of the building were added that previously had a different function. Among other things, the district police authority was located here, which is currently located at Kortemickestrasse 2 . Here are u. a. the security and district service as well as two criminal detective offices. The district court with attached court prison and a youth detention center were also housed in an old building. The adult penitentiary was relocated to what was then the Siegen penal institution in the mid-1960s. The youth detention center was closed at the end of August 1989. Today's Olpe District Court is a court of ordinary jurisdiction and is one of four district courts in the district of the Siegen District Court . The dish can be found at Bruchstraße 32 .

Due to a special permit from the Arnsberg district government, the Olpe fire brigade is purely a voluntary fire brigade and has 124 active fire fighters (as of December 31, 2012). In 2007 a new fire station in Olpe was inaugurated in Grubenstrasse . Three fire engines with 100 fire brigade forces are assigned here. There is also a fire fighting group with 24 emergency services in Oberveischede.

The ambulance service is provided from the St. Martinus Hospital location. The rescue service is coordinated by the Olpe district.

The Siegen Employment Agency is located at Rochusstraße 3 .

The Olpe tax office is located on Auf dem Gallenberg .

The regional forest office Kurkölnisches Sauerland, Olpe service building was created on August 1st 2007 from the former forest offices Attendorn (partially) and Olpe the regional forest office Kurkölnisches Sauerland. The first documentary mentions of a forestry office in Olpe date back to 1810

There is also a fiber optic archeology for Westphalia, Olpe branch . It is located in a former school and on August 31, 1982 the Olpe branch (then: Westfälisches Museum für Bodendenkmalpflege) was officially opened. The main task is the preservation of monuments in the administrative district of Arnsberg. These are realized through the fields of activity applications for the protection of monuments, participation in proceedings as a carrier of public concerns, investigations in the field, public relations and the "small monument preservation" (exchange with interested persons or groups).

On September 1st, 2008 the Südwestfalen-Agentur GmbH was founded in Olpe. The 14-person team around managing director Dirk Glaser initiates and coordinates the projects related to the Regionale 2013 . After the end of the structural funding program, the agency's work will continue with a reduced team as a regional economic development facility.

The Sparkasse Olpe-Drolshagen-Wenden and the Volksbank Olpe-Wenden-Drolshagen are based in Olpe.

Hospital "St. Martinus Hospital"

The hospital was founded in 1856 by the parish of St. Martinus Olpe and was initially managed by two Vincentians . Almost 11,000 patients, mainly from Olpe, Wenden and Drolshagen, are treated there every year. About 800 full and part-time employees look after 385 beds. The hospital includes a surgical clinic , a medical clinic, a women's clinic, an anesthesia and intensive care department with a focus on pain therapy , a diagnostic radiology department and a psychiatry department . Sisters of the Congregation of the Olper Franciscan Sisters took over the hospital management in 1900. The St. Martinus Hospital has been run as a non-profit company since 1997, which merged in 2000 with the Catholic St. Josef Hospital in Lennestadt -Altenhundem to form the "Katholische Hospitalgesellschaft Südwestfalen gGmbH ". Associated with the company are a nursing school and a specialist seminar for care for the elderly, as well as an outpatient dialysis center. Franciscans no longer work in the St. Martinus Hospital, the convent there was dissolved at the end of 2005.

Balthasar children's and youth hospice

The Balthasar children's and youth hospice is an inpatient facility for incurably and life-shortening ill children and their parents and siblings. The children's hospice was opened in 1998 and the youth hospice in 2009 and were each the first of their kind in Germany. The children's hospice provides care and accommodation for the families of terminally ill children so that they can recover from care while the children are professionally cared for. Young people and young adults find their place in the youth hospice. Both institutions are supported by the non-profit society of the Franciscans in Olpe .


Day care facilities for children

In the area of ​​the city of Olpe there are a total of 15 day care centers for children ( kindergarten ). Eight kindergartens are located in the city center and seven in the villages. All facilities are independent. The following kindergartens are located in the city itself:

  • St. Martinus, St. Matthäus, St. Rafael (sponsor: Catholic parish St. Martinus)
  • St. Marien (Catholic parish of St. Marien)
  • "Pusteblume", "Löwenzahn" (non-profit society of the Franciscan Sisters in Olpe)
  • "Sonnenland" (DRK district association)
  • Oberlin Kindergarten (sponsoring organization of the Evangelical Church District Siegen)

There are the following kindergartens in the villages:

  • St. Nikolaus Lütringhausen (Catholic parish St. Marien Olpe)
  • St. Cyriakus Rhode (Catholic parish St. Cyriakus Rhode)
  • Saßmicke (Caritas district association)
  • "Dahler Spatzennest" (Parents' Association Dahl / Friedrichsthal)
  • "Max and Moritz" Altenkleusheim (DRK district association)
  • "Noah's Ark" Neuenkleusheim (Parents' Association Neuenkleusheim)
  • "The little rascals" Oberveischede (Parents' Association Oberveischede).


Olpe is a regionally important school location with the following schools and educational institutions.

Elementary schools

  • Community elementary school at Hohenstein
Since the 2013/2014 school year, the Hakemicke Community Primary School moved from its original location, the Hakemicke School Center, to the school building of the Hohenstein Catholic Confessional School, which expired at the end of the 2014/2015 school year. Since 2016 the previous Hakemicke primary school has been renamed "Community Primary School at Hohenstein".
  • Catholic denominational primary school on the Gallenberg
The Protestant elementary school was housed here until the school reform in 1968. After its dissolution, a Protestant primary school with two classes was established. After a year, the Protestant primary school was converted into a community primary school and at the same time a new Catholic primary school was introduced at the same location. At the beginning of the 2004/2005 school year, the renovated old building and a new building were handed over to their destination. Linked to this was the amalgamation of the two independent schools to form the Catholic Confessional Primary School Auf dem Gallenberg.
  • Catholic denominational primary school Düringerschule with subsidiary in Dahl (community primary school)
  • Catholic Franz-Wärme-Confessional Primary School Rhode

Special schools

  • Pestalozzischule, special school learning in the district town of Olpe
With the school year 2014/2015, the special school learning was dissolved and the building was added to the municipal high school until further notice.
  • Max-von-der-Grün-Schule, LWL special school with a special focus on physical and motor development
  • Michael-Ende-Schule, LWL-Förderschule, special focus on language
  • LWL special school, special focus on vision
  • LWL special school, special focus on hearing and communication

Further training

St. Francis School
  • Secondary school Olpe with partial location in Drolshagen
Since the 2013/2014 school year, the Hakemicke secondary school with the Drolshagen sub-location has replaced the Hakemicke full-day secondary school and the Olpe-Drolshagen secondary school as well as the secondary school in the neighboring town of Drolshagen . The other two types of school will expire by 2017.
  • St. Francis School (grammar school and secondary school)
The St. Franziskus School is a state-recognized private school sponsored by the non-profit society of the Franciscan Sisters in Olpe (GFO), founded in 1870 by the Sisters of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Olpe . Today it consists of the St.-Franziskus-Gymnasium and the St.-Franziskus-Realschule, which started teaching in 2013.
  • Municipal high school Olpe

Technical schools

  • Bakery School
The "First German Bakery School" is of supraregional importance. Founded in Bochum in 1926, it moved to Olpe on the Imberg in 1947. All educational offers for owners and employees of bakeries in production and sales are offered there. The school has made the city of Olpe known nationwide and beyond, in particular through the master’s preparation courses lasting several months. A boarding school is attached to the school.
  • Vocational college of the Olpe district
  • Advanced training academies for health care
  • Nursing school

Other educational institutions

  • Rescue school of the DRK
  • music school
  • Community College

Telephone prefixes

In the city, the area code 02761 applies. Deviating from this, you have to dial 02722 for calls to Haardt , Tecklinghausen and Oberveischede and 02764 to Apollmicke and Fahlenscheid .


Honorary citizen

  • Gottfried Ruegenberg, doctor (1883)
  • Wilhelm Fuchsius, doctor (1889)
  • Caspar Freusberg, District Judge (1899)
  • Josef Hundt, manufacturer (1911)
  • Hugo Ruegenberg, manufacturer (1911)
  • Josef Hesse, manufacturer (1925)
  • Hubert Kemper, manufacturer (1929)
  • Paul von Hindenburg , President of the Reich (1933)
  • Josef Schrage , District Administrator and Member of the Parliamentary Council (1951)
  • Josef Kleine, farmer and local politician, honorary citizen of the Olpe-Land community (1951)
  • Lorenz Jaeger , Archbishop and Cardinal (1955)

revoked honorary citizenships:

sons and daughters of the town

Franz Heat (relief at the history fountain in Olpe)

Personalities who have worked on site


  • Michael Flöer: The place names of the Olpe district , Publishing House for Regional History, Gütersloh 2014, ISBN 978-3895349683
  • Manfred Wolf: Westphalian city atlas. Volume: VIII; 3 part band. 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 Olpe, Dortmund-Altenbeken 2004, ISBN 3-89115-170-5 .
  • Gretel Kemper: Olpe. Urban and countryside. Published by the Heimatverein for Olpe and the surrounding area. Verlag Die Wiehlandschmiede, Olpe, ISBN 3-925498-67-2 .
  • Josef Wermert (Ed.): Olpe. History of town and country. Vol. 1: From the beginning to the end of the First World War. Ed .: Günther Becker, Josef Wermert and Manfred Wolf. Edited on behalf of the city of Olpe. Self-published by the city of Olpe, Olpe 2002.
  • Olpe. History of town and country. Vol. 2. (in two parts); Ed. District town of Olpe / Olpe city archive; Self-published by the district town of Olpe, Olpe 2011, ISBN 978-3-9808598-2-0 .
  • Heinz Quellmalz, Josef Wermert: Bibliography City of Olpe 1648–2000. Publications on city history and regional studies. Ed .: Stadt Olpe / City Archives and Heimatverein für Olpe und Umgebung eV, Olpe 2001.
  • Manfred Schöne, Josef Wermert (Ed.): History fountain for the city of Olpe. Historical images - portraits - coats of arms. Edited on behalf of the city of Olpe - city archive - and the Heimatverein für Olpe und Umgebung eV, Olpe 1998.
  • Franz Sondermann: History of the iron industry in the Olpe district. Ed .: Kreis Olpe and Kreisheimatbund Olpe eV as part of the series of publications of the Kreis Olpe, No. 19, reprint of the first publication from 1907, Verlag G. Koch, Siegen, ISBN 3-928343-01-7 .
  • Raimund Burghaus: Data on the history of the witch hunt in the Olper Land. In: Olpe in Geschichte und Gegenwart, annual edition of the Heimatverein für Olpe und Umgebung eV (1) 1993, pp. 49–56.


  • Of Ölpern, Olpern and Büterlingen. Olpe in historical films from the 1930s to 1950s [Germany 2017] (Director: Michael Kupczyk), [1] DVD with booklet, published by the LWL-Medienzentrum für Westfalen

Web links

Commons : Olpe  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Landscape profile Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. BfN, archived from the original on April 23, 2016 ; Retrieved December 11, 2010 .
  3. ^ Structural data ( Memento from July 9, 2006 in the Internet Archive ), homepage of the city of Olpe
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  5. All about the Olper Schützenfest: Olper and Ölper. ( Memento from December 12, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  6. DWD: annual rainfall. In: DWD. DWD, accessed on September 10, 2019 .
  7. List of nature reserves in the Olpe district - overview from the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection in North Rhine-Westphalia , accessed on February 20, 2017.
  8. ↑ End of the war in 1945. Hard-won peace in the West , dated: May 5, 2015, accessed on: May 19, 2018
  9. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 90 .
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  11. Martin Bünermann, Heinz Köstering: The communities and districts after the municipal territorial reform in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1975, ISBN 3-555-30092-X , p. 234 .
  12. Ecclesiastical gazette for the Archdiocese of Paderborn from January 4, 2010, items 1 - 153. Volume: Diocesan law for the territorial updating of pastoral areas in the Archdiocese of Paderborn (2nd Circumcription Law) (PDF; 2.9 MB)
  13. Pallottines leave Olpe. wp.de on January 8, 2018, accessed on March 13, 2018.
  14. 2014 municipal elections in NRW . election results.nrw.de. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  15. KDVZ - Landtag election 2005 ( Memento from July 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  16. KDVZ - Bundestag election 2005 second votes ( Memento from July 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  17. KDVZ - Bundestag election 2009 second votes
  18. KDVZ - state election 2010
  19. KDVZ - state election 2012
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  21. State elections - State elections 2017 in the district town of Olpe - overall result. Retrieved August 25, 2019 .
  22. Election to the German Bundestag - Election to the German Bundestag 2017 in the district town of Olpe - overall result. Retrieved August 25, 2019 .
  23. In the 2005 state elections, the PDS and WASG competed separately. Together they received 2.7% of the vote.
  24. Main statutes of the district town of Olpe , status: 15. July 2008 in the version of the 1st supplementary statute of December 18, 2009
  25. List of monuments of the city of Olpe ( Memento from August 18, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  26. Over 2000 starters: "Teamcup" turned into a heated battle. Retrieved July 12, 2019 .
  27. Olper Teamcup - Timelessly in motion. Retrieved July 12, 2019 .
  28. cf. Website ihk-siegen.de , section: Economic job market and statistics / statistical data / overview in figures 2018 (accessed January 6, 2020)
  29. ^ Children's hospice Balthasar Children's hospice Balthasar, 10 years 1998–2008, accessed on April 29, 2009
  30. Day care facilities in Olpe ( Memento from January 12, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), as of February 1, 2011.