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Coordinates: 51 ° 40 ′  N , 7 ° 38 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Arnsberg
Circle : Unna
Height : 60 m above sea level NHN
Area : 76.14 km 2
Residents: 29,717 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 390 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 59368
Primaries : 02389, 02599
License plate : UN, LH, LÜN
Community key : 05 9 78 040

City administration address :
Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1
59368 Werne
Website : www.werne.de
Mayor : Lothar Christ (independent)
Location of the city of Werne in the Unna district
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Werne (1939 officially Werne a./Lippe ; until 1976 officially: Werne an der Lippe ) is a town in the Unna district in North Rhine-Westphalia , Germany .


Geographical location

Werne is a medium - sized center located in the south of the Münsterland . The Lippe River runs south of the city . This marks the historic southern border of the Principality of Münster . In the south, the urban area of ​​Wernes has a share of the landscape of the Lippe Valley, a cultural landscape characterized by grassland, and in the north of the Lipper Heights , whose open cultural landscape is characterized by arable land. Werne is part of the European metropolitan region Rhine-Ruhr . According to the state development plan, the urban area is assigned to the urban fringe zone of the metropolitan region. Within the agglomeration area, the Lippe floodplain is defined as an area for the protection of nature. Oriented on the state development plan defining Federal Office for the conservation of the downtown area and the district Stockum as the compression chamber not associated Ruhr, the less populated areas of the urban area, including the Lippeaue, however. Because of its membership in the Unna district, Werne is within the association area of ​​the Ruhr Regional Association .


Expansion of the urban area

  • Largest west-east extension: 13.0 km
  • Largest north-south extension: 7.8 km
  • Length of the city limits: 50.5 km

City structure

The city of Werne is divided into the core city of Werne and several districts along with smaller farmers . The most populous district is Evenkamp, ​​which has now merged with the city center (due to the miners' settlements of the former Werne colliery in the Evenkamp community that emerged after 1900 ). It follows Stockum in the east of the city, in the direction of Hamm . North of Stockum you get to the Horst district. From there on towards Herbern lies the Wessel farmers. These three districts formed the municipality of Stockum until 1974.

To the north of the city of Werne are the Holthausen and Schmintrup farmers (towards Herbern). To the west (towards Selm and Lünen) are Ehringhausen, Varnhövel, Lenklar and Langern.

Neighboring communities

North churches Ashberg
Selm Neighboring communities Hamm
Luenen Bergkamen

The closest regional centers are Dortmund, about 25 km away, and Münster , about 40 km away. The next big city is Hamm.


City history

Around 800 Liudger , the first bishop of Münster , had a chapel built on the southern edge of the Dreingaus on behalf of Charlemagne . This act establishes the parish of Werne. This was intended to consolidate and strengthen the Christian faith, which the majority of the population had accepted. In 834 Werne was first mentioned in a Latin document . This includes an exchange of land between a certain Frithuard and Gerfrid , the second bishop of Munster, and can be found today in the university library of Leiden (Netherlands). There it says: "... in pago dreginni in villa quae dicitur werina" (in Dreingau, at the place called Werne). This documentary entry means that a small community that was worth mentioning must have already arisen around the chapel.

Wämehäuschen and entrance to the Karl Pollender City Museum

The location on the main courtyard Episcopal Church traders settled from the 9th century until the 12th century. In due course of time within the peasantry Werne the precincts Werne. In 1139 the church and parish of Werne belonged to the newly founded Cappenberg monastery . Werne received a stone church in the Romanesque style . In the period from 1192 to 1195, Werne was made a customs office and was directly subject to the episcopal jurisdiction .

In 1253 the alliance between Münster, Dortmund, Soest and Lippstadt was founded against the arbitrariness of the sovereigns at the Lippe Bridge in Werne ( Werner Bund ). This long-lasting alliance of cities is still considered the forerunner of the "Westphalian Hanseatic League".

The first beginnings of a fortification in Wernes were made in 1302. The churchyard was surrounded by a rampart and a moat.

In 1362, Werne received confirmation from its sovereign, Bishop Adolf von Munster, to hold a free market ( Sim-Jü ) on Simon - Judah .

After Werne had received the fortification rights, the entire place was fortified in 1383 with ramparts, palisades and moats.

Werne received the Wigboldrecht (minor city charter ) in 1385 . In 1395 there was already a city council - documented.

Count Adolf IV von der Mark burned the city down in 1400. From 1415 Werne received a complete fortification with walls, gates and towers. In 1446 the first unification of the cities eligible for state assembly took place in the upper monastery of Münster , including Werne. Around 1470 Werne became a Hanseatic city .

historical town hall

The historic town hall was built between 1512 and 1561.

Capuchin monastery
Half-timbered houses at the Christophoruskirche
Half-timbered at the city museum
Fountain at the stone house

In 1585 the city's defensive belt was reinforced by a rampart. In the biggest fire disaster in Werne in 1586, 43 houses fell victim to the flames. At the beginning of the 17th century, the city received the right to mint .

During the Thirty Years War between 1618 and 1648, Werne was occupied, looted and pillaged several times. In 1623, Werne was spared looting by Duke Christian von Braunschweig, although he had previously looted several cities. Presumably he lost his way in the fog. Since 1623 up to the present day, a thanksgiving procession has been held annually by the clergy together with the Werner citizens and the traditional associations on the second Sunday after Corpus Christi.

At the height of the witch hunt, around 60 people were killed as witches in the Werne office in 1629 , at least 25 of them in Davensberg and the surrounding area and six in Capelle . In Werne itself, Elsa Hilligenhover was executed as a witch in 1619 , another accused died in prison.

In 1636 and 1637 the plague raged in Werne and claimed 313 deaths among around 1,000 residents.

In 1658 some Werner councilors sent a request to Prince-Bishop Christoph Bernhard von Galen with the request to be allowed to set up a Capuchin monastery in Werne . The Capuchins came to Werne in 1659 - two Capuchin Fathers moved into Werne. They built the monastery from 1671 to 1673 and the church from 1677 to 1681. At that time it was difficult to estimate that the search for a suitable plot of land for the construction of the monastery would be so tedious and only lead to success twelve years later. It was not until 1671, after all sorts of difficulties and many letters between the Prince-Bishop, the Cathedral Chapter and the City of Werne, that the foundation stone was finally laid for the monastery building on the Schüttenwall between Neu- and Steintor. In September 1673 construction had progressed so far that the first Capuchin family, consisting of the Guardian Theodat von Münster with six fathers and four brothers, could move in. On August 10, 1677, on behalf of Prince-Bishop Christoph Bernhard von Galen, the provost of Cappenberg, Werner Theodor von Westrem, laid the foundation stone for the monastery church, which, planned by the brother Ambrosius von Oelde, was completed in 1680. The fact that the citizens of Werner also played a major role in the construction of this church is still immortalized today by the chronogram above the entrance portal: "Deo uni trino et SS Petro et Paulo patronis - Me benefaCtores et fratres ope et LaboranDo eXstrVXerVnt." (The Triune God and the patrons St. Peter and St. Paul - in 1680 the benefactors and brothers built me ​​up with their work and donations).

Johann Bernhard Moormann settled in Werne in 1725 and founded a brewery and distillery in 1737 , from which the Uniferm yeast factory emerged .

The city of Werne suffered from a lack of money in the second half of the 18th century. To remedy this a little, the stones of the old city wall including gates and towers should be sold to the highest bidder for demolition. Many Werner citizens took up this offer in 1777 to replace their half-timbering at least partially with stone. The city also retained some of the stones in order to finally clear the most important street of Werne from mud and deep holes and to pave it (the “stone street”). The city ​​walls and small towers were demolished in 1779. The castle gate was demolished as the penultimate gate in 1821 and the last town gate , the Neutor, in 1843 . The engraved inscription has been handed down to us to this day: “Do men. scref. m. cccc. XIII. do lechde, men. disen. fools. at. ”(This gate was put on in 1413).

In 1803, the Oberstift Münster was dissolved as part of the Principality of Münster by the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss . Werne became Prussian .

Werne was annexed to the Grand Duchy of Berg by Napoleon I in 1808 ; a municipality of Werne was formed, to which the town and the parish belong. The sympathy for the French soon died out when Napoleon let young men move into Westphalia for his Russian campaign. Profiles of deserters from Werne and the surrounding area exhibited in the museum bear witness to this forced recruitment.

After the defeat in the Battle of the Nations near Leipzig (October 1813), the French withdrew from the Grand Duchy. As previously Prussian property, the region fell back to Prussia at the end of 1813. Werne was assigned to the province of Westphalia in 1815.

Although Freiherr vom Stein had been very committed to designing Werne as the district town of the new district in 1816 , Lüdinghausen was given this privilege.

In 1831 the previous mayor's office was divided into the city and the rural community of Werne . On November 1, 1922, the rural community was reintegrated into the city.

In 1836 Werne was given an administration according to the revised Prussian town code of 1831. At the same time, the new Werne Office was formed from the municipalities of Werne-Land, Stockum, Capelle and Herbern. However, Herbern became an independent office in 1846.

The public savings bank of the city of Werne was founded in 1857.

The St. Christopher - Hospital Werne was donated. 1858

In 1873 and 1874 a brine source was discovered while drilling for coal fields . The Werne thermal baths opened. In 1878 the facility was enlarged and the public limited company "Thermalbad Werne" was founded. In 1897 the city was unable to raise the sum of 230,000 marks to buy the baths - that is why the Georgs-Marien-Bergwerks- und Hüttenverein acquired the facility.

The Werne colliery was sunk in 1899. This event represented the late start of industrialization for the city .

The Evangelical Martin Luther Church in Wichernstrasse was inaugurated in 1904.

The brine spring dried up in 1905 and was not redeveloped until 1935.

The new hospital on Burgstrasse was officially opened in 1911. In the same year the city was connected to the Unna – Kamen – Werne small railway network. This is mainly due to mining. In 1906 the first concrete plans were drawn up for the realization of the Dortmund - Münster railway line (officially: Preußen – Münster railway line , RB 50). Thanks to the colliery, Werne had good reasons to join the other surrounding communities. In 1913 the construction of this railway finally began - but due to the outbreak of the First World War and the subsequent inflation, it would take more than a decade before the railway line from Dortmund via Prussia , Lünen, Werne to Münster was completed. The station was officially opened on October 17, 1928. A film about that event, which was so important for Werne, is still in the museum's collection today. In this film you can read the following little slogan, which was set up on the market square in front of the Werner City Hall: "From Hamburg - Münster via Werne to Dortmund - Cologne - Frankfurt - Bern - Milan - Rome into the big wide world!"

279 Werner citizens died in the First World War.

The Werne office was dissolved on November 1, 1922. The rural community of Werne was merged with the city ​​of Werne. Stockum was affiliated with the Herbern office, and Capelle with the Nordkirchen office. Werne now had 12,000 inhabitants.

The outdoor pool was opened in 1926.

471 Werner Bürger fell or died in captivity during World War II , 500 are missing. Shortly before the end of the war, Friedrich "Fritz" Jockenhövel was appointed mayor on March 1, 1945 . When the occupation troops moved in, he left the city. Werne was able to be surrendered without fighting.

On March 1st, 1945 Friedrich Jockenhövel was appointed mayor of the city of Werne
The city of Werne could be handed over to the occupation troops without fighting

Almost 4,000 displaced persons and refugees found a new home in Werne . In 1950 Werne had around 18,000 inhabitants, in 1960 there were 20,000.

In 1967 the extensive redevelopment of the city center began, which was largely completed with the official opening of the pedestrian zone in June 1982.

The new town hall, the restored old town hall and the new fire station were completed in 1973 and 1974 and handed over to the citizenship. The hospital building on Goetheweg, which is still in use today, was built in 1974.

The municipal reorganization came into force on January 1, 1975:

The district of Lüdinghausen was dissolved.
Werne was assigned to the district of Unna and the administrative district of Arnsberg .
The previously independent municipality of Stockum was incorporated into Werne. The population of the city increased to 25,500 due to the approximately 4,000 new residents from Stockum.

In 1975 the Werne colliery was closed, which had around 4,000 and most recently 2,000 jobs before the start of the coal crisis .

On March 19, 1976, following a council resolution, the city gave up the addition of “ad Lippe” and has been called Werne again since the Middle Ages. In 2006, the reintroduction of the addition did not find a majority in the city council. However, the addition "on the lip" should be used primarily for tourism advertising and city marketing activities.

In 1980/81 the Karl Pollender City Museum with city archive was opened. The city library in the old stone house Moormann was reopened in 1983. After a complete redesign, the natural brine bath was finally reopened in 1988. In 1991 a graduation tower was built in the city park on the city lake. The old brine bath was closed at the beginning of 2015. The old bathroom was torn down and replaced by a new building that opened at Easter 2019.

Population development

In 1988 Werne had 29,500 inhabitants on 7607 hectares. In 2000 there were 32,100 people. While in the period from 1980 to 2012 the number of inhabitants in the entire Ruhr area - despite the interim increases after reunification in 1990 - decreased by around ten percent, in the same period the population of Wernes rose countercyclically by around 20 percent from around 25,000 to around 30,000. However, from 2000 onwards there was also a slight decline in the number of inhabitants in Werne.

The following table shows the population development of Wernes up to the municipal reorganization in 1975.

Population development of Werne from 1818 to 2018
year Werne city Werne Landgem. Werne overall
1818 01,627 1,305 02,932
1858 01,900 2,106 04,006
1871 02,048 2.116 04.164
1905 03,412 3,354 06,766
1922 05,376 7,070 12,416
1925 11,628 - -
1950 17,783 - -
1961 19,945 - -
1970 20,931 - -
1974 21,634 - -
1987 28,056 - -
2007 30,451 - -
2010 29,901 - -
2011 29,555 - -
2012 29,578 - -
2017 29,721 - -
2018 29,662 - -

In 1987 the city had a total of 28,056 inhabitants.

The IT.NRW predicts the population for Werne in 2030 to be 24,781, which would mean a percentage decrease compared to 2015 of almost 20 percent. In contrast, the Bertelsmann Foundation predicts a population of around 27,500 in July 2015, which is almost 3,000 more than the IT.NRW forecast.


The population of the city of Werne (with the Stockum district) increased by around 23% from 1974 to 2003. The proportion of foreigners in 2003 was around five percent. In the same year, the Stockum district with 4760 inhabitants made up 14.6% of the Werner population. The proportion of the Catholic population was 57.4%, the proportion of the Protestant population was 25.0%. 17.6% were non-denominational or of another faith.

Population development in the city of Werne (as of January 1, 2016)
Age structure of the Werner population (as of December 31, 2016)


Catholic parish

St. Christophorus Church

The Catholic parish of St. Christophorus Werne was created on December 1, 2013 from a merger of the Catholic parish of St. Christophorus (with the churches of Maria Frieden and St. Christophorus ) with the Catholic parish of Seliger Nikolaus Groß (with the churches of St. Johannes, St . Konrad and St. Sophia). It belongs to the diocese of Münster .

With the "big" merger, the Werner Großgemeinde also received a new logo. It consists of two components: the lettering "Katholische Kirchengemeinde St. Christophorus Werne" and the round, three-colored emblem. The colors red and felb are the colors of town and municipality, the blue comes from the lip . You can also see the "Christophorus-C" that borders the left edge of the picture. The shape and arrangement of the yellow color fields have been chosen to create a three-dimensional, spherical effect.

The Catholic parish unites around 15,100 believers (as of 2016). In June 2006 the parishes of St. Sophia, St. Konrad and St. Johannes were added to the new parish of Blessed Nikolaus Groß; in December 2007, Maria Frieden and St. Christophorus merged.


  • St. Christopher
  • Maria peace
  • St. John
  • St. Conrad
  • St. Sophia
  • Marienkapelle (Horst)

Evangelical parishes

The Evangelical Church Community of Werne comprises the area of ​​the city of Werne and the Herbern district of the community of Ascheberg. It is divided into three parishes:

Free Church

The Christian Community of Werne has its community center on the property at Waldstrasse 42a .


On September 2, 1554, the first Jewish family moved to the city. Since then, until the Holocaust , Jews constantly lived in the Werner city limits. At the end of the 18th century, Werne was one of the towns in the Upper Monastery of Münster that housed most of the Jews under the protection of their walls. As noted in the Werner council minutes, a separate cemetery on the other side of the city wall on Schüttenwall belonged to the Jewish community even before 1698 . After civil equality in Prussia in 1812 , to which Werne belonged after the Oberstift Münster was dissolved, the seven Jewish families (5% of the population) also set up a synagogue and a few decades later a Jewish school. When the National Socialists came to power in 1933, 40 Jewish residents were still living in Werne, who suffered more and more from the increasing reprisals. In Werne, as everywhere in Germany, the November pogroms of 1938 destroyed the last hope of Jewish families to be able to stay in their homeland, Germany, which they had loved for centuries. Three Jewish families then fled the German Reich, the others were murdered in the concentration camps in 1943 . Only one survivor came back to Werne in 1945 and looked in vain for her young son, who had been murdered in an extermination camp in the east. Decades later, one of Werner Bürger, who survived through emigration, wrote: "We have forgiven these murderers who didn't know what they were doing, but you can never forget something like that!" (Heinrich Salomon)

Islamic mosque community

There is a mosque community at Brevingstrasse 50 that belongs to the Association of Islamic Cultural Centers (VIKZ). Religious lectures and Koran lessons for children and young people take place there regularly. At Friday prayers or religious festivals themselves devout Muslims gather in the mosque, a cultural festival is held annually.

The association has more than 100 members.

politics and society

City Council

Up until the local elections in 2004, the city of Werne was traditionally a strongly Christian Democratic community. Due to internal disputes between Mayor Meinhard Wichmann ( CDU ) and parts of the CDU council faction, followed by quarrels over the establishment of a new mayoral candidate, the CDU suffered a significant loss of votes in the 2004 local elections. The FDP , which has never achieved more than 3.7% in Werne since 1975 , was able to benefit from this . In the 2005 Bundestag election , the SPD was 3.6 percentage points stronger than the CDU with 41.2% of the second vote.

Composition of the city council after the local elections on August 30, 2009 and May 25, 2014 :

2009 15 seats 11 seats 9 seats 6 seats 4 seats
2014 16 seats 11 seats 3 seats 5 seats 2 seats 1 seat *

* without faction status

Results of the local elections from 1975

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

year CDU SPD Green 1 FDP UWW left
1975 59.4% 36.1% 03.7%
1979 57.1% 39.3% 03.7%
1984 52.9% 35.7% 09.2% 02.2%
1989 49.8% 37.5% 09.3% 03.4%
1994 52.9% 35.4% 11.7%
1999 59.9% 25.8% 06.5% 6.6%
2004 39.0% 28.7% 08.8% 14.5% 8.9%
2009 35.3% 24.8% 12.4% 19.7% 7.8%
2014 40.9% 29.3% 12.8% 07.1% 6.2% 3.7%

1 Greens: 1984 and 1989: Greens, from 1994: B'90 / Greens

Mayoral elections

Mayor Meinhard Wichmann (CDU), who was elected 69.9% in 1999, did not run for re-election in the 2004 local elections. For the first time after the end of the war, Rainer Tappe, an SPD politician, was elected mayor of the city. In 2009 and 2014, the individual applicant Lothar Christ was able to decide for himself in the first ballot.

Mayoral election 2004
candidate 1st ballot 2nd ballot
Rainer Tappe, SPD 31.7% 54.1%
Franz Budnik, CDU 42.7% 45.9%
Christoph Dammermann , FDP 16.4% -
Benedikt Striepens, Greens 09.1% -
voter turnout 56.6% 46.5%
Mayoral elections in 2009 and 2014
candidate 2009 2014
Lothar Christ 66.7% 73.1%
Benedikt Striepens, Greens 33.3% 28.9%
voter turnout 54.6% 51.6%

Mayor since 1945

  • 1945 (March 1–31): Friedrich (Fritz) Jockenhövel
  • 1945 (April 1–16): Carl Brauckhoff, non-party (often wrongly called Karl Brauckhoff )
  • 1945–1958: Theodor Wenning , CDU
  • 1958–1984: Franzjosef Grube, CDU
  • 1984–1997: Wilhelm Lülf, CDU
  • 1997-2004: Meinhard Wichmann, CDU
  • 2004–2009: Rainer Tappe, SPD
  • 2009 – today: Lothar Christ, non-party

coat of arms

The Werne coat of arms, officially introduced in 1924, shows a shield with a gold-red-gold bar coat of arms . This coat of arms was used by the Counts of Cappenberg as Counts of Dreingaus until 1122. After the possessions of the Counts of Cappenberg had passed to the Bishop of Münster, the coat of arms can be proven from around 1300 as the prince-bishop's coat of arms of the Münster monastery . At times the coat of arms also adorned the city seal of Münster. The oldest known seal of the city of Werne dates back to 1400 and shows the coat of arms with St. Christophorus , the patron saint of the city. Even today one can find representations in which Saint Christopher is shown with the Christ child and coat of arms. There is also a statue of St. Christophorus in the lake at the hospital.

Similar coats of arms, which also go back to the historical connection with the diocese of Münster , can be found e.g. B. in the districts of Borken and Steinfurt or the cities of Meppen , Olfen and Rheine . The gold-red-gold motif is also part of the episcopal coat of arms of Felix Genn , the current bishop of Münster.

Town twinning

The cities of Bailleul, Kyritz, Wałcz and Werne have all entered into partnerships with each other.

Other partnerships

Education and culture

Stone house, today the city library

Schools and educational institutions



See also: List of museums in the Unna district

Art in public space

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


By far the largest sports club in Wernes is TV Werne von 1903 e. V. of its more than 3,000 members of several departments offers the possibility of latitude and competitive sports disciplines of badminton , basketball , handball , hockey , judo , athletics , taekwondo , diving , gymnastics , volleyball and water sports. In the 2010/2011 season, the volleyball women ( 2nd Bundesliga ) and the basketball men (upper league) were among the top teams represented.

The SV Stockum 47/63 e. V. emerged in 1993 from two local associations and offers the opportunity to participate in popular sports, soccer, table tennis, korfball , canoeing , archery and skiing .

The Werner Sport Club 2000 e. V. was founded in 1999 through a merger of the clubs Sportfreunde 67 Werne and SSV Werne. Football , leisure and popular sports, table tennis and volleyball are available to over 1700 members .

The Eintracht Werne 27/62 e. V. was formed in 2007 from a merger of the clubs VfL 1927 Werne e. V. and BSG Rother emerged. The members are offered football and karate .

The Tanzsportclub Werne eV has been offering dancing in many forms for over 30 years. In addition to a large children's department, in which children from the age of three are introduced to dance movements in a playful way, there are many young people who are active in the hip-hop area. The association offers ballroom and square dance for adults. A Zumba group completes the offer.


Folk festival SIM-JÜ 2008

see also: List of architectural monuments in Werne

In addition to the old town of Werne with its historic town center , the old town hall and the medieval half-timbered houses , the nationwide known brine bath and the neighboring graduation tower are particularly attractive for foreign visitors all year round. The Capuchin monastery , the parish church of St. Christophorus and the so-called stone house (today the city ​​library ) are also among the particularly remarkable buildings in the city.

The Sim-Jü folk festival attracts several hundred thousand people to the city once a year. The Werner Carnival Parade on Rose Monday and the large flea market on the second Saturday in September are also an annual attraction for the surrounding communities . The Honky Tonk Festival also takes place annually in Werne, with live music being played in over ten pubs.

Cycle tourists reach Werne via the Roman route , which leads from Xanten along the Lippe to the Hermannsdenkmal near Detmold . Since 2006, Werne has been an overnight stop on the Westphalian Way of St. James , which follows the historic pilgrimage route from Osnabrück to Wuppertal .

The Karl Pollender Museum and the open-air theater in Werne complete the tourist offer in Werne.

Map by Johann Bucker, around 1710 - the Lippe in the area of ​​the permanent houses Stockum and Hugenpoth near Werne / Münster State Archives

The two castles of Stockum , Burg Stockum and Burg Hugenpoth are barely preserved . From the years around 1710 there is a river bank drawing by the cartographer Johann Bucker in which the areas on the Lippe are shown around the two castles.

Economy and Infrastructure

Aerial view of the Gersteinwerk



Werne is connected to the German motorway network with the two motorway connections 80 (Hamm-Bockum / Werne), near which the Werne truck stop is located, and 81 (Hamm / Bergkamen in Hamm-Sandbochum) of the BAB 1 ( Puttgarden - Saarbrücken ) . In addition to the north-south connection via the BAB 1, the proximity to the Kamener Kreuz also enables a fast east-west connection via the BAB 2 ( Oberhausen - Berlin ).

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

  • The B 54 starts at the Dutch border near Gronau and runs via Münster and the Ascheberg district of Herbern to Werne and then on via Lünen, Dortmund and Siegen to Wiesbaden .
  • The B 233 begins in Werne and heads south via Bergkamen , Kamen and Unna to Iserlohn .
  • The L 507 begins in Selm -Beifang on the B 236 and leads via Werne to the north of Hammer. It ends there at the B 63 .
  • The L 518 begins in the Werner Bauerschaft Holthausen and leads through the village of Horst to Hamm-Bockum-Hövel . Later it will be built from Holthausen to the southwest and end at the B 54 . Two sections of the planned bypass road (L 518n) have already been completed. The symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for closing the gap took place on September 23, 2011 . This is to relieve the city ​​center of Werne from through traffic. The bypass was opened to traffic on January 16, 2013.
  • The L 810 begins in the Lüdinghausen farms Ermen on the L 835. It runs via north and south churches only for a few hundred meters over the Werner city area, and finally ends in Lünen-Nord on the B 236 via Cappenberg .
  • The L 844 begins in Nottuln on the A 43 . Via Ascheberg and its Herbern district, the road leads to the Werner farming community of Horst. A short connector in the Hammer district of Bockum-Hövel from the L 518 to the L 507 is also known as the L 844.


Werne is connected to the Römer-Lippe-Route (runs from Xanten to Detmold), the Landesgartenschau-Route (runs through Hamm and Paderborn and connects numerous parks) and the historic city center cycle route (runs through Warendorf and Tecklenburg).


The historic station on the Preußen – Münster - Der Lüner railway line, renovated in 2005, ensures that the Dortmund and Münster railway nodes can be reached in around half an hour each. In Lünen, after about five minutes by car, you can change to the Westmünsterlandbahn to Enschede (NL) via Gronau . The Hamm station 10 (express bus) and R 14 is accessible by the bus S. As a result, Werne is also well connected to the German long-distance network. Until 1985 there was the Werne Ost stop of the Werne – Bockum-Höveler Railway . It was near the Werne 1/2 colliery. There a freight train with passenger transport ran regularly to Bockum-Hövel with the only stop in Stockum . The rails between Werne and Stockum were largely dismantled - there are only tracks to the Gersteinwerk and the associated substation - and the route was converted into a cycle path. Plans for a regional S-Bahn, which is to use this connection among other things, are in the traffic master plan of the city of Hamm, classified there as part of the NRW public transport requirement plan for the period after 2015. A large part of these old routes are currently being used as cycle paths utilized.

Bus / air / water transport

The connection to the surrounding cities and communities is given by the various express buses (S 10 to Hamm and Lünen and S 80 via Bergkamen and Kamen to Unna) and regional bus routes. The connection point of the bus connections is the bus station , which was newly built in 2004 . This is where most of the lines crossing the Werne meet .

More distant destinations can also be reached via Dortmund Airport, which is around 20 km away, and Münster / Osnabrück Airport near Greven , which is around 60 km away .

The city of Werne can only be reached by water indirectly via the Datteln-Hamm Canal . A harbor basin was built in the canal in the Hammer district of Sandbochum (south of Stockum) in the 1990s. Goods (mainly coal) reach the Gersteinwerk in Stockum via this route . The Lippe is not navigable.

Major companies

Amazon logistics center

Health facilities

Werne hospital with lake from the south

The maternity ward at St. Christophorus Hospital was closed. However, deliveries can still be carried out in the Werne birth center. Women who prefer the security of a hospital can give birth in the St. Marien Hospital in neighboring Lünen.


Honorary citizen

sons and daughters of the town

Personalities who have worked on site


Newer works

  • Karl Everz, Heidelore Fertig-Möller: Back then in Werne an der Lippe . Ed. Werina Beckmann. Leipziger Verlags-Gesellschaft, Leipzig 2005, ISBN 3-910143-96-2 .
  • Fred Kaspar: Town house, half house and dwelling. Small town building and living in the territorial border area. The example of Werne an der Lippe . In: Günter Wiegelmann, Fred Kaspar (Hrsg.): Contributions to urban building and living in north-west Germany (=  contributions to popular culture in north-west Germany ). Issue 58. Coppenrath, Münster 1988, ISBN 3-88547-307-0 , p. 183-231 .
  • Fred Kaspar, Ulrich Reinke: Werne (=  Westfälische Kunststätten . Issue 53). Westfälischer Heimatbund, 1989, ISSN  0930-3952 .
  • Franz-Josef Schulte-Althoff: The city of Werne during the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) . Ed .: Heimatverein Werne e. V. Heimatverein Werne, Werne 1989.
  • Rainer Schulz: Werne - yesterday and today. Stadtsparkasse Werne, Werne 1984.
  • Rainer Schulz: 625 years of Simon-Juda-Markt Werne. Sim-Jü-Verlag Schulz, Werne 1987, ISBN 3-9801437-0-8 .
  • Peter Voss: Werner reading book. Collected story (s) about the city of Werne and the southern Münsterland. Regio-Verlag, Werne 1995, ISBN 3-929158-04-3 .

Older works

  • Detailed and thorough report from the city of Werne. What shape The Lord Graven von Trautmanstorff and Styrumb in Aprili / 1674th year ... without order / and given cause / melte city of Werne / and others of the Stifft and Fürstenthumbs Munster Kirspele / and Wigbolden attacked hostile / and in it barbarically housed / robbed and looted, 1674 ( 1 , 2 (identical links))
  • FA Borggreve: The antiquities found near Werne in the Lippe . In: Association for history and antiquity of Westphalia (Hrsg.): Journal for patriotic history and antiquity . tape 28 . Münster 1869, p. 310–334 (holdings: Essen City Library).
  • Franz Brüggemann, Bernard Spithöver: The city of Werne or historical news and messages from the city chronicle . Kroes, Werne 1880 ( uni-muenster.de - holdings: Münster University Library).
  • Julius Schwieters: The farms in the eastern part of the Lüdinghausen district in the parishes of Werne, Hövel, Bockum, Walstedde, Drensteinfurt, Herbern, Ascheberg, Nordkirchen, Südkirchen . Aschendorff-Verlag, Münster 1888 (reprint 1988, 4th, unchanged edition (reprint), ISBN 3-402-05706-9 ).

Web links

Commons : Werne  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Werne  - sources and full texts
Wikivoyage: Werne  - travel guide

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. ↑ State Development Plan North Rhine-Westphalia of May 11, 1995
  3. see also landscape profile: Ruhrgebiet (BfN) ( memento of the original from June 4, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (offline) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.bfn.de
  4. https://www.wer-zu-wem.de/firma/uniferm.html
  5. Johann Josef Scotti: Collection of laws and ordinances ... , Volume 3 (Grand Duchy of Berg), Wolf, Düsseldorf 1822, p. 1516. ( Bonn State Library )
  6. a b Heinrich A. Mertens, Josef Limbach: From the history of the Lüdinghausen district 1803–1974. Verlag Lonnemann, Selm 1974. (without ISBN)
  7. a b Stephanie Reekers: The regional development of the districts and communities of Westphalia 1817-1967 . Aschendorff, Münster Westfalen 1977, ISBN 3-402-05875-8 , p. 293 .
  8. ^ City of Werne, area of ​​responsibility for building regulations and monument preservation (ed.): War and Peace. Werne through the centuries. Werne 2005, p. 96.
  9. a b c Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 314 and 337 .
  10. Werne: Minutes of the City Council meeting of February 22, 2006 ( Memento of the original of March 13, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.werne.de
  11. Solebad Werne. Website of the city of Werne. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  12. ^ State Office for Data Processing and Statistics (ed.): Population and private households as well as buildings and apartments. Selected results for parts of the community. Arnsberg administrative district . Düsseldorf 1990, p. 292 .
  13. Population by age group. Comparison: new and old population projection / model calculation for 2030 (PDF). Website of the Unna district. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  14. Information on the parish website . Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  15. Evangelical Church Community Werne
  16. Internet presence of the Christian community in Werne ; accessed on September 26, 2015
  17. ^ "Fractions in the Unna City Council" at www.unna.de, as of April 17, 2012
  18. City of Werne, City Council ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.werne.de
  19. Directories of the results of the local elections for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (LDS NRW) from 1975 to 2009
  20. Elective profile of the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics NW ( Memento of the original from June 6, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.it.nrw.de
  21. Election results 1999  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF file; 5.6 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / webshop.it.nrw.de  
  22. 2004 election results  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF file; 6.7 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / webshop.it.nrw.de  
  23. Election results 2009  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF file; 3.3 MB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / webshop.it.nrw.de  
  24. TV Werne withdraws to the top division
  25. Press release of the State Office for Road Construction NRW from January 16, 2013 [1]
  26. ^ Münsterland eV: Cycling in Werne | Münsterland eV Tourism. Retrieved June 18, 2017 .
  27. Hamm - Traffic Master Plan 2007: Infrastructure projects road / rail / bike (PDF; 4.1 MB)
  28. "Werner Junge" is supposed to get Opel going again
  29. Maike Geißler: "Living legend": Another prize for Toni Tuklan. Westfälischer Anzeiger . June 7, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  30. Jonas Austermann: Toni Tuklan is voted into the top 10 most influential Africans. Westfälischer Anzeiger. January 5, 2016, accessed August 28, 2016.