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The Westbachquelle on the Vöde

The Westbachquelle on the Vöde

Water code DE : 27723722
location Ruhr area , North Rhine-Westphalia , Germany
River system Rhine
Drain over Ostbach  → Emscher  → Rhine  → North Sea
source In the area of ​​Riemker Vöde, Herne
51 ° 31 '15 "  N , 7 ° 13' 51"  E
Source height approx.  79  m above sea level NN
muzzle underground in the piped Ostbach Coordinates: 51 ° 32 '47 "  N , 7 ° 12' 52"  E 51 ° 32 '47 "  N , 7 ° 12' 52"  E
Mouth height approx.  50  m above sea level NN
Height difference approx. 29 m
Bottom slope approx. 8.3 ‰
length approx. 3.5 km

The Westbach is a left tributary of the Ostbach in Herne in the Emscher river system .


The Westbach rises southwest of the inner city of Herne on the north side of the 113 m high Stembergs in the area of ​​the Westenhellweg . The source is at a height of around 79 meters.

The stream is currently almost completely canalized and is run underground. Only a short section below the source on Vödestrasse north of the Erlenweg is an open stream. It flows into a small pond. Its drain is already routed into an underground channel.

As a result, the stream has almost disappeared from the public eye. Only the streets Am Westbach , Bachstraße and a section of canal that can be recognized above ground are a visible reminder of its underground existence for everyone. The status of water is to be lifted for the underground course. The construction work required for this was put out to tender in November 2011.

The Westbach naturally flowed northwards towards the Emscherland lowlands and initially ran west of Altenhöfen along today's Bachstraße, then further west of the inner city of Herne roughly parallel to today's Landesstraße 551, the Westring. Today the water of the brook flows parallel to the course of the road in the main collector Westbach . In Baukau , the course of the stream can be traced above ground. In the palace gardens , especially in the area of ​​the Westphalian stadium , the cover of the canal can be traced above ground. Immediately to the east of the west ring, its course is used here as a cycle and footpath. The Hauptsammler Westbach flows into the Hauptsammler Ostbach near the intersection of Westring and Bismarckstraße, southwest of the castle park.

Up until the beginning of the 20th century, the confluence of the Westbach and the Ostbach was located around today's Bismarckstraße on Bahnhofstraße. Below this point, the Ostbach, which was united with the Westbach, was still called Strünkeder Bach . It was not until 1903 that the municipality of Baukau, the city of Herne and Harpener Bergbau AG decided to run the Westbach in a straight line to the Emscher and to lead it past in a canal west of Strünkede Castle. The course of the main collector Ostbach is led underground exactly the opposite of the historical course of the Westbach, for example under Dornstrasse and Steinmetzstrasse to the west.


A right backwater flowed to the Westbach until the 1950s. The popularly Katzbach waters called had its source below a steep terrain on stage Düngelbruch and flowed to the south-west, past the former Gräftenhof Weusthoff, across old courtyards. In the 1920s, a pond fed by the brook was created to supply the town's summer pool. The pond has been preserved at the Südpool outdoor pool ( ). The water flowing into the pond is collected in a drainage pipe. A map from the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection in North Rhine-Westphalia from 2008 even shows the summer bathing pond as the main source of the Westbach. World icon

The brook crossed Altenhöfen below today's Eiselenstraße and then flowed further east of Jean-Vogel-Straße, called Bachstraße until 1930 because of its location on the body of water . Approximately at the intersection of today's streets Hölkeskampring and Westring, the backwater flowed into the Westbach. The water of the stream is now fed into the sewer system. The Bachtal is geomorphologically clearly recognizable in Altenhöfen .

Changes due to the conversion of the Emscher system

Since 2011, part of the catchment area of the Westbach has been drained via the Hibernia inlet ditch as part of the conversion of the Emscher system . On the former premises of the Flottmann-Werke , in the Flottmann Sculpture Park , spring water is collected in wells and spring taps and drained through the ditch. To the west of the allotment gardens Herne-Süd, the trench was led to the former Constantin marshalling yard . The water can be transferred to the headwaters of the Schmiedesbach via its former railroad track, which is dug into the landscape . The ditch is designed as a near-natural watercourse.



  • Manfred Hildebrandt [edit.]: Herne - from Ackerstraße to Zur-Nieden-Straße: City history in the mirror of street names (publications by the Herne City Archives; Vol. 1), Ed .: Stadt Herne, Der Oberbürgermeister, Herne 1997; Entries: Am Westbach , Bachstraße and Ostbachtal

Individual evidence

  1. a b c GeoServer NRW, District Government Cologne, Department GEObasis NRW
  2. approximate location of the underground estuary, the water stationing map at TIM-online is unfortunately incorrect here.
  3. ^ Ostbach - renovation of the sewer and creation of a replacement drainage , tender by the Emschergenossenschaft, accessed on January 7, 2012.
  4. Henrike Pinkal: Untouched Idyll. A group of WAZ readers now visited the summer bathing pond behind the south pool together with BUND spokeswoman Hiltrud Buddemeier. In: WAZ.de. FUNKE DIGITAL GmbH & Co. KG, July 18, 2012, accessed on October 24, 2013 .
  5. Ilke Bauer, Rudolf Scheuvens, Jens Cüppers, Daniel Luchterhandt: Masterplan Emscher Landscape Park 2010 . Ed .: Michael Schwarze-Rodrian. Klartext, Essen 2005, ISBN 978-3-89861-476-4 , p. 323 .
  6. Draft map Emscher Kommunale Gewaesser 2008 04 11 (PDF; 3.4 MB) , EU Water Framework Directive in North Rhine-Westphalia Management planning in the Emscher catchment area, lectures on the 2nd round table planning units Emscher , Recklinghausen district building, April 16, 2008, Münster district government, offices WFD for Ems-NRW, Issel, Emscher and the West German sewer network, accessed: October 29, 2013
  7. Manfred Hildebrandt [edit.]: Herne - from Ackerstraße to Zur-Nieden-Straße: City history in the mirror of street names (publications by the Herne City Archives; Vol. 1), Ed .: Stadt Herne, Der Oberbürgermeister, Herne 1997; Entry: Jean-Vogel-Strasse
  8. ^ Sanwald Plan Herne, 1: 15,000 , Pasing before Munich: Karl Sanwald, 1928
  9. ^ Project Zulaufgraben Hibernia (Herne, 916000-030) , project database Metropole Ruhr, Regionalverband Ruhr, accessed on October 24, 2013.
  10. Hibernia inlet ditch. (No longer available online.) SEH Stadtentwässerung Herne GmbH & Co. KG, November 17, 2011, archived from the original on October 29, 2013 ; Retrieved October 24, 2013 . 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.se-herne.de

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