Bad Sassendorf

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Bad Sassendorf
Coat of arms of Bad Sassendorf
Coat of arms
Bad Sassendorf is located in Germany
Bad Sassendorf
Bad Sassendorf
Coordinates: 51°34′59″N 08°10′00″E / 51.58306°N 8.16667°E / 51.58306; 8.16667Coordinates: 51°34′59″N 08°10′00″E / 51.58306°N 8.16667°E / 51.58306; 8.16667
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Soest
Subdivisions 12
Government
 • Mayor Antonius Bahlmann (CDU)
Area
 • Total 63.44 km2 (24.49 sq mi)
Elevation 107 m (351 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 11,523
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59505
Dialling codes 02921
Vehicle registration SO
Website www.bad-sassendorf.de

Bad Sassendorf is a municipality in the district of Soest, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

History[edit]

From the 8th century, the area around the Soester plain was under the Merovingian dynasty. The name “Sassendorf” indicates that it was a Saxon settlement. Mention was made of salt springs in the area appear in the 10th century, and were noted by the ambassador of the Caliphate of Cordoba to the court of Emperor Otto the Great in 973. Along with the surrounding area, the village was under the control of the Archbishopric of Cologne from at least the 12th century; however exploitation of the salt springs was the right of free peasant families in the area. From the 19th century, the brine produced in the area was used for bathing and medicinal purposes, and the first therapy center or spa was opened in 1852. Commercial salt production faced declining yields, and was largely discontinued in 1934, and completely discontinued by 1952. The village was renamed from “Sassendorf” to Bad Sassendorf officially in 1906.

From February 15, 1944 to April 4-5, 1945 inmates of the Neuengamme concentration camp used as the Eisenbahnbaubrigade 11 repaired rail tracks at the railway station Soest and between Bad Sassendorf and Soest. They slept in freight train waggons on the track between Bad Sassendorf and Soest. After an air raid end-February 1945 the inmates slept in a nearby farm. At the cemetery Bad Sassendorf a memorial plaque is installed on the burying place of the dead.[2]

Geography[edit]

It is situated approximately 4 km northeast of Soest.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Division of the town[edit]

Bad Sassendorf consists of 12 districts:

  • Bad Sassendorf
  • Bettinghausen
  • Beusingsen
  • Elfsen
  • Gabrechten
  • Heppen
  • Herringsen
  • Lohne
  • Neuengeseke
  • Opmünden
  • Ostinghausen
  • Weslarn

Twin towns[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 31 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Camp memorial Neuengamme website in German

External links[edit]