Bergkamen

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Bergkamen
Bergkamen city hall
Bergkamen city hall
Coat of arms of Bergkamen
Coat of arms
Bergkamen   is located in Germany
Bergkamen
Bergkamen
Coordinates: 51°37′N 7°38′E / 51.617°N 7.633°E / 51.617; 7.633Coordinates: 51°37′N 7°38′E / 51.617°N 7.633°E / 51.617; 7.633
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Unna
Government
 • Mayor Roland Schäfer (SPD)
Area
 • Total 44.8 km2 (17.3 sq mi)
Elevation 68 m (223 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 48,209
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59192
Dialling codes 02307, 02389, 02306
Vehicle registration UN
Website www.bergkamen.de

Bergkamen is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated near the river Lippe, approx. 15 km (9 mi) north-east of Dortmund and 15 km (9 mi) south-west of Hamm.

Bergkamen, a fairly new town in the east part of the Ruhr Area and south of the Münsterland, was founded in 1966 by the merging of at first five smaller communities. The town‘s history, however, reaches back to ancient Roman times - this can be experienced by visiting the Bergkamen Municipal Museum, which has a large Roman department, and the nearby archeological site, the “Roemerlager“.

Main sights[edit]

  • Westphalian Sports Boat Centre - Marina Ruenthe
  • The neighbouring national trust area, “Beversee“, and the wooded hill, “Grosses Holz“, a renaturalized former slag heap, provide an inviting atmosphere for relaxation.

Cultural events[edit]

  • Harbour Festival ("Hafenfest") in June
  • Light Festival ("Lichtermarkt") in October.

Bergkamen is home to theatre performances at the “studio theater bergkamen“ and numerous exhibitions in the town‘s own art gallery “sohle1“ or the “Stadtmuseum“

History[edit]

Memorial to the victims of the mining disaster on Grimberg 1946

In February 1946, a coal mine in the city suffered a dust explosion that killed 418 miners. This was the worst mining accident in German history.[2]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Bergkamen is twinned with:[3]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 4 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Exorcising Hitler; The Occupation and Denazification of Germany, Frederick Taylor, Bloomsbury Press
  3. ^ a b c d e "List of Twin Towns in the Ruhr District". © 2009 Twins2010.com. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Wieliczka Miasta partnerskie" [Polish]. Urząd Miasta i Gminy Wieliczka. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 

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