Waltrop

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Waltrop
Saint Peter Church
Saint Peter Church
Coat of arms of Waltrop
Coat of arms
Waltrop is located in Germany
Waltrop
Waltrop
Coordinates: 51°37′N 07°23′E / 51.617°N 7.383°E / 51.617; 7.383Coordinates: 51°37′N 07°23′E / 51.617°N 7.383°E / 51.617; 7.383
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Münster
District Recklinghausen
Government
 • Mayor Anne Heck-Guthe (SPD)
Area
 • Total 46.98 km2 (18.14 sq mi)
Elevation 67 m (220 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 28,885
 • Density 610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 45731
Dialling codes 02309,
02363 (Oberwiese)
Vehicle registration RE

Waltrop is a town in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the Datteln-Hamm Canal, approx. 15 km east of Recklinghausen and 15 km north-west of Dortmund.

Division of the town[edit]

The town Waltrop is surrounded by the Bauerschaften (rural boroughs) Lippe (Unterlippe/Oberlippe), Elmenhorst, Brockenscheidt, Leveringhausen, Oberwiese and Holthausen.

History[edit]

People already settled in this area about 2,000 years ago.

The village developed around the parish church St. Peter which was built in the 9th/ 10th century. It is known that in 1432 Waltrop was a part of the county Dortmund. After the Soester Fehde, the archbishops of cologne could intersperse themselves against the counts of Mark, so that Waltrop became a part of the Vest Recklinghausen.

The production of coal in the coal mine started in 1905. As a consequence, Waltrop grew larger and became an industrial city. The coal mine was closed down in 1974.

In 1939, Waltrop got its municipal rights.

Governance[edit]

The city council of Waltrop consists of 40 seats, which are divided into 6 parliamentary groups

  1. SPD, 15 seats
  2. CDU, 14 seats
  3. FDP, 2 seats
  4. Waltroper Aufbruch (WA), 3 seats
  5. Grüne Liste Waltrop (GLW), 2 seats
  6. Bündnis für Waltrop, 2 seats

plus a single member of Die Linke plus a single member with no-party

Since 2014 Nicole Moenikes (CDU) is mayorette of Waltrop.

Notable places[edit]

Waltrop is home to a museum of old ship lifts, including the Henrichenburg boat lift and a historical coal mine.

Local industry[edit]

  • Manufactum, upscale retailer for traditionally-made household goods
  • Langendorf, a tipping trailer manufacturer

International relations[edit]

Waltrop is twinned with:

  1. England Herne Bay, Kent, England
  2. France Cesson-Sévigné, France
  3. Nicaragua San Miguelito, Río San Juan, Nicaragua
  4. Germany Gardelegen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (former GDR)

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