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.
International relations [ edit ]
Twin towns – Sister cities [ edit ]
twinned with: 
Sons and daughters of the city [ edit ]
Heiko Antoniewicz, (born 1965), German cook
Carl von Bodelschwingh, (1800-1873), Prussian Finance Minister
Ernst von Bodelschwingh-Velmede, (1794-1854), Prussian Minister of Interior and Cabinet
Ernst von Bodelschwingh, (1906-1993), German politician (Member of Bundestag, CDU)
Eugen Drewermann, (born 1940) theologian, church critic, best-seller author
Konrad Ott (born 1959), philosopher and ethicist
Frauke Petry (born 1975), German politician ( AfD), lived in Bergkamen and went to school there
Dietrich Schwanitz (1940-2004), best-selling author, grew up in Rünthe
Hans F. Sennholz (1922-2007), economist
Peer Steinbrück (born 1947), German politician (SPD), Member of Landtag, for Bergkamen 2000-2005
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