|• Mayor (2020–25)||Imke Heymann|
|• Total||57.42 km2 (22.17 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||390 m (1,280 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||170 m (560 ft)|
|• Density||530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Ennepetal (German pronunciation: [ˈɛnəpəˌtaːl] (listen); Westphalian: Iämpedal) is a town in the district of Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was created in 1949 out of the former municipalities Milspe and Voerde. It was named after the river Ennepe, which flows through the municipality.
The town was featured in the headlines when on April 12, 2005, a hostage taker snatched several school children from a school bus and took them as hostages, see Ennepetal hostage taking.
Division of the town
Ennepetal is divided into nine quarters (Ortsteile), which resemble former towns and villages. The population is shown as of 10 June 2015:
- Altenvoerde (3663)
- Bülbringen/Oberbauer (1470)
- Büttenberg (3689)
- Hasperbach (1208)
- Königsfeld (1090)
- Milspe (9776)
- Oelkinghausen (573)
- Rüggeberg (1482)
- Voerde (7438)
The current mayor of Ennepetal is independent politician Imke Heymann. She was first elected in 2015 with the endorsement of the CDU, The Greens, Free Voters, and FDP. In the most recent mayoral election was held on 13 September 2020, Heymann was re-elected with 70.3% of votes with the backing of the SPD and CDU. She was opposed by Sotirios Kostas (18.2%) and Cornelia Born-Maijer (11.5%), who both ran as independents.
The Ennepetal municipal council governs the city alongside the Mayor. The most recent council election was held on 13 September 2020, and the results were as follows:
|Social Democratic Party (SPD)||3,792||31.5||7.1||11||5|
|Christian Democratic Union (CDU)||3,556||29.5||3.3||11||±0|
|Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne)||2,252||18.7||8.9||7||3|
|Free Democratic Party (FDP)||1,089||9.0||2.9||3||1|
|Free Voters Ennepetal (FWE)||780||6.5||2.3||2||2|
|The Left (Die Linke)||572||4.8||0.8||2||±0|
|Source: City of Ennepetal|
Twin towns – sister cities
- Vilvoorde, Belgium
The town also had a station named "Voerde" on the Kleinbahn Haspe-Voerde-Breckerfeld, which in former times was the longest streetcar in Germany. Today, the former track is being used as a walk and bicycle way, connecting the Ruhr area to the nearby Sauerland.
The Klutert Cave is one of the largest natural caves of Germany with a length of over 5 km.
- febi - Ferdinand Bilstein
- ABC - Altenloh Brinck & Co (screws)
- Dahlhaus Leuchten, GmbH
- Ernst Mager KG (screws)
Sons and daughters of the town
- Karl-Heinz Peters (1903–1990), film actor
People who are connected to Ennepetal
- Dirk Rauin (born 1957), handball player and coach
- Ralf Waldmann (born 1966), motorcycle racing driver
- Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 19 June 2021.
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
- The Quarters of Ennepetal Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine, ennepetal.de
- "Mayoral election" (in German). City of Ennepetal. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
- "Städtepartnerschaften". ennepetal.de (in German). Ennepetal. Retrieved 2019-12-11.