City in summer
|• Mayor||Wilhelm Wiggenhagen|
|• Total||57.42 km2 (22.17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||170-390 m (−1,110 ft)|
|• Density||520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Ennepetal 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 ist 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)
Ennepetal is twinned with:
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
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