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Coat of arms of Erwitte
Coat of arms
Erwitte  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°37′N 08°21′E / 51.617°N 8.350°E / 51.617; 8.350Coordinates: 51°37′N 08°21′E / 51.617°N 8.350°E / 51.617; 8.350
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Soest
 • Mayor Peter Wessel (CDU)
 • Total 73.79 km2 (28.49 sq mi)
Elevation 105 m (344 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 16,128
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59597
Dialling codes 02943 02945
Vehicle registration SO, LP
Erwitte, church: die Sankt Laurentius Kirche
Schmerlecke, windmill Am Alten Hellweg

Erwitte (About this sound Erwitte ) is a town in the district of Soest, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Erwitte is situated approximately 8 km south of Lippstadt and 15 km east of Soest.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Division of the town[edit]

After the local government reforms of 1975 Erwitte consists of 15 districts:

  • Erwitte (6510 inhabitants)
  • Eikeloh (518 inhabitants)
  • Merklinghausen/Wiggeringhausen (179 inhabitants)
  • Horn-Millinghausen (894 inhabitants)
  • Berenbrock (309 inhabitants)
  • Seringhausen (65 inhabitants)
  • Stirpe (1079 inhabitants)
  • Ebbinghausen (201 inhabitants)
  • Böckum (209 inhabitants)
  • Völlinghausen (811 inhabitants)
  • Schallern (291 inhabitants)
  • Norddorf (159 inhabitants)
  • Schmerlecke (732 inhabitants)
  • Weckinghausen (67 inhabitants)
  • Bad Westernkotten (4097 inhabitants)

International relations[edit]

Erwitte is twinned with:


Officially the town of Erwitte is mentioned in the year 836 for the first time and the medieval architecture can still be seen in the town center.


Erwitte is home to a thriving cement industry which, together with the heating valve company Heimeier, make up the largest companies in the area.

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Friedrich Blumenröhr (born 1936), jurist, former chairman at the Federal Court
  • Ulrich Cyran (born 1956), actor and lecturer
  • Christof Rasche (born 1962), politician (FDP)
  • Wolfgang Schäfers (born 1965), owner of the chair for real estate management at the University of Regensburg

People who are connected to the place[edit]

  • Jodocus Boget († 1630), Erwitt pastor, burned for witchcraft on the pyre
  • Heinrich Gersmeier (nickname: Schäfer Heinrich) (born 1966), farmer and singer from Völlinghausen


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