Haltern am See

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Haltern am See
New town hall
New town hall
Coat of arms of Haltern am See
Coat of arms
Haltern am See  is located in Germany
Haltern am See
Haltern am See
Location of Haltern am See within Recklinghausen district
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Coordinates: 51°45′N 7°11′E / 51.750°N 7.183°E / 51.750; 7.183Coordinates: 51°45′N 7°11′E / 51.750°N 7.183°E / 51.750; 7.183
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Münster
District Recklinghausen
 • Mayor Bodo Klimpel (CDU)
 • Total 158.34 km2 (61.14 sq mi)
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 37,893
 • Density 240/km2 (620/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 45721
Dialling codes 02364 (Haltern am See), 02360 (Lippramsdorf)
Vehicle registration RE
Website www.haltern-am-see.de

Haltern am See (Haltern at the lake, before December 2001 only Haltern) is a town and a municipality in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the Lippe and the Wesel–Datteln Canal, approx. 15 kilometres (9 miles) north of Recklinghausen.

The town is about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Düsseldorf.[2]


Former Halteren was founded on February 3rd in 1289. They received the town charter by the prince-bishop of Münster, Everhard von Dienstag.

During Kristallnacht (1938), the town's synagogue, Jewish cemetery and the houses and shops belonging to the town's Jews were vandalised. Jews were deported to concentration camps, the last five of whom were deported in January 1942.[3] Only one of the town's Jews survived the Holocaust: Alexander Lebenstein, after whom a school is named.

In March 2015, the town received international attention when 16 students and two teachers from the Joseph-König-Gymnasium in Haltern, were killed in the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash in the French Alps. They were on their way home from a student exchange with the Giola Institute in Llinars del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain.[4] Haltern's mayor, Bodo Klimpel, described it as "the darkest day in the history of our city."[5]


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  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24. 
  2. ^ Botelho, Greg and Catherine Shoichet. "Germanwings crash: Students, singers among the victims" (Archive). CNN. March 24, 2015. Retrieved on March 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Spector, Shmuel & Vigoder, Geoffrey (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust: A-J. p. 485. 
  4. ^ "Germanwings A320 Crash Victims Include 15 German Schoolchildren, Local Media Reports". International Business Times. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "16 schoolchildren believed to be aboard Germanwings plane that crashed in Alps". Yahoo News. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

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