|• Mayor||Hans-Jürgen Benson|
|• Total||53.39 km2 (20.61 sq mi)|
|Elevation||79 m (259 ft)|
|• Density||150/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Its most important symbol are the devil stones.
Heiden is located in the west of the Westphalian Lowland near to the changeover to the Ruhr area in the south. In the north of Heiden are The Mountains (Die Berge). Heiden is surrounded by many woods.
In the north Heiden borders the city of Borken and the city of Velen, in the east borders the municipality of Reken. The southern border of Heiden to Dorsten is also the border to the district of Recklinghausen.
Officially, Heiden has no division. Nevertheless, there are hamlets outside the urban settlement of Heiden. On the one hand, there are the dispersed settlements of Leblich with its Hamlets Buschausen, Leblich and Heiden along the Railway Street in the south and on the other hand Nordick and Lammersfeld in the north.
In one of Heidens forests (The Uhlen) you can find the devil stones (in German Teufelssteine or in Low German Düwelsteene) as a stone age grave from 3500–2800 B.C. These are the first tracks of humans being in the area.
Heiden was founded as the farm Heghinc. In the year 870, Heiden was first mentioned in a donation to a monastery. During its development to a settlement, Heiden was also named Heidion, Heithene, Hethen and finally Heyden. The origin of the Name Heiden is the heathland (German: Heideland), which is the natural landscape in Heidens area.
Since 1975, Heiden is a municipality.
The parties and associations in the municipal council were voted every five years.
|Christian Democratic Union of Germany||Social Democratic Party of Germany||UWG, an independent local voters association|
|2014||14 Seats||8 Seats||4 Seats|
Hans-Jürgen Benson (SPD), whose term began in 2015, is currently the mayor. Before 2015, the independent candidate Heiner Buß was mayor for 15 years.
- Official site (in German)
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