Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia

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View towards the center of Herne
View towards the center of Herne
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Coat of arms of Herne
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Herne  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°33′0″N 07°13′0″E / 51.55000°N 7.21667°E / 51.55000; 7.21667Coordinates: 51°33′0″N 07°13′0″E / 51.55000°N 7.21667°E / 51.55000; 7.21667
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Urban district
 • Mayor Horst Schiereck (SPD)
 • Total 51.41 km2 (19.85 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 154,417
 • Density 3,000/km2 (7,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 44601-44653
Dialling codes 02323, 02325
Vehicle registration HER, WAN
Website herne.de

Herne (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛʁnə]) is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the Ruhr area directly between the cities of Bochum and Gelsenkirchen.


Like most other cities in the region Herne was a tiny village until the 19th century. When the mining of coal and the production of steel began, the villages of the Ruhr area became cities.

Present-day Herne includes the former settlements of Herne, Wanne and Eickel. Farms bearing these names were founded in the 11th and 12th centuries. In 1860 the first coal mine started operation. In the following thirty years the population increased twentyfold. For the first time Herne was called a city. The same process took place in Wanne and Eickel, which merged in 1926 to form the new city of Wanne-Eickel. In 1975 Wanne-Eickel, by then a city with over 70,000 inhabitants, was incorporated into Herne.

World War II[edit]

Herne was targeted by the RAF on 4 June 1940, early in World War II. Three high-explosive bombs were dropped and one house was damaged.[2]

In Wanne-Eickel, the Krupp Treibstoffwerke oil refinery near the local Shamrock 3/4 coal mine was bombed during the Oil Campaign of World War II.[3]


Notable places[edit]

A fair called Cranger Kirmes is held in the city's Crange district every first week of August. This is the second largest carnival in Germany with an average of around 4,500,000 visitors. Its origins can be traced back to the 15th century, when farmers started trading horses on Saint Lawrence’s Day. That is why the official opening always takes place on the first Friday in August. The horse market tradition is kept up, by arranging a horse show and horse equipment sales at the same place where horses were traded years ago. Today there are about 500 stalls every year covering 111,000 square metres, meaning that it takes a 5 kilometre walk to see the whole fairground. Among other things you can buy sugared almonds and all kinds of other food, visit beer gardens, win prizes in shooting galleries or tombolas, or enjoy traditional and new rides like roundabouts, ghost trains and all sorts of high-tech delights. One of the main attractions is the 60-metre high big wheel that is the largest movable one in the world.

Notable persons[edit]

Famous Hernians or Wanne-Eickelians include


Herne-West is a mockery name of the football club Schalke 04, most commonly used by the fans of Borussia Dortmund.

International relations[edit]

Herne, Germany is twinned with:


External links[edit]

Media related to Herne at Wikimedia Commons