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View with the bridge on the River Lippe
View with the bridge on the River Lippe
Coat of arms of Lünen
Coat of arms
Lünen is located in Germany
Location of Lünen within Unna district
Lünen in UN.svg
Coordinates: 51°37′N 7°31′E / 51.617°N 7.517°E / 51.617; 7.517Coordinates: 51°37′N 7°31′E / 51.617°N 7.517°E / 51.617; 7.517
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Unna
 • Mayor Jürgen Kleine-Frauns (GfL)
 • Total 59.18 km2 (22.85 sq mi)
Elevation 58 m (190 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 86,274
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 44532, 44534, 44536
Dialling codes 02306, 0231
Vehicle registration UN, LÜN
Website www.luenen.de

Lünen (Luenen) is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located north of Dortmund, on both banks of the River Lippe. It is the largest town of the Unna district and part of the Ruhr Area.

In 2009 a biogas plant has been built to provide electric power to the city. Lünen is the first city in the world receiving electricity via public utility companies that is generated on the base of animal waste.[2] The plant produces up to 6.6 MW, to supply 26,000 homes with heat and electricity.[3]


Berlin 1966: Hans Scharoun (right), Otto Nagel (left)
  • Max Simon (1899–1961), SS officer and war criminal

Culture and main sights[edit]

Saint George's Church


  • Saint George's Church
  • Saint Mary's Church
  • Chateau of Schwansbell
  • Colani-UFO
  • Freiherr-vom-Stein School
  • Town hall of Lünen
  • Geschwister-Scholl School
  • Industrial Monument "Moor Crane"


  • Museum of the town Lünen
  • Mining Museum in Lünen South
  • Mining residential Museum in Lünen Brambauer


  • Heinz-Hilpert theater

Twin towns[edit]

Lünen is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. ^ Poo power to the people – The Guardian
  3. ^ "German city uses waste to generate green energy". BSDLive. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-06-09.