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Coat of arms of Marienheide
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Marienheide   is located in Germany
Location of Marienheide within Oberbergischer Kreis district
Rhein-Sieg-Kreis Oberbergischer Kreis Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis North Rhine-Westphalia Remscheid Wuppertal Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis Märkischer Kreis Olpe (district) Siegen-Wittgenstein Rhineland-Palatinate Waldbröl Morsbach Nümbrecht Wiehl Reichshof Gummersbach Marienheide Bergneustadt Engelskirchen Lindlar Hückeswagen Wipperfürth RadevormwaldMarienheide in GM.svg
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Coordinates: 51°5′N 7°32′E / 51.083°N 7.533°E / 51.083; 7.533Coordinates: 51°5′N 7°32′E / 51.083°N 7.533°E / 51.083; 7.533
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Oberbergischer Kreis
 • Mayor Uwe Töpfer (SPD)
 • Total 54.99 km2 (21.23 sq mi)
Elevation 256 - 506 m (−1,400 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 13,453
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 51709, 51704–51706
Dialling codes 0 22 64
Vehicle registration GM

Marienheide is a municipality in the Oberbergischer Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Marienheide is located about 50 km east of Cologne.

Neighbouring places[edit]

The neighbouring towns are Gummersbach and Wipperfürth as well as in Märkischer Kreis - Meinerzhagen and Kierspe, and the neighbouring municipalities are Engelskirchen and Lindlar.

Division of the municipality[edit]

B Berghof - Boinghausen - Börlinghausen
D Dahl - Däinghausen - Dannenberg - Dommermühle - Dürhölzen
E Eberg - Eiringhausen - Erlinghagen
G Gevershagen - Gimborn - Gogarten - Grunewald
H Himmerkusen - Höfel - Holzwipper - Hütte
J Jedinghagen
K Kalsbach - Kattwinkel - Kempershöhe - Königsheide - Kotthausen - Kotthauser Höhe - Krommenohl - Kümmel
L Lambach - Lehmkuhl - Leiberg - Lienkamp - Linge
M Mittelweg - Müllenbach
N Niederwette
O Oberboinghausen - Obernhagen - Obersiemeringhausen
R Rodt
S Scharde - Schemmen - Schmitzwipper - Schöneborn - Schulzenkamp - Siemerkusen - Siepen - Späinghausen - Straße - Stülinghausen
U Untererlinghagen - Unterpentinghausen
W Weierhof - Wernscheid - Wilbringhausen - Wilhelmsthal - Winkel


The first documentary mention of the place was in 1417 " in a sales document is called Heydenreich of our dear Mrs. Knecht on the Mergenheyde " (Documentary first namings of oberbergischer places v. Klaus Pampus).

The manner of writing of the first naming was: Mergenheyde.

On the altar lights of the old pilgrimage church a signed coat of arms of 1601 which carries the name "Mergenheyd" is to be seen. An old brochure of the Catholic vicarage Marienheide states: " The origin of the mercy place Marienheide dates back to 1420 and to one particular man. " This person, a simple man called Heinrich, lived as a hermit in a hit rock hiding place in the " Bockelsburger Wood ", near the present-day railroad line. The hermit apparently lived from agriculture. Another chronicle, not described further, is stated as a source, and thus one says further that " the mother of God appeared to this keen Heinrich in the form of a small picture and ordered to him to proceed to Cologne to purchase a similar little picture for thirty pieces of silver. " With this the foundation for the place of pilgrimage was laid. Hermit Heinrich has been found with Count Gerhard of the Mark, the sovereign at that time, support, so that Pope Martin V as well as the preacher's order interested. Thus was built "in the wilderness" the first little church and, a little way away, the Dominican order's cloister.


The transport connections to the national road system is good. A 15-km connecting highway to Meinerzhagen from the Autobahn A45 (the Sauerland line, Dortmund - Gießen) takes about 15 minutes. The connection via Wiehl/Gummersbach from the A4 (Cologne - Olpe) is about 17 km long and takes about 20 minutes. The town is crossed by the B 256.

There consist the following bus lines:

Marienheide is traversed by the Hagen–Dieringhausen railway. The RB 25 Regionalbahn service Oberbergische Bahn runs every hour via Gummersbach, Engelskirchen, Overath to Cologne. Work has been carried out for reactivation of the connection to Brügge, but the opening is still pending.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Brucher dam
  • Lingese dam
  • In the local village Müllenbach stands one of the so-called "colored churches", a church with medieval cover paintings.
  • Historical house Dahl (farmhouse Dahl), branch station of the museum of the Oberbergischer Kreis.
  • In the local village Börlinghausen lies the spring of the Wipper.
  • In the local middle the pilgrimage church Saint Mariä Heimsuchung lies, worth seeing for tourists and destination of pilgrimage in each case at the beginning of July.
  • Close of the local middle there lies the former health resort park with the "Heil pond"
  • Castle Gimborn
  • House of the history in the local village Müllenbach

Church municipalities[edit]

Pilgrimage church Saint Mariä Annunciation
  • Protestant church municipality Müllenbach.
  • Catholic parish Gimborn Saint Johannes Baptist.
  • Catholic parish Marienheide Saint Mariä Heimsuchung.

Wilbringhausen belongs to the parish Saint Josef in Kierspe and, as a result, to diocese Essen.

Sons and daughters of the municipality[edit]

Born in Marienheide[edit]

  • Paul Lücke Federal Minister of housing; Federal Minister of the interior

twin town[edit]

The Polish town Biala is the twin town of Marienheide. Since 1993 the official towns partnership consists. Biala is structured predominantly country and has in possibly also many inhabitants like Marienheide.

Further sources of information[edit]


  • Hermann de Buhr / Martin Wittenberg / Volkmar Wittmütz: Chronik Marienheide, Gummersbach 1986
  • Werner Knabe / Friedhelm König / Werner Kühr: Marienheide - ein Blick in die Vergangenheit, Gummersbach 1984


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