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The church of st. Victor in Schwerte
The church of st. Victor in Schwerte
Coat of arms of Schwerte
Coat of arms
Schwerte  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°26′45″N 7°33′55″E / 51.44583°N 7.56528°E / 51.44583; 7.56528Coordinates: 51°26′45″N 7°33′55″E / 51.44583°N 7.56528°E / 51.44583; 7.56528
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Unna
 • Mayor Heinrich Böckelühr (CDU)
 • Total 56.2 km2 (21.7 sq mi)
Elevation 120 m (390 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 46,723
 • Density 830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 58239
Dialling codes 02304
Vehicle registration UN

Schwerte is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Schwerte is situated in the Ruhr valley, at the south-east border of the Ruhr Area. South of Schwerte begins the mountainous Sauerland region.

Division of the town[edit]

After the local government reforms of 1975 Schwerte consists of the following districts:

Twin towns[edit]

Schwerte is twinned with:


Schwerte received civic rights in the 12th century.

The railway facility in the eastern district of Schwerte became a branch of the Buchenwald concentration camp in April 1944. The camp had 445 prisoners in August and 670 in November 1944. The number of escapees was comparatively high, in November 1944 48 prisoners escaped. The camp in Schwerte was disbanded in December 1944 and the remaining prisoners were brought back to Buchenwald.[3]

Main sights[edit]



Today, there are some industries left, which are confined to the manufacture of iron and steel goods.



  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 18 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Miasta partnerskie i zaprzyjaźnione Nowego Sącza". Urząd Miasta Nowego Sącza (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  3. ^ Benz, Wolfgang; Barabara Distel; Angelika Königseder (2006). [in google books Der Ort des Terrors: Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager] Check |url= value (help) (in German). C.H.Beck. pp. 572–574. ISBN 978-3-406-52963-4. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  4. ^ Teil VI: Die Freiherren von Syberg zu Schwerte, Hees und Sümmern (German)
  5. ^ Das Ruhrtalmuseum (German)
  6. ^ Rohrmeisterei Schwerte (German)
  7. ^ Sante Hanse, Britta; Klüh, Thomas (14 December 2010). "Renaming the so-called small market in Dr. Werner van der Zyl Square". Committee on Demography, Urban Development and Environment. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 

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