|• Mayor||Michael Grossmann (CDU)|
|• Total||76.24 km2 (29.44 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||228 m (748 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||73 m (240 ft)|
|• Density||400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Werl is easily accessible because it is located between the Sauerland, Münsterland, and the Ruhr Area. The Hellweg road runs through the city, as Werl is a part of the fertile Bördelandschaft of the Werl–Unnaer Börde.
Division of the town
Werl consists of the following districts:
- Blumenthal (48 inhabitants)
- Budberg (596 inhabitants)
- Büderich (3107 inhabitants)
- Hilbeck (1339 inhabitants)
- Holtum (1049 inhabitants)
- Mawicke (521 inhabitants)
- Niederbergstraße (210 inhabitants)
- Oberbergstraße (363 inhabitants)
- Sönnern (870 inhabitants)
- Westönnen (2665 inhabitants)
- Werl (22151 inhabitants)
Werl was a member of the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages, and has contained a statue of the Virgin Mary since 1661. Today this relic is located in the Wallfahrtsbasilika, and the Franciscan religious order takes care of it. Due to the Marien pilgrimage, Werl is the third largest prisons in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Werl Prison, is located here.
- The 4th United States Army Field Artillery Detachment was stationed in Werl until 1992.
- 1958–1965: Ferdinand Pöppinghaus (1923–1965) (CDU)
- 1965–1981: Amalie Rohrer (1922-2014) (CDU)
- 1981–1985: Heinz Sasse (CDU)
- 1986–1994: Elisabeth Böhmer (CDU)
- 1994–1996: Kunibert Becker (1934-2001) (CDU)
- 1996–1999: Friedrich Leopold Graf von Brühl, (born 1944) (CDU)
- since 1999 full-time: Michael Grossmann, (born 1948) (CDU)
- Franz von Papen: German nobleman, Roman Catholic monarchist politician, General Staff officer, and diplomat, who served as Chancellor of Germany in 1932 and as Vice-Chancellor under Adolf Hitler in 1933 to 1934, and who helped him come to power, was born in Werl on 29 October 1879.
- Philipp Rosenthal (1855-1937), businessman and founder of Rosenthal AG at Schloss Erkersreuth in Selb.
- Ulla Wiesner (born 1940), singer
- Theodor Redder (born 1941), football national player
- Dimitri Hegemann (born 1954), cultural manager, musician and founder of the club "Tresor" in Berlin
- Martin Auer (born 1963), jazz musician
- Martin Kree (born 1965), footballer
- Bernd Mönkebüscher (born 1966), author, roman-catholic theologian and priest
- Uwe Grauer (born 1970), footballer and coach
Werl is twinned with:
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
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