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Coat of arms of Werl
Coat of arms
Werl  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°33′0″N 7°55′12″E / 51.55000°N 7.92000°E / 51.55000; 7.92000Coordinates: 51°33′0″N 7°55′12″E / 51.55000°N 7.92000°E / 51.55000; 7.92000
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Soest
 • Mayor Michael Grossmann (CDU)
 • Total 76.24 km2 (29.44 sq mi)
Elevation 73-228 m (−675 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 30,638
 • Density 400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59457
Dialling codes 02922
Vehicle registration SO
Website www.werl.de
Werl, Chapelle Mutter Gottes in der Not

Werl is a town located in the district of Soest in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


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.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Division of the town[edit]

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.

Famous people from Werl[edit]

International relations[edit]

Werl is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 18 July 2016. 

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