Ennepetal (German pronunciation: [ˈɛnəpəˌtaːl] ; Westphalian: Iämpedal) is a town in the district of Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was created in 1949 out of the former municipalities Milspe and Voerde. It was named after the river Ennepe, which flows through the municipality.

Ennepetal-Voerde in summer
Ennepetal-Voerde in summer
Flag of Ennepetal
Coat of arms of Ennepetal
Location of Ennepetal within Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis district
BochumDortmundEssenGelsenkirchenHagenHerneMettmann (district)Unna (district)Märkischer KreisOberbergischer KreisRemscheidWuppertalBreckerfeldEnnepetalGevelsbergHattingenHerdeckeSchwelmSprockhövelWetter (Ruhr)Witten
Ennepetal is located in Germany
Ennepetal is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°17′N 7°20′E / 51.283°N 7.333°E / 51.283; 7.333
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
 • Mayor (2020–25) Imke Heymann[1]
 • Total57.42 km2 (22.17 sq mi)
Highest elevation
390 m (1,280 ft)
Lowest elevation
170 m (560 ft)
 • Total30,652
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02333
Vehicle registrationEN

The town was featured in the headlines when on April 12, 2005, a hostage taker snatched several school children from a school bus and took them as hostages, see Ennepetal hostage taking.

Division of the town edit

Ennepetal is divided into nine quarters (Ortsteile), which resemble former towns and villages. The population is shown as of 10 June 2015:[3]

  • Altenvoerde (3663)
  • Bülbringen/Oberbauer (1470)
  • Büttenberg (3689)
  • Hasperbach (1208)
  • Königsfeld (1090)
  • Milspe (9776)
  • Oelkinghausen (573)
  • Rüggeberg (1482)
  • Voerde (7438)

Politics edit

The current mayor of Ennepetal is independent politician Imke Heymann. She was first elected in 2015 with the endorsement of the CDU, The Greens, Free Voters, and FDP. In the most recent mayoral election was held on 13 September 2020, Heymann was re-elected with 70.3% of votes with the backing of the SPD and CDU. She was opposed by Sotirios Kostas (18.2%) and Cornelia Born-Maijer (11.5%), who both ran as independents.[4]

Local council edit

Results of the 2020 local council election.

The Ennepetal municipal council governs the city alongside the Mayor. The most recent council election was held on 13 September 2020, and the results were as follows:

Party Votes % +/- Seats +/-
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 3,792 31.5   7.1 11   5
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 3,556 29.5   3.3 11 ±0
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) 2,252 18.7   8.9 7   3
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 1,089 9.0   2.9 3   1
Free Voters Ennepetal (FWE) 780 6.5   2.3 2   2
The Left (Die Linke) 572 4.8   0.8 2 ±0
Valid votes 12,041 98.0
Invalid votes 248 2.0
Total 12,289 100.0 36   6
Electorate/voter turnout 24,726 49.7
Source: City of Ennepetal

Twin towns – sister cities edit

Ennepetal is twinned with:[5]

Transport edit

The Ennepetal (Gevelsberg) station on the Wuppertal–Dortmund railway is served by regional trains.

The town also had a station named "Voerde" on the Kleinbahn Haspe-Voerde-Breckerfeld, which in former times was the longest streetcar in Germany. Today, the former track is being used as a walk and bicycle way, connecting the Ruhr area to the nearby Sauerland.

Notable places edit

The Klutert Cave is one of the largest natural caves of Germany with a length of over 5 km.

Economy edit

  • dormakaba
  • febi - Ferdinand Bilstein
  • ABC - Altenloh Brinck & Co (screws)
  • Dahlhaus Leuchten, GmbH
  • Ernst Mager KG (screws)

Notable people edit

Sons and daughters of the town edit

People who are connected to Ennepetal edit

References edit

  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 19 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2022 – Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes auf Basis des Zensus vom 9. Mai 2011" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  3. ^ The Quarters of Ennepetal Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine, ennepetal.de
  4. ^ "Mayoral election" (in German). City of Ennepetal. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". ennepetal.de (in German). Ennepetal. Retrieved 2019-12-11.

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