Heiden, Germany

Heiden is a municipality in the district of Borken in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located approximately 5 km east of Borken.

Modern church on Heiden Townhall square
Modern church on Heiden Townhall square
Flag of Heiden
Coat of arms of Heiden
Location of Heiden within Borken district
Borken (district)North Rhine-WestphaliaKleve (district)Wesel (district)Coesfeld (district)Coesfeld (district)Lower SaxonySteinfurt (district)NetherlandsRaesfeldHeidenRhedeBocholtBorkenRekenVelenStadtlohnHeekAhausGescherLegdenSchöppingenGronauVredenSüdlohnIsselburgHeiden in BOR.svg
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Heiden is located in Germany
Heiden is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°49′33″N 06°55′59″E / 51.82583°N 6.93306°E / 51.82583; 6.93306Coordinates: 51°49′33″N 06°55′59″E / 51.82583°N 6.93306°E / 51.82583; 6.93306
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
 • Mayor (2020–25) Patrick Voßkamp[1] (CDU)
 • Total53.39 km2 (20.61 sq mi)
79 m (259 ft)
 • Total8,204
 • Density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02867
Vehicle registrationBOR

Its most important symbol are the devil stones.



Heiden is located in the west of the Westphalian Lowland near to the changeover to the Ruhr area in the south. In the north of Heiden are The Mountains (Die Berge). Heiden is surrounded by many woods.

Neighbouring placesEdit

In the north Heiden borders the city of Borken and the city of Velen, in the east borders the municipality of Reken. The southern border of Heiden to Dorsten is also the border to the district of Recklinghausen.


Officially, Heiden has no division. Nevertheless, there are hamlets outside the urban settlement of Heiden. On the one hand, there are the dispersed settlements of Leblich with its Hamlets Buschausen, Leblich and Heiden along the Railway Street in the south and on the other hand Nordick and Lammersfeld in the north.


Early historyEdit

In one of Heidens forests (The Uhlen) you can find the devil stones (in German Teufelssteine or in Low German Düwelsteene) these are the remains of a Neolithic dolmen from 3500–2800 B.C. These are the earlist evidence of human settlement in the local area.


Heiden was founded as the farm Heghinc. In the year 870, Heiden was first mentioned in a donation to a monastery. During its development to a settlement, Heiden was also named Heidion, Heithene, Hethen and finally Heyden. The origin of the Name Heiden is the heathland (German: Heideland), which is the natural landscape in Heidens area.

Since 1975, Heiden is a municipality.


The parties and associations in the municipal council were voted every five years.

Christian Democratic Union of Germany Social Democratic Party of Germany UWG, an independent local voters association
2014 14 Seats 8 Seats 4 Seats

Patrick Voßkamp (CDU), whose term began in 2020, is the current mayor. He was preceded by Hans-Jürgen Benson (SPD), whose term began in 2015. Before 2015, the independent candidate Heiner Buß was mayor for 15 years.

Twin townsEdit



  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 19 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.

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