Bergkamen is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated near the river Lippe, approx. 15 km (9 mi) north-east of Dortmund and 15 km (9 mi) south-west of Hamm.

Bergkamen city hall
Bergkamen city hall
Coat of arms of Bergkamen
Coat of arms
Location of Bergkamen within Unna district
Unna (district)North Rhine-WestphaliaEnnepe-Ruhr-KreisHagenDortmundRecklinghausen (district)Coesfeld (district)Warendorf (district)HammSoest (district)HochsauerlandkreisMärkischer KreisSchwerteHolzwickedeFröndenbergUnnaLünenBergkamenKamenBönenWerneSelmBergkamen in UN.svg
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Bergkamen is located in Germany
Bergkamen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°37′N 7°38′E / 51.617°N 7.633°E / 51.617; 7.633Coordinates: 51°37′N 7°38′E / 51.617°N 7.633°E / 51.617; 7.633
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
 • MayorRoland Schäfer (SPD)
 • Total44.8 km2 (17.3 sq mi)
68 m (223 ft)
 • Total48,740
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02307, 02389, 02306
Vehicle registrationUN

Bergkamen, a fairly new town in the east part of the Ruhr Area and south of the Münsterland, was founded in 1966 by the merging of at first five smaller communities. The town‘s history, however, reaches back to ancient Roman times - this can be experienced by visiting the Bergkamen Municipal Museum, which has a large Roman department, and the nearby archeological site, the “Roemerlager“.

Main sightsEdit

  • Westphalian Sports Boat Centre - Marina Ruenthe
  • The neighbouring national trust area, “Beversee“, and the wooded hill, “Grosses Holz“, a renaturalized former slag heap, provide an inviting atmosphere for relaxation.

Cultural eventsEdit

  • Harbour Festival ("Hafenfest") in June
  • Light Festival ("Lichtermarkt") in October.

Bergkamen is home to theatre performances at the “studio theater bergkamen“ and numerous exhibitions in the town‘s own art gallery “sohle1“ or the “Stadtmuseum“


Memorial to the victims of the mining disaster on Grimberg 1946

In February 1946, a coal mine in the city suffered a dust explosion that killed 418 miners. This was the worst mining accident in German history.[2]

International relationsEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Bergkamen is twinned with:[3]

Sons and daughters of the cityEdit

Ernst von Bodelschwingh

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2019" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ Exorcising Hitler; The Occupation and Denazification of Germany, Frederick Taylor, Bloomsbury Press
  3. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". (in German). Bergkamen. Retrieved 2019-11-27.

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