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.

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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
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Bergkamen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Bergkamen
Bergkamen
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
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictUnna
Government
 • MayorRoland Schäfer (SPD)
Area
 • Total44.8 km2 (17.3 sq mi)
Elevation
68 m (223 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total48,725
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
59192
Dialling codes02307, 02389, 02306
Vehicle registrationUN
Websitewww.bergkamen.de

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“.

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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“

HistoryEdit

 
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

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ Exorcising Hitler; The Occupation and Denazification of Germany, Frederick Taylor, Bloomsbury Press
  3. ^ a b c d e "List of Twin Towns in the Ruhr District" (PDF). Twins2010.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  4. ^ "Wieliczka Miasta partnerskie" [Polish]. Urząd Miasta i Gminy Wieliczka. Retrieved 2013-06-25.

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