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.

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Flag
Coat of arms of Heiden
Coat of arms
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
Heiden
Heiden is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Heiden
Heiden
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
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
DistrictBorken
Subdivisionsno official
Government
 • MayorHans-Jürgen Benson
Area
 • Total53.39 km2 (20.61 sq mi)
Elevation
79 m (259 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total8,187
 • Density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
46359
Dialling codes02867
Vehicle registrationBOR
Websitewww.heiden.de
Modern church on Heiden Townhall square

Its most important symbol are the devil stones.

GeographyEdit

LocationEdit

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.

DivisionEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

In one of Heidens forests (The Uhlen) you can find the devil stones (in German Teufelssteine or in Low German Düwelsteene) as a stone age grave from 3500–2800 B.C. These are the first tracks of humans being in the area.

Foundation/NameEdit

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.

PoliticsEdit

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

Hans-Jürgen Benson (SPD), whose term began in 2015, is currently the mayor. Before 2015, the independent candidate Heiner Buß was mayor for 15 years.

Twin TownsEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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