Coordinates: 51°16′N 7°16′E / 51.267°N 7.267°E / 51.267; 7.267
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Flag of Schwelm
Coat of arms of Schwelm
Location of Schwelm within Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis district
Schwelm is located in Germany
Schwelm is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°16′N 7°16′E / 51.267°N 7.267°E / 51.267; 7.267
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
 • MayorGabriele Grollmann
 • Total20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
213 m (699 ft)
 • Total28,501
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02336
Vehicle registrationEN

Schwelm is a town in the district of Ennepe-Ruhr Rural District the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Geography[change | change source]

Schwelm is in the southeast of the "Ruhrgebiet", the Ruhr Area of Germany, between Westphalia and the "Bergisches Land". Schwelm is commonly known as the "Pforte Westfalens" ("Gate to Westphalia").

History[change | change source]

The history of Schwelm goes back to the ninth century, where it is first mentioned as "Suelmiu". The city of Schwelm was officially established in 1496 and became seat of the Ennepe-Ruhr district in 1929. According to its area, Schwelm is the smallest town in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Points of interest[change | change source]

Schwelm is home to the "Brauerei Schwelm", the Schwelm Brewery, one of the few remaining private breweries in Germany. It was started in 1830 by Haarmann & Kathagen, the brewery was one of the first worldwide to switch from wooden to metal barrels. The original office building of the brewery, the "Rietz'sche Haus" built in 1701, is still in use today.

The oldest piano manufacturer in the world is in Schwelm. Since 1794, "Rud. Ibach Sohn" has been building pianos and, until 1904, organs in Schwelm.

Notable citizens[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.

Other websites[change | change source]

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