Location of Schwerte within Kreis Unna district
|Coordinates: 51°26′45″N 7°33′55″E / 51.44583°N 7.56528°ECoordinates: 51°26′45″N 7°33′55″E / 51.44583°N 7.56528°E|
|• Mayor||Heinrich Böckelühr (CDU)|
|• Total||56.2 km2 (21.7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||120 m (390 ft)|
|• Density||820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Schwerte is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. About 48,000 people live there.[when?] Schwerte is in the Ruhr valley just north of the mountainous Sauerland region. The Ruhr river runs through the center of Schwerte. Schwerte is a popular cycling destination for tourists.
History[change | change source]
Schwerte received civic rights in the 12th century. It was a member of the medieval Hanseatic League. During World War II Schwerte housed a branch of the Buchenwald concentration camp. The camp held 710 prisoners.
Controversy[change | change source]
In 2015 Schwerte officials have proposed housing refugees at the site of the former concentration camp. The plan has been criticized as a bad idea by many Germans including the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia. Officials say the buildings were built after the war and should not be a problem. Refugees coming to Germany include those from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Kosovo and Serbia.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Schwerte". .Ruhr Tourismus. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- ↑ "Schwerte". Förderverein Buchenwald. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Soraya Nelson. "A German Plan: House Refugees In An Old Concentration Camp". NPR. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Schwerte at Wikimedia Commons
- Official site (in German)
- Heimatverein Ergste Archived 2014-10-22 at the Wayback Machine Internet site of the local history society of Ergste