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Old Town Hall (right) and Square. In the center the Volme Galerie (City Mall).
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Location of Hagen
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Coordinates: 51°22′N7°29′E / 51.367°N 7.483°E / 51.367; 7.483 Coordinates: 51°22′N7°29′E / 51.367°N 7.483°E / 51.367; 7.483
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Urban district
   Lord mayor (202025) Erik O. Schulz [1] (Ind.)
  Total160.4 km2 (61.9 sq mi)
106 m (348 ft)
 (2020-12-31) [2]
  Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
58089–58099, 58119, 58135
Dialling codes 02331, 02334, 02337, 02304
Vehicle registration HA
Website www.hagen.de

Hagen (German pronunciation: [ˈhaːɡn̩] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is the 41st-largest city in Germany. The municipality is located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located on the south eastern edge of the Ruhr area, 15 km south of Dortmund, where the rivers Lenne and Volme (met by the river Ennepe) meet the river Ruhr. As of 31 December 2010, the population was 188,529.


The city is home to the FernUniversität Hagen, which is the only state-funded distance education university in Germany. Counting more than 67,000 students (March 2010), it is the largest university in Germany. [3]


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Hagen was first mentioned around the year 1200, and is presumed to have been the name of a farm at the confluence of the Volme and the Ennepe rivers. After the conquest of Burg Volmarstein  [ de ] in 1324, Hagen passed to the County of Mark. In 1614 it was awarded to the Margraviate of Brandenburg, according to the Treaty of Xanten. In 1701 it became part of the Kingdom of Prussia.

After the defeat of Prussia in the Fourth Coalition, Hagen was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Berg from 1807–13. In 1815 it became part of the new Prussian Province of Westphalia.

The city developed more rapidly in the 19th century, stimulated by industrialization: the mining of coal and the production of steel in the Ruhr Area. In reaction to the Kapp Putsch in March 1920, when rightists tried to overthrow the elected government and restore the monarchy, tens of thousands of leftist workers in the Ruhr Valley, Germany's most important industrial area, rose up in protest. They were known as the Red Ruhr Army.

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Memorial to the Ruhr Uprising, Hagen

Thousands of workers went on strike and fought during the Ruhr Uprising, 13 March  2 April 1920. Government and paramilitary forces were ordered against the workers, suppressing the uprising, and killing an estimated 1,000 workers. A memorial to the uprising was installed in Hagen.

By 1928, Hagen had developed into a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants.[ citation needed ]

During World War II, Hagen was bombed repeatedly, by both the Royal Air Force and the United States Eighth Air Force. On the night of 1 October 1943, 243 Lancasters and 8 Mosquitoes from the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command attacked the city. According to the Bomber Command Campaign Diary, "This raid was a complete success achieved on a completely cloud-covered target of small size, with only a moderate bomber effort and at trifling cost."[ citation needed ] Hagen sustained severe damage from that raid, and hundreds of civilians were killed.

After World War II, the city was included in the new state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, also known as West Germany).[ citation needed ]

Recent discoveries

In August 2021, discovery of a cache of Nazi artifacts from a house was announced. A history teacher revealed a painted portrait of Adolf Hitler and medals decorated with eagles and swastikas, a newspaper from 1945, a revolver, gas masks, brass knuckles, and stacks of documents. It is also found out that the house once served as the headquarters of the Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt. [4] [5] [6] [7]


Owing to the extensive use of water power along the rivers Ruhr, Lenne, Volme and Ennepe, metal processing played an important role in the region of Hagen in and even before the 15th century.[ citation needed ] In the 17th and 18th centuries, textile and steel industries, as well as paper production were developed here.[ citation needed ]

In the early 21st century, Hagen is the home of the Suedwestfaelische Industrie- und Handelskammer, as well as Sparkasse Hagen, the local municipal savings bank. The bank's former headquarters, the Sparkasse Hagen tower, was a regional landmark until its demolition in 2004.[ citation needed ]

The city is heavily indebted and in the process of cutting city services in order to balance its budget.[ citation needed ]

The city has capitalized on the export of a wide variety of breads, most notably Hagenschmagenbrot, a traditional dark bread.


One of the five branches of South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences is located in the city (also: Fachhochschule Südwestfalen (FH SWF)), which offers various engineering programmes. This institution was founded in the city in 1824.


Hagen is home to the LWL-Freilichtmuseum Hagen, or Hagen Westphalian Open-Air Museum, a collection of historic industrial facilities. Trades such as printing, brewing, smithing, milling, and many others are represented, not only with static displays, but as living, working operations that visitors may in some cases participate in. It is located near the Hagen community of Eilpe.

The Historisches Centrum Hagen includes the city museum and Werdringen castle. In the Blätterhöhle cave in Hagen, the oldest fossils of modern people in Westphalia and the Ruhr were found. Some date to the early Mesolithic, 10,700 years B.C.E. It seems that the descendants of Mesolithic people in this area maintained a foraging lifestyle for more than 2000 years after the arrival of farming societies. [8]

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Panoramic view of Hagen (taken from urban forest of Hagen)


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Half-timbered houses "Lange Riege" (17th century)
Oct 2007
in km²
Hagen-Mitte 78.95220.5
Hagen-Nord 38.45129.6
Hagen-Haspe 30.36022.2
Hagen-Eilpe/Hagen-Dahl 17.14851.1
Hagen-Hohenlimburg 31.30637.0

some localities of Hagen:


The following table shows the largest foreign resident groups in the city of Hagen. [9]

RankNationalityPopulation (31.12.2017)
1Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 7,196
2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3,558
3Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 3,175
4Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2,534
5Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1,481
6Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1,082
7Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 928
8Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 876
10Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 710
11Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 678
12Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 543



Part of the Hagen – Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis I constituency for elections to the Bundestag


The current Mayor of Hagen is independent Erik O. Schulz, elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2020. The most recent mayoral election was held on 13 September 2020, and the results were as follows:

CandidatePartyVotes %
Erik O. Schulz Independent (CDU/Green/FDP)31,08651.1
Wolfgang Jörg Social Democratic Party 15,54725.5
Josef BückerHagen Active5,2148.6
Michael Eiche Alternative for Germany 5,1978.5
Laura Knüppel Die PARTEI 1,7042.8
Ingo Hentschel The Left 1,5342.5
Thorsten Kiszkenow Pirate Party Germany 4200.7
Franco Flebus The Republicans 1820.3
Valid votes60,88498.1
Invalid votes1,1561.9
Electorate/voter turnout147,36142.1
Source: State Returning Officer

The following is a list of mayors since 1946:

City council

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Results of the 2020 city council election.

The Hagen city council governs the city alongside the Mayor. The most recent city council election was held on 13 September 2020, and the results were as follows:

PartyVotes %+/-Seats+/-
Christian Democratic Union (CDU)16,81327.5Decrease2.svg 4.514Decrease2.svg 6
Social Democratic Party (SPD)15,57325.5Decrease2.svg 7.313Decrease2.svg 8
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne)8,11413.3Increase2.svg 4.37Increase2.svg 1
Alternative for Germany (AfD)5,6929.3Increase2.svg 5.65Increase2.svg 3
Hagen Active (HA)4,1866.8Decrease2.svg 1.34Decrease2.svg 1
Free Democratic Party (FDP)2,8294.6Increase2.svg 1.02±0
Citizens for Hohenlimburg (BfHo)2,0663.4Increase2.svg 1.12Increase2.svg 1
The Left (Die Linke)1,7622.9Decrease2.svg 1.42Decrease2.svg 1
Hagen Activist Circle (HAK)1,7402.8New2New
Die PARTEI (PARTEI)1,6922.8New1New
Pirate Party Germany (Piraten)4360.7Decrease2.svg 0.90Decrease2.svg 1
The Republicans (REP)1940.3New0New
Valid votes61,11698.7
Invalid votes8251.3
Total61,941100.052Decrease2.svg 10
Electorate/voter turnout147,36142.0Decrease2.svg 3.1
Source: State Returning Officer


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Marshalling yard Hagen-Vorhalle

The Autobahnen A1, A45 and A46 pass by Hagen.

Hagen has been an important rail junction for the southeastern Ruhr valley since the first rail line opened in 1848. The marshalling yard of Hagen-Vorhalle is among Germany's largest, and the central station offers connections to the ICE network of Deutsche Bahn as well as to local and S-Bahn services. Since December 2005, Hagen has also been the starting point for a new service into Essen, operated by Abellio Deutschland.

Local traffic is handled by Hagener Straßenbahn (Hagen Tramways), which, despite its name, offers only bus services, as the last tramway route in Hagen was abandoned in May 1976. All in all there is a large-scale network of 36 bus lines in Hagen. All local rail and bus services operate under the transport association VRR.


The German Basketball Federation (DBB) is based in Hagen.

Sport clubs in Hagen:

Hagen is also famous of its annual equestrian show 'Horses & Dreams' in April at Hof Kasselmann. It is one of the greatest equestrian shows in Germany and abroad. [10] In 2005 they were the host of the European Dressage Championships after Moscow withdrew. In 2021 Hagen is again host of the 2021 European Dressage Championships for seniors and U25. [11]

Twin towns – sister cities

Hagen is twinned with: [12]

Notable people

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Karl Ernst Osthaus 1902
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Friedrich Harkort around 1820

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