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Schwelm Stadtansicht.JPG
Coat of arms of Schwelm
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Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis
Mayor Gabriele Grollmann
Basic statistics
Area 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
Elevation 213 m  (699 ft)
Population 29,043  (30 June 2009)
 - Density 1,417 /km2 (3,669 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate EN
Postal code 58332
Area code 02336
Location of the town of Schwelm within Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis district

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


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").


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

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


Other websites

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