Olpe (district)

Olpe is a Kreis (district) in the south-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Märkischer Kreis, Hochsauerland, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Altenkirchen, Oberbergischer Kreis.

Olpe
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionArnsberg
CapitalOlpe
Area
  Total710.7 km2 (274.4 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2018)[1]
  Total134,775
  Density190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationOE
Websitehttp://www.kreis-olpe.de

History

The district was created in 1817 as Bilsteiner Kreis, in 1819 the capital was set to be Olpe. During the reorganization of the districts in 1969 several of the municipalities in the district were merged to become cities, however the district itself was only modified minimally, and also in the second reorganization 1974 it stayed nearly in the same borders as in 1817.

Geography

Geographically it covers the south-western part of the Sauerland mountains, which make the district rich in forests. The main river through the district is the Lenne.

Schützenbund

The Kreisschützenbund Olpe performs the Kreisschützenfest. [2]

Coat of arms

The left half of the coat of arms show the cologne cross, as the Olpe area belonged to the bishops of Cologne. The right side show the sign of the Lords of Fürstenberg, who were governors for the bishops in this area.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Attendorn
  2. Drolshagen
  3. Lennestadt
  4. Olpe
  1. Finnentrop
  2. Kirchhundem
  3. Wenden

References

Media related to Kreis Olpe at Wikimedia Commons

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