Schwerte is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The church of St. Victor in Schwerte

Coat of arms
Location of Schwerte within Unna district
Coordinates: 51°26′45″N 7°33′55″E
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
  MayorDimitrios Axourgos (SPD)
  Total56.2 km2 (21.7 sq mi)
120 m (390 ft)
  Density820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02304
Vehicle registrationUN


Schwerte is situated in the Ruhr valley, at the south-east border of the Ruhr Area. South of Schwerte begins the mountainous Sauerland region.

Division of the town

After the local government reforms of 1975 Schwerte consists of the following districts:

Twin towns

Schwerte is twinned with:


Schwerte received civic rights in the 12th century.

The railway facility in the eastern district of Schwerte became a branch of the Buchenwald concentration camp in April 1944. The camp had 445 prisoners in August and 670 in November 1944. The number of escapees was comparatively high; in November 1944 48 prisoners escaped. The camp in Schwerte was disbanded in December 1944 and the remaining prisoners were brought back to Buchenwald.[3]

Main sights


Today, there are some industries left, which are confined to the manufacture of iron and steel goods.

Notable residents


  1. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. "Miasta partnerskie i zaprzyjaźnione Nowego Sącza". Urząd Miasta Nowego Sącza (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  3. Benz, Wolfgang; Barabara Distel; Angelika Königseder (2006). Der Ort des Terrors: Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager (in German). C.H.Beck. pp. 572–574. ISBN 978-3-406-52963-4. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  4. Teil VI: Die Freiherren von Syberg zu Schwerte, Hees und Sümmern (German)
  5. Das Ruhrtalmuseum (German)
  6. Rohrmeisterei Schwerte (German)
  7. Sante Hanse, Britta; Klüh, Thomas (14 December 2010). "Renaming the so-called small market in Dr. Werner van der Zyl Square". Committee on Demography, Urban Development and Environment. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
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