Waltrop is a town in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the Datteln-Hamm Canal, approximately 15 km east of Recklinghausen and 15 km north-west of Dortmund.
Saint Peter Church
Coat of arms
|Coordinates: 51°37′N 07°23′E|
|• Mayor||Nicole MOENIKES (CDU)|
|• Total||46.98 km2 (18.14 sq mi)|
|Elevation||67 m (220 ft)|
|• Density||620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Division of the town
The town of Waltrop is surrounded by the Bauerschaften (rural boroughs) Lippe (Unterlippe/Oberlippe), Elmenhorst, Brockenscheidt, Leveringhausen, Oberwiese and Holthausen.
People already settled in this area about 2,000 years ago.
The village developed around the parish church of St. Peter which was built in the 9th/10th century. It is known that in 1432 Waltrop was a part of the county Dortmund. After the Soest Feud, the archbishops of Cologne could intervene against the counts of Mark, so that Waltrop became a part of Vest Recklinghausen.
The production of coal in the mine started in 1905. As a consequence, Waltrop grew larger and became an industrial town. The coal mine was closed down in 1974.
In 1939, Waltrop got its municipal rights.
The town council of Waltrop consists of 40 seats, which are divided into 6 parliamentary groups
- SPD, 15 seats
- CDU, 14 seats
- FDP, 2 seats
- Waltroper Aufbruch (WA), 3 seats
- Grüne Liste Waltrop (GLW), 2 seats
- Bündnis für Waltrop, 2 seats
plus a single member of Die Linke plus a single member with no-party
Since 2014 Nicole Moenikes (CDU) is mayor of Waltrop.
- Manufactum, upscale retailer for traditionally-made household goods
- Langendorf, a tipping trailer manufacturer
Waltrop is twinned with:
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
- Official website