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Town Hall and Market Square
Town Hall and Market Square
Coat of arms of Dülmen
Coat of arms
Dülmen  is located in Germany
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Münster
District Coesfeld
 • Mayor Elisabeth Stremlau (SPD)
 • Total 184.49 km2 (71.23 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 45,870
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 48249
Dialling codes 02594 (some districts differ)
Vehicle registration COE

Dülmen is a municipality in the district of Coesfeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


  • Geography 1
    • Neighbouring municipalities 1.1
    • Divisions 1.2
  • History 2
  • International relations 3


Dülmen is situated in the south part of the Münsterland area, between the Lippe river to the south, the Baumberge hills to the north and the Ems river to the east. South of Dülmen the Ruhr area is located.

Neighbouring municipalities


After the local government reforms of 1975 Dülmen consists of the 7 subdivisions Dülmen, Kirchspiel, Buldern, Hausdülmen, Hiddingsel, Merfeld and Rorup.

Merfeld was first mentioned in 890. It became a part of Dülmen in 1975. It is known for its herd of Dülmen Ponies. Rorup was first mentioned in 1050 and became a district of Dülmen in 1975.


The place was first mentioned as Dulmenni in 889, as a property of Werden Abbey. Dülmen received town privileges in 1311. It joined the Hanseatic League in 140. It was part of the Prince-Bishopric of Münster until it was mediatised in 1803. After a short period in the hands of the House of Croÿ, it was taken by the French in 1811. After the defeat of Napoleon, it became part of the Prussian Province of Westphalia. The Dülmen oil plant was a target of the Oil Campaign of World War II: 90% of the city was destroyed and the city was rebuilt after the war. In 1973, the population reached 20,000. In 1975, Rorup, Merfeld, Hiddingsel, Buldern, Hausdülmen and Kirchspiel Dülmen became part of Dülmen.

Saint John of Nepomuk chapel, Hiddingsel, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Nonnenturm in Dülmen

International relations

Dülmen is twinned with:

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