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View of Warstein with St. Pancratius and the Old Church
View of Warstein with St. Pancratius and the Old Church
Coat of arms of Warstein
Coat of arms
Warstein  is located in Germany
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Soest
 • Mayor Manfred Gödde (BG)
 • Total 157.91 km2 (60.97 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 25,247
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59581
Dialling codes 02902 (Warstein),
02925 (Allagen)
Vehicle registration SO

Warstein () is a town in the district of Soest, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located at the north end of the Sauerland.


  • Geography 1
    • Neighbouring municipalities 1.1
    • Division of the town 1.2
  • History 2
    • List of mayors 2.1
  • International relations 3
  • Economy 4
  • Literature 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Warstein is located north of the Arnsberger Wald (forest) at a brook called Wäster. The area south of the city is mostly forested; the lightly forested Haarstrang mountain is to the north. The river Möhne flows between these two areas. The highest elevation is 581 m (1,906 ft) in the south of the city near a hill called Stimm Stamm; the lowest elevation is 216 m (709 ft) in the village Waldhausen in the north.

Neighbouring municipalities

The following towns border Warstein (clockwise, beginning in the north): Anröchte, Rüthen, Bestwig, Meschede, Arnsberg, Möhnesee, Bad Sassendorf.

Division of the town

Warstein consists of the following 9 districts:
  • Allagen
  • Belecke
  • Hirschberg
  • Mülheim
  • Niederbergheim
  • Sichtigvor
  • Suttrop
  • Waldhausen
  • Warstein


Evidence of human life was found in the Middle Ages Warstein was part of the Hanseatic League, that is a trade association for guilds, a very important international business association at that time. A fire in 1802 destroyed big parts of the town. After that the town centre was moved to the Wester brook. In 1844 the Amt Warstein was founded. It was part of the Archbishopric Cologne till 1902. In 1975 Warstein and the other eight independent villages became the new town of Warstein.

The decrease of population in Warstein since 1998:

  • 1998: 29.102
  • 1999: 29.084
  • 2000: 29.028
  • 2001: 29.007
  • 2002: 29.012
  • 2003: 28.762
  • 2004: 28.629

List of mayors

  • Manfred Gödde (BG) - since 2004
  • Georg Juraschka (SPD) - 1999 to 2004
  • Manfred Gödde - before 1999

International relations

Warstein is twinned with:


The largest employer in Warstein is the Warsteiner Brauerei founded in 1753. It is one of the largest breweries in Germany and is famous all over the world.


  • Heppekausen, Wolfgang; Clewing, Christian: Warstein: Bilder einer sauerländischen Stadt. Selbstverlag, Warstein 2001. ISBN 3-00-008520-3
  • Gerte, Franz im Auftrag der Volkshochschule Möhne-Lippe: Wie war das?: Belecke 1923-1948. Selbstverlag, Belecke 2001.
  • Bamberg, Fritz: Die neue Stadt Warstein in alten Ansichten. Europäische Bibliothek, Zaltbommel 1986. ISBN 90-288-3363-3
  • Bender, Josef: Geschichte der Stadt Warstein. Stein, Werl 1973. ISBN 3-920980-03-4
  • Sandgathe, Günther: Die Stadt Warstein im Dreissigjährigen Krieg. Selbstverlag, Warstein 1971.


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External links

  • Official site (German)
  • Warsteiner brewery homepage (German)

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