Witten - my hometown

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Ruhr Valley

My hometown Witten is not well known. Even among Germans. German Travel guides usually list ith with a short paragraph only. Actually it is not a beauty, but it has beauty spots and - to me - even charme. Otherwise I would have left.

May I introduce you to Witten?

Witten, a city with 99,000 inhabitants, is located in the Ruhr (river) valley between the bigger cities of Dortmund, Hagen and Bochum at the southeastern end of the so called „Ruhrgebiet“ area. Since this area is first of all known as an mainly industrial area visitors are usually very surprised how many green spots we have arround here (… this is the same with many cities in the Ruhrgebiet btw).

Lechner statue with town hall.
Witten comes with four nature reserves, a beautiful 3 kilometer long reservoir with many watersport facilities („Kemnader Stausee“), several forests (with compounds for deer and wild boar), the surprisingly clean Ruhr river and - besides a modern city center - some suburbs where you can still find numerous half-timbered houses.

There are some architectural highlights like the old mansions along the „Ruhrstraße“, the ruins of the „Hardenstein castle“, Castel „Steinhausen“ and "Haus Herbede". Plus a cultural center, the well known „WerkStatt“. And: 150 kilometer hiking trails including a 9 kilometer long trail through the „Muttental“, an old mining area.


There were two or three points in my life when I had planned leaving Witten. But different reasons prevented me from doing so. So I decided to travel often. Travel as far away as I can :D But then return home. To my family, roots and friends. Home. Yes, I am still here.

My pictures (...to be continued) do not give a representative ovierview about Witten. But show some spots I like. I am going to upload more pics from time to time. And if anybody of you TB's is in the area - let me know. I'll be your guide :)

theonionlady says:
Thanks for introducing me to your home. It is gorgeous!
Posted on: Jan 09, 2010
pms70 says:
Hi Daniel, it seems to be like there are many reasons to visit Wittern. You are right, I did not realise there are so many nice spots in the Ruhrgebiet and am surprised to learn they are there. Hopefully you will be able to show me some of them in person one day!
Posted on: Nov 10, 2008
mypictures4u says:
Thank you - gracias!
Posted on: Nov 05, 2008
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Ruhr Valley
Ruhr Valley
Lechner statue with town hall.
Lechner statue with town hall.
Berger Denkmal.
"Berger Denkmal".
Helenenturm (Helens tower). Bui…
"Helenenturm" (Helen's tower). Bu…
Another Lechner statue with tower …
Another Lechner statue with tower…
Town hall, built in 1926.
Town hall, built in 1926.
Biggest church bell of Witten: 5 t…
Biggest church bell of Witten: 5 …
Two of the famous Anne Lechner sta…
Two of the famous Anne Lechner st…
Again the statutes at the register…
Again the statutes at the registe…
Lechner statue downtown.
Lechner statue downtown.
Autemn colors.
Autemn colors.
Autemn at Hohenstein forest.
Autemn at Hohenstein forest.
More colors.
More colors.
View from Hohenstein towards a sto…
View from Hohenstein towards a st…
Ruhr valley.
Ruhr valley.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Ruhr river.
Blossom time.
Blossom time.
Blossom time downtown.
Blossom time downtown.
Ruins of Hardenstein castle (bui…
Ruins of "Hardenstein" castle (bu…
Ruins of Hardenstein castle.
Ruins of "Hardenstein" castle.
Ruins of Hardenstein castle.
Ruins of "Hardenstein" castle.
The reservoir, Kemnader Stausee.
The reservoir, "Kemnader Stausee".
Forest at lake Hamerteich
Forest at lake "Hamerteich"
Hammerteich lake.
"Hammerteich" lake.
Autemn...
Autemn...
Witten downtown. View from Bommern…
Witten downtown. View from Bommer…
Forest in the Hohenstein area.
Forest in the Hohenstein area.
Hohenstein impression.
Hohenstein impression.
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