Schwerte was first mentioned in a document 962 as "Suerte" and received municipal rights in 1397: a long history the city can look back on. Its current size with about 48,000 inhabitants gained Schwerte with the local government reform in 1975, when it was merged with parts of the offices of Ergste and Westhofen and assigned to the district of Unna.
The good infrastructure makes Schwerte interesting for trader, as well as for its residents and guests.
On top of that Schwerte offers a high level of leisure activities: canoeing on the Ruhr, swimming in striking swimmingpools, Highrope-Climbinggarden, walking or cycling in the beautiful relaxing nature, a lot of culture and history. For recreation Schwerte offers many gastronomic offers, whether or International Westphalia. A large number cultivated, traditional hotels and a high quality of living make the Ruhr city for residents and guests loveable and liveable.
In the 14th-16th Century Schwerte received a membership in the Hanseatic League in its heyday. The products manufactured here: inter alia Cutting and stabbing weapons, especially armor (breastplate of knight) and other metal products. These were sold by the Hanseatic trading connections as far as northern and eastern Europe.
Schwerte has remained the Metalworks true even in modern times. From the production of steel profile, chains (from very small to large ship chains), over-molded motor and brake housings for the automotive industry, to the production of the euro during the introduction of the new currency (50% of the 2-€ -Coins were here manufactured), the city even today many metal processing plants.
A visit to the old Hanseatic city is worth it: in the Tourist Information in the Ruhrtalmuseum get the very latest information on interesting places, rooms for rent, guest and Citizens Advice, souvenirs and much more.
In the old town, situated directly on the market, is the built in 1547 "Old Town Hall" with its late Gothic arches and stepped gables, in which today's Ruhrtalmuseum and the municipal archives are located.
Located adjacent to the protestant St. Viktor Church greets with its inclined westward tip and the golden Antwerp carved altar of 1523 far into the country.
For a stroll loads the pictures and historic old town a with its narrow streets and its lovingly restored and landscaped listed buildings.
Small but powerful, the Tower Museum comes in the west tower of the Catholic Church of St. Mary. Documents from the history of St. Mary's church and its institutions, old club flags, vestments, liturgical objects, images and old bells are gathered on three levels and can be visited by prior arrangement 1991 onwards.
Many other monuments worth visiting such as the Castle "House Ruhr", the Protestant Academy Villigst and the "Krein mountain settlement" around the former Railwayrepairworks in Schwerte-East.
Numerous cultural events draw many visitors from near and far in the Ruhr city. Highlights like the world theater of the street, which is held annually on the last weekend in August and the "Pannekaukenfest" biggest city festival in Schwerte, which takes place regularly on the 2nd weekend of September. At this festival more than 10,000 visitors come at their expense, between stage programs, music, promoting young artists and a great culinary offer - especially of Schwertes speciality "Pannekauken" (a favorite food of Schwertes citizens).
The "Pannekauken" has its origin in the following forecast:
In the 17th century there was a catastrophe, caused by fires and several enemy attacks. The citizens received only potatoes and canola. The women rubbed the potatoes and baked them with rapeseed oil in the pan. Thus, the famine could be mitigated.
Today the "Pannekauken" is praised as a delicacy. For this reason alone sword is worth a visit, so YOU can come to benefit from the "Schwerter Pannekauken"!
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