Town of Schwerte, District of Unna, Germany

Schwerte is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The total population is 46,700 people.

Schwerte is a short 5-minute drive from Dortmund, and I had an hour to walk in the area.

1. We start our walk from the Schwerte Stadthaus (City Hall).

2. A neat little garden to wait for your appointment.

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4. “Enemies in the Past – Friends Today”. The list of twinned cities.

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7. The Ruhrtalmuseum museum, with the tower of St. Victor Church visible in the back.

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9. A few steps away from the St. Victor Church we find this narrow street. Left for pedestrians (stairs), right for cyclists.

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12. A couple of wonderfully preserved houses pop out around the corner.

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16. All of these houses are marked with a special plaque. It tells the year when the house was first documented and is now a preserved monument. This house is from 1828.
To my understanding, house owners are not allowed to make any changes or renovations in these houses.

17. I haven’t noticed the white add-on to this house. Is it an external elevator?

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23. The Rohrmeisterei, an old water pumping station. Today it is part of the German route of industrial heritage (“Route der Industriekultur”). Looks like it is a popular venue for events.

24. A park/playground for children of all ages.

25. A stone ping pong table.

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27. A small football field at one end of the park. A small stone wall for drawing graffiti (at least I think that’s the intended purpose).

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29. And a playground for the smaller children at the other end of the park.

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32. Very suspicious-looking stairs leading underground. I did not find any sign or indication as to where they lead.

33. And we are back in St. Victor’s Church square.

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36. The church near the Marien Hospital. I still don’t understand how these churches work – the doors are always closed. Are these private churches?

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38. Red-brick buildings are always beautiful.

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40. Was this entrance built at the same time as the house, or is it an extension?

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I can’t say that Schwerte has anything especially interesting for tourists. In one hour I was able to cover everything from their Wikipedia page. Either way, the town looks clean and looked after, that’s what matters the most.

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