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Country  Germany
Admin. region  Arnsberg
Postal codes  57413
Population  17,662 (30 Jun 2010)
Postal code  57413
Administrative region  Arnsberg
State  North Rhine-Westphalia
Time zone  CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Area  104.3 km²
Local time  Sunday 2:16 AM
District  Olpe
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Elevation  220 - 651 m (−1,916 ft)
Weather  3°C, Wind SE at 11 km/h, 71% Humidity

Finnentrop is a Gemeinde (municipality) in Olpe district in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Map of 57413 Finnentrop, Germany


Finnentrop is situated in the Sauerland, near the forks of the rivers Bigge and Lenne. Finnentrop shares borders with Sundern and Eslohe (both part of Hochsauerland district), Lennestadt and Attendorn (both in Olpe district), as well as with Plettenberg (Märkischer Kreis district). Finnentrop is divided into the following constituent communities:


While the municipality of Finnentrop didn't come into being before 1 July 1969, the history of the constituting villages dates back from the Middle Ages. In 1162 Lenhausen and Rönkhausen were mentioned for the first time. Until 13 July 1908, the place now known as Finnentrop had three names: Habbecke, Neubrücke (“Newbridge”) and, once the Ruhr-Sieg railway was built, Bahnhof Finnentrop (“Finnentrop Railway Station”). Neubrücke consisted of only one building at the forks of Bigge and Lenne (Reuters Haus, first mentioned in 1847). The “new bridge” seems to have already been built by 1847, as the “Reuter” had to charge tolls.

The new municipality was cobbled together in 1969 from parts of the old Amt of Serkenrode (Meschede district), the communities of Schliprüthen and Oedingen and parts of Attendorn-Land and Helden. This restructuring also saw the municipality pass from Meschede district (which was abolished in 1974) to Olpe district. The municipality’s name is drawn from the original centre of Finnentrop situated a few hundred metres up the Bigge river, now known as Altfinnentrop (“alt” is German for “old”). The ending —trop comes from trop or torp, meaning “village”. The High German word Dorf is a cognate, as is the English word thorpe.

The municipal arms shows a rose under a wavy chevron. The rose stands for the Lords of Finnentrop (von Vinnentrop) and dates back to the year 1358. The chevron stands for the two rivers, the Bigge and the Lenne, which merge in the municipality. The colour green refers to the great swathes of greenery in the municipal area.

Finnentrop maintains partnership arrangements with:

  • Diksmuide, Belgium (since 1979);
  • Helbra, Saxony-Anhalt (since 1990).
  • Mayors

    The mayor is since 1997 the jurist Dietmar Heß (* 1955) (CDU).

    Theatres & Museums

  • Schützenhof Lichtspiele, 1954-vintage movie theater renovated in 2006 with 170 seats
  • Heimatstube Schönholthausen (museum)
  • St. Georg hall church in (Schliprüthen), dating from before the 12th century
  • Romanesque Catholic parish church Mariä Himmelfahrt in Schönholthausen, dating in parts from the 13th century
  • Matthiaskapelle chapel in Altfinnentrop from 1383
  • Haus Bamenohl castle in Bamenohl (14th century)
  • Schloss Ahausen castle close to Heggen
  • Schloss Lenhausen castle in Lenhausen (13th century)
  • Reiterstellwerk (historic signal box)
  • Regular events

  • Schützenfest (marksmen's festival) in the larger villages
  • Prunksitzung by the Lenhausen Carnival Club (LCC) (revue, Saturday before Altweibertag – Old Women’s Day)
  • Prunksitzung by the Festkommitee Finnentroper Karneval (revue)
  • Waldfest “Im Schee” Finnentrop (“forest festival”, weekend before Whitsun)
  • Spritzenfest of the fire station Bamenohl (second weekend in August)
  • Open-air concert at Haus Bamenohl (third weekend in August)
  • Bürgerfrühschoppen of the fire brigade on German Unity Day
  • Christmas market at the town hall (second weekend in Advent)
  • Economy and infrastructure

    Among the nationally known companies in Finnentrop are Eibach Federn (automotive springs), Metten Fleischwaren (meat processing) and a plant of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG.


    Finnentrop station is situated at the Ruhr–Sieg railway, from where the Bigge Valley Railway connects to Olpe. The Attendorn-Finnentrop aerodrome (ICAO airport code: EDKU) is situated close to the village of Heggen.

    Public institutions

  • Rathaus Finnentrop (town hall)
  • Erlebnisbad Finto (natatorium)
  • Jugendherberge Bamenohl (Germany’s first private youth hostel after the Second World War)
  • Jugendherberge Heggen (hostel
  • Finnentrop volunteer fire brigade with eleven fire stations
  • Education

    There are six primary schools, one Hauptschule, one Realschule and one Gesamtschule.

    Honorary citizens

  • Erwin Oberkalkofen, former mayor
  • Ernst Vollmer, former municipality director
  • Sons and daughters of the municipality

  • Gertrud von Plettenberg († 1608), Mistress of Ernest of Bavaria, Prince-elector-archbishop of the Archbishopric of Cologne
  • Friedrich Georg Pape (1763−1816), one of the first German democrats
  • Johann Joseph Freidhoff (1768−1818), engraver
  • Alexander Haindorf (1784–1862), doctor, Jewish reformer, psychologist, university lecturer
  • Eduard Bartling (1845−1927), entrepreneur and politician
  • Lawrence Becker (1869–1947), lawyer and judge who served as Solicitor of the United States Treasury
  • Henry M. Arens (1873−1963), original name Heinrich Martin Arens, politician who served in many offices in Minnesota, including the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Josef Baumhoff (1887−1962), German official, newspaper publisher and politician
  • Kilian Kirchhoff (1892–1944), priest, translator and dissident
  • Erich Feldmann (1929−1998), Priester, Kirchenhistoriker und Augustinusforscher
  • Klaus-Dieter Uelhoff (born 1936), politician, member of the Bundestag
  • Reinhard Wilhelm (born 1946), scientist
  • Paul Scheermann (born 1949), soccer player
  • Hilde Mattheis (born 1954), politician, member of the Bundestag
  • Famous people who have worked in the municipality

  • John A. Roebling (1806−1869), original name Johann August Röbling, civil engineer, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Johannes Dornseiffer (1837−1914), priest, co-founder of many savings and loan companies connected with Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen
  • Hermann Hagedorn, (1884–1951), German writer, lyric poet and teacher
  • Angela Maria Autsch (1900−1944), nun of the Trinitarian Order, died in the Auschwitz concentration camp
  • References

    Finnentrop Wikipedia

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