Lünen or Luenen is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state of Germany, with four of the country's ten largest cities. The state was formed in 1946 as a merger of the northern Rhineland and Westphalia, both formerly part of Prussia. Its capital is Düsseldorf. The state is currently run by a coalition of the...

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

. It is located north of Dortmund
Dortmund is a city in Germany. It is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Ruhr area. Its population of 585,045 makes it the 7th largest city in Germany and the 34th largest in the European Union....

 along the Lippe River
Lippe River
The Lippe is a river in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is a right tributary of the Rhine and in length.The source is located at the edge of the Teutoburg Forest in Bad Lippspringe close to the city of Paderborn. It runs westward through Paderborn, Lippstadt and then along the northern edge...

. It is the largest town of the Unna district
Unna (district)
The Unna district is a Kreis in central North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring authorities are the district of Coesfeld, the city of Hamm, the districts of Soest and Märkischer Kreis, the cities of Hagen and Dortmund, and the district of Recklinghausen.-History:The area of the present...

, and part of the green Münster area.

A biogas plant will be built to provide electric power to the city. Lünen will be the first city in the world receiving electricity via public utility companies that was generated on the base of animal waste. The plant will produce up to 6.6MW, to supply 26,000 homes with heat and electricity.


  • Walter Behrendt
    Walter Behrendt
    Walter Behrendt was a German politician of the Social Democratic Party and president of the European parliament ....

    , he was a chairman of the regional Socialist Youth for this town
  • Karl-Heinz Granitza
    Karl-Heinz Granitza
    Karl-Heinz Granitza was a German football player. In the United States, he is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame....

    , born here
  • Max Raabe
    Max Raabe
    Max Raabe is a German singer. He is particularly noted as the founder and leader of the Palast Orchester....

    , born here
  • Hans Scharoun
    Hans Scharoun
    Bernhard Hans Henry Scharoun was a German architect best known for designing the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall and the in Löbau, Saxony. He was an important exponent of Organic architecture....

    , architect
  • Ernst Waldschmidt
    Ernst Waldschmidt
    Ernst Waldschmidt was a German orientalist and Indologist. He was a pupil of German indologist Emil Sieg....

    , born here
  • Klausjürgen Wussow
    Klausjürgen Wussow
    Klausjürgen Wussow , Germany, since 1945 Kamień Pomorski, Poland - June 19, 2007 in Rüdersdorf) was a German theatre- and very popular television actor. From 1960 until 1991 he was married to Austrian actress Ida Krottendorf. Together they had two children...

    , actor, attended the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium high school
  • Nicole Saft
    Nicole Safft , professionally known as Rollergirl, is a German singer with a number of successful tracks such as "Dear Jessie" and "Luv U More," the latter being a cover of a song by Sunscreem.The love for rollerskates developed early when working at a rollerskating rink...

    , eurodance vocalist of the Rollergirl project, and co-presenter of a handful of shows on German cable/satellite TV stations
  • Eckhart Tolle
    Eckhart Tolle
    Eckhart Tolle is a German-born Canadian resident, best known as the author of the The Power of Now and A New Earth, which were written in English. In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world...

    , spiritual teacher, born here

Main sights

  • Saint George's church
  • Saint Mary's church
  • Chateau of Schwansbell
  • Heinz-Hilpert theater
  • Colani-UFO

Twin towns

Lünen is twinned
Town twinning
Twin towns and sister cities are two of many terms used to describe the cooperative agreements between towns, cities, and even counties in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.- Terminology :...

 with: Salford
City of Salford
The City of Salford is a city and metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, England. It is named after its largest settlement, Salford, but covers a far larger area which includes the towns of Eccles, Swinton-Pendlebury, Walkden and Irlam which apart from Irlam each have a population of over...

, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 Kamień Pomorski
Kamien Pomorski
Kamień Pomorski is a town in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship of northwestern Poland. The capital of Kamień County, the town had 9,129 inhabitants as of June 30, 2008.- History :...

, Poland
Poland , officially the Republic of Poland , is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north...

Zwolle is a municipality and the capital city of the province of Overijssel, Netherlands, 120 kilometers northeast of Amsterdam. Zwolle has about 120,000 citizens.-History:...

, Netherlands
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...

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