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Hagen is a city in the green: 42 percent of its area is covered by woods and forests, and four rivers meet on the city grounds: the rivers Ruhr, Lenne, Volme and Ennepe. It is one of 23 towns in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and is situated between the industrialized Ruhr area in the north and the rangy Sauerland in the south. In 2020, it was home to 189,000 people.


Friedrich Ebert square with town hall tower and Volme shopping mall

Hagen was of little significance until the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, when the trip hammers provided the growing industry with products and led to a modest prosperity of the area. In the 19th century, Hagen became an important railway junction, and a traffic junction in the 20th century, with an urban population of 230,000 inhabitants at its peak in 1975. Hagen was hit by the steel and coal crisis of the late 20th century, and its peripheral position at the edge of the Ruhr area has led to a 20 percent reduction of population.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Dortmund airport (DTM IATA) 15 km north of Hagen is home of several low-cost airlines and serves mainly national and European travellers. If you are arriving from farther away, Düsseldorf (DUS IATA, Cologne-Bonn (CGN IATA) or Frankfurt Airport (FRA IATA) may be options.

By train[edit]

Hagen's central station (1 Hagen Hauptbahnhof Hagen Hauptbahnhof on Wikipedia) is the junction of nationwide Deutsche Bahn and regional railway lines with connections to most major cities.

Regional Train Services 2024
Line Route Information
RE4 Dortmund – Hagen – Wuppertal – Düsseldorf – Mönchengladbach – Aachen
RE7 Rheine – Münster – Hamm – Hagen – Wuppertal – Köln – Krefeld
RE13 Hamm – Dortmund – Hagen – Wuppertal – Düsseldorf – Mönchengladbach – Venlo(NL)
RE16 Essen – Bochum – Hagen – Iserlohn
RE17 Kassel – Warburg – Schwerte – Hagen
RB40 Essen – Bochum – Witten – Hagen
RB52 Dortmund - Herdecke - Hagen - Rummenohl - (Lüdenscheid)
RB91 Iserlohn – Hagen-Hohenlimburg – Hagen stops at all local stations
S5 Dortmund – Witten – Wetter – Hagen
S8 Mönchengladbach – Düsseldorf – Wuppertal – Hagen

Service RE34 Dortmund - Witten - Siegen bypasses the central station and instead stops at 2 Hohenlimburg station Hohenlimburg station on Wikipedia, a suburban stop a few kilometres outside the city.

By car[edit]

Hagen is situated at the crossing of three main motorways, A1, A45 and A46.

Get around[edit]

Map of Hagen

Public transportation services are handled by the public transport operator Hagener Straßenbahn AG, which is part of the public transport association Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (abbreviated VRR). Some people say, walking is the best.

  • 3 Public Transport Information (KundenCenter City), Körnerstr. 25. M-F 08:30-18:00, Sa 09:00-14:00.
  • 4 Public Transport Information (KundenCenter Bahnhof), Graf-von-Galen-Ring 24. M-F 09:00-17:00, closed Sa Su.




  • 3 LWL-Freilichtmuseum Hagen (Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Handwerk und Technik), Mäckingerbach (Bus 84, 512, NE4 Freilichtmusem stop, car B54 then Eilper Str. then Selbecker Str., limited parking), +49 23 31 78 070. Tu-F 09:00-17:30 Sa 09:00-18:00. Open-air museum of handicraft and technology at Hagen-Eilpe. Various old buildings have been re-assembled here and showcase old technology and ways. under 18 free, adults €8.00.
  • 4 Osthaus Museum Hagen, Museumsplatz 3, +49 23 31 20 73 138. Art gallery at Hagen-City
  • 5 [dead link] Emil Schumacher Museum, Museumsplatz 2, +49 23 31 30 60 066. Museum of modern art at Hagen-City.


  • Walking in the hills surrounding the city centre, with an excellent network of hiking trails.
  • Cycling along the rivers flowing through the city, and along the adjacent lakes of the Ruhr valley, like the 1 Lake Hengstey Hengsteysee on Wikipedia.
  • 2 MERKUR Spielbank Hohensyburg (Casino Hohensyburg), Hohensyburger Str. 200, Dortmund (By car: A 1 Exit 87 or A45 Exit 7 Dortmund-Süd follow signs for HA-Hohenyburg, By bus from Hagen take bus 512 to Syburg stop), +49 231 77400, . Su-Th 11:00-03:00 F Sa 11:00-04:00. Casino above the hangs of Lake Hengstey, access for persons 18+ with passport or european ID card only, dresscode applies, gamble responsibly. Day Ticket €5.00. Casino Hohensyburg (Q2801393) on Wikidata


There are two malls in the city, Volme Galerie and Rathaus Galerie.




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