View of Warstein with St. Pancratius and the Old Church

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 51°27′N 8°21′E / 51.450°N 8.350°E / 51.450; 8.350Coordinates: 51°27′N 8°21′E / 51.450°N 8.350°E / 51.450; 8.350
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Soest
  Mayor Manfred Gödde (BG)
  Total 157.91 km2 (60.97 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 25,407
  Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59581
Dialling codes 02902 (Warstein),
02925 (Allagen)
Vehicle registration SO
Website www.warstein.de

Warstein ([ˈvaːɐ̯ˌʃtaɪn]) is a town in the district of Soest, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located at the north end of the Sauerland.


Warstein is located north of the Arnsberger Wald (forest) at a brook called Wäster. The area south of the city is mostly forested; the lightly forested Haarstrang mountain is to the north. The river Möhne flows between these two areas. The highest elevation is 581 m (1,906 ft) in the south of the city near a hill called Stimm Stamm; the lowest elevation is 216 m (709 ft) in the village Waldhausen in the north.

Neighbouring municipalities

The following towns border Warstein (clockwise, beginning in the north): Anröchte, Rüthen, Bestwig, Meschede, Arnsberg, Möhnesee, Bad Sassendorf.

Division of the town

Warstein consists of the following 9 districts:

  • Allagen
  • Belecke
  • Hirschberg
  • Mülheim
  • Niederbergheim
  • Sichtigvor
  • Suttrop
  • Waldhausen
  • Warstein


Evidence of human life was found in the Bilstein Cave between Warstein and Hirschberg. Warstein was first mentioned officially in 1072. Historians once thought Warstein was organized as an official town in 1276, but that is incorrect. It probably became a town in the same year as Belecke in 1296. In the Middle Ages Warstein was part of the Hanseatic League, that is a trade association for guilds, a very important international trading association at that time. A fire in 1802 destroyed big parts of the town. After that the town centre was moved to the Wester brook. In 1844 the Amt Warstein was founded. It was part of the Archbishopric of Cologne until 1902. In 1975 Warstein and the other eight independent villages merged to form the new borough of Warstein.

The decrease of population in Warstein since 1998:

List of mayors

International relations

Warstein is twinned with:


The largest employer in Warstein is the Warsteiner Brauerei founded in 1753. It is one of the largest breweries in Germany and is famous all over the world.



  1. "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 18 July 2016.
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