Hagen is a city in the green, 42 percent of its area are 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.

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. Since then, Hagen has been 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.

Friedrich Ebert square with town hall tower and Volme shopping mall

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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, Cologne-Bonn (CGN IATA), Düsseldorf (DUS IATA) or Frankfurt Airport (FRA IATA) may be options.

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

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

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.



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