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Willingen is a community in Waldeck-Frankenbergmarker in northern Hessemarker, Germanymarker, some 80 km west of Kasselmarker.

Willingen is regularly advertised as Willingen Hochsauerland and Willingen (Upland).



Willingen is found in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in the Upland (a German name, not the English word). Its main town stretches between two river valleys, the Hoppecke in the west and the Itter in the east.

Neighbouring communities

Willingen borders in the north on the community of Diemelseemarker, in the east on the town of Korbachmarker, in the south on the community of Medebachmarker, and in the west on the towns of Winterbergmarker, Olsbergmarker and Brilonmarker (all three in the Hochsauerlandkreismarker in North Rhine-Westphaliamarker).

Constituent communities

View from the Kahlen Pön (774 m) over Usseln
Willingen consists of the following centres:
  • Bömighausen, 300 inhabitants (as of 1 September 2003)
  • Eimelrod, 600 inhabitants
  • Hemmighausen, 100 inhabitants
  • Neerdar, 100 inhabitants
  • Rattlar, 400 inhabitants
  • Schwalefeld, 900 inhabitants
  • Usseln, 2,100 inhabitants
  • Welleringhausen, 100 inhabitants
  • Willingen, 3,500 inhabitants


Willingen was founded in 1974 in the second municipal reform by uniting the villages of Bömighausen, Eimelrod, Hemmighausen, Neerdar, Rattlar, Schwalefeld, Welleringhausen and the climatic spas of Usseln and Willingen. Until 1929, Willingen belonged to the Free State of Waldeck, after which it passed to Prussia.


Municipal council

Willingen's council is made up of 31 councillors, with seats apportioned thus, in accordance with municipal elections held on 26 March 2006:
CDU 11 seats
SPD 10 seats
FDP 5 seats
FWG 5 seats
Note: FWG is a citizens' coalition.

Coat of arms

The field is parted horizontally, below the middle, by a row of interlocking arrows between the gold above and the green below. It is meant, of course, to look like treetops, and refers to the Upland's extensive woods. There are two charges, one inside the other. The eight-pointed black star is the ubiquitous – in terms of the local civic heraldry – Star of Waldeck, borne centuries ago by the Counts of Waldeck when they held sway over the area. The snowflake is included as a charge within the star and is representative of the community's status as a winter resort.

The community was granted this coat of arms on 12 June 1974.

Culture and sightseeing

Willingen's landmark is the great railway bridge, "Das Viadukt", built about 1918. The community thrives mainly on tourism. There were 1.3 million overnight stays in 2003, and attractions include winter sports and bowling clubs.

Regular events

Mühlenkopfschanze at World Cup 2002
Among Willingen's greatest events are the International Ski Federation's yearly World Cup Ski-jumping competition at the Mühlenkopfschanzemarker (a ski-jump arena with seats for 100,000) and the yearly "Mountainbike-Event" at the Ettelsberg (mountain) to which 35,000 spectators came in 2005. Nearby lie the trails of Bike Arena Sauerland.


Willingen lies on the Uplandbahn railway line between Korbachmarker and Brilonmarker-Wald.


  1. Willingen, Germany Page

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