A town located in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the eastern part of the Ruhr District, between Sauerland and Münsterland, in the Unna District. The earliest mention of the town dates back to the 13th century when the land lords, earls von der Mark, ordered a town to be built in the place where the Seseke River was easy to cross. Kamen's town charter was confirmed in 1346. The town started to develop rapidly after the construction of the Cologne - Mindener railway line, and the economic prosperity came after the opening of the "Monopol" coal mine in 1873.
Among the architectural pearls of the town there is St. Paul's church with a characteristic leaning tower. It is also worth visiting the Technology Centre opened in 1994 which promotes innovations and technological progress.
The cosy atmosphere of the local pubs, bars and cafes, as well as the rich cultural and entertainment offer make it possible for both the inhabitants and visitors to spend their free time pleasantly in Kamen. Culture and art are among the most interesting aspect of social life in this town. Concerts of classical and modern music, theatrical performances, conferences and various events take place in the Kamener Stadthalle, a concert hall and music school. There is also a library, the town archives and a museum there.
Since 3 May 2002 Kamen has been a partner town of Sulęcin.