Herne (hĕrˈnə) [key], city (1994 pop. 180,540), North Rhine–Westphalia, W Germany, a port on the Rhine-Herne Canal. It is an industrial center of the Ruhr district, with foundries. Manufactures include textiles, chemicals, machinery, and beer. Since 1975 the city has included Wanne-Eickel (a neighboring port on the canal), which was formed in 1926 by merging Wanne (first mentioned A.D. 890) and Eickel (first mentioned 1150).