Erftstadt (German pronunciation: [ˈɛʁftˌʃtat] (About this soundlisten)) is a town located about 20 km south-west of Cologne in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The name of the town derives from the river which flows through it, the Erft. Carl Schurz, a German revolutionary, American statesman and reformer, and Union Army General in the American Civil War was born in Erftstadt-Liblar on March 2, 1829, as was Joseph Kentenich, a Catholic Priest of the Pallottine order and founder of the Schoenstatt Movement, on 16 November 1885. He is also remembered as a thinker, theologian, and educator. The town includes the castle "Schloss Gracht" It was built by Graf von Metternich, who also built the St. Alban church. In Erftstadt are four further schools: two Gymnasiums and two Realschulen. The largest gymnasium is the Ville-Gymnasium-Erftstadt, also known as VGE. Erftstadt is next to a forest called Ville. The neighbouring towns are: Brühl, Kerpen, Zülpich and Weilerswist.

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The courthouse in Erftstadt
The courthouse in Erftstadt
Coat of arms of Erftstadt
Location of Erftstadt within Rhein-Erft-Kreis district
Mettmann (district)Rhein-Erft-KreisNorth Rhine-WestphaliaHeinsberg (district)Rhein-Kreis NeussCologneWesselingRhein-Sieg-KreisDüren (district)Euskirchen (district)PulheimBergheimErftstadtHürthKerpenBedburgBrühlFrechenElsdorfErftstadt in BM.svg
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Erftstadt is located in Germany
Erftstadt
Erftstadt
Erftstadt is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Erftstadt
Erftstadt
Coordinates: 50°49′N 6°46′E / 50.817°N 6.767°E / 50.817; 6.767Coordinates: 50°49′N 6°46′E / 50.817°N 6.767°E / 50.817; 6.767
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionCologne
DistrictRhein-Erft-Kreis
Subdivisions18
Government
 • Mayor (2020–25) Carolin Weitzel[1] (CDU)
Area
 • Total119.88 km2 (46.29 sq mi)
Elevation
100 m (300 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total50,060
 • Density420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
50374
Dialling codes02235
Vehicle registrationBM
Websitewww.erftstadt.de

A landslide during the 2021 European floods led to the collapse of several houses.[3]

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Erftstadt is twinned with:[4]

Wards of ErftstadtEdit

The town of Erftstadt consists of the following 14 Stadtbezirke:

  • Ahrem
  • Blessem/Frauenthal
  • Bliesheim
  • Borr
  • Dirmerzheim
  • Erp
  • Friesheim
  • Gymnich
  • Herrig
  • Kierdorf
  • Köttingen
  • Lechenich
  • Liblar
  • Niederberg

Most of the town administration is in Liblar, the most populous Stadtbezirk. The second-most populous Stadtbezirk is Lechenich.

PersonalitiesEdit

 
Carl Schurz

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Death toll rises above 100 in German floods — as it happened | DW | 17.07.2021".
  4. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". erftstadt.de (in German). Erftstadt. Retrieved 2019-11-30.

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