Geilenkirchen

Geilenkirchen (German pronunciation: [ˈɡaɪlənkɪʁçn̩] (listen), Ripuarian: Jellekerke [ˈjæləˌkæʀ˦(ə)kə]) is a town in the district Heinsberg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated near the border with the Netherlands, on the river Wurm, approx. 15 km (9.3 mi) north-east of Heerlen and 20 km (12.4 mi) north of Aachen.

Geilenkirchen
Aerial view
Aerial view
Coat of arms of Geilenkirchen
Location of Geilenkirchen within Heinsberg district
Geilenkirchen in HS.svg
Geilenkirchen is located in Germany
Geilenkirchen
Geilenkirchen
Geilenkirchen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Geilenkirchen
Geilenkirchen
Coordinates: 50°57′55″N 6°07′10″E / 50.96528°N 6.11944°E / 50.96528; 6.11944Coordinates: 50°57′55″N 6°07′10″E / 50.96528°N 6.11944°E / 50.96528; 6.11944
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionKöln
DistrictHeinsberg
Subdivisions13
Government
 • Mayor (2020–25) Daniela Ritzerfeld[1] (Ind.)
Area
 • Total83 km2 (32 sq mi)
Elevation
95 m (312 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total27,518
 • Density330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
52511
Dialling codes02451; 02453; 02462
Vehicle registrationHS, ERK, GK
Websitewww.geilenkirchen.de

It was the site of Operation Clipper in November 1944.

The town gives its name to nearby NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The base is home to 17 E-3A airborne early warning and control aircraft manned by crews from 14 nations.

On July 24, 2019 the highest temperature ever recorded in Germany was measured in Geilenkirchen with 40.5 °C (104.9 °F) during a heat wave that affected much of Europe.[3] The record was broken the following day when temperature in Lingen reached 42.6 °C (108.7 °F).[4]

Born in GeilenkirchenEdit

  • Ludolf Camphausen (1803–1890), banker, Prussian minister president in the revolutionary year 1848
  • Otto von Camphausen (1812–1896), Prussian Finance Minister
  • Christoph Dohmen (born 1957), professor of the Old Testament at the University of Regensburg
  • Hans Meyer (1900–1962), German physician and ministerial official
  • Max Wilms (1867–1918), German physician and surgeon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 21 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ Waidner, Jannik. "In Geilenkirchen in NRW: 40,5 Grad – Neuer Hitzerekord in Deutschland". Faz.net – via www.faz.net.
  4. ^ "Neuer Hitzerekord: 42,6 °C in Lingen (Emsland)!". www.nwzonline.de.