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Moers (German pronunciation: [ˈmœʁs] (About this soundlisten); older form: Mörs; archaic Dutch: Murse, Murs or Meurs) is a German city on the western bank of the Rhine, close to Duisburg. Moers belongs to the district of Wesel.

Moers Castle (2014)
Moers Castle (2014)
Flag of Moers
Coat of arms of Moers
Coat of arms
Location of Moers within Wesel district
Moers in WES.svg
Moers is located in Germany
Moers is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°27′33″N 6°37′11″E / 51.45917°N 6.61972°E / 51.45917; 6.61972Coordinates: 51°27′33″N 6°37′11″E / 51.45917°N 6.61972°E / 51.45917; 6.61972
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
 • MayorChristoph Fleischhauer (CDU)
 • Total67.68 km2 (26.13 sq mi)
23 m (75 ft)
 • Total103,902
 • Density1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
47441 - 47447
Dialling codes0 28 41
Vehicle registrationMO (alternative: WES or DIN)


The County of Moers in 1635

Known earliest from 1186, the county of Moers was an independent principality within the Holy Roman Empire.

During the Eighty Years' War it was alternately captured by Spanish and Dutch troops, as it bordered the Upper Quarter of Guelders. During the war it finally fell to Maurice of Orange. As it was separated from the Dutch Republic by Spanish Upper Guelders it did not become an integral part of the Republic, though Dutch troops were stationed there.

After the death of William III of Orange in 1702, Moers was inherited by the king of Prussia. All Dutch troops and civil servants were expelled.

In 1795 it was annexed by France. At the Congress of Vienna, in 1815 it was returned to Prussia and in 1871 it became part of the German Empire.

A target of the Oil Campaign of World War II, the Steinkohlenbergwerke (English: coal mine) Rheinpreussen synthetic oil plant in Moers,[2] was partially dismantled post-war.

Significant minority groups
Nationality Population (2014)
  Turkey 4,245
  Italy 725
  Poland 586
  Serbia 427
  Croatia 327


The illuminated, 30 meters high mining lamp memorial by Otto Piene on the spoil tip Halde Rheinpreußen in the north of Moers during the blue hour
  • 1815–1820: Wilhelm Urbach
  • 1822–1830: von Nievenheim
  • 1830–1850: Friedrich Adolf Vinmann
  • 1850–1859: Karl von Strampff
  • 1860–1864: Gottlieb Meumann
  • 1864–1897: Gustav Kautz
  • 1898–1910: August Craemer
  • 1910–1915: Richard Glum
  • 1917–1937: Fritz Eckert
  • 1937–1941: Fritz Grüttgen
  • 1943–1945: Peter Linden
  • 1945–1946: Otto Maiweg
  • 1946: Karl Peschken
  • 1946–1952: Wilhelm Müller
  • 1952–1977: Albin Neuse (SPD)
  • 1977–1999: Wilhelm Brunswick (SPD)
  • 1999–2004: Rafael Hofmann (CDU)
  • 2004–2014: Norbert Ballhaus (SPD)
  • 2014–0000: Christoph Fleischhauer (CDU)


In 1985, the Moers Sports Club (volleyball) was formed, winning the 1989 Bundesliga championship.

Notable peopleEdit

Birthplace of Gerhard Tersteegen

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Moers is twinned with:[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2019" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Index - Tom Reel 304 : Documents taken from Steinkohlenbergwerk Rheinpreussen, Moers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  3. ^ "Partnerstädte der Stadt Moers". (in German). Moers. Retrieved 2021-02-26.

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