Recklinghausen (district)

Recklinghausen (German pronunciation: [ʁɛklɪŋˈhaʊzən]) is a Kreis (district) in the centre of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is surrounded by the neighbouring districts of Borken, Coesfeld, Unna, Gelsenkirchen, Bottrop, and Wesel. The district administration is located in the city of the same name.

Recklinghausen
Flag of Recklinghausen
Coat of arms of Recklinghausen
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionMünster
CapitalRecklinghausen
Area
 • Total760.27 km2 (293.54 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2020)[1]
 • Total613,599
 • Density810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationRE, GLA, CAS

Apart from the Region Hannover, Kreis Recklinghausen is the largest non-city district in Germany by population.[2]

HistoryEdit

During medieval times, the area surrounding present-day Recklinghausen was known as Vest Recklinghausen, a territory which belonged to the Electorate of Cologne. From 1446 to 1576, this area was leased to the lordship of Gemen (now a part of the city Borken) and Schaumburg-Lippe. In 1811, the territory was added to the Grand Duchy of Berg, and in 1815 it became part of the Prussian Province of Westphalia.[citation needed]

The district was created in 1816. After several changes it obtained its present borders with the last reorganizations of 1975–76.[citation needed] It is also one of the oldest districts located in Germany.[citation needed]

GeographyEdit

The district Recklinghausen is located at the north of the Ruhr area with the urban parts of Ruhr area to the south and the rural Münsterland to the north.[3] The Lippe River flows through the district.

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms show a silver nettle leaf on green ground - the sign of the Herrlichkeit Lembeck, an Amt (subdivision) in the clerical state of Münster. The black cross is the sign of the Bishops of Cologne who owned a big part of the district's area, the Vest Recklinghausen. The key inside the cross symbolizes St. Peter, the patron of Cologne.[4]

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

 
Towns and municipalities in Kreis Recklinghausen
  1. Castrop-Rauxel
  2. Datteln
  3. Dorsten
  4. Gladbeck
  1. Haltern am See
  2. Herten
  3. Marl
  4. Oer-Erkenschwick
  1. Recklinghausen
  2. Waltrop

Partner districtsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Regionales".
  3. ^ "Recklinghausen | Germany | Britannica".
  4. ^ "Wappen der deutschen Stadt- und Landkreise – Heraldik-Wiki".
  5. ^ http://www.kreis-re.de/Inhalte/Buergerservice/Zahlen_Daten_Fakten/_Partnerkreise.asp

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kreis Recklinghausen at Wikimedia Commons:

Coordinates: 51°40′N 7°10′E / 51.67°N 7.17°E / 51.67; 7.17