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Viersen is the capital of the district of Viersen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Viersen
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Coat of arms of Viersen
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Location of Viersen within Viersen district
Viersen (district)North Rhine-WestphaliaKleve (district)Wesel (district)DuisburgKrefeldRhein-Kreis NeussMönchengladbachHeinsberg (district)NetherlandsNettetalTönisvorstGrefrathNiederkrüchtenBrüggenViersenWillichKempenSchwalmtalViersen in VIE.svg
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Viersen is located in Germany
Viersen
Viersen
Viersen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Viersen
Viersen
Coordinates: 51°15′22″N 6°23′50″E / 51.25611°N 6.39722°E / 51.25611; 6.39722Coordinates: 51°15′22″N 6°23′50″E / 51.25611°N 6.39722°E / 51.25611; 6.39722
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
DistrictViersen
Subdivisions4
Government
 • MayorSabine Anemüller (since 10/2015) (SPD)
Area
 • Total91.07 km2 (35.16 sq mi)
Elevation
40 m (130 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total76,905
 • Density840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
41747–41751
Dialling codes0 21 62
Vehicle registrationVIE
Websitewww.viersen.de

GeographyEdit

Viersen is situated approximately 8 km north-west of Mönchengladbach, 15 km south-west of Krefeld and 20 km east of Venlo (Netherlands).

Division of the townEdit

The city of Viersen is made up of three (formerly independent) cities: Süchteln, Dülken and Viersen, which combined in 1970, and one former village, Boisheim, which combined with Viersen in 1968.

EconomyEdit

The companies Mars Incorporated (chocolate bars) and the "Kaiser's Tengelmann AG" (supermarkets) are situated in one of Viersen's industrial districts named Dülken-Mackenstein.

CultureEdit

Recurring eventsEdit

  • International Jazz Festival in Viersen's Festival Hall (Festhalle). September
  • The World Championships of Carom billiards take place in Viersen's Festival Hall (Festhalle). March
  • Big Carnival Parades in all 3 city parts. The one in Dülken is one of the biggest and most traditional Parades in North Rhine-Westphalia. February
  • The Dülkener Schöppenmarkt, a type of flea/junk market, which takes place on the day after the last Carnival parade, is one of Germany's biggest. February
  • Big free-of-charge flea market in the Viersen's pedestrian zone where only children are allowed to sell. Biggest market of this type in Germany. Summer
  • "Viersen blüht" (Viersen is blooming) is a voluntary initiative which places arrangements and sculptures of flowers all over the city's pedestrian zone. Summer
  • International Biker Meeting, organized by the local biker-club "MC Viersen 1980 e.V.". 2nd weekend each September
  • Viersen Jazz Festival. 4th weekend each September
  • Big kite-flying-festival. Autumn
  • Eier & Speck Festival ("Eggs & Bacon Festival") is an Alternative, Punk and Indie rock festival founded in 2006 by the singer of local band "Ranzig", Christoph Tappeser ("Tappi"), and held annually in summer near the forest area "Hoher Busch". Line-up for 2008 were Clawfinger (Sweden), Knorkator (Berlin), The Shanes, Blue Babies, Custard Pies and others. 3000 visitors came in 2008 and tickets included the concerts, camping and breakfast. July or August
 
Viersen sculpture collection
Erwin Heerich: Monument

Main sightsEdit

TransportEdit

Viersen is connected to the region by a dense bus network and Viersen station. The station is served by various local and regional rail lines.

Notable peopleEdit

International relationsEdit

Viersen is twinned with:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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