Engers

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Engers, as seen from the Rhine
former coat of arms

Engers is an district of Neuwied on the right banks of the river Rhine in Germany located next to Koblenz in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Engers has 5,367 inhabitants. It is highwater-endangered by its direct contact with the river Rhine.

City history[edit]

9th Armored Division halftracks advance through Engers March 27, 1945
  • The eldest evidences for settlements reach back to 800 - 600BC. A cemetery of the Iron Age was discovered nearby Engers.
  • An important historic event was the military activity under Julius Caesar in 55 BC at the town Urmitz with the goal to punish the Germanic Sicambris.
  • Around 400 AC a Roman castellum was built. Its ruins can still be seen today.
  • 1412 Engers received river tax rights, but they were soon given back to Koblenz because of the adverse position of the Rhine-banks at Engers.
  • In 1662 the pestilence killed nearly all families of Engers except six of them. Families from the nearby village Reil relocated to Engers afterwards, thus Engers started expanding again.
  • 1938 Under the Nazi regime Jewish families were banished from Engers.
  • 1945, the German army destroyed in 1945 the Engers bridge, ignoring the fleeing people still crossing the bridge.
  • Until 1970, Engers was an independent minor city, but in this year it was forced to become in-municipated as a district of Neuwied. With this act Engers lost its independence and its city-status.
  • 1995 the Villa Musika trust of the Engers-chateau opened its own academy of music. In the year 2003 the country's academy of music of Mainz was relocated to Engers.

Tourist attractions[edit]

A well known tourist attractions in the region of Neuwied and Koblenz is the Engers chateau. It was built around 1760 by the aristocrat Johann Philip von Waldersdorff as a summer-residence and hunting lodge. Today it is a popular touristic attraction for its music-events and touristic guidings.

The old city hall (built around 1642) and the princely inn "Schloss-Schenke" (built 1621) are placed directly in front of the Engers chateau.

Engers station was built 1869 as an importance junction for passenger and freight transport on the East Rhine Railway between Koblenz and Cologne.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Nocturnal guided walkings through the town are conducted twice a month. Their invention was a surprising success.

It's an old tradition of hikers to throw clippies into the Rhine at the Engers banks.

Literature[edit]

  • Arbeitskreis 650 Jahre Stadtrechte Engers (Editor): Engers. Der Ort. Seine Geschichte. Geiger-Verlag, Horb am Neckar 2007, ISBN 978-3-86595-186-1.

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Coordinates: 50°25′47″N 7°34′13″E / 50.42972°N 7.57028°E / 50.42972; 7.57028