Erft

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Erft
Erft Grevenbroich.jpg
Erft near Grevenbroich
Origin Himberg, near Nettersheim, Eifel
Mouth Rhine
51°11′3″N 6°43′54″E / 51.18417°N 6.73167°E / 51.18417; 6.73167Coordinates: 51°11′3″N 6°43′54″E / 51.18417°N 6.73167°E / 51.18417; 6.73167
Basin countries Germany
Length 103 km

The Erft is a river in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It flows through the foothills of the Eifel, and joins the Lower Rhine (left tributary). Its origin is near Nettersheim, and its mouth in Neuss-Grimlinghausen south of the Josef-Cardinal-Frings-bridge. The river is 103 km long, which is significantly shorter than it was originally. Due to the open-pit mining of lignite in the Hambacher Loch, the flow of the river had to be changed.

The Erft gave its name to the town of Erftstadt, through which it flows, as well as to the Rhein-Erft district. It also flows through the towns of Bad Münstereifel, Euskirchen, Bergheim, Bedburg and Grevenbroich.