Viersen is the capital of the district of Viersen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Geography [ edit ]
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 town [ edit ]
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.
Economy [ edit ]
Mars Incorporated (chocolate bars) and the "Kaiser's Tengelmann AG" (supermarkets) are situated in one of Viersen's industrial districts named Dülken-Mackenstein.
Culture [ edit ]
Recurring events [ edit ]
International Jazz Festival in Viersen's Festival Hall (Festhalle).
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 Indierock-Festival, grounded in 2006 by the singer of the local Band "Ranzig", Christoph Tappeser ("Tappi") and is organized since 2006 every year in summer at a forest-area, called "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 the tickets included the shows, camping and breakfast.
July or August
Viersen sculpture collection
Main sights [ edit ]
Transport [ edit ]
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 people [ edit ]
Gustav von Mevissen (1815–1899), businessman and politician
Illa Martin (1900–1988), dendrologist, botanist, conservationist and dentist
Albert Vigoleis Thelen (1903–1989) author and translator (from Portuguese)
Hilde Bruch (1904–1984), psychoanalyst
Erik Martin (*1936), writer, editor, songwriter and composer of songs
Helmut Reisen (*1950), economist
Holger Henke (*1960), political scientist
Till Brönner (*1971), jazz musician, trumpet player, singer, composer, arranger and producer
Mirja Boes (*1971), comedian, actress, and singer
Udo Voigt, german politician
International relations [ edit ]
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