Viersen

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Viersen
Pano remigiusplatz.jpg
Coat of arms of Viersen
Coat of arms
Viersen is located in Germany
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
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Viersen
Subdivisions 4
Government
 • Mayor Günter Thönnessen (SPD)
Area
 • Total 91.07 km2 (35.16 sq mi)
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 74,907
 • Density 820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 41747–41751
Dialling codes 0 21 62
Vehicle registration VIE
Website www.viersen.de

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]

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.

Culture[edit]

Recurring events[edit]

  • 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 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
Erwin Heerich: Monument

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]

International relations[edit]

Viersen is twinned with:

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