Wesel (district)

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Wesel
District
North rhine w wes grey.png
Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Düsseldorf
Founded 1975
Capital Wesel
Area
 • Total 1,042.4 km2 (402.5 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total 458,329
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration WES,DIN,MO
Website http://www.kreis-wesel.de

Wesel (German pronunciation: [ˈveːzəl]) is a Kreis (district) in the northwestern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Borken, Recklinghausen, district-free cities Bottrop, Oberhausen, Duisburg and Krefeld, districts Viersen, Cleves.

History[edit]

The district was created in 1975 by merging former districts Dinslaken, Moers and Rees, which were all created in 1816 when the area became part of Prussia.

Geography[edit]

The main river through the district is the River Rhine.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The coat of arms show a willow tree with 13 branches representing the 13 municipalities and cities in the district. The green color as well as the tree was chosen to show that the city is surrounded by a green belt. The coat of arms was granted in 1978.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Dinslaken
  2. Hamminkeln
  3. Kamp-Lintfort
  4. Moers
  5. Neukirchen-Vluyn
  6. Rheinberg
  7. Voerde
  8. Wesel
  9. Xanten
  1. Alpen
  2. Hünxe
  3. Schermbeck
  4. Sonsbeck

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kreis Wesel at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°40′N 6°40′E / 51.67°N 6.67°E / 51.67; 6.67