|• Mayor||Stefan Caplan (CDU)|
|• Total||27.38 km2 (10.57 sq mi)|
|Elevation||88 - 251 m (−735 ft)|
|• Density||670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Burscheid is a town in the Rheinisch-Bergischer district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The town is known for its sub-communities (somewhat equivalent to the American concept of neighborhoods) and the town centre with its marketplace and churches.
Hans Dieter Kahrl (CDU) was first elected as Bürgermeister (mayor) in 1999. He was reelected in a general election on 26 September 2004 with 51.6% of the vote.
The current city council was elected with the following breakdown of political affiliations (again, as of the 2004 general election):
- CDU, 2,932 votes, 40.0% (1999: 47.4%)
- SPD, 1,989 votes, 27.2% (28.4%)
- Grüne, 745 votes, 10.2% (6.5%)
- UWG, 884 votes, 12.1% (8.5%)
- FDP, 767 votes, 10.5% (9.2%)
Burscheid is on the A1 Autobahn, and federal highway (Bundesstraße) 51 travels through the town. The Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg and Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr both operate bus lines that stop in Burscheid.
Bellinghausen - Benninhausen - Berghamberg - Berringhausen - Blasberg - Dierath - Dünweg - Dürscheid - Großbruch - Großhamberg - Grünscheid - Heddinghofen - Hilgen - Kaltenherberg - Kämersheide - Kippekofen - Kleinhamberg - Kuckenberg - Lungstraße - Nagelsbaum - Oberlandscheid - Oberwietsche - Ösinghausen- Repinghofen - Rötzinghofen - Sträßchen.
Hilgen (or Burscheid-Hilgen) is the second largest and most significant sub-community, next to the main town center (Burscheid itself). Hilgen is on the town's border with Wermelskirchen and has many of its own shops and restaurants. Most sub-communities in Burscheid are easily reachable by foot or bicycle.
Burscheid has its own public schools, swimming pool and volunteer fire department.
- Haus Landscheid is a former estate that belonged to the knight Heinrich von Nesselrode in 1731. It was the site of a restaurant from 1983 to 1998, but was abandoned from 1998 until recently. It is now a hotel and restaurant (updated Oct 2014).
- The Lambertsmühle (Lamberts Mill) is in the Wiehbach valley in the southwest of the town, and has been a museum since 1994. The mill's main exhibit is entitled "The Path from Grain to Bread."
- The Paffenlöher Steffi (in the neighboring community of Paffenlöh) is a local dance club.
- Paul Luchtenberg (1890-1973), co-founder of the FDP, Member of Bundestag, minister of culture of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.
- Wilhelm Schmidt, mayor of the town of Burscheid from 1894 to 1928
- Hugo Bernd, powder-wheeler
- Erich Richartz-Bertrams, (died 1973), industrialist and patron
Sons and daughters of the city
- Carl Pulfrich (1858-1927), physicist and optician
- Günter Wallraff (b. 1942), writer and undercover journalist
- Rüdiger Vollborn, (b. 1963), former Bundesliga goalkeeper of the neighboring football club Bayer 04 Leverkusen
- Karlheinz Stockhausen composer, (1928-2007), visited once the Burscheider Bürgerschule.
- Uwe Boll, (b. 1965), German director, producer and screenwriter
- Silke Gnad, (b. 1966), former national handball player
- Hansi Gnad, (b. 1963), former national basketball player
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