Engers has 5,367 inhabitants. It is highwater-endangered by its direct contact with the river Rhine.
- The eldest evidences for settlements reach back to 800 - 600BC. A cemetery of the Iron Age was discovered nearby Engers.
- An important historic event was the military activity under Julius Caesar in 55 BC at the town Urmitz with the goal to punish the Germanic Sicambris.
- Around 400 AC a Roman castellum was built. Its ruins can still be seen today.
- In 1357, Engers received market rights by German imperator Charles IV.
- In 1412, Engers received river tax rights, but they were soon given back to Koblenz because of the adverse position of the Rhine-banks at Engers.
- In 1662, the pestilence killed nearly all families of Engers except six of them. Families from the nearby village Reil relocated to Engers afterwards, thus Engers started expanding again.
- In 1938, under the Nazi regime Jewish families were banished from Engers.
- In 1945, the German army destroyed the Engers-Urmitz bridge (formerly named Kronprinz-Wilhelm-Brücke), ignoring fleeing comrads and civilians still crossing the bridge.
- Until 1970, Engers was an independent minor city, but in this year it was forced to become in-municipated as a district of Neuwied. With this act, Engers lost its independence and its city-status.
- In 1995, the Villa Musika trust of the Engers-chateau opened its own academy of music. In the year 2003 the country's academy of music of Mainz was relocated to Engers.
A well known tourist attractions in the region of Neuwied and Koblenz is the Engers chateau. It was built around 1760 by the aristocrat Johann Philip von Waldersdorff as a summer-residence and hunting lodge. Today it is a popular touristic attraction for its music-events and touristic guidings.
The old city hall (built around 1642) and the princely inn "Schloss-Schenke" (built 1621) are placed directly in front of the Engers chateau.
Nocturnal guided walkings through the town are conducted twice a month. Their invention was a surprising success.
It's an old tradition of hikers to throw clippies into the Rhine at the Engers banks.
- Arbeitskreis 650 Jahre Stadtrechte Engers (Editor): Engers. Der Ort. Seine Geschichte. Geiger-Verlag, Horb am Neckar 2007, ISBN 978-3-86595-186-1.
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- Engerser Convent - biggest barock-concert in Rhineland-Palatinate (German)
- Engers chateau (German)
- Engers associations - homepage (German)
- Short documentation on Engers by the Südwestrundfunk television (German)