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Coat of arms of Erkrath
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Erkrath  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°13′26″N 06°54′53″E / 51.22389°N 6.91472°E / 51.22389; 6.91472Coordinates: 51°13′26″N 06°54′53″E / 51.22389°N 6.91472°E / 51.22389; 6.91472
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Mettmann
 • Mayor Christoph Schultz (CDU)
 • Total 26.89 km2 (10.38 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 43,639
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 40699
Dialling codes 0211, 02104, 02129, 02103
Vehicle registration ME

Erkrath is a town in the district of Mettmann, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


Erkrath is situated on the river Düssel, directly east of Düsseldorf and west of Wuppertal, close to the famous Neandertal. It has two stations, Erkrath station, which is served by Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn line S 8, and Erkrath Nord station, which is served by S-Bahn line S 28, both at 20 minute intervals.


In that part of Neandertal, which is located in Erkrath, in the summer of 1856, quarry workers discovered the fossilised remains of what became known as the Neanderthal man or Homo Neanderthalensis in Feldhof cave. The name Erkrath was first mentioned in 1148. Erkrath received town rights in 1966. In 1975, the municipality of Hochdahl was incorporated into Erkrath. As well its former borough Unterbach was incorporated into Düsseldorf. Only a part of Unterbach called Unterfeldhaus remained as now a borough of its own with Erkrath. Erkrath today has three local parts: Erkrath, Hochdahl and Unterfeldhaus.


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