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Protestant church
Protestant church
Coat of arms of Frechen
Coat of arms
Frechen  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°55′N 6°49′E / 50.917°N 6.817°E / 50.917; 6.817Coordinates: 50°55′N 6°49′E / 50.917°N 6.817°E / 50.917; 6.817
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region KölnSandhügel am Quarzwerk
District Rhein-Erft-Kreis
 • Mayor Hans-Willi Meier (CDU)
 • Total 45.11 km2 (17.42 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 51,999
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 50226
Dialling codes 02234
Vehicle registration BM

Frechen is a town in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Frechen was first mentioned in 877. It is situated at the western Cologne city border.

It is the site of the 1257 Battle of Frechen between Conrad von Hochstaden, Archbishop of Cologne and the people of the town. In the 16th century it acquired a name for its terra cotta artifacts, especially the "Bartmannskrug" (beardman jug). Later in the 18th century lignite was first industrially mined. Digging for lignite dominated the city's economy until the end of the 20th century. In 1891 the first briquette factory was opened. On 2 September 1951 Frechen received its city-rights including the villages of Bachem, Hücheln and Buschbell. On 1 January 1975 the nearby villages of Grefrath, Habbelrath, Königsdorf and Neufreimersdorf were also incorporated.

As of January 31, 2008 there were 51.387 inhabitants registered.



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