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Coat of arms of Gummersbach
Coat of arms
Gummersbach   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°02′N 7°34′E / 51.033°N 7.567°E / 51.033; 7.567Coordinates: 51°02′N 7°34′E / 51.033°N 7.567°E / 51.033; 7.567
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Cologne
District Oberbergischer Kreis
 • Mayor Frank Helmenstein (CDU)
 • Total 95.39 km2 (36.83 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 49,665
 • Density 520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 51643, 51645, 51647
Dialling codes 02261, 02266 (Berghausen), 02354 (Lieberhausen), 02263 (Elbach)
Vehicle registration GM

Gummersbach is a town in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, being the district seat of the Oberbergischer Kreis. It is located 50 km east of Cologne.


In 1109 Gummersbach was mentioned in official documents for the first time. The document in question concerned the lowering of the episcopal tax for the church in Gummersbach by Archbishop Frederick I. At that time the name of the town was spelled as Gumeresbracht. Gummersbach received town privileges in 1857.

The coat of arms[edit]

The arms were granted on July 27, 1892. Gummersbach developed rapidly from a small village to a large city during the early 19th century, due to the metal and textile industry. The right part of the arms thus show a spindle as a symbol for the textile industry. The left part shows the arms of the Counts of the Mark, as the area belonged to the Mark since 1287.

Communities, localities and villages[edit]

Map of Gummersbach

Apfelbaum - Becke - Berghausen - Bernberg - Birnbaum - Börnchen - Bracht - Bredenbruch - Brink - Bruch - Brunohl - Berghausen - Deitenbach - Derschlag - Dieringhausen - Drieberhausen - Dümmlinghausen - Elbach - Erbland - Erlenhagen - Flaberg - Frömmersbach - Grünenthal - Gummeroth - Hardt - Hardt-Hanfgarten - Helberg - Herreshagen - Hesselbach - Höfen -Hömel - Hülsenbusch - Hunstig - Kalkuhl - Karlskamp - Koverstein - Lantenbach - Lieberhausen - Liefenroth - Lobscheid - Lützinghausen - Luttersiefen - Mühle - Neuenhaus - Neuenschmiede - Niedergelpe - Niedernhagen - Niederseßmar - Nochen - Oberrengse - Ohmig -Peisel - Piene - Rebbelroth - Recklinghausen - Reininghausen - Remmelsohl - Rodt - Rospe - Schneppsiefen - Schönenberg - Schusterburg - Sonnenberg - Steinenbrück - Straße - Strombach - Unnenberg - Veste - Vollmerhausen - Waldesruh - Wasserfuhr - Windhagen - Wörde - Würden

Main sights[edit]

  • The Vogteihaus, former residence of the Vogt, built in 1700. It is also referred to as die Burg ("the castle"), and lies in the town center, on the Kaiserstraße.
  • The Bunte Kerke ("colourful church") in the village Lieberhausen, a Protestant church with medieval wall paintings.
  • The Protestant church of the village Hülsenbusch, rebuilt in the 18th century after a fire, in Baroque style.


  • Communal elementary schools in the towncentre and the districts Becke, Bernberg, Derschlag, Dieringhausen, Hülsenbusch, Niederseßmar, Steinenbrück and Windhagen
  • Jakob Moreno school, school for learning-disabled children
  • Town secondary school Gummersbach-Hepel,
  • Town secondary school Gummersbach-Steinberg
  • Town high school - Grotenbach,
  • Town high school - Moltkestrasse,
  • Occupational lecture Gummersbach
  • Business school Gummersbach
  • Advanced technical college of Cologne, campus Gummersbach,
  • Educational centrum upper mountain for technology and economy
  • Music school Gummersbach e. V.
  • Town comprehensive school,
  • Waldorf School Oberberg,

Twin towns[edit]

Gummersbach is twinned with:[2]


The men's team VfL Gummersbach was one of the most successful handball teams of Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. It is still in the top league of the German handball competition: the Handball-Bundesliga.

Notable people[edit]


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