Heinsberg

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Heinsberg
Coat of arms of Heinsberg
Coat of arms
Heinsberg  is located in Germany
Heinsberg
Heinsberg
Coordinates: 51°03′47″N 06°05′47″E / 51.06306°N 6.09639°E / 51.06306; 6.09639Coordinates: 51°03′47″N 06°05′47″E / 51.06306°N 6.09639°E / 51.06306; 6.09639
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Heinsberg
Government
 • Mayor Wolfgang Dieder (CDU)
Area
 • Total 92.14 km2 (35.58 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 40,908
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 52525
Dialling codes 02452
Vehicle registration HS
Website www.heinsberg.de

Heinsberg is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the seat of the district Heinsberg. It is situated near the border with the Netherlands, on the river Wurm, approx. 20 km north-east of Sittard and 30 km south-west of Mönchengladbach.

Geography[edit]

Wassenberg is the town to the North of Heinsberg, Hückelhoven to the east, Waldfeucht and Gangelt to the west, and Geilenkirchen to the south. Two rivers flow through Heinsberg, the Wurm and the Rur. The Wurm flows into the Rur near to Rurkempen, a village of Heinsberg municipality.

"Rur" and "Wurm" near Heinsberg

Sights[edit]

St. Gangolf

The city of Heinsberg has only some old houses. The most of the city is destroyed in 1944. The main sights are:

  • St. Gangolf church
  • Castle ruins
  • Old district court
  • "Grünes Haus" (oldest house of the city)

Transport[edit]

Railway[edit]

The railway from Heinsberg to Geilenkirchen-Lindern, on the Aachen–Mönchengladbach railway, has been reopened for passenger traffic in December 2013. Passenger traffic had been suspended in 1980.[2] As of 2015, there is an hourly service from Heinsberg to Lindern, which continues to Aachen Hbf.[3]

The "Zug der Erinnerung" in the old station (2011)

Bus[edit]

The main bus station of Heinsberg is next to the train station. It is served by buses to several towns and villages in the district, including Erkelenz, Geilenkirchen, Wegberg, Gangelt, Waldfeucht and Selfkant-Tüddern. There is one swift bus, the SB 1 from Erkelenz to Geilenkirchen via Heinsberg.

Road[edit]

Heinsberg has two exits on the motorway A46 to Düsseldorf. The Bundesstraße 221 (Alsdorf - Straelen) passes through the town.

Industry[edit]

In the industry area of Heinsberg, and the industry area of Oberbruch (IPO) are many companies, very famous;

  • Enka Gmbh & Co KG
  • Hazet
  • Sera Aquaristic

Media[edit]

  • Heinsberger Newspaper
  • "Hs-Woche" a free weekly newspaper
  • The "Lokalzeit aus Aachen" a news broadcast from the WDR about Aachen and Heinsberg, too.
  • HS TV, a television transmitter
  • The radio transmitter "Welle West" was closed in 2007. Other radio stations, which include 100.5 and 107.8, provide news and weather reports for Heinsberg

Public Facilities[edit]

  • Office of the district Heinsberg
  • Police (district)
  • the district court
  • health office
  • jail

Creation and Schools[edit]

In Heinsberg possesses many elementary schools and kindergartens. There are two "Hauptschulen" and "Realschulen". There is a high school ("Gymnasium") in Heinsberg. Since 2007 there is a school for handicaped persons in the building of the former vocational school ("Berufschule").

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