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Protestant church
Protestant church
Coat of arms of Frechen
Coat of arms
Frechen  is located in Germany
Location of Frechen within Rhein-Erft-Kreis district
Mettmann (district)Rhein-Erft-KreisNorth Rhine-WestphaliaHeinsberg (district)Rhein-Kreis NeussCologneWesselingRhein-Sieg-KreisDüren (district)Euskirchen (district)PulheimBergheimErftstadtHürthKerpenBedburgBrühlFrechenElsdorfFrechen in BM.svg
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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 Cologne
District Rhein-Erft-Kreis
 • Mayor Susanne Stupp (CDU)
 • Total 45.11 km2 (17.42 sq mi)
Elevation 58 - 158 m (−500 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 52,171
 • 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). In the late 18th century lignite was 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. From the 1980s onwards an increasing number of industrial, commercial and service enterprises choose Frechen as their location, so that the town changed its features consirebaly.


As of December 31, 2015 there were 51,999 inhabitants registered.

Local council (Stadtrat)[edit]

Elections were held in May 2014.

  • CDU: 20 seats
  • SPD: 14 seats
  • Alliance 90/The Greens: 6 seats
  • FDP: 2 seats
  • The Left: 2 seats
  • Perspektive für Frechen: 2 seats

Sons and daughters of the city[edit]


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