Kempen, Germany

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Old School Street
Old School Street
Coat of arms of Kempen
Location of Kempen within Viersen district
Viersen (district)North Rhine-WestphaliaKleve (district)Wesel (district)DuisburgKrefeldRhein-Kreis NeussMönchengladbachHeinsberg (district)NetherlandsNettetalTönisvorstGrefrathNiederkrüchtenBrüggenViersenWillichKempenSchwalmtalKempen in VIE.svg
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Kempen is located in Germany
Kempen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°21′57″N 6°25′10″E / 51.36583°N 6.41944°E / 51.36583; 6.41944Coordinates: 51°21′57″N 6°25′10″E / 51.36583°N 6.41944°E / 51.36583; 6.41944
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
 • Mayor (2020–25) Christoph Dellmann[1]
 • Total68.79 km2 (26.56 sq mi)
Highest elevation
68 m (223 ft)
Lowest elevation
30 m (100 ft)
 • Total34,562
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02152 / 02845
Vehicle registrationVIE / KK

Kempen (German: [ˈkɛmpm̩] (listen)) is a town in the district of Viersen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of Düsseldorf, and 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Venlo.


  • 1186: First mention in official documentation of Kempen as a place – the sovereign until 1794 is the Archbishop (electoral prince) of Cologne
  • around 1290: Kempen is rebuilt as a fortified town
  • 11 March 1294: First confirmation of Kempen as a town in official documentation
  • 15th century: town blooms economically and culturally (population of approx. 4,200)
  • 1542–1543: Kempen is the centre of the Reformation for the Lower Rhine
  • 1579: The plague costs the town almost half of its inhabitants
  • 1642: Kempen is conquered and destroyed by the allied French, Hessian and Weimar troops during the "Hessen War" (Thirty Years' War)
  • 1794–1814: Kempen is under French rule. In the département of Roer established in 1797, Kempen becomes a canton seat in 1798 and a French town in 1801.
  • 1815: After the Congress of Vienna, Kempen becomes Prussian and is the county seat
  • 1929: Due to local reforms, Kempen becomes the administrative seat of the county of Kempen-Krefeld
  • 1966 onward: Restoration of the old town
  • 1970: Communal restructuring: The communities of Hüls, St. Hubert, Tönisberg and Schmalbroich join Kempen along with the localities of St. Peter and Unterweiden to form a single town
  • 1975: In further local reforms, Hüls is assigned to the city of Krefeld. The county of Viersen is formed and Kempen becomes part of "Kreis Viersen"
  • 1984: The county seat is transferred from Kempen to Viersen.
  • 1987: A cultural forum is opened in the Franciscan monastery after comprehensive restoration and renovation work.
  • 11 March 1994: Date of the 700-year jubilee of the confirmation of Kempen as a town

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Kempen is twinned with:[3]

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 30 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Partnerstädte". (in German). Kempen. Retrieved 28 February 2021.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "Kempen". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.