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Bergerhausen Castle
Bergerhausen Castle
Coat of arms of Kerpen
Coat of arms
Location of Kerpen within Rhein-Erft-Kreis district
Mettmann (district)Rhein-Erft-KreisNorth Rhine-WestphaliaHeinsberg (district)Rhein-Kreis NeussCologneWesselingRhein-Sieg-KreisDüren (district)Euskirchen (district)PulheimBergheimErftstadtHürthKerpenBedburgBrühlFrechenElsdorfKerpen in BM.svg
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Kerpen is located in Germany
Kerpen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 50°52′19″N 6°41′46″E / 50.87194°N 6.69611°E / 50.87194; 6.69611Coordinates: 50°52′19″N 6°41′46″E / 50.87194°N 6.69611°E / 50.87194; 6.69611
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionKöln
 • MayorDieter Spürck (CDU)
 • Total113.94 km2 (43.99 sq mi)
95 m (312 ft)
 • Total66,206
 • Density580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
50169, 50170, 50171
Dialling codes02237 (Balkhausen, Brüggen, Kerpen, Türnich),
02273 (Horrem, Sindorf),
02275 (Blatzheim, Buir, Manheim)
Vehicle registrationBM
Loersfeld Palace
Palace Loersfeld around 1860, Edition by Alexander Duncker
Loersfeld Palace

Kerpen is a town in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, North Rhine-Westphalia. Germany. It is located about 30 kilometres southwest from Cologne.

Division of the town[edit]

The town of Kerpen was created in 1975, when the previously independent municipalities Blatzheim, Buir, Manheim, Kerpen, Mödrath, Türnich, Brüggen, Balkhausen, Sindorf and Horrem were merged.


Notable people[edit]

Karlheinz Stockhausen (22 August 1928 – 5 December 2007), pioneer of electronic music composition, was born in the quarter of Mödrath. Kerpen has also become famous as being the hometown of the Catholic priest and social reformer Adolph Kolping and the Formula One racing drivers Michael Schumacher and his brother Ralf Schumacher as well as Wolfgang von Trips and reggae artist Patrice Bart-Williams. Bernard Esser, American farmer and member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, was born in Kerpen.[2] This was the place of birth of Catholic bishop and social agitator Pedro Schumacher, who took part in the social revolutions of Ecuador at the end of the 19th century and later died in southern Colombia.[3] More infamously, Kerpen was the birthplace of Christman Genipperteinga, a 16th century serial killer who reputedly murdered 964 people.


In Kerpen there is for example the Gymnasium der Stadt Kerpen.

Twinned cities[edit]

The town has been twinned since 1993 with Oświęcim in Poland, more commonly known by its German name "Auschwitz", site of the largest of the Nazi concentration camps. Kerpen is also twinned with St. Vith in Belgium.


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1883,' Biographical Sketch of Brenard Esser, pg. 488
  3. ^ Rodolfo Pérez Pimentel, Diccionario Biográfico del Ecuador. Online.

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