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Coat of arms of Kerpen
Coat of arms
Kerpen  is located in Germany
Location of Kerpen within Rhein-Erft-Kreis district
Mettmann (district) Rhein-Erft-Kreis North Rhine-Westphalia Heinsberg (district) Rhein-Kreis Neuss Cologne Wesseling Rhein-Sieg-Kreis Düren (district) Euskirchen (district) Pulheim Bergheim Erftstadt Hürth Kerpen Bedburg Brühl Frechen ElsdorfKerpen in BM.svg
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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
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Rhein-Erft-Kreis
 • Mayor Marlies Sieburg (SPD)
 • Total 113.94 km2 (43.99 sq mi)
Elevation 95 m (312 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 65,477
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 50169, 50170, 50171
Dialling codes 02237 (Balkhausen, Brüggen, Kerpen, Türnich),
02273 (Horrem, Sindorf),
02275 (Blatzheim, Buir, Manheim)
Vehicle registration BM
Burg Bergerhausen

Kerpen is a town in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, North Rhine-Westphalia. Germany. It is located about 30 kilometers 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. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 18 July 2016. 
  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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