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|• Mayor||Marlies Sieburg (SPD)|
|• Total||113.94 km2 (43.99 sq mi)|
|Elevation||95 m (312 ft)|
|• 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)
Division of the town
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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