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Moers Castle (2014)
Moers Castle (2014)
Coat of arms of Moers
Coat of arms
Location of Moers
Moers is located in Germany
Moers is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°27′33″N 6°37′11″E / 51.45917°N 6.61972°E / 51.45917; 6.61972Coordinates: 51°27′33″N 6°37′11″E / 51.45917°N 6.61972°E / 51.45917; 6.61972
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
 • MayorChristoph Fleischhauer (CDU)
 • Total67.68 km2 (26.13 sq mi)
23 m (75 ft)
 • Total103,881
 • Density1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
47441 - 47447
Dialling codes0 28 41
Vehicle registrationMO (alternative: WES or DIN)
The illuminated, 30 meters high mining lamp memorial by Otto Piene on the spoil tip Halde Rheinpreußen in the north of Moers during the blue hour

Moers (German pronunciation: [ˈmœʁs] (About this soundlisten); older form: Mörs; archaic Dutch: Murse, Murs or Meurs) is a German city on the western bank of the Rhine. Moers belongs to the district of Wesel.


The County of Moers in 1635

Known earliest from 1186, the county of Moers was an independent principality within the Holy Roman Empire.

During the Eighty Years' War it was alternately captured by Spanish and Dutch troops, as it bordered the Upper Quarter of Guelders. During the war it finally fell to Maurice of Orange. As it was separated from the Dutch Republic by Spanish Upper Guelders it did not become an integral part of the Republic, though Dutch troops were stationed there.

After the death of William III of Orange in 1702, Moers was inherited by the king of Prussia. All Dutch troops and civil servants were expelled.

In 1795 it was annexed by France. At the Congress of Vienna, in 1815 it was returned to Prussia and in 1871 it became part of the German Empire.

A target of the Oil Campaign of World War II, the Steinkohlenbergwerke (English: coal mine) Rheinpreussen synthetic oil plant in Moers,[2] was partially dismantled post-war.

Significant minority groups
Nationality Population (2014)
 Turkey 4,245
 Italy 725
 Poland 586
 Serbia 427
 Croatia 327



  • 1815–1820: Wilhelm Urbach
  • 1822–1830: von Nievenheim
  • 1830–1850: Friedrich Adolf Vinmann
  • 1850–1859: Karl von Strampff
  • 1860–1864: Gottlieb Meumann
  • 1864–1897: Gustav Kautz
  • 1898–1910: August Craemer
  • 1910–1915: Dr. Richard Glum
  • 1917–1937: Dr. Fritz Eckert
  • 1937–1941: Fritz Grüttgen
  • 1943–1945: Peter Linden
  • 1945–1946: Dr. Otto Maiweg
  • 1946: Karl Peschken
  • 1946–1952: Wilhelm Müller
  • 1952–1977: Albin Neuse (SPD)
  • 1977–1999: Wilhelm Brunswick (SPD)
  • 1999–2004: Rafael Hofmann (CDU)
  • 2004–2014: Norbert Ballhaus (SPD)
  • 2014–0000: Christoph Fleischhauer (CDU)


In 1985, the Moers Sports Club (volleyball) was formed, winning the 1989 Bundesliga championship.

Notable people[edit]

Moers Birthplace of Tersteegen

International relations[edit]

Moers is twinned with: 1966 France Maisons-Alfort
1974 France Bapaume
1980 United Kingdom Knowsley (Liverpool City Region)
1987 Israel Ramla
1989 Nicaragua La Trinidad, Nicaragua
1990 Germany Seelow (Brandenburg)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. ^ "Index - Tom Reel 304 : Documents taken from Steinkohlenbergwerk Rheinpreussen, Moers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2013-10-17.

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