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Coat of arms of Nideggen
Coat of arms
Nideggen  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°42′00″N 06°29′00″E / 50.70000°N 6.48333°E / 50.70000; 6.48333Coordinates: 50°42′00″N 06°29′00″E / 50.70000°N 6.48333°E / 50.70000; 6.48333
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Düren
 • Mayor Margit Göckemeyer (partyless)
 • Total 65.04 km2 (25.11 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,785
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 52385
Dialling codes 02425, 02427, 02474
Vehicle registration DN, JÜL
Restored keep of Burg Nideggen

Nideggen is a town in the district of Düren in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the river Rur, in the Eifel hills, approx. 15 km south of Düren.

Nideggen is known for its ruined, but partly restored castle (Burg Nideggen) and the sandstone rocks along the Rur. It is twinned with Thatcham in Berkshire, England. The first mention in history was in 1184.

The town was created in 1972 by amalgamation of eight until then independent communities: Abenden (782 inhabitants), Berg-Thuir (709), Brück (301), Embken (734), Muldenau (161), Nideggen (2.983), Rath (757), Schmidt (2.974), Wollersheim (637) (December 2014). It is situated between 250 and 450 metres above sea level.

Geographical position[edit]

Nideggen lies on the river Rur and at the banks of the Rurtalsperre, the second largest dam in Germany. The region is famous for its precipitous Early Triassic rocks of Buntsandstein in the valley of Rur and is situated between 250 and 450 metres over sea level.