CentrO-Park in Oberhausen
|District||Urban districts of Germany|
|• Lord Mayor||Klaus Wehling (SPD)|
|• Total||77.04 km2 (29.75 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Website||City of Oberhausen (de)|
Oberhausen (German pronunciation: [ˈoːbɐhaʊzən] ( listen)) is a city on the river Emscher in the Ruhr Area, Germany, located between Duisburg (c. 12 km) and Essen (c. 13 km). The city hosts the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and its Gasometer Oberhausen is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The city's Sea Life Centre was home to Paul the Octopus.
Oberhausen was named for its 1847 railway station which had taken its name from the Castle Oberhausen (German: Schloss Oberhausen). The new borough was formed in 1862 following inflow of people for the local coal mines and steel mills. Awarded town rights in 1874, Oberhausen absorbed several neighbouring boroughs including Alstaden, parts of Styrum and Dümpten in 1910. Oberhausen became a city in 1901, and they incorporated the towns of Sterkrade and Osterfeld in 1929. The Ruhrchemie AG synthetic oil plant ("Oberhausen-Holten" or "Sterkrade/Holten") was a bombing target of the Oil Campaign of World War II, and the US Forces had reached the plant by 4 April 1945.
The age breakdown of the population (2013) is:
There are 12.5% non-Germans living in Oberhausen (2014).
The unemployment rate is 10.0% (Dec 2015).
- Gasometer Oberhausen, a huge fuel–gas holder, which has been converted into exhibition space
- Ludwiggalerie in the Castle Oberhausen
- "Neue Mitte" with CentrO shopping mall, Sea Life aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery centre, König Pilsener Arena, and CentrO.park, an amusement park
- OLGA-Park, a landscaped garden in Osterfeld created for a horticultural show
- Rheinisches Industriemuseum (English: Rhineland Industrial Museum)
- The memorial shrine of Paul the Octopus in the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre, who predicted national football match winners by choosing between two food boxes labelled with flags
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Oberhausen is well connected to the German motorway network.
- A2 (E34) (Oberhausen - Dortmund - Bielefeld - Hanover - Magdeburg - Berlin)
- A3 (E35) (from Arnhem - Oberhausen - Cologne - Frankfurt - Würzburg - Nuremberg - Passau - to Linz)
- A40 (Ruhrschnellweg, Venlo - Duisburg - Essen - Dortmund)
- A42 (Emscherschnellweg, Kamp-Lintfort - Oberhausen - Gelsenkirchen - Dortmund)
- A516 (Motorway Interchange from A2 to Oberhausen-Zentrum)
Oberhausen Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city. Long-distance trains stop at the station (some even to Amsterdam and Basel) as well as regional and local services. There are stations at Holten, Sterkrade and Osterfeld Süd, catering for regional and local travel.
- Public Transport
Twin towns – Sister cities
- Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, since 1974
- Zaporizhia, Ukraine, since 1986
- Freital, Germany, since 1990
- Carbonia, Italy, since 2002
- Iglesias, Italy, since 2002
- Mersin, Turkey, since 2004
Sons and daughters of the town
Born before 1935
- Georg Schaltenbrand (1897-1979), author, neurologist and Multiple Sclerosis specialist
- Reni Erkens (1909-1987), women's swimming
- Wilhelm Brinkmann (1910-1991), field handball player
- Erich Kempka (1910-1975), Hitler's driver
- Werner Töniges (1910-1995), naval officer
- Willy Jürissen (1912-1990), German national football team
- Édouard Wawrzyniak (1912-1991), French national football team
- Will Quadflieg (1914-2003), actor
- Alf Marholm (1918-2006), actor, radio plays, audio books and voice
- Arnulf Zitelmann (born 1929), writer
- Paul Lange (1931-2016), kayaker, Olympic champion
- Karl-Heinz Feldkamp (* 1934), soccer player and trainer
- Hans Wagner (1934-1993), politician (CDU), member of parliament (North Rhine-Westphalia)
- Wilhelm Keim (* 1934), a chemist and professor for technical chemistry
Born after 1935
- Theo Vennemann (* 1937), linguist and professor of German and theoretical linguistics
- Hans Siemensmeyer (born 1940), football legend
- Wolf-Dieter Ahlenfelder (1944-2014), football referee
- Tilman Spengler (* 1947), author and co-editor of the magazine Kursbuch
- Eckhard Stratmann-Mertens (* 1948), teachers and politicians (Alliance '90 / The Greens), member of parliament
- Ditmar Jakobs (* 1953), national football team
- Willi Wülbeck (* 1954), Athlete
- Michael Grosse-Brömer (born 1960), politician (CDU), MP
- Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010), film and theater director, radio play writer and performance artist
- Dirk Balthaus (* 1965), jazz pianist and composer
- Esther Schweins (born 1970), actress and comedienne
- Markus Feldhoff (born 1974), football player
- Mark Kleinschmidt (* 1974), rower
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- "Town Twinning". Middlesbrough Council. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Міста-побратими м. Запоріжжя [Twin Cities Zaporozhye]. City of Zaporizhia (in Ukrainian). Шановні відвідувачі і користувачі сайту. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
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