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Coat of arms of Rhein-Erft-Kreis
Coat of arms
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StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionCologne
 • Total704.5 km2 (272.0 sq mi)
(31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total467,209
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationBM

The Rhein-Erft-Kreis is a district in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Neuss, district-free Cologne, Rhein-Sieg, Euskirchen, Düren.


"Aachener Tor" Landmark of Bergheim and Rhein-Erft-Kreis

The district in its current borders was created in 1975, when the previous districts Bergheim and Cologne were merged. Becoming effective on November 1, 2003 the district was renamed from Erftkreis to Rhein-Erft-Kreis.


Towns and municipalities in Rhein-Erft-Kreis

The main river in the district is the Erft, which also gave it the name. The Erft flows through the foothills of the Eifel, on the left side of the Rhine river. The lake Bleibtreusee is located within the district.


Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms shows the lion of Jülich in the left half, as most of the area belonged to the duchy of Jülich. The right side shows the Cologne cross, which stands for the former Cologne district. On top the Erft river is depicted; the Prussian Rhine Province had the same symbol in its coat of arms.



  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2017" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-09-21.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rhein-Erft-Kreis at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°55′N 6°40′E / 50.92°N 6.67°E / 50.92; 6.67