Historic market square, view from St. Peter Church
|• Mayor||Frank Tatzel|
|• Total||75.15 km2 (29.02 sq mi)|
|Elevation||20 m (70 ft)|
|• Density||410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||02843 Rheinberg
02802 Alpen, Germany
Rheinberg is a town in the district of Wesel, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the Rhine, approx. 10 km (6.2 miles) north of Moers and 15 km (9.3 miles) south of Wesel.
It comprises the municipal districts of Rheinberg, Borth, Budberg, and Orsoy.
During the Dutch Revolt Rheinberg became known as the whore of war since it was captured and retaken so many times. First taken in 1590, then 1597, 1599, 1601, 1606 and finally where Prince Rupert of the Rhine gained his first military experience fighting alongside the Protestant Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange in 1633.
It is the location of a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, where 3,327 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War are buried or commemorated. The majority of those now buried in the cemetery were airmen re-interred from German cemeteries after the war. The men of the other fighting services buried there mostly lost their lives during the battle of the Rhineland, or in the advance from the Rhine to the Elbe.
It is the home town of Isebell Werth (born July 21, 1969 in Rheinberg), who is a German equestrian and world champion in dressage.
Rheinberg is also home to Underberg, one of the most famous liquor makers in Germany.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Samuel Gluckstein (1821-1873), founder of Salmon & Gluckstein tobacco merchants
- Franz Bücheler (1837-1908), philologist
- Klaus Zumwinkel (born 1943), former Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Post AG
- Brigitte Mohnhaupt (born 1949), former member of the Red Army Faction
- Kurt Bodewig (born 1955), former Federal Minister of the Interior (SPD)
- Thomas Wagner (born 1967), cultural sociologist and author
- Claudia Schiffer (born 1970), model and actress
- Nadine Hentschke (born 1982), former lightheader
- Israel, Jonathan (1997). Conflicts of Empires: Spain, the Low Countries and the Struggle for World Supremacy, 1585-1713. Continuum. ISBN 9780826435538.
- Official website (in German)
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