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||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Dialling codes||02843 Rheinberg|
02802 Alpen, Germany
|Vehicle registration||WES, MO, DIN|
Rheinberg (German: [ˈʁaɪ̯nˌbɛʁk] (listen)) 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 kilometres (6 miles) north of Moers and 15 km (9 miles) south of Wesel.
It comprises the municipal districts of Rheinberg, Borth, Budberg, and Orsoy.
During the Dutch Revolt (1566–1648), Rheinberg became known as the whore of the war since it was captured and retaken so many times by competing belligerents. 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 to the Elbe.
Rheinberg is the site of a 110,000-square-metre (1,200,000 sq ft) Amazon.com fulfilment warehouse. Rheinberg is also home to Underberg, one of the most famous liquor producers in Germany.
It is the home town of the supermodel Claudia Schiffer, who still sometimes resides in Xanten, a historic town located about 15 km (9 miles) from Rheinberg. It is also the home town of Isabell Werth (born July 21, 1969 in Rheinberg), who is a German equestrian and world champion in dressage.
- 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
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2019" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
- Israel pp 29-30.
- CWGC. "Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- Amazon.com. "Rheinberg Fulfilment Centre, Germany". Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- Official website (in German)
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