Rheinberg

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Rheinberg
Historic market square, view from St. Peter Church
Historic market square, view from St. Peter Church
Coat of arms of Rheinberg
Coat of arms
Location of Rheinberg within Wesel district
Rheinberg in WES.svg
Rheinberg is located in Germany
Rheinberg
Rheinberg
Rheinberg is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Rheinberg
Rheinberg
Coordinates: 51°32′48″N 6°36′2″E / 51.54667°N 6.60056°E / 51.54667; 6.60056Coordinates: 51°32′48″N 6°36′2″E / 51.54667°N 6.60056°E / 51.54667; 6.60056
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
DistrictWesel
Subdivisions4
Government
 • MayorFrank Tatzel
Area
 • Total75.15 km2 (29.02 sq mi)
Elevation
20 m (70 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)[1]
 • Total30,854
 • Density410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
47495
Dialling codes02843 Rheinberg
02802 Alpen, Germany
02844 (Orsoy)
Vehicle registrationWES, MO, DIN
Websitewww.rheinberg.de

Rheinberg (German: [ˈʁaɪ̯nˌbɛʁk] (About this soundlisten)) 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.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.

A century later the Battle of Rheinberg was fought on 12 June 1758, during the Seven Years' War.

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.[3]

Economy[edit]

Rheinberg is the site of a 110,000-square-metre (1,200,000 sq ft) Amazon.com fulfilment warehouse.[4] Rheinberg is also home to Underberg, one of the most famous liquor producers in Germany.[citation needed]

Well-known residents[edit]

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.

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References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2019" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ Israel pp 29-30.
  3. ^ CWGC. "Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. ^ Amazon.com. "Rheinberg Fulfilment Centre, Germany". Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2014.

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