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Historic market square, view from St. Peter Church
Historic market square, view from St. Peter Church
Coat of arms of Rheinberg
Coat of arms
Rheinberg  is located in Germany
Location of Rheinberg within Wesel district
Wesel (district) Recklinghausen (district) North Rhine-Westphalia Borken (district) Bottrop Oberhausen Duisburg Krefeld Viersen (district) Kleve (district) Neukirchen-Vluyn Moers Kamp-Lintfort Rheinberg Dinslaken Wesel Xanten Sonsbeck Hünxe Schermbeck Hamminkeln Alpen VoerdeRheinberg in WES.svg
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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
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Wesel
 • Mayor Frank Tatzel
 • Total 75.15 km2 (29.02 sq mi)
Elevation 20 m (70 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 31,023
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 47495
Dialling codes 02843 Rheinberg
02802 Alpen, Germany
02844 (Orsoy)
Vehicle registration WES
Website www.rheinberg.de

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.[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, or in the advance from the Rhine to the Elbe.[3]

It is the home town of the supermodel Claudia Schiffer, who still sometimes resides in Xanten, a historic town located about 15 km (9.3 miles) away from Rheinberg.

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 the site of a 110,000 square meter Amazon.com fulfilment warehouse.[4]

Rheinberg is also home to Underberg, one of the most famous liquor makers in Germany.


Sons and daughters of the town[edit]


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  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 18 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Israel pp 29-30
  3. ^ CWGC. "Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany". Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Amazon.com. "Rheinberg Fulfilment Centre, Germany". Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  • Israel, Jonathan (1997). Conflicts of Empires: Spain, the Low Countries and the Struggle for World Supremacy, 1585-1713. Continuum. ISBN 9780826435538. 

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