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
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
Government
 • MayorFrank Tatzel
Area
 • Total75.15 km2 (29.02 sq mi)
Elevation
20 m (70 ft)
Population
(2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total31,356
 • Density420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
47495
Dialling codes02843 Rheinberg
02802 Alpen, Germany
02844 (Orsoy)
Vehicle registrationWES
Websitewww.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 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 Isabell 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.

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References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  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.
  • 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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