Siegburg

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Siegburg
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Coat of arms of Siegburg
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Location of Siegburg within Rhein-Sieg-Kreis district
Euskirchen (district)Rhein-Erft-KreisRhineland-PalatinateNorth Rhine-WestphaliaCologneRheinisch-Bergischer KreisOberbergischer KreisSwisttalRheinbachAlfterWachtbergMeckenheimBornheimBad HonnefBonnSankt AugustinKönigswinterHennefTroisdorfSiegburgNeunkirchen-SeelscheidLohmarEitorfWindeckMuchRuppichterothSiegburg in SU.svg
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Siegburg is located in Germany
Siegburg
Siegburg
Siegburg is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Siegburg
Siegburg
Coordinates: 50°48′5″N 7°12′16″E / 50.80139°N 7.20444°E / 50.80139; 7.20444Coordinates: 50°48′5″N 7°12′16″E / 50.80139°N 7.20444°E / 50.80139; 7.20444
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionKöln
DistrictRhein-Sieg-Kreis
Subdivisions8
Government
 • Mayor (2020–25) Stefan Rosemann[1] (SPD)
 • Governing partiesSPD / Greens / FDP
Area
 • Total23.47 km2 (9.06 sq mi)
Elevation
60 m (200 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total41,669
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
53721
Dialling codes02241
Vehicle registrationSU
Websitehttps://www.siegburg.de/

Siegburg (i.e. fort on the Sieg river) is a city in the district of Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the banks of the rivers Sieg and Agger, 10 kilometres from the former seat of West German government Bonn and 26 kilometres from Cologne. The population of the city was 39,192 in the 2013 census.

Geography[edit]

Siegburg is located approximately 8 kilometres east of the river Rhine, at the confluence where the Agger joins the Sieg, in the southeast corner of the Cologne Lowland. Neighbouring towns include Troisdorf, Lohmar, Sankt Augustin and Hennef. The nearby cities of Cologne and Bonn are easily accessible through good transport links. The highest point of the urban area is 220m above sea level (NHN) in the Braschoß area and the lowest point is just under 54m above sea level at the mouth of the Agger.

History[edit]

St. Servatius and the Zum Winter House

Archbishop-Elector Anno II of Cologne founded a Benedictine monastery in 1064, known as Michaelsberg Abbey, on top of the hill also called the Michaelsberg. A settlement that arose from that was first mentioned as a city in 1182. Siegburg reached the height of its prosperity in the 15th and 16th century. It is famous for its pottery, especially for the Siegburg pitchers (Siegburger Krüge).

Siegburg has been the county seat of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis since 1816.

Siegburg's synagogue was destroyed on Kristallnacht, signaling the demise of its Jewish community.

Politics[edit]

City council with 50 seats as elected in 2020[3]
  Left: 2 seats
  SPD: 14 seats
  Green: 10 seats
  SBU: 2 seats
  Volksabstimmung: 1 seat
  FDP: 2 seats
  CDU: 19 seats

Municipal elections are held every five years, in which the mayor and city council of Siegburg, as well as the district administrator (German: Landrat) and district council (German: Kreistag) of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis are chosen.[4] The last election took place on 13 September 2020.[3]

City council[edit]

The city council (German: Stadtrat) of Siegburg consists of 50 councillors, half of which are chosen directly in 25 constituencies. The remaining 25 seats are distributed via party lists, resulting in a proportional representation.

On 30 October 2020 the Social Democrats, Greens, and Liberals agreed to form a coalition government.[5]

Mayor[edit]

The mayor of Siegburg is Stefan Rosemann, who was elected with 57.54% of the vote.[6][7] He stated that he would withdraw from party politics and completely focus on the mayoral office.[5] He was sworn into office on 5 November 2020.[8]

Transport[edit]

Siegburg/Bonn station is a railway station on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed railway and the Sieg Railway. The name of the station derives from it having been rebuilt for the high-speed line in order to serve Bonn. It is connected to Bonn by the Siegburg line of the Bonn Stadtbahn every 10 or 15 minutes. The station is located in the network area of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (Rhine-Sieg Transport Association, VRS) public transit authority.

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Siegburg is twinned with:[9]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Ratswahl - Kommunalwahlen / Integrationsratswahl 2020 in der Kreisstadt Siegburg - Gesamtergebnis". wahlen.kdvz-frechen.de (in German). Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Kommunalwahl". Kreisstadt Siegburg (in German). Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b Kieras, Paul (31 October 2020). "Stadtrat: SPD, Grüne und FDP schließen Bündnis in Siegburg". General-Anzeiger Bonn (in German). Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Bürgermeisterstichwahl - Kommunalwahlen / Integrationsratswahl 2020 in der Kreisstadt Siegburg - Gesamtergebnis". wahlen.kdvz-frechen.de (in German). Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Kommunalwahl 2020: Das sind die Stichwahlergebnisse aus dem Rhein-Sieg-Kreis". General-Anzeiger Bonn (in German). 27 September 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  8. ^ Quadt, Nadine (7 November 2020). "Fragestunde am Anfang: Der Siegburger Rat hat sich konstituiert". General-Anzeiger Bonn (in German). Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". siegburg.de (in German). Siegburg. Retrieved 25 March 2021.

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