|• Mayor||Dirk Haarmann (SPD)|
|• Total||53.49 km2 (20.65 sq mi)|
|Elevation||26 m (85 ft)|
|• Density||680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||02855, 0281 (Friedrichsfeld)|
Voerde is a town in the district of Wesel, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south-east of Wesel, and 20 km north of Duisburg.
According to art. 1(3) of the Main Charter of the town, the municipal area is divided into the 11 quarters of Götterswickerhamm, Löhnen, Mehrum, Möllen, Voerde, Stockum, Holthausen, Friedrichsfeld, Emmelsum, Spellen and Ork. These quarters are, however, not localities in the sense of art. 39 of the North-Rhine Westphalian Municipal Code (GO NW).
Voerde owes its name to a ford crossing of a branch of the River Rhine, which existed there during Roman and Frankish times (the old spelling for Furt was Fuerdt). In 1244, the town was mentioned in records for the first time as a fiefdom and castle of the abbey of Werden. In 1804, during the time of the French occupation, Voerde was integrated in the Amt Götterswickerhamm, which was renamed to Voerde in 1911. During World War II, the 9th US-Army crossed the Rhine in the night of the 23rd to the 24th March 1945 in the area of Voerde and reached the right Rhine-bank for the first time (Operation Plunder). Since 1975, Voerde has been part of the district of Wesel.
Buildings and constructions
- Pylons of Voerde
- Haus Voerde: Moated castle
- Haus Wohnung: Moated castle
Voerde is twinned with:
Traffic and infrasructure
Voerde Main Station is located in the town centre at the railway track Oberhausen-Arnhem. A second station, Voerde-Friedrichsfeld, is located 4km northern. Importatnt waterways, the rhine and the Wesel-Datteln-channel, cross Voerde's area.
There are 11 shooting clubs, 2 Tennis clubs and a riding club in Voerde. The most important sport club is the TV Voerde.
There are 7 elementary schools, one gymnasium, one comprehensive school, one secondary school and one school for mentally handicaped pupils.
- Karl Topp (1895–1981), German navel officer in World Wars I and II
- Heike Schulte-Mattler (*1958), athlete, bronze-medal at the olympic games 1984 in Los Angeles
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