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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Vreden
Coat of arms
Vreden   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°01′59″N 06°49′59″E / 52.03306°N 6.83306°E / 52.03306; 6.83306Coordinates: 52°01′59″N 06°49′59″E / 52.03306°N 6.83306°E / 52.03306; 6.83306
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
District Borken
 • Mayor Dr Christoph Holtwisch (CDU)
 • Total 135.53 km2 (52.33 sq mi)
Elevation 27 - 57 m (−160 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 22,688
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 48691
Dialling codes 02564
02567 (partially in Lünten)
Vehicle registration BOR
Website www.vreden.de

Vreden is a small town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany near the Dutch border. The town is located near the river Berkel. The first mentioning of the town is proven for the year 839. In 1252 Vreden obtained city rights.



Culture and sights[edit]


  • Hamaland-Museum
    • Farmer-Museum
  • Silhouette Museum
  • Miniature Shoe Museum
  • Skulpturenpark Erning
  • Heimathaus Noldes
  • Berkelkraftwerk
  • Biologische Station Zwillbrock


  • Former castle
  • Old townhall
  • Foundations of seven older churches under the current day St. Georg church
  • Baroque church in Zwillbrock
  • Stiftskirche (collegiate church of the former noble convent of Vreden)


  • The "Zwillbrocker Venn": The Zwillbrocker Venn, approximately 10 km east of the city centre is part of a large nature reserve with numerous water areas. The Venn is home of Europe's largest black-headed gull breeding area and the world's northernmost flamingo breeding site.
  • Vreden City Park: Includes the town's Farmer Museum.


Coat of arms[edit]

In the 13th century, Vreden was enlarged to a city by the archbishop of Cologne and the bishop of Münster, who were the city owners of that time. The Coat-of-Arms shows Petrus (patron of Cologne) and Paulus (patron of Münster) with a key and a sword behind the cross of Cologne and the bar of Münster.