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Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis

Statistics
State:North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. Region:Cologne
Capital:Bergisch Gladbach[?]
Area:437.64 km²
Inhabitants: 277,032 (2002)
pop. density:633 inh./km²
Car identification:GL
Homepage:http://www.rbk-online.de
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The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis is a Kreis (district) in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring are the districts Oberbergischer Kreis and Rhein-Sieg, and the district-free cities Cologne, Leverkusen, Solingen and Remscheid.

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History

The area of the Bergisches Land did belong to the earldom Berg for most of the medieval times, which still give the district it's name.

In 1816 after the whole Rhineland area did come to Prussia the districts of Wipperfürth, Mülheim, Lennep, Opladen and Solingen were created on the area now covered by the district. In 1819 Opladen and Solingen were merged into a bigger Solingen district. In 1929 a new Rhein-Wupper district was created, while several municipalities did got incorporated into the cities Wuppertal, Remscheid and Solingen. 1932 the districts Mülheim and Wipperfürth were merged to form the old Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis. In 1975 finally most area of the two districts Rhein-Wupper and Rheinisch-Bergisch was merged to form the current district.

Geography

The district form the western part of the Bergisches Land, where the hills descend into the Rhine valley.

Coat of arms

The top part of the coat of arms show the geographical location of the district near the rhine valley - the silver band symbolized the Rhine river. This symbol comes from the coat of arms of the former prussian province Rhineland. In the left side the double bars are thought to symbolize a castle, they were used by the earls of Berg around 1100. When in 1225 the earls from Limburg (Netherlands) did take over they intoduce their sign, the red lion with a blue tongue, into the coat of arms of the earldom.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Bergisch Gladbach[?]
  2. Burscheid[?]
  3. Leichlingen[?]
  1. Overath[?]
  2. Rösrath[?]
  3. Wermelskirchen[?]
    Municipalities
  1. Kuerten[?]
  2. Odenthal[?]

External links Official website (http://www.rbk-online.de) (German)



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