Bergisch Gladbach

Bergisch Gladbach

Infobox German Location
Art = Stadt
Name = Bergisch Gladbach
image_photo = Bergisch Gladbach altes Rathaus.jpg
imagesize = 300px
image_caption = Old town hall in Bergisch Gladbach
Wappen = Wappen von Bergisch Gladbach.pnglat_deg = 51 |lat_min = 06 |lat_sec = 00
lon_deg = 07 |lon_min = 07 |lon_sec = 00
Lageplan =
Bundesland = Nordrhein-Westfalen
Regierungsbezirk = Köln
Kreis = Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis
Höhe = 51 - 267
Fläche = 83.12
Einwohner = 110217
Stand = 2007-06-30
PLZ = 51401-51469
Vorwahl = 02202, 02204, 02207
Kfz = GL
Gemeindeschlüssel = 05 3 78 004
Gliederung = 6
Straße = Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1
51465 Bergisch Gladbach
Website = [http://www.bergischgladbach.de/ www.bergischgladbach.de]
Bürgermeister = Klaus Orth
Partei = SPD

Audio|Bergisch_Gladbach.ogg|Bergisch Gladbach is a city and capital of the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis (district), in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Geography

Bergisch Gladbach is located east of the river Rhine, approx. 10 kilometers east of Cologne.

Neighbouring municipalities

Beginning in the north clockwise the neighbouring municipalities and neighbouring towns are: Odenthal, Kürten, Overath, Rösrath, Cologne and Leverkusen.

History

Early settlements existed in the 13th century, but the town was officially founded in 1856.

The word “Bergisch” in its name originates from its location in the earldom of Berg and was added to distinguish it from Mönchengladbach. In 1975 the city incorporated the neighbouring Bensberg and when it reached a population of 100,000 in 1977 it received the rank of a city.

Economy

Its principal industries include paper manufacturing, printing, glasswool manufacturing and high tech.

Twin towns

* Bourgoin-Jallieu, France, since 1956
* Luton, United Kingdom, since 1956
* Velsen, Netherlands, since 1956
* Joinville-le-Pont, France, since 1960
* Runnymede, United Kingdom, since 1965
* Marijampolė, Lithuania, since 1989
* Limassol, Cyprus, since 1991
* Pszczyna, Poland, since 1993
* Oro-Station, Canada, since 2008

Born in Bergisch Gladbach

* Astrid Benöhr German endurance athlete
* Wolfgang Bosbach German politician
* Fabian Hambüchen German gymnast
* Mats Hummels German association football player
* Heidi Klum, German supermodel
* Georg Koch, German football goalkeeper
* Tim Wiese, German football goalkeeper

Schools in Bergisch Gladbach

* Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium Bergisch Gladbach, High School
* Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium Bensberg/Bergisch Gladbach, High School
* Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Bensberg/Bergisch Gladbach, High School

External links

* [http://www.bergischgladbach.de Bergisch Gladbach Official site] de icon
* [http://www.feuerwehr-gl.de Fire Department Bergisch Gladbach] de icon


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