Frechen is a town in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Frechen was first mentioned in 877. It is situated at the western Cologne city border.

Frechen
Protestant church
Protestant church
Coat of arms of Frechen
Coat of arms
Location of Frechen within Rhein-Erft-Kreis district
Mettmann (district)Rhein-Erft-KreisNorth Rhine-WestphaliaHeinsberg (district)Rhein-Kreis NeussCologneWesselingRhein-Sieg-KreisDüren (district)Euskirchen (district)PulheimBergheimErftstadtHürthKerpenBedburgBrühlFrechenElsdorfFrechen in BM.svg
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Frechen is located in Germany
Frechen
Frechen
Frechen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Frechen
Frechen
Coordinates: 50°55′N 6°49′E / 50.917°N 6.817°E / 50.917; 6.817Coordinates: 50°55′N 6°49′E / 50.917°N 6.817°E / 50.917; 6.817
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionCologne
DistrictRhein-Erft-Kreis
Subdivisions9
Government
 • MayorSusanne Stupp (CDU)
Area
 • Total45.11 km2 (17.42 sq mi)
Elevation
58 - 158 m (−500 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total52,473
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
50226
Dialling codes02234
Vehicle registrationBM
Websitewww.stadt-frechen.de

It is the site of the 1257 Battle of Frechen between Conrad von Hochstaden, Archbishop of Cologne and the people of the town. In the 16th century it acquired a name for its terra cotta artifacts, especially the "Bartmannskrug" (beardman jug). In the late 18th century lignite was industrially mined. Digging for lignite dominated the city's economy until the end of the 20th century. In 1891 the first briquette factory was opened. On 2 September 1951 Frechen received its city-rights including the villages of Bachem, Hücheln and Buschbell. On 1 January 1975 the nearby villages of Grefrath, Habbelrath, Königsdorf and Neufreimersdorf were also incorporated. From the 1980s onwards an increasing number of industrial, commercial and service enterprises choose Frechen as their location, so that the town changed its features considerably.

PopulationEdit

As of December 31, 2015 there were 51,999 inhabitants registered.

Local council (Stadtrat)Edit

Elections were held in May 2014.

  • CDU: 20 seats
  • SPD: 14 seats
  • Alliance 90/The Greens: 6 seats
  • FDP: 2 seats
  • The Left: 2 seats
  • Perspektive für Frechen: 2 seats
 
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Sons and daughters of the cityEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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