Gevelsberg is a town in the district of Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Gevelsberg
Gevelsberg in summer
Gevelsberg in summer
Coat of arms of Gevelsberg
Coat of arms
Location of Gevelsberg within Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis district
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Gevelsberg is located in Germany
Gevelsberg
Gevelsberg
Gevelsberg is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Gevelsberg
Gevelsberg
Coordinates: 51°19′N 7°20′E / 51.317°N 7.333°E / 51.317; 7.333Coordinates: 51°19′N 7°20′E / 51.317°N 7.333°E / 51.317; 7.333
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictEnnepe-Ruhr-Kreis
Government
 • MayorClaus Jacobi (SPD)
Area
 • Total26.27 km2 (10.14 sq mi)
Elevation
160 m (520 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total30,695
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
58285
Dialling codes0 23 32
Vehicle registrationEN
Websitewww.gevelsberg.de

GeographyEdit

The town lies in the valley of the river Ennepe in the Süder Uplands, which is part of the Rhenish Massif. Gevelsberg lies about halfway between Wuppertal and Hagen, and is part of the industrial Ruhr Region. The lowest elevation is the Ennepe river at Vogelsang (132 m (433 ft)) and highest is the Hageböllinger Kopf (336 m (1,102 ft)). Its east-to-west length is 7.1 kilometres (4.4 miles) and the north to south length is 7.15 km (4.44 mi).

Division of the townEdit

  • Asbeck
  • Berge
  • Gevelsberg
  • Silschede

HistoryEdit

The city has a history of nearly 780 years. The archbishop of Cologne Engelbert II of Berg was killed on November 7, 1225 by his cousin Frederick of Isenberg in Gievilberch.

The population grew strongly in the 19th century, when many small industries related to iron processing were developed.

Coat of armsEdit

Gevelsberg received its coat of arms (a brick gable on a green hill, and a cogwheel indicating its industry) by decree of the Prussian Department of the Interior in 1903. In the mid-1950s a city wall was added to the coat of arms.

 
Gevelsberg
 
Gevelsberg - St Engelbert church
 
Gevelsberg - Ennepebrücke - Ennepe-bridge

TransportEdit

Gevelsberg is connected to the national road network by the A1 autobahn and the B 7 and B 234 roads.

The municipality is served by several regional train lines of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr. There are four stations on the local line from Hagen to Wuppertal (Gevelsberg-Knapp, Gevelsberg Hauptbahnhof, Gevelsberg-Kipp and Gevelsberg West) served by the S 8 trains of the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn. Three hourly Regional-Express services, the Wupper-Express (RE 4) between Dortmund and Aachen via Düsseldorf, the Rhein-Münsterland-Express (RE 7) between Krefeld and Münster via Cologne and Hamm and the Maas-Wupper-Express (RE 13) between Venlo (Netherlands) and Hamm via Mönchengladbach, stop at Ennepetal (Gevelsberg) station.

International relationsEdit

Gevelsberg is twinned with:[2]

FestivitiesEdit

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

The following persons were born in Gevelsberg or live in Gevelsberg:

  • Michael Cramer (born 1949), politician, (The Greens), member of the European Parliament
  • Elisabeth Höngen (1906-1997), singer (Mezzosopran) at the Semperoper in Dresden, professor at the Vienna Music Academy
  • Alexandra Popp (born 1991), soccer player (German women's football team)
  • Klaus-Peter Thaler (born 1949), cyclist, multiple amateur and professional world champion
  • Klaus Weiss (1942-2008), jazz drummer
  • Lukas Klostermann (born 1996), soccer player (German U21 national football team, RB Leipzig)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "List of Twin Towns in the Ruhr District" (PDF). © 2009 Twins2010.com. Retrieved 2009-10-28. External link in |publisher= (help)[permanent dead link]