Nideggen is a town in the district of Düren in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the river Rur, in the Eifel hills, approx. 15 km south of Düren.

Nideggen
Town gate - the Zülpicher Tor
Town gate - the Zülpicher Tor
Coat of arms of Nideggen
Coat of arms
Location of Nideggen within Düren district
Nideggen in DN.svg
Nideggen is located in Germany
Nideggen
Nideggen
Nideggen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Nideggen
Nideggen
Coordinates: 50°42′N 06°29′E / 50.700°N 6.483°E / 50.700; 6.483Coordinates: 50°42′N 06°29′E / 50.700°N 6.483°E / 50.700; 6.483
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionKöln
DistrictDüren
Subdivisions9
Government
 • MayorMarco Schmunkamp (Ind.)
Area
 • Total65.04 km2 (25.11 sq mi)
Elevation
304 m (997 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total9,945
 • Density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
52385
Dialling codes02425, 02427, 02474
Vehicle registrationDN, JÜL
Websitewww.nideggen.de
Restored keep of Burg Nideggen

Nideggen is known for its ruined, but partly restored castle (Burg Nideggen) and the sandstone rocks along the Rur. It is twinned with Thatcham in Berkshire, England. The first mention in history was in 1184.

The town was created in 1972 by amalgamation of eight until then independent communities: Abenden (782 inhabitants), Berg-Thuir (709), Brück (301), Embken (734), Muldenau (161), Nideggen (2,983), Rath (757), Schmidt (2,974), Wollersheim (637) (December 2014). It is situated between 250 and 450 metres above sea level.

Geographical positionEdit

Nideggen lies on the river Rur and at the banks of the Rurtalsperre, the second largest dam in Germany. The region is famous for its precipitous Early Triassic rocks of Buntsandstein in the valley of Rur and is situated between 250 and 450 metres over sea level.

MuseumsEdit

In the municipally-owned Nideggen Castle is the unique Castle Museum of the Rhineland. The Düren Gate (Dürener Tor), one of the symbols of the town, hosts regular art exhibitions.

 
The castle high above the Rur valley (2016)

ReferencesEdit

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