Voerde ([ˈføːɐ̯də]) is a town in the district of Wesel, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south-east of Wesel, and 20 km north of Duisburg.

Voerde
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Voerde
Coat of arms
Location of Voerde within Wesel district
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Voerde is located in Germany
Voerde
Voerde
Voerde is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Voerde
Voerde
Coordinates: 51°36′00″N 06°41′0″E / 51.60000°N 6.68333°E / 51.60000; 6.68333Coordinates: 51°36′00″N 06°41′0″E / 51.60000°N 6.68333°E / 51.60000; 6.68333
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
DistrictWesel
Government
 • MayorDirk Haarmann (SPD)
Area
 • Total53.49 km2 (20.65 sq mi)
Elevation
26 m (85 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total35,999
 • Density670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
46562
Dialling codes02855, 0281 (Friedrichsfeld)
Vehicle registrationWES
Websitewww.voerde.de

City structureEdit

According to art. 1(3) of the Main Charter of the town, the municipal area is divided into the 11 quarters of Götterswickerhamm, Löhnen, Mehrum, Möllen, Voerde, Stockum, Holthausen, Friedrichsfeld, Emmelsum, Spellen and Ork. These quarters are, however, not localities in the sense of art. 39 of the North-Rhine Westphalian Municipal Code (GO NW).

HistoryEdit

Voerde owes its name to a ford crossing of a branch of the River Rhine, which existed there during Roman and Frankish times (the old spelling for Furt was Fuerdt). In 1244, the town was mentioned in records for the first time as a fiefdom and castle of the abbey of Werden. In 1804, during the time of the French occupation, Voerde was integrated into the Amt Götterswickerhamm, which was renamed to Voerde in 1911. During World War II, the 9th US-Army crossed the Rhine in the night of 23 to 24 March 1945 in the area of Voerde and reached the right Rhine-bank for the first time (Operation Plunder). Since 1975 Voerde is part of the district of Wesel.

Buildings and constructionsEdit

  • Pylons of Voerde
  • Haus Voerde: Moated castle
  • Haus Wohnung: Moated castle

PoliticsEdit

At the last communal-election in Voerde the SPD became the strongest party. The incumbent major is Dirk Haarmann (SPD).

Twinned citiesEdit

Voerde is twinned with:

Traffic and infrastructureEdit

Voerde Main Station is located in the town centre at the railway track Oberhausen-Arnhem. A second station, Voerde-Friedrichsfeld, is located 4 km northern. Importatnt waterways, the Rhine and the Wesel-Datteln-channel, cross Voerde's area.

SportsEdit

There are 11 shooting clubs, 2 Tennis clubs and a riding club in Voerde. The most important sport club is the TV Voerde.

EducationEdit

There are 7 elementary schools, one gymnasium, one comprehensive school, one secondary school and one school for mentally handicapped pupils.

Notable inhabitantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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