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Coat of arms of the city of Alsdorf
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Coordinates: 50 ° 53 '  N , 6 ° 10'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Cologne
Circle : City region Aachen
Height : 163 m above sea level NHN
Area : 31.68 km 2
Residents: 47,149 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 1488 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 52477
Area code : 02404
License plate : AC, MON
Community key : 05 3 34 004
City structure: 17 districts

City administration address :
Hubertusstrasse 17
52477 Alsdorf
Website :
Mayor : Alfred Sonders ( SPD )
Location of the city of Alsdorf in the Aachen city region
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Alsdorf ([ˈalsdɔɐ̯f], pronunciation ? / I ) is a medium-sized regional city and a medium-sized center in the North Rhine-Westphalian city ​​region of Aachen . Until the end of the 20th century, Alsdorf was a downright mining town, but has since changed its structure to service companies and has a large town hall, a cinema center, an adventure museum and a zoo. Audio file / audio sample


Alsdorf is located near the border triangle Germany / Belgium / Netherlands in the far west of the Federal Republic of Germany. Neighboring communities are clockwise and starting in the north Baesweiler , Aldenhoven , Eschweiler , Würselen and Herzogenrath . Alsdorf belongs to the northern district of Aachen .


City structure

Alsdorf consists of the following 17 districts :


For the first time a person in Alsdorf was mentioned in a document in 1051 under the name Epponi von "Aldendorf". He was then described in the monastery of Rolduc in Kerkrade in 1104 as Eppo van Schleidebach and by Scleydo (Schleiden). The place name Alsdorf was first mentioned in history in 1191 in a church document under the name "alstorp".

Until 1789 Alsdorf belonged to the Duchy of Limburg in the Austrian Netherlands. The current eastern districts of Hoengen , Schaufenberg and Warden belonged to the Oberamt Jülich and Ofden to the Jülich Amt Wilhelmstein . This division continued with the French: in 1813 the Mairie Alsdorf belonged to the canton Rolduc in the department of Meuse inferieure (Lower Meuse), while the three Mairie Hoengen, Bardenberg (with Duffesheide and Reifeld) and Broich (with Ofden and Hof Kellersberg) belonged to the canton Eschweiler and Mairie Setterich (with Bettendorf and Schaufenberg ) belong to the canton of Linnich - both of which belonged to the Département de la Roer (Rur).

In 1816, in the course of the Prussian reforms, districts and administrative districts were formed, and today's Alsdorf area was for the first time completely in one administrative unit: the administrative district of Aachen . But today's districts were divided between different mayorships and districts. Bettendorf and Schaufenberg belonged to the mayor's office of Setterich, then to Siersdorf , then again to Setterich in the Jülich district . The rest belonged to different communities in what was then the Aachen district : Alsdorf, Bardenberg , Broichweiden and Hoengen . From 1927 to the 1950s, Alsdorf was part of the Eschweiler employment office . In 1950 Alsdorf was granted city rights.

The Anna pit of the Eschweiler Mining Association was located in Alsdorf . On October 21, 1930, the heavy mining accident in Alsdorf occurred with 271 deaths. The Alsdorf miners cross in the Eifel commemorates the dead. Coal production was stopped at the end of 1983.

Contergan scandal : After the trial opened in Aachen, the negotiations took place from 1968 to 1970 in the EBV's "Anna" casino in Alsdorf-Mitte.


On January 1, 1972, Alsdorf, Bettendorf and Hoengen were amalgamated to form the new town of Alsdorf on the basis of Section 4 of the Aachen Act and other minor changes to the area were made. Hoengen suggested the alternative name "Broichtal" for the new town in advance. In addition, Hoengen came from the Eschweiler District Court to the Aachen District Court .


Local election 2014
Turnout: 48.3% (2009: 50.5%)
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i Alsdorf Citizens' Union

City council

A total of 38 seats
Political party Seats +/-
SPD 20th + 4
CDU 9 - 2 1
ABU 1 + 1 2
GREEN 3 ± 0
FDP 1 - 1
FWA 1 - 1
REP 1 - 1
LEFT 1 - 1
AfD 1 + 1

Status: Local elections on May 25, 2014

1 difference to local elections 2009; Difference to the number of seats before the 2014 election: + 3
2 Difference to the 2009 local election; Difference to the number of seats before the 2014 election: - 4

Town twinning

The city of Alsdorf maintains city ​​partnerships with:

The city of Alsdorf has a city coat of arms, a city flag and an official seal.

coat of arms

Blazon : “In gold (yellow) a blue bar covered with a golden (yellow) sloping sea ​​leaf ; crossed above a blue mallet and a blue hammer and a soaring blue lion; in the base of the shield the same blue lion soaring. "

The coat of arms goes back to a seal of Goswin von Ailstorp from 1439. It was designed in 1936 by the Düsseldorf heraldist Wolfgang Pagenstecher , who mistakenly believed Goswin to be from Alsdorf and approved it on August 14, 1936 by the Oberpräsident in Koblenz. The colors are fictitious; the former community believed it was the Limburgs . The lily pad is reminiscent of the former moated castle near Alsdorf; The hammer and mallet represent the earlier mining industry and the lion is said to be Limburg, to which the area belonged until 1866.

Description of the banner: “Divided into blue and yellow in a ratio of 1: 1.” The main statute does not give a description of the banner. In fact, banners are shown without coats of arms.

Description of the flag: “The flag shows the colors blue and yellow in a ratio of 1: 1, with the city's coat of arms in the middle.” The main statute gives the following completely inadequate description of the flag: “The city colors are divided into blue and gold.” The flag is also shown without coat of arms.

In December 2011 the city of Alsdorf launched an ideas competition to find a logo for Alsdorf. A year later the new city logo was presented. The Dortmund graphic designer Olaf Warburg was able to convince the jury of the 178 suggestions submitted. The logo shows the lettering Alsdorf. Full of energy . The shape of the A is attached to the headframe in Annapark, the wheel of which, however, appears detached from the tower at the top left in the logo. At the same time, the wheel represents a sun with 17 rays for the 17 districts of Alsdorf.

Culture and sights

See also


Alsdorf Castle

Flower Council

  • Good flower council
  • Hubertus Cross
  • Blumenrath settlement (factory settlement)



  • former Mariagrube station
  • Church of St. Mary of the Conception
  • European high school JH Pestalozzi (formerly Realschule Marienschule)
  • Kreuzschule Querstraße
  • Glück-Auf-Park with a miner's monument
  • cenotaph
  • Crow monument on Marienstrasse
  • Eschweilerstrasse pulley
  • Bärbelchen at the triangle
  • Old Town Hall
  • Bus station


Sports facilities

There are eight sports fields at seven locations in Alsdorf. Three of these sports fields also have a running track and other athletics facilities. There are a total of 17 tennis courts in four outdoor areas, which are used by the local tennis clubs. There are also seven indoor tennis courts in the Sport Forum Alsdorf. This also offers six badminton courts. In addition to a public indoor pool with sauna, there is a teaching pool (12 m × 6 m) in Alsdorf in the GGS Alsdorf-Blumenrath. There are also 17 sports halls for school, club and recreational sports in Alsdorf.


In Alsdorf there are over 50 sports clubs in a wide variety of sports. Badminton, billiards, archery, boules, boxing, darts, soccer, handball, judo, Ka-Si-Do, bowling, running, walking, Nordic walking, athletics, motor sports, horse riding, swimming, squash, taekwondo, dancing, Tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, volleyball. Nationally known football clubs are Alemannia Mariadorf and the former Viktoria Alsdorf club . BC Alsdorf was able to make a name for itself in billiards and TTG Hoengen was successful for a long time in table tennis .


One of the largest sporting events in Alsdorf is the International Broichbachtal Run, which has been held annually on Easter Monday since 1987. This event is organized by the Alsdorf-Ost running club, which was founded in 1980 as a leisure department within the Alsdorf-Ost settler community. This running event has around 300 participants annually.

The Dachser Duathlon has been held in Alsdorf every spring since 2015. In 2016, the German championship on the short distance was held as part of this. After the German championship on the short distance took place again in 2017, the German championship on the middle distance took place in 2018. In addition, the competition has been part of the Powerman World Series since 2018. The Dachser Duathlon planned for April 19, 2020, which in addition to the German championships should also include the European championships in the middle distance for the first time, was canceled on March 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

Economy and Infrastructure

For a long time, hard coal mining was the core of Alsdorf's economy. The last mine was closed in the 1990s. In addition, companies emerged that either used the proximity to RWTH Aachen University or saw the favorable location near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands as an advantage.

The largest local employer for 41 years was Cinram GmbH with around 1200 employees in the Schaufenberg district. In the injection molding process , up to 2 million DVDs , Blu-rays and CDs were produced, packaged and delivered to well-known customers mainly in Europe every day . The pressing plant , founded by Warner Music in 1975 , was taken over by the Canadian public company Cinram International in 2003 . It supplied well-known record labels and media groups such as Warner Music, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures . In 2017, Cinram Alsdorf completely stopped production.


euregiobahn at the train station in Alsdorf-Annapark

There is a direct connection to the federal motorways 44 (AS “Alsdorf”) and A 4 / E 40 (AS “ Eschweiler -West”).

Alsdorf belongs to the main area "Herzogenrath / Alsdorf / Würselen" in the Aachener Verkehrsverbund and is connected to all neighboring towns by bus. The main stops are Alsdorf-Annapark and Mariadorf Dreieck. Since December 11, 2005 Alsdorf be reached again over the railway: About Euregiobahn -Haltepunkte Alsdorf-Anna Park and Alsdorf-Busch, and in December 2011, Alsdorf Post Road, Alsdorf-Maria village and Alsdorf Kellerberg, Alsdorf is on the railway line Stolberg-Herzogenrath connected with Merkstein , Herzogenrath and Aachen . The nearest DB stations are Eschweiler Hbf on the Cologne – Aachen railway line and Herzogenrath on the Aachen – Mönchengladbach railway line .

line course Tact
RB 20 Euregiobahn :
Stolberg (Rheinl) Hbf  - Eschweiler-St. Jöris  - Alsdorf-Poststraße  - Alsdorf-Mariadorf  - Alsdorf-Kellersberg  - Alsdorf-Annapark  - Alsdorf-Busch  - Herzogenrath August-Schmidt-Platz  - Herzogenrath-Alt-Merkstein  - Herzogenrath  - Kohlscheid  - Aachen West  - Aachen Schanz  - Aachen Hbf  - Aachen- Rothe Erde  - Eilendorf  - Stolberg (Rheinl) Hbf  here wing ; Train part 1: - Eschweiler-West  - Eschweiler Talbahnhof / Raiffeisenplatz  - Eschweiler-Nothberg  - Eschweiler-Weisweiler  - Langerwehe  - Düren  Train part 2: - Stolberg (Rheinl) Hbf (track 27)  - Stolberg-Schneidmühle  - Stolberg Mühlen train station  - Stolberg-Rathaus  - Stolberg Old Town
Status: timetable change June 2016
60 min (Stolberg Hbf - Alsdorf-Annapark)
30 min
60 min (Langerwehe - Düren)

In addition to the close integration into the regional cycle path network in North Rhine-Westphalia , the moated castle route leads through the city. It connects over 524 km more than 130 castles on the edge of the Eifel and in the Cologne Bay .


All types of schools are represented in Alsdorf. There is a grammar school , two secondary schools, a comprehensive school, a secondary school, a school for people with learning disabilities, eight primary schools and a vocational school. Alsdorf runs an adult education center in cooperation with the cities of Baesweiler, Herzogenrath and Würselen . The European secondary school in the Blumenrath district, formerly GHS-Johann-Heinrich-Pestalozzi, participates in the Comenius program of the European Union . In this project, which is worked on by students from the schools, a partnership is being established with the European secondary school in Leoben, Austria, and a school in Karlskoga , Sweden . The school in Blumenrath has 400 to 500 students.

There are 19 kindergartens and day-care centers, and the church is responsible for over half of them.

Medical supplies

Alsdorf has a psychiatric day clinic. The closest hospitals are the Rhein-Maas Clinic in Würselen and the St. Antonius Hospital in Eschweiler .


sons and daughters of the town

  • Matthias Joseph Johnen (born September 21, 1817 in Alsdorf; † March 2, 1906 in Eschweiler) was pastor in Eschweiler-Röhe, dean of the Eschweiler deanery, knight of the red eagle order IV class, the crown order III. Class and Dome of Honor at Cologne Cathedral .
  • Wilhelm Roelen (* July 8, 1889 in Mariadorf; † May 22, 1958 in Mülheim an der Ruhr at Styrum Castle ) (German mining expert and entrepreneur)
  • Hans Beckers (born February 17, 1892 in Alsdorf, † 1971 in Düsseldorf ) (German sailor and pacifist)
  • Wienand Ungermann (born August 27, 1895 in Alsdorf; † June 24, 1969 in Übach-Palenberg) (District Administrator of the district of Aachen)
  • Peter Heinrich Keulers (born March 15, 1896 in Alsdorf; † August 30, 1963 in Hiltrup) (journalist and writer)
  • Hubert Leclaire (born May 30, 1906 in Mariadorf; † unknown) German policeman, SS Sturmscharführer , employee of the political department of the Buchenwald concentration camp
  • Herbert Zimmermann (born November 29, 1917 in Alsdorf; † December 16, 1966 in Hamburg) (reporter for the legendary radio report of the final of the 1954 World Cup in Bern)
  • Hubert Dellwing (born September 25, 1918, in Schaufenberg † June 6, 1980 in Alsdorf) (SPD member of the state parliament)
  • Ludwig Schaffrath (born July 13, 1924 in Alsdorf; † February 6, 2011 in Würselen) (sculptor and painter, honorary citizen of the city of Alsdorf)
  • Hans Vorpeil (born February 26, 1937 in Alsdorf; † April 7, 2019) (SPD member of the state parliament, honorary citizen of the city of Alsdorf)
  • Matthias Juchem (opera singer)
  • Hans Berger (born February 28, 1938 in Alsdorf) (miner, honorary professor at the Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences, chairman of IG Bergbau und Energie 1991–1997, SPD member of the Bundestag 1990–1998, president of the International Mining and Chemical Labor Association 1995–1999)
  • Helmut Brandt (born October 24, 1950 in Bardenberg) (CDU member of the Bundestag)
  • Gerd Breuer (born January 13, 1959 in Alsdorf) (jazz musician and music producer)
  • Hans-Peter Lehnhoff (born July 12, 1963 in Alsdorf) (former professional footballer, including 1. FC Cologne, Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
  • Jürgen Beckers (born October 29, 1964 in Alsdorf) (cabaret artist and teacher)
  • Ralf Souquet (born November 29, 1968 in Hoengen) (billiards world champion & gold medalist World Games)
  • Torsten Frings (born November 22, 1976 in Würselen ) (national soccer player)
  • Kai Havertz (born June 11, 1999 in Aachen ) (national soccer player)

Personalities who are connected to the city of Alsdorf

  • Gustav Dannich (born August 11, 1881 in Nieder Hermsdorf, † May 1, 1923 in Berlin) trade union official and member of the Rhenish Provincial Parliament for the SPD
  • Kurt Koblitz (born September 27, 1916 in Waldenberg; † October 13, 1979 in Alsdorf) (SPD member of the Bundestag)
  • Hans Ferner (* December 23, 1928 in Malbergoft, † October 3, 1982 in Alsdorf) (SPD member of the state parliament, honorary citizen of the city of Alsdorf)


  • Albert Kraemer, revised. by Friedrich Schmitz: Alsdorf. History of a city. Alsdorf 1971.

Individual evidence

  • Document book of Niederrhein Lacomblet Volume I no.186
  • Annales Rodensis Klooster Rode zu Kerkrade. Year 1104
  1. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  3. History of the City. City of Alsdorf, accessed on December 19, 2015 : "Alsdorf was elevated to a city in 1950 ..."
  4. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 305 .
  5. ^ City of Alsdorf, overall results of the 2014 council election. Accessed on January 19, 2016 .
  6. ↑ Sister cities . Website of the city of Alsdorf, accessed on February 4, 2014.
  7. ^ The coat of arms of Alsdorf. (PDF; 107 kB) Accessed February 10, 2014 .
  8. ^ Flag of the city of Alsdorf. Retrieved February 10, 2014 .
  9. Main statute of the city of Alsdorf, § 2. (PDF; 122 kB) Retrieved on November 28, 2015 .
  10. We are looking for a new logo for the city of Alsdorf
  11. New city logo: “Full of energy” for a better image
  12. Sports facility development plan of the city of Alsdorf 2015-2020
  13. ^ Association directory of the city of Alsdorf
  14. ^ LT Alsdorf-Ost
  15. Announcement 7th DACHSER Duathlon
  16. ^ Rejection of the European Duathlon Championship in Alsdorf
  17. ^ Aachener Nachrichten: Alsdorf: Last shift at Cinram after 41 years. Retrieved January 19, 2019 .

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