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City of Eschweiler
Coordinates: 50 ° 50 ′ 19 ″  N , 6 ° 14 ′ 22 ″  E
Height : 160 m
Residents : 1314  (December 31, 2018)
Postal code : 52249
Area code : 02403
Parish Church of St. Cecilia
Blausteinhaus on the corner of Velauer Strasse / Oberstrasse
Cemetery of honor

Hehlrath is a north-western district of Eschweiler in the Aachen city region in North Rhine-Westphalia and forms a twin district with Kinzweiler .


The lay judge "Gerardus de Helrode" is mentioned in two independent sources: in a document of the Aachen court dated November 22, 1219 and in the book of the dead of the Aachen Marienstift , where (around 1234) a foundation is noted on the occasion of his death Schöffe . His predecessors, mentioned in Brabant in 1214, were "Deyso and Joannis de Helrode, his descendants (also active as lay judges in Aachen) were Conradus de Helrode (1234), Rutcherius de Helrode (1252), daughter Margaretha de Helrode (married to Gerard de Punt ( Pont; Aachen: see Ponttor)), Rikald de Helrode called von Koettingen and his son Jordan, who led a feud against the city of Aachen.The Helrod family had a coat of arms with three stone hammers - analogous to the three old stone pits on the Hohen Berg in the direction of Merzbrück and Haaren, where it can be proven that they had possessions. This is the first documented mention of Hehlrath. Until 1506, when the altar of the first chapel was consecrated by the Auxiliary Bishop Theoderich from Cologne , the Hehlrathers had to go to worship after wages . 1787 the dilapidated church was torn down and replaced by a new church, the main nave of which is still standing today.Hehlrath was raised to an independent parish the following year - with the Patron saints St. Cecilia and St. Thecla . In 1831 the construction of a school house began, which was not completed. In 1932 the church was extended by the porch and on February 2, 1985 the parish hall was inaugurated.

Hehlrath belonged to Eschweiler from the 18th century to 1859, from 1859 to 1972 together with Kinzweiler and St. Jöris formed the municipality of Kinzweiler in the district of Aachen, which was spun off from Eschweiler, and came back to Eschweiler on January 1, 1972 together with Kinzweiler and St. Jöris. Postal code from 1961 to 1972 was 5181 Hehlrath (via Eschweiler) . In 1950 the old district of Velau fell victim to the lignite excavator. The place celebrated its 800th anniversary with all the clubs in 2019 with a great response.

Population development

development year Residents
2013 1,294
2014 1,303
2015 1.311
2016 1.312
2017 1,324
2018 1.314

Source: . Values ​​as of December 31 of each year.


Worth seeing is especially the under monument protection standing Parish Church St. Cecilia with its Baroque high altar of the Capuchin Monastery Aldenhoven, 17th Century.

The carnival symbol of Hehlrath is the cow "Billa", whose monument stands opposite the Ehrenfriedhof on Oberstrasse .

The Hehlrath marching band was founded in 1920 and is therefore one of the oldest marching bands in the city.


The two bus stops Schwarzwaldstraße and Westerwaldstraße are served by line 28 (Hüüllen / Weisweiler - Eschweiler Bushof - Röhe - Hehlrath - Kinzweiler - Hoengen - Alsdorf) and the EW 6 line (St. Jöris Bf. - St. Jöris Church - Kinzweiler Pferdegasse - Kinzweiler Kambach - Hehlrath Westerwaldstraße - Hehlrath Schwarzwaldstraße). The ALT concept exists on the EW 6 line. The next motorway connections are Eschweiler-West (5a) on the A 4 and Alsdorf (5b) on the A 44 . The next train stations are Eschweiler-St. Jöris on the Euregiobahn and Eschweiler Hbf on the Cologne – Aachen high-speed line .

Sons and daughters of the place


In earlier centuries the residents of Hehlrath were decried as sorcerers for unknown reasons. Above all, members of individual farming families are said to have had the ability to transform themselves into werewolves . The background of this legend, which is especially popular in the neighboring town of Kinzweiler, is probably the custom of young men, widespread in many parts of the Rhineland , to keep any undesirable competition away from other villages for the girls by jumping on the back of their rivals at night behaved like a raging wolf and thoroughly beaten the boy from the neighboring village or pushed him into a stream. Since the fear of werewolves was widespread in the area on the Inde , the victim believed that he had been the victim of an attack by such a magical being and was careful not to go back to his treasure in Hehlrath. See also: Juffer .


  • Peter Kremer: Where the horror lurks: Terrifying stories of bloodsuckers and headless riders of werewolves and revenants on Inde, Erft and Rur . PeKaDe-Verlag, Düren 2003, ISBN 3-929928-01-9 .

Individual evidence

  1. a b Annual statistical report of the city of Eschweiler 2018. (PDF; 2 MB) Population figures by district - total number. In: City of Eschweiler . October 31, 2019, p. 13 .;
  2. Heinz-Theo Frings and Nikolaus Müller: 800 years of Hehlrath in Eschweiler near Aachen 1219 - 2019, chronicle of the village history of Hehlrath and its residents . Alsdorf 2019, ISBN 978-3-937062-66-2 (out of print)
  3. ^ 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 .
  4. Heinz-Theo Frings: The Hehlrath baroque altar of the former Capuchin monastery Aldenhoven . Forum Jülich History Volume 70, publications of the Joseph Kuhl Society on the history of the city of Jülich and the Jülich country, edited by Günter Bers and Dieter PJ Wynands, Jülich 2016, pp. 14 - 27 ( ISBN 978-3-943568-16- 5 )
  5. Timetable line EW 6 (ASEAG). (PDF; 168.6 kB) In: Line timetables of the Aachen transport association . October 31, 2019 .;