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City of Heinsberg
Coat of arms of Karken
Coordinates: 51 ° 6 ′ 12 ″  N , 6 ° 4 ′ 26 ″  E
Height : 32 m above sea level NN
Area : 8.14 km²
Residents : 3498  (Jan. 1, 2007)
Population density : 430 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : January 1, 1972
Postal code : 52525
Area code : 02452

Karken is a district of the district town of Heinsberg in the westernmost district of Germany and borders directly on the Netherlands . The place has about 3,500 inhabitants.

The landscape around Karken is characterized by agricultural areas, but also bodies of water and strips of forest


The village lies entirely in the valley of the Rur , which passes northeast of the village, and there are no major differences in altitude. The lowest point of the local situation with 28  m above sea level. NN is north of the broad village on the Dutch border.

The shortest connection between Heinsberg and the Dutch center of Roermond runs through Karken, the most important road 230.

Karken Church


Some Stone Age and numerous Iron Age finds, especially grave finds, suggest that people were already present in the area in prehistoric times.

The von Kerreke gentlemen are documented towards the end of the 12th century. A Giselbertus von Kerreke took part in the coronation of Otto IV of Braunschweig as Roman-German king in 1198 . In 1317, Cäcilie von Kerreke finally sold her Karken property, including the jurisdiction, to the von Heinsberg family .

In 1591, Spanish troops carried out a massacre on the local residents who had fled to the parish church. A cross on the von Karker mill reminds us of this today .

The former Karken office, to which Kempen and Kirchhoven also belonged, was dissolved with the municipal reorganization that took effect on January 1, 1972 and added to the city of Heinsberg.

Population development

year Residents
1900 1400
1925 1738
1950 2065
1960 2204
1961 2228
1968 2612
1970 2709
2007 3498


coat of arms

The coat of arms of the municipality of Karken showed a silver shield covered with three blue crossbars. It was the coat of arms of the former Lords of Vlodrop .

Chapel crucible


When it was raised to the status of an independent parish in 1559, St. Severinus , Bishop of Cologne , was elected parish patron of Karken. According to an old custom, October 23 is the name day of the parish of St. Severinus Karken.

Stiegel Chapel : The small prayer and processional chapel is located in the Stiegel district at the intersection of Hirtstrasse, Prunkstrasse and Schierenkreuz. The “ Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows ” already existed here at the beginning of the 19th century . The builders of the plastered brick building were the couple Frenken and Leonard. The chapel, which was still in the open at the time, is also shown on the topographic map of the official Prussian new recording from 1893. In 1927, in a report in the Heinsberger Volkszeitung, there was talk of a "Mother of God chapel at a crossroads in the open air". There were originally two linden trees on both sides of the building, but they had to be felled during the last renovation in 2005. With the help of the neighborhood , the chapel was extensively renovated this year and inaugurated on August 29, 2006 by Pastor Marian Janke.

The Stiegel chapel has a rectangular floor plan, was built from clinker bricks and is closed off by a saddle roof. A double-winged entrance door with a crucifix above it forms the entrance. Inside there is an altar , a Pietà , several figures of saints and a few prayer benches. Three wooden figures represent Saint Brigida , Saint Roch and Saint Anthony of Padua and, like the Stations of the Cross, come from the first half of the 20th century. A plaque in the interior bears the slogan: PRESS YOURSELF TO THE MOTHER OF GOD AND CLAIM FOR IT SO SHE WILL HELP YOU.


Community Hall Karken

There are various clubs in Karken. The "Ortsring Karken" has existed as a coordinating association since 1981, the purpose of which is to "preserve, maintain and promote local life". The local ring Karken is a registered association and was founded on February 2nd, 1981. He coordinates the appointments of the local associations and is responsible for the administration of the community hall. On April 2, 2004, the Bürgerhalle was inaugurated with a ceremony. The Bürgerhalle is owned by the city of Heinsberg and was rented to the local ring, which is responsible for the administration (or subletting) of the hall. The hall is primarily intended to be available to associations and citizens in Karken.


  • SV Green-White 1928 Karken e. V.
  • Instrumental Association Karken 1910 eV
  • Catholic women's community Karken
  • KG Karker Rabaue 1985 eV
  • Drummer and Pfeiffer Corps Karken 1925 eV
  • Karken gymnastics club
  • Karken fire fighting unit of the Heinsberg volunteer fire department
  • St. Severini Schützenbruderschaft 1654 eV
  • Tennis club Karken 1970 eV
  • TTC 1972 Karken
  • Association of friends and sponsors of the cath. Elementary School Karken eV
  • SFV "Petri Heil" Karken e. V.
  • Karken Mandolin Orchestra
  • Quartet Association Karken 1919 eV

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Archived copy ( memento of the original dated February 1, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.ophoven.info
  2. ^ 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. 310 .
  3. a b Bischöfliches Generalvikariat Aachen (Ed.): Handbuch des Bistums Aachen , 3rd edition, Aachen 1994, ISBN 3-87448-172-7 , p. 745
  4. Sheet 2775, Sheet Birgelen, photo 1893 , accessed on February 23, 2014


  • Our home, the Selfkantkreis Geilenkirchen-Heinsberg. Published by the working group of home nurses of the Selfkantkreis. Buchdruckerei Gatzen, Geilenkirchen 1956. (2nd edition 1963)
  • Wilhelm Piepers: soil monuments and finds in the former district of Geilenkirchen-Heinsberg. (Archeology in the district of Heinsberg 1, series of publications of the district of Heinsberg 5). Self-published by the Heinsberg district, Heinsberg 1989, ISBN 3-925620-05-2 .

Web links

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