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City of Kerpen
Coordinates: 50 ° 52 ′ 34 ″  N , 6 ° 41 ′ 51 ″  E
Height : approx. 80 m
Area : 7.59 km²
Residents : 1214  (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 160 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 1st January 1975
Postal code : 50171
Area code : 02237
Location of the former and the relocated Mödrath in the Rhenish lignite mining area

Mödrath is a district of Kerpen in the Rhein-Erft district in North Rhine-Westphalia . The place was relocated due to the open-cast lignite mine Frechen in 1956, as the old place was in the mining area. Today's district is directly northeast of the city center of Kerpen.


Mödrath Castle (Mödrath House)


The original center of Mödrath (Alt-Mödrath) was destroyed by the Frechen opencast mine. Alt-Mödrath was located where the Marienfeld with the Pope Hill is today. At that time, around 2800 people lived in Alt-Mödrath. All that remains of Alt-Mödrath is Mödrath Castle (also Mödrath House). It was built in 1830 as a representative plastered building with a hipped roof. The plan of the associated park is said to come from Peter Joseph Lenné . It was initially planned to relocate the Stockhausen studio for electronic music from the WDR premises in Cologne-Ossendorf to Mödrath Castle. In 2017, however, the Mödrath house was refurbished by a buyer who remained anonymous and transferred to a foundation. It is a house for contemporary art and artists, without its own collection, in which changing exhibitions are organized by changing curators.

(New) Mödrath

With the relocation of Alt-Mödrath to its current location, Mödrath lost its original character and many inhabitants. Many of the resettled residents were in favor of settling the new place in a nearby field, but the place was directly connected to the Kerpen district.


On January 1, 1975 the community Mödrath was incorporated into the city of Kerpen.



  • Annaliese Ohm, Albert Verbeek: The monuments of the Rhineland 17th vol. Bergheim District, Vol. 3 , Düsseldorf 1971, ISBN 3-508-00186-5 , pp. 22-23

Web links

Commons : Mödrath  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Distribution to the districts in 2018. In: Website of the city of Kerpen. Retrieved February 9, 2019 .
  2. ^ Haus Mödrath - spaces for art; since 2016 private museum. In: Website of the issuing owner. Retrieved September 21, 2017 .
  3. Martin Bünermann, Heinz Köstering: The communities and districts after the municipal territorial reform in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1975, ISBN 3-555-30092-X .