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City of Meerbusch
Coat of arms of Osterath
Coordinates: 51 ° 16 ′ 9 ″  N , 6 ° 37 ′ 13 ″  E
Height : 41 m
Area : 12.02 km²
Residents : 13,022  (Dec. 31, 2016)
Population density : 1,083 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : January 1, 1970
Postal code : 40670
Area code : 02159
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Location of Osterath in Meerbusch
St. Nicholas

Osterath is one of eight districts of the city ​​of Meerbusch, which was founded as a result of the North Rhine-Westphalian municipal reform . It is located in the western part of the city. In Osterath, 12,645 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2010) live on an area of ​​1,202 ha (corresponds to 18% of the city of Meerbusch), making it the second largest district after Büderich .


Osterath lies on the left Lower Rhine and borders the city of Krefeld in the northwest .


Archaeological finds indicate a settlement in Roman times, the first settlements between the 9th and 12th centuries can be proven. The name of the current district changed from Ostradoe and Oistraide (13th century) to Oysterroede, Oesterraid, Oisterraids, Osterraidt, Osterath, Osteradt (17th century).

The Osterather parish consisted of 3.5 honors in the 13th century . The village center consisted of two farms facing each other, the Ploeneshof and the Gumpertzhof, which were first mentioned in 1364. In the 16th century there were 27 farms subject to the Kurmud , each with 50 to 100 acres of arable land. This included, for example, the Huysmannshof located in the center of Osterath. From 1392 to 1794 Osterath belonged to the Electoral Cologne office of Linn .

There were two mills in Osterath, one on the Mühlbach in Bovert, which had been paying taxes to the Meer monastery since the end of the 12th century , but which must have perished in the 16th century. The second mill was on the way between Osterath and Willich . It was built in the first half of the 14th century. Through further settlements Osterath became a street village in the 15th century , in the 18th century the place grew through numerous building measures.

The districts of Dorf, Giesenend, Schweinum, Görgesheide, Hoterheide, Ivangsheide and Bovert formed the municipality of Osterath in the middle of the 19th century. Industry and commerce developed rapidly after the Cologne – Krefeld railway line opened in 1855 and the Düsseldorf – Krefeld K-Bahn line opened in 1898 as the first city-connecting electric rapid transit railway in Europe. In addition to the Bacher brewery, which brewed Altbier until the 1930s , a mosaic factory, a sauerkraut factory, a shoe factory and a wire rope factory were founded.

Between 1918 and 1953, Rudolf Bartels and Hugo Recken alternated as mayor and community director of Osterath.

Until the regional reform in 1970, Osterath was part of the Kempen-Krefeld district . With the reorganization, the main part of Osterath was incorporated into the newly founded city of Meerbusch on January 1, 1970. A smaller part came to the city of Willich.

In 1974 the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia decided to dissolve the city of Meerbusch and to incorporate Osterath into the state capital Düsseldorf . However, the city of Meerbusch obtained the suspension of the dissolution decision at the constitutional court in Münster . The state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia then confirmed the existence of the city of Meerbusch in 1976.


Historical coat of arms

Blazon : "In blue a golden sun rising in the base of the shield and touching the circumferential edge of the shield with 14 rays, covered with two silver crossed hooks."


In the north of Osterath there are a total of four former quarry ponds, one of which is a former loose rock excavation (approx. 4 ha) north of Meyersweg (object identification in the LANUV biotope cadastre: BK-4705-0016) and a smaller one on Krefelder Strasse. Two lakes (approx. 2 ha on the left, approx. 2.5 ha on the right) owned by the Schmitz gravel pit north-west of the rehabilitation clinic (BK-4705-0018), which are only separated from one another by a road dam, have been owned by the local fishing club since 1962 "Angler Guild" leased. These lakes, together with the northern lakes in Krefeld, represent an important breeding and feeding habitat for kingfisher and sand martin and also provide a habitat for other water birds. The reed stocks have suffered losses due to nutria feeding.

To the east of Bovert is the nature reserve Der Meerbusch , which is formally in the area of ​​the neighboring city district Büderich and the neighboring city Kaarst.

Culture and sights


railway station

Osterather Bahnhof, view of the track side

The Osterather train station near the town center was built in 1856 by the Cologne-Krefeld Railway Company . The building, which is clad with wooden panels on the outside, is a listed building.

Church of St. Nicholas
The Roman Catholic Church was probably built in the 13th century. It had to give way to an existing chapel. The church was expanded in 1855, anda new nave was builton the four-story tuff towerfrom the 12th century. The orientation was changed, the former nave stood on today's church square. Since 1972 the church has housed the relics of Hildegundis von Meer . Since January 2010 St. Nikolaus has been a branch church of the parish of Hildegundis von Meer. The parish church is St. Stephen's Church in Lank-Latum. see also: List of sacred buildings in Meerbusch

Alte Vikarie
The old vicariate building from the second half of the 17th century is the half-timbered building on Hochstr. 20 / corner of Bommershöferweg. It was part of a fund from which the vicarage was financed and was freely available to the Osterath vicar . The building also included a stable, shed and a small garden. By the middle of the 20th century, the house was damaged to such an extent, mainly by moisture, and no longer befitting that it seemed uneconomical to the church council to hold onto this building. Plans to finance a new vicariate building were started. The former garden property is now used by the neighboring restaurants. The demolition requested by the current owner was rejected by the Düsseldorf Administrative Court.

Old brewery
The old brewery was built as a production facility for the Bacher brewery, which was founded in 1874. In 1931 the brewery was given up in favor of a pure beer publisher. Since 1980, the city of Meerbusch, as the new owner, made the property available for communal tasks and for club sports. In 2008 the Alte Brauerei Projektgesellschaft mbH acquired the building and carried out a comprehensive core renovation and various renovation measures, in which the striking facade and the internal structures of the commercial building were consciously preserved. In 2010, an office furniture exhibition was opened there under the name “Forum for Office Culture - Old Brewery”.

Book and Art Cabinet Mönter
In 1983, Konrad Mönter set up a book house in the steam mill built in 1883 (listed) at Kirchplatz 1 and has been holding readings and the so-called staircase concerts since then. In 1988, more space was created for books, art and culture in converted neighboring houses. Now at the address Kirchplatz 1–5, exhibitions of national and international artists are regularly held in the rooms. In the sculpture courtyard, visitors will find sculptures by Bernar Venet , Ingrid Roscheck , Michel Sauer , Will Brüll , Rainer Barzen , Lee Young-Jae and also offer sculptors the opportunity to present their work.


Large space vortex, steel sculpture from 1965

Sculptures by Will Brüll:

Will Brüll , a sculptor from Osterath, made sculptures out of stainless steel.

  • Large spatial vortex - 1965 in the roundabout on Willicher Strasse in the immediate vicinity of the mill where Brüll lived and worked, given to the city on permanent loan in February 2004
  • The stooped in the cemetery on Bommershöfer Weg


The Osterath electrical store has been located on the site of the Osterath substation since 1981 . The museum documents the history of electrical engineering.



Osterath has three motorway connections, north to the A 44 (exit Fischeln / Osterath), south to the A 52 (exit Kaarst -Nord / Osterath) and west to the A 57 (junction Bovert).

Regional traffic

As mentioned above, Osterath has a connection to the Left Lower Rhine route of Deutsche Bahn AG with connections to Düsseldorf , Krefeld , Neuss and Cologne . The station Meerbusch-Osterath is the only station in Meerbusch approached and from the regional express lines RE 7 (Krefeld-Rhine), and RE 10 (Kleve-Dusseldorf) in the hour or half-hour.

line Line designation Line course
RE 7 Rhein-Münsterland-Express network: n / a
Rheine - Münster - Hamm - Hagen - Wuppertal - Solingen - Cologne - Neuss - Meerbusch-Osterath - Krefeld
RE 10 Niers-Express
Düsseldorf - Meerbusch-Osterath - Krefeld - Geldern - Kleve (only Mon-Fri, Sat / Sun every hour)

italics : cycle> 60 min .; bold : cycle <60 min.

Light rail and bus transport

There are also four tram stops in Osterath along the original K-Bahn between Düsseldorf and Krefeld, which has been operated by Rheinbahn since 1898 . Today the Bovert, Kamperweg, Hoterheide and Görgesheide stops (arranged in the direction of Krefeld) are served by the U 74 tram lines (only temporarily and to Görgesheide) and U 76. During the peak hours also the line U 70 runs but without stopping at Kamperweg.

In addition to the long-standing bus connections to Lank-Latum (Rheinbahn line 832) and to Willich and Viersen ( BVR line 071), there has been an express bus connection to the north of Düsseldorf since 2018: the Rheinbahn line SB 52 runs Monday to Saturday over the airport bridge to the Nordpark / Aquazoo tram stop .


In the commercial areas Mollsfeld, Mollsfeld-Nord, Broad Street and Rudolf-Diesel-Straße, different companies have settled. Mollsfeld has been expanded to the north since 2005 with the construction of the vocational training center of Deutsche Vermögensberatung . The garden recognizable on the map (a square walkway with plants) was built under the Green Way initiative by EPSON , which is also based in this industrial area in Germany. In contrast, Breite Straße is mainly used as a logistics location . So here is z. B. the forwarding center of Galeria Kaufhof for direct delivery. In 1999 the St. Mauritius Therapy Clinic , a rehabilitation clinic, was inaugurated in Osterath . The medicoreha Welsink Academy , with its state-recognized technical schools for physiotherapy and occupational therapy , conducts practical training for its trainees in the St. Mauritius Therapy Clinic.


The electricity network operator Amprion is planning a so-called double converter station south of Osterath as an extension of the existing Osterath substation. There is massive resistance against these expansion plans on the part of many Meerbuscher citizens who have joined together in a citizens' initiative, the Meerbusch City Council, which unanimously rejected the construction in a resolution, and various other groups and individuals.

Former Ostara site

The former Ostara stone and mosaic factory right next to the train station was in operation until 2001. From then until 2006 the buildings were not used (apart from fire brigade exercises). This has been the property of the Carat Group from Oberhausen since 1996, which demolished the building for the construction of a fresh produce market. In July 2007, an aerial bomb weighing 250 kg was found. When it was defused, all residents within a 250-meter radius had to leave their apartments and keep their windows and doors closed between 250 and 500 meters.

The construction of the fresh market was initially rejected by the SPD in particular because of the fear that the Osterath retail trade could not bear the large losses . Due to a positive test result the Hamburg Gfk GeoMarketing it approved the CDU - faction . Retail losses are said to be between 500,000 and 600,000 euros, so vacancies are not to be expected.


  • Peter Dohms (Ed.): Meerbusch. The history of the city and the old communities . Meerbusch 1991.
  • Norbert Schöndeling: Meerbusch . In: Rheinische Kunststätten. Issue 389. Rhenish Association for Monument Preservation and Landscape Protection, Cologne 1993.


  • Theodor Holzschneider: Special chronicle about the parish and community Osterath . Osterath 1870, reissued by the city of Meerbusch in 1974.

Individual evidence

  1. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 114 .
  2. 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 , p. 39 .
  3. Website of the fishing club “Anglergilde” ( memento of the original from July 3, 2013 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. over the former quarry ponds @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / anglergilde-meerbusch.de
  4. Description in the entry for object BK-4705-0016 of the LANUV biotope register
  5. Norbert Schöndeling: The new Vicarie of St. Nikolaus in Osterath . In: Meerbuscher history books . History Association Meerbusch eV, Meerbusch. 1986: 3:68. ISSN  0930-3391
  6. Norbert Stirken: Alte Vikarie: Court forbids demolition. rp-online, January 30, 2012, accessed June 13, 2012 .
  7. A report from Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung : Sculpture as permanent loan: space vortex set up in a roundabout
  8. A press release from October 15, 2007: A company is going "the green way"
  9. On the Galeria Kaufhof website about delivery conditions: Who delivers the goods? ( Memento of the original from May 10, 2008 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.galeria-kaufhof.de
  10. medicoreha Welsink Academy
  11. An article from the Rheinische Post: Meerbusch: Willich gegen Frischemarkt ( Memento of the original from October 25, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (see under "Ostara site") @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.rp-online.de
  12. An article from the Meerbuscher Rathaus-Nachrichten: Fresh market building on the Ostara site at Osterath train station ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.meerbusch.de
  13. ^ A report from Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung : Meerbusch: Fliegerbombe defused
  14. ^ RP Meerbusch: Expert per fresh market