Rhine district of Neuss

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Coat of arms of the Rhein-Kreis Neuss Map of Germany, position of the Rhein-Kreis Neuss highlighted

Coordinates: 51 ° 12 '  N , 6 ° 42'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Dusseldorf
Regional association : Rhineland
Administrative headquarters : Neuss
Area : 576.52 km 2
Residents: 451,730 (Dec 31, 2019)
Population density : 784 inhabitants per km 2
License plate : NE, GV
Circle key : 05 1 62
Circle structure: 8 municipalities
Address of the
district administration:
Oberstrasse 91
41460 Neuss
Website : www.rhein-kreis-neuss.de
District Administrator : Hans-Jürgen Petrauschke ( CDU )
Location of the Rhein-Kreis Neuss in North Rhine-Westphalia
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The Rhein-Kreis Neuss is a district in North Rhine-Westphalia in the administrative district of Düsseldorf . The seat of the district administration is the city of Neuss .


The area of ​​the Rhine district Neuss lies on the left Lower Rhine in the lowlands of the Lower Rhine Bay . To the east, the Rhine forms the district boundary.

The highest point is the Vollrather Höhe near Grevenbroich at 187 m above sea level. NN . The lowest point is 29 m above sea level. NN in the Spey nature reserve on the border between Meerbusch and Krefeld .

Starting in the north in a clockwise direction, the district borders on the independent cities of Krefeld, Duisburg and Düsseldorf , the district of Mettmann , the independent city of Cologne , the districts of Rhein-Erft-Kreis , Düren and Heinsberg and the independent city of Mönchengladbach and to the district of Viersen .

The Rhine district of Neuss belongs to the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region .


The area of ​​today's Rhein-Kreis Neuss was already settled in Roman times. a. historical names such as Novaesium ( Neuss ) and Durnomagus ( Dormagen ) prove. Other place names come from the Franconian settlement such as Kaarst , Grevenbroich and Rommerskirchen .

In 1816 the district of Neuss and the district of Grevenbroich came into being in the Prussian province of Jülich-Kleve-Berg (from 1822 Rhine province ) . In 1913 the city of Neuss became a district. In 1929 a far-reaching regional reform was carried out. The districts of Grevenbroich and the remaining district of Neuss were merged and the new district was renamed the district of Grevenbroich-Neuss . In addition, the communities of Kleinenbroich , Korschenbroich , Liedberg and Pesch from the former district of Gladbach were added. In 1946 it was renamed the Grevenbroich district. (see in detail: Grevenbroich district )

On January 1, 1975, as part of the municipal reorganization in North Rhine-Westphalia, the independent city of Neuss was incorporated as the new district seat in the Grevenbroich district and renamed the Neuss district . Since then, Neuss has been the largest city in the Federal Republic of Germany in terms of population, apart from the special cases of the cities of Saarbrücken, Hanover and Aachen that are members of the association. After the district council of the Neuss district had decided to rename it, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia approved the new name Rhein-Kreis Neuss on May 26, 2003 with effect from July 1, 2003 . The district seat is in Neuss, but significant parts of the district administration are not in Neuss, but in Grevenbroich.

The circle is a member of the teXellence network .

The Rhein-Kreis Neuss has been Germany's first Fairtrade district since 2010 .

Population statistics

year Residents
1975 399.704
1980 412,526
1985 404.768
1990 420.374
1995 435,656
2000 443.865
2005 445.255
2010 443.286
2015 450.026

Denomination statistics

According to the 2011 census , 48.4% of the residents were Roman Catholic , 20.2% Protestant, and 31.3% were non-denominational or belonged to another religious community. Currently (as of December 31, 2019), 158,900 (35.2%)% of the 451,730 inhabitants are Roman Catholic


Election of the district council of the Rhein-Kreis Neuss 2014
in percent
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
-1.6  % p
+ 3.1  % p.p.
-0.2  % p
-4.4  % p
+ 3.8  % p.p.
+ 0.4  % p
-1.0  % p
+ 2.1  % p.p.
-2.2  % p
Allocation of seats in the
district council of the Rhein-Kreis Neuss 2014
A total of 74 seats

District council

The last local election took place in the Rhine district of Neuss on May 25, 2014. The CDU received 42.2% of the votes (31 seats), the SPD 25.7% (19 seats), the GREEN 10.3% (8 seats), the FDP 7.2% (5 seats), the AfD 3 , 8% (3 seats), DIE LINKE 3.2% (2 seats), the Independent Voting Association Rhein-Kreis Neuss (UWG) 2.4% (2 seats), the PIRATES 2.1% (2 seats), the ZENTRUM 1.9% (1 seat) and the active citizens' community (The Active) 0.9% (1 seat). Not represented in the district council are the Free Citizens Grevenbroich (FBG) with 0.2% and the Ein Herz für Dormagen (EHfD), which emerged from the right-wing citizens' movement Pro NRW, with 0.2%.

The district council members of DIE LINKE and PIRATEN have joined together to form a parliamentary group. The district council members of UWG and Die Aktive have also come together to form a parliamentary group. A district council member of the AfD resigned from the party at his own request before the constituent meeting of the district council and initially joined the FDP parliamentary group as a non-party member, with effect from November 2014 the non-party member joined the FDP.

According to parliamentary groups, the current distribution of seats is as follows (as of May 2014):

CDU SPD GREEN FDP THE LEFT. / PIRATES UWG / Active Non-attached total
31 19th 8th 6th 4th 3 3 74
non-party 1
The active 1
AfD 2

The CDU and FDP, as well as the former member of the AfD, form a coalition which, together with the district administrator, who is also entitled to vote, has 38 of 75 votes.

District administrators

Senior district directors 1975–1996

  • 1975–1983: Paul Edelmann (CDU)
  • 1984–1996: Klaus-Dieter Salomon (CDU)

Coat of arms, banner and flag

Banner, coat of arms and flag
Banner Rhine district Neuss.svg District coat of arms of the Rhine district Neuss.svg
Flag of the Rhine district of Neuss.svg
The current logo of the circle

The Electoral Cologne cross and the lion indicate the tradition of the circle, which in large parts used to be under Electoral Cologne and Jülich rule. As a result of the municipal reorganization on January 1, 1975, a change occurred for the former Grevenbroich district in that the previously independent city of Neuss was incorporated into the district association, the city of Neuss became a district town and the Grevenbroich district has been called the district of Neuss since then. The coat of arms of the former Grevenbroich district also applies unchanged to the Rhine district of Neuss.

The district coat of arms was awarded by a certificate from the Minister of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia on May 2, 1952. The description of the coat of arms reads:

"In the split shield in front a black cross in silver, behind a black, red-tongued lion in gold."

The district flies the following flag (award document of December 10, 1952):

“The circular coat of arms on a white background, the two long sides of which are bordered by narrow black stripes. The colors of the circle are black and white. "



Since 1996 the medicoreha Welsink Academy with its state-recognized technical schools for physiotherapy and occupational therapy has offered over 300 training positions and the dual bachelor's degree "Applied Therapy Sciences" in cooperation with the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in the Academy in Neuss. The exams in the state examination are held by the health department of the Rhein-Kreis-Neuss.


In 2019, the Rhine district of Neuss is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its partnership with its Polish partner district of Mikolów (Silesian Voivodeship). On November 9, 1994, the Rhein-Kreis Neuss in Mikolów signed the partnership document with the then municipal association, consisting of the towns of Mikolów, Laziska Górne and Orzesze and the communities of Ornontowice and Wyry. Even before the Mikolów district was officially founded on January 1, 1999, the Rhine district of Neuss provided a wide range of help and support in setting up a district administration at the request of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the German District Association. Between 1994 and 2000, over 100 different projects and events took place in the Rhine district of Neuss and in the district of Mikolów. In addition to seminars and exchange measures from all administrative areas, youth exchanges, school projects, cultural encounters, visits to the (youth) fire brigades, health, business development and agriculture were the focal points of the decades-long and steadily growing partnership. On May 26, 2001, the partnership between the now formed Mikolow district and the Rhine district of Neuss was re-established.

In the past decades, the focus has been further cultivated and expanded. In addition to the youth exchange, education and the development of partnerships between vocational schools of the two districts, musical encounters and the energy transition in connection with the EU Energy Union were the focus of the relationship. In mid-September 2019, a delegation from the Rhein-Kreis Neuss, headed by District Administrator Hans-Jürgen Petrauschke and with the participation of the members of the European Neighbors partnership committee, the percussion ensemble of the music school of the Rhein-Kreis Neuss, the vocational training center Dormagen and a group of artists, will leave the Rhine district of Neuss to the Mikolów district to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mikolów district and the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the two districts. The friendly relationship is sealed once more for future years with the signing of another partnership document.

Jewish cemeteries

30 Jewish cemeteries are documented for the Rhein-Kreis Neuss : in Dormagen (2), in Grevenbroich (11), in Jüchen (5), in Korschenbroich (3), in Neuss (4), in Rommerskirchen (3) and in Meerbusch (2). They are cultural monuments that are worth protecting - stone witnesses to formerly existing Jewish communities and a lively Jewish community life up to the 1930s.


The Rhein-Kreis Neuss is one of the economically strongest districts in Germany. In the future atlas published by Prognos AG in 2019, it comes off as the district with the best future prospects in North Rhine-Westphalia. Nationwide, he is rated 70th out of 401 cities and districts with high future prospects. The Rhein-Kreis Neuss achieved particularly good results with nationwide rank 54 in the categories of economic strength and innovation.



  1. Dormagen , large district city (64,340)
  2. Grevenbroich , large city belonging to the district (63,743)
  3. Juchen , Mean district town (23,294)
  4. Kaarst , Middle District City (43,493)
  5. Korschenbroich , Middle District City (33,251)
  6. Meerbusch , Middle District City (56,415)
  7. Neuss , large district city (153,896)

local community

  1. Rommerskirchen (13,298)
Düsseldorf Duisburg Köln Krefeld Kreis Düren Kreis Heinsberg Kreis Mettmann Kreis Viersen Mönchengladbach Rhein-Erft-Kreis Dormagen Grevenbroich Jüchen Kaarst Korschenbroich Meerbusch Neuss RommerskirchenMunicipalities in NE.svg
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(Population figures as of December 31, 2019)

License Plate

On July 1, 1956, the independent city of Neuss (later Neuss) was assigned the distinctive sign NE when the vehicle registration number that is still valid today was introduced . It is still issued in the Rhein-Kreis Neuss today.
Since August 19, 2015, due to the license plate liberalization , the old GV (old district Grevenbroich) has been issued again.


  • Karl Emsbach, Max Tauch: Churches, monasteries and chapels in the Neuss district. Cologne 1986.
  • Walter and Brigitte Janssen: Castles, palaces and court festivals in the Neuss district. 1985.
  • Michael Moll : Rhein-Kreis Neuss - adventure hikes between the Rhine and Niers. Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 2013, ISBN 978-3-7700-1447-7 .
  • Petra Winkelmann: The origin and development of the Neuss district 1970 to 1990. A study on the local reorganization in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Series of publications by the Neuss City Archives, Volume 15, Essen 1994, ISBN 3-88474-186-1 .
  • Life pictures from the Neuss district. District Home Association Neuss e. V., Neuss 1993 ff. 5 volumes published so far (as of 2015).

See also

Portal: Rhein-Kreis Neuss  - Overview of Wikipedia content on the subject of Rhein-Kreis Neuss

Web links

Commons : Rhein-Kreis Neuss  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  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 )
  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. 295 .
  3. teXellence - Competence Network Textile Niederrhein: "We have found our topics!" (PDF; 302 kB)
  4. Fairtrade Towns campaign. First fairtrade group in Germany. TransFair - Association for the Promotion of Fair Trade with the “Third World” e. V., accessed on August 21, 2012 .
  5. ^ State database North Rhine-Westphalia
  6. Rhein-Kreis Neuss Religion -in%, 2011 census
  7. Statistics: The Archdiocese of Cologne in Figures , accessed on July 5, 2020
  8. http://www.heide-bote.de/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=29911
  9. rhein-kreis-neuss.de ( Memento of the original from March 5, 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.rhein-kreis-neuss.de
  10. http://www.heide-bote.de/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=29907
  11. a b Main statutes of the Rhein-Kreis Neuss ( Memento of the original from November 23, 2010 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. , accessed March 27, 2015. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.rhein-kreis-neuss.de
  12. medicoreha Welsink Academy
  13. Neuss district. In: Claudia Pohl (edit.): Overview of all projects for the documentation of Jewish grave inscriptions in the area of ​​the Federal Republic of Germany. North Rhine-Westphalia. Version: December 2002; here: North Rhine - list according to today's administrative structure - administrative district Düsseldorf
  14. ^ GV. NRW. Edition 2017 No. 34 from December 8th, 2017 Pages 863 to 916 | State law NRW. Retrieved January 1, 2019 .
  15. 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 )