Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis

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Coat of arms of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis Map of Germany, position of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis highlighted

Coordinates: 50 ° 59 ′  N , 7 ° 9 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Cologne
Regional association : Rhineland
Administrative headquarters : Bergisch Gladbach
Area : 437.32 km 2
Residents: 283,271 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 648 inhabitants per km 2
License plate : GL
Circle key : 05 3 78
Circle structure: 8 municipalities
Address of the
district administration:
Am Rübezahlwald 7
51469 Bergisch Gladbach
Website : www.rbk-direkt.de
District Administrator : Stephan Santelmann ( CDU )
Location of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis in North Rhine-Westphalia
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The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis , founded on October 1, 1932, is a district in the south of North Rhine-Westphalia .



The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis is, as its name suggests, in the part of the Bergisches Land that faces the Rhine.

The district area belongs to the Rhenish Slate Mountains . From the Cologne Bay the land rises to the east. The highest points are the Kleine Heckberg near Federath, City of Overath with 348  m and the Rattenberg near Buchholzen, City of Wermelskirchen with 345  m . The lowest point at 51  m above sea ​​level is in the Wupper valley in Leichlingen.

With an area of ​​438 square kilometers, the district has a north-south extension of around 33 and an east-west extension of around 26 kilometers.

The outermost border points are in the north at the town of Preyersmühle , in the east on Overather area near the Kleiner Heckberg, in the south in the Wahner Heide and in the west the city limits from Leichlingen to Langenfeld along the A3 .

The area is relatively rainy due to the clouds that the wind brings in from the west. The drainage takes place towards the Rhine through the Wupper, the Dhünn with its tributary Eifgenbach , the Strunde , the Sülz and the Agger .

The center of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis lies at the Herrenstrunden dwarf cave .


Surname Art Area km² Residents
Kreis Mettmann Köln Leverkusen Oberbergischer Kreis Remscheid Rhein-Erft-Kreis Rhein-Sieg-Kreis Solingen Wuppertal Bergisch Gladbach Burscheid Kürten Leichlingen (Rheinland) Odenthal Overath Rösrath WermelskirchenMunicipalities in GL.svg
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Bergisch Gladbach Large city belonging to the district 83.12 111,846
Burscheid Town 27.38 018,346
Kürten local community 67.50 019,662
Leichlingen (Rhineland) Middle district city 37.33 028,000
Odenthal local community 39.97 014,967
Overath Middle district city 68.80 027,100
Rösrath Middle district city 38.81 028,631
Wermelskirchen Middle district city 74.66 034,719

Official population figures according to the State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia , the former State Office for Data Processing and Statistics North Rhine-Westphalia . As of December 31, 2019

The two diagrams show the area shares and the population shares of the individual municipalities.

Neighboring areas

In a clockwise direction, the district borders on the independent cities of Cologne and Leverkusen , the district of Mettmann , the independent cities of Solingen and Remscheid , the Oberbergische and the Rhein-Sieg district .


District building in Bergisch Gladbach


The settlement of a region by humans is closely tied to geographical conditions, weather and climate. In prehistoric and early historical times, today's district was an inhospitable hill country with densely wooded heights and swampy valleys. Traces of early settlement, for example from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age , are sparse. Only since the 9th century BC Corresponding references increase. In the western part of today's district, not far from the Rhine Valley, several graves from pre-Roman times were found. Towards the end of the 5th century AD, Frankish population groups apparently began to settle the mountainous area from the west .

The oldest written source is only handed down to us from the early Middle Ages : The Prümer Urbar from 893 is a directory of the hamlets and farms that belonged to the Prüm Abbey . It also shows Vogelberhc , today hope valley in Rösrath.

The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis is part of the Bergisches Land region - whereby "Bergisch" is not derived from the hilly to mountainous landscape between Wupper and Sieg. Rather, the landscape name results from the count, later ducal family of the Lords of Berg . Towards the end of the 11th century, the county of Berg was established here , which was elevated to the Duchy of Berg in 1380 . The duchy existed until 1806. Napoléon took over the duchy by exchange from the Bavarian King Maximilian I and gave it to his brother-in-law Joachim Murat . In connection with the establishment of the Rhine Confederation (1806), the Grand Duchy of Berg was created , which lasted until 1813. During this period at the beginning of the 19th century, numerous innovations were introduced in administration and the legal system, see also Code civil .

After two years of provisional administration by the Generalgouvernement Berg , the area came under the Kingdom of Prussia in 1815 due to the agreements made at the Congress of Vienna . The district became part of the Rhine Province in 1822 .

The old circle

On October 1, 1932, the district reforms in Prussia created the so-called Bergische Kreis from the district of Mülheim am Rhein and the district of Wipperfürth , based in Mülheim am Rhein. Even before the law came into force, the name was changed to Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis and the district seat became Bergisch Gladbach, and Villa Zanders served as the administrative building until 1972 .

The first or old Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis included when it was founded on October 1, 1932

The east-west expansion essentially corresponded to the natural conditions. The places and traffic routes are often in the valleys of the rivers and streams that strive from the mountainous heights in the east to the Rhine valley in the west.

In 1932, the Prussian government appointed the district administrator of the old Mülheim district, Matthias Eberhard, as district administrator, who, however, was replaced in 1933 by Julius Mennicken , an NSDAP functionary . Mennicken held the office until 1945. During the Nazi rule, the district administrator was dependent on the instructions of the district leader of the NSDAP in many matters. Walter Aldinger was the district leader during the entire period .

After the Second World War, the district became part of the British zone of occupation and, since 1946, part of the new federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia . Heinrich Linder was first appointed district administrator by the British military government on April 15, 1945. Due to his membership in the NSDAP, he was deposed on May 19, 1945 and Friedrich Heuser was appointed district administrator. He held this office from May 21, 1945 to June 17, 1946. He then became senior district director.

According to the British model, the responsibilities of the district administrator were divided. The district councilor was elected from among its ranks as the political representative of the district council and volunteered as a local politician. The head of administration was the district director , who was appointed by the district government on the proposal of the district council. He had to meet the legal career requirements.

Villa Zanders quickly became too small as the administrative headquarters. So in 1953 an extension of the administration was built in the immediate vicinity, which was used by the district administration until 1972 and is used today by the Bergisch Gladbach city administration.

Voluntary district administrators

Upper District Directors

  • 1946–1947 Friedrich Heuser
  • 1947–1966 Walter Hagemann
  • 1966–1974 Walter Scholtissek

The population increased sharply during and after the Second World War. Refugees from the bombed-out cities and displaced persons from the east found a new home in the district.

Population development 1933–1972
year Residents
1933 102,816
1939 111,369
1946 148.031
1950 159.506
1961 207,604
1970 268.901
1972 288,000

From 1972 the new district building "Am Rübezahlwald" in the district of Heidkamp was used for the district administration . An outbuilding was added later in Gronau.

Since 1975

After other regions of North Rhine-Westphalia had already been reorganized, on January 1, 1975, the Cologne area was reorganized through the Cologne Act .

The Rhein-Wupper-Kreis , north of the old Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis, was dissolved and its area was divided into seven cities and districts. The community of Witzhelden merged with Leichlingen, Dabringhausen and Dhünn with Wermelskirchen. The cities of Burscheid, Leichlingen and Wermelskirchen became part of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis. They are popularly known as the northern district.

The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis lost the municipalities of Wipperfeld, Klüppelberg and Lindlar, the Engelskirchen office and the city of Wipperfürth to the Oberbergische Kreis .

The city of Porz on the Rhine with around 90,000 inhabitants became a district of Cologne.

There were also changes among the municipalities that remained in the new district: the city of Bensberg was dissolved and major parts of Bergisch Gladbach were added. The Sülztal with Immekeppel and Untereschbach came from Bensberg to Overath, the Dürscheid area to Kürten. Schildgen moved from Odenthal to Bergisch Gladbach. The municipality of Kürten became the municipality of Kürten, but without Wipperfeld.

As a result of the reorganization, the area of ​​the district shrank from around 620 to 438 square kilometers. The population fell from 290,000 to 243,000. The circle no longer has its greatest extent in an east-west direction, but in a north-south direction. Bergisch Gladbach, Kürten, Odenthal, Overath and Rösrath are considered to be the southern district .

Even more changed for the administration and the population of the three cities in the northern district : They no longer belong to the Düsseldorf administrative district , but to the Cologne administrative district . The infrastructure, previously oriented towards Düsseldorf, Solingen and Remscheid, had to be partially converted. Important authorities are now located in Bergisch Gladbach and Cologne. The changeover at the authorities took place literally from one day to the next. Changes in other areas such as local public transport took years. There were also cultural and religious differences that could be felt for decades. The people in the northern district are predominantly Protestant, in the southern district Catholic.

Due to the reorganization, new elections were held in May 1975 for the district council, the state parliament and the city / municipal councils. The distribution of seats in the new district assembly was as follows:

  • CDU: 33 seats
  • SPD: 24 seats
  • FDP: 6 seats

The CDU has been the strongest parliamentary group in the district assembly without interruption since 1975.

Voluntary district administrators

Upper District Directors

Full-time district administrators

Population statistics since 1975

Population development 1975–2005
year Residents
1975 243,578
1980 247,927
1985 248.103
1987 245.391
1990 260,695
1995 269,541
2000 275,474
2005 279.092
2010 276.927
2015 282,729

Denomination statistics

According to the 2011 census , of the 278,182 inhabitants, 110,656 (39.8%) were Roman Catholic , 73,661 (26.5%) Protestant and 93,865 (33.7%) were non-denominational or belonged to another religious community. As of December 31, 2019, 101,700 (35.9%) of the 283,271 inhabitants were Roman Catholic, a year earlier (December 31, 2018) of the 283,455 inhabitants, 105,000 (37%) were Roman Catholic


Election results and district council

year CDU SPD Green FDP left UWG / BfB
1975 51.5 38.3 10.2
1979 52.1 37.8 09.4
1984 46.1 33.4 11.0 08.5
1989 43.3 35.5 10.1 11.1
1994 45.1 35.0 11.7 06.9 1.3
1999 51.3 28.5 08.0 07.1 3.8
2004 40.4 27.8 12.1 010.04 6.2
02009 1 38.4 22.9 12.9 11.9 3.3 4.8
02014 2 41.1 24.2 13.7 6.5 3.9


1Pro NRW; 2.0%
2 AfD: 4.5%, FW: 2.8%

The UWG / BfB is an amalgamation of UWG Rhein-Berg and F-UWG

Currently there is the following distribution of seats according to parliamentary groups in the district council (as of September 2014):

CDU SPD GREEN FDP AfD THE LEFT Non-attached total
27 16 9 4th 3 3 2 64
Free voters 2

The AfD district parliamentary group dissolved in August 2015. The members of the parliamentary group remain active in the district council. Torsten Jungbluth and Oliver Wuttke work together as a group Mittelrechts / LKR (formerly ALFA). Jörg Feller is still a non-attached and non-group member of the district council.

District Administrator

Result of the
runoff election 2017
Santelmann Durdu

The full-time district administrator is elected directly in North Rhine-Westphalia every six years. He is not a member of the district council elected at the same time, but chairs the meetings of the district council and the district committee . He represents the circle to the outside. If necessary, he is represented in these functions by the honorary district councilors from among the district council members.

At the same time he is the head of the district administration and executes the resolutions of the district council.

On behalf of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, he also performs tasks as a lower state administrative authority in the context of organ lending . He is thus head of the district police authority and the education authority .

On October 8, 2017, Stephan Santelmann won the runoff election for the office of district administrator.

  • Full-time district administrator: Stephan Santelmann (CDU)
  • 1. Deputy District Administrator: Uli Heimann (CDU)
  • 2nd deputy district administrator: Claudia Seydholdt (SPD)
  • 3. Deputy District Administrator: Friedhelm Weiß (Alliance 90 / The Greens)
  • 4. Deputy District Administrator: Mathilde Drewing (FDP)

District director and thus general representative of the district administrator from June 1, 2008: Erik Werdel.

The administration has around 700 employees.

Parliamentary representation

Hermann-Josef Tebroke, 2013

Since the election on May 14, 2017, the Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis has been represented in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia by two directly elected members. Constituency I includes Bergisch Gladbach and Rösrath; Until his death in June 2019, Holger Müller , CDU, was the MP . The constituency II includes Burscheid, Kürten, Leichlingen, Odenthal, Overath and Wermelskirchen; The MP is Rainer Deppe , CDU. Christian Lindner , FDP moved into the 17th state parliament and the 19th Bundestag via the respective state list of his party .

In the German Bundestag , the Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis ( Bundestag constituency 100 ) was represented by Wolfgang Bosbach from 1994 to 2017 . In 2017 Hermann-Josef Tebroke won the direct mandate of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis.

coat of arms

Vehicle badge in "old" version with the district coat of arms
Coat of arms of the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis
Blazon : “Under a green shield head with a silver sloping wavy bar, a silver split shield. In front two black battlements, behind a blue-armored and -crowned red lion. "
Justification of the coat of arms: The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis, founded on October 1, 1932, was granted the right to use the coat of arms described below on February 23, 1938. The coat of arms was designed by Wolfgang Pagenstecher back in the 1930s . The double pinnacle beam, included here twice, was the symbol of the Counts von Berg, who ruled the Bergisches Land from the 11th to the 13th centuries. The Bergische Löwe recalls the time from the 13th century to 1806 in the Duchy of Berg . The upper field refers to the Prussian Rhine Province to which the district belonged when it was founded in 1932.

Even after the municipal reorganization of 1975, the district continues to use the coat of arms unchanged with the approval of the district president in Cologne on September 8, 1976.

District partnerships

The county entered into a partnership with Cumbria , England in 1970 . There has been no official collaboration or exchange since the mid-1990s.

Memberships and holdings

The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis

Strategic circle development

In 2007, the district and the eight municipalities started the RBK 2020 strategy process . The aim of the process is to make the district and its municipalities fit for the future.

The basic prerequisites mentioned were: a sustainable financial policy, a considerate approach to nature and trusting inter-municipal and public-private cooperation.

In the strategy process

  • sustainable social structures based on solidarity are secured
  • Framework conditions for an innovative economy, qualified and secure jobs are created and expanded
  • nature and the landscape are protected and used.

The strategic district development is currently being continued with RBK 2020plus. Projects are to be developed that strengthen the region and position the district optimally for the future. Three areas are addressed with RBK 2020plus. These are housing and life as well as economy, education and work and the environment and recreation .


In the 2016 Future Atlas , the district was ranked 99th out of 402 rural districts, municipal associations and independent cities in Germany, making it one of the regions with “future opportunities”. In the 2019 edition, it was ranked 87th out of 401.

The economy of the district is characterized by small and medium-sized enterprises. The responsible Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cologne has around 16,600 member companies in the district. Around 63,000 people in the district are employed subject to social security contributions, two thirds of them in the service sector. Around 28,000 commuters come to work in the district, while 53,000, almost double the number of commuters, have a job in the surrounding cities and industrial areas. The economic structure has proven to be favorable in the past: the unemployment rate in the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis was regularly below the average for North Rhine-Westphalia.

The large private employers are concentrated in three cities. These include the paper manufacturer Zanders , the food manufacturer Krüger , the investment company Indus Holding and the biotechnology company Miltenyi Biotec in Bergisch Gladbach. The Obi hardware store chain has its headquarters in Wermelskirchen and, among others, the roller manufacturer Tente has its production site. Bigger companies in Burscheid are Federal-Mogul and Adient . A large number of small and medium-sized companies have settled in the technology center and technology park Bergisch Gladbach- Moitzfeld and in the company park on the A1 in Wermelskirchen.

The Kreissparkasse Köln , in which the Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis is involved, has numerous branches in seven municipalities. The city of Wermelskirchen has its own savings bank with seven branches. The number of cooperative banks has shrunk to two as a result of mergers. There are still the VR Bank eG Bergisch Gladbach and the Bensberger bank. Three other cooperative banks from the surrounding area have branches in the northern district. In Rösrath-Forsbach , the Rheinisch-Westfälische Genossenschaftsverband maintains an academy for cross-company training and further education for bankers. The major German banks have individual branches in the cities.

Agriculture uses around 38 percent of the area in the district. The proportion fluctuates between 23 percent in Bergisch Gladbach and around 48 percent in Burscheid and Kürten. The North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Agriculture registered 596 farms with a total of 13,086 hectares in 2003 . The number of companies has fallen by 9.7 percent within ten years.

The forest has a share of 36 percent of the district area. The share is highest in Odenthal with 44 percent and in Rösrath with 47 percent. The largest contiguous forest area is the Königsforst . A total of 354.5 km² of the district belong to the Bergisches Land nature park . More than 60 percent are landscape protection areas , especially the area around the Great Dhünntalsperre .


Road traffic

On January 1, 2018, 206,662 vehicles were registered in the district (around 730 per 1,000 inhabitants), of which 176,267 were cars. On July 1, 1956, the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis was assigned the GL distinguishing sign (for the district town of Bergisch Gladbach) when the license plates that are still valid today were introduced . It is still issued today.

In the north, the A1 runs through the Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis with junctions in Burscheid and Wermelskirchen. In Rösrath there is a semi-junction with an entrance to the A3 towards Cologne and an exit from Cologne. The A4 crosses the district in an east-west direction with junctions in Bergisch Gladbach and Overath.


Rösrath station on the Oberbergische Bahn

The district is accessed by three railway lines on which the following railway lines operate:

  • the S 11 on the Düsseldorf − Neuss − Dormagen − Cologne − Bergisch Gladbach line
  • the Rhein-Wupper-Bahn (RB 48) on the Wuppertal − Solingen − LeichlingenLeichlingen − Cologne − Bonn route
  • the Oberbergische Bahn (RB 25) on the Cologne - Rösrath - Overath - Gummersbach - Meinerzhagen - Lüdenscheid line.

Odenthal and Kürten do not have a rail connection. In the urban area of ​​Burscheid and Wermelskirchen there were several train stations and stops on the now closed Remscheid-Lennep-Opladen railway , popularly known as the "Balkan Express", until the 1990s .

The Cologne-Mülheim – Lindlar railway line (east of Bergisch Gladbach known by the population as the “Sülztalbahn” or “Sülztal Express”) ran through Bergisch Gladbach, Bensberg, Rösrath, Hoffnungsthal and Immekeppel to Lindlar until the 1960s. The section to Bensberg was still used by freight traffic until 1989. Today, the section from Cologne to Bergisch Gladbach, electrified in 1975, is used by S-Bahn line 11 , regional train line 25 runs between Rösrath and Hoffnungsthal , the remaining sections have been closed and most of them dismantled.

Until 1962, Overath had a rail connection from Siegburg − Lohmar ("Luhmer Grietche") on the Siegburg – Olpe (Aggertalbahn) line, from which the Overath-Dieringhausen section is still used by the RB 25 today.

Bus transport and light rail

Bergisch Gladbach train station and bus station

Bus traffic in the district is provided by Kraftverkehr Wupper-Sieg AG ("wupsi"), Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH and in the northern district by Kraftverkehr Gebr. Wiedenhoff GmbH and Verkehrsbetrieb Hüttebräucker GmbH. In less frequented routes, bus traffic is supplemented by shared taxi and call bus lines . In some places (Burscheid, Kürten, Leichlingen, Odenthal, Overath and Wermelskirchen) a citizen bus offer has been set up. In Bergisch Gladbach, many bus routes in the southern and northern districts are linked with each other and with the S-Bahn.

The tram line 1 of the Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe (KVB) runs from Cologne via Refrath to Bensberg .

All local public transport must be used within the scope of the tariff of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS).

Connection to the airports

The Dusseldorf airport ensures the north and the Cologne / Bonn airport for the southern part of the circle for optimum connections to worldwide destinations.

Schools and other educational institutions

In the eight municipalities of the district there are 52 primary schools , eight secondary schools , eleven secondary schools , ten grammar schools , one commercial high school , four comprehensive schools , three secondary schools and eight special schools .

Primary schools, secondary schools and secondary schools are located in every municipality, comprehensive schools in Bergisch Gladbach- Paffrath and Kürten. There are high schools in the municipalities except Burscheid and Kürten, with the comprehensive school in Kürten leading to the Abitur. The schools include the Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Bensberg and the Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium Bergisch Gladbach .

The special needs schools, some of them facilities of the Rhineland Regional Association, are spread across Bergisch Gladbach, Kürten, Leichlingen, Rösrath and Wermelskirchen.

There are vocational colleges centrally in Bergisch Gladbach and Wermelskirchen. Since 2007, an additional business school has been set up in Bergisch Gladbach.

The three adult education centers are each run by two or three municipalities,

  • in Bergisch Gladbach for the district town and the communities of Kürten and Odenthal
  • in Overath and Rösrath
  • in Burscheid, Leichlingen and Wermelskirchen (VHS Bergisch Land).

Private music schools exist in Bergisch Gladbach, Wermelskirchen and in the so-called Music City Burscheid.

The Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft (FHDW) has a branch in Bergisch Gladbach . There is also the education center for information processing professions (bib), where the students can deal with their education and training.

In the Bergisch Gladbach district of Refrath there is a free Waldorf school with the possibility of doing the Abitur.

In the Bergisch Gladbach stadium on Paffrather Strasse, the Rheinische Turnerbund maintains its regional gymnastics school .

Numerous private providers offer short-term training measures at local or regional level for general and professional development.


The cultural and economic history is presented in some museums, see list of museums in the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis .

Rheinisch-Bergischer calendar

The Rheinisch-Bergisch calendar is the yearbook of the Bergisches Land. It usually appears towards the end of September or the beginning of October and provides multifaceted insights into the region.

Culture scouts Bergisches Land

The Kultur-Scouts Bergisches Land is an offer for secondary school students. The young people can explore the cultural offers in the region twice a year during the project. The programs in the institutions are tailored to the curriculum. It is a joint project of six cities and districts in the region. There are now 26 cultural locations.


Walter Schneeloch, 2005

Numerous sports are practiced in the district, be it indoors or outdoors. The sports clubs of the eight cities and municipalities are united in the Kreissportbund. The association represents around 260 clubs with around 72,000 members. The focus of the association's work is on popular sports.

The Kreissportbund is a member of the State Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia (LSB NRW) and this then of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB).

Sports activities also take place outside of the clubs, such as jogging or Nordic walking. Many people come from the neighboring cities to go hiking, horse riding or play golf. The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis offers excellent conditions for mountain bikers, and the local mountain bike schools are on hand with help and advice.

Walter Schneeloch , President of the State Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia and, since 2006, Vice-President of the German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB), where he is responsible for popular sports and sports development, lives in Bergisch Gladbach-Bensberg .

Prominent active or former athletes with a personal connection to the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis are listed in the individual city and community articles and in the category: Person (Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis) .


In the circle of two dishes are ordinary courts established

Burscheid and Leichlingen belong to the district of the Leverkusen District Court .

These are superior to the local courts Cologne Regional Court and the Higher Regional Court of Cologne .

Responsible for special court proceedings which are Cologne Administrative Court , the Finanzgericht Köln and the Social Court Cologne.

In the event of disputes arising from employment relationships, the Cologne Labor Court is responsible for Bergisch Gladbach, Kürten, Odenthal, Overath and Rösrath, and the Solingen Labor Court for Burscheid, Leichlingen and Wermelskirchen.

The Cologne public prosecutor's office is the investigative and prosecuting authority for the entire district .

There is no penal institution and no youth detention center in the district .

Events and projects

Expedition home

Expedition Heimat is an action by the district, its municipalities and various public and private institutions. It offers the opportunity to get to know some facets of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis better. In each of the eight cities and municipalities, sub-actions take place under their own theme. Some programs also include guided hikes. This cultural action is embedded in the Europe-wide Open Monument Day .

Expedition Heimat has a new direction from 2017: Expedition Heimat 2.0 . In doing so, the focus is specifically on an event location in a municipality in order to shed more light on a topic that has only been touched on in recent years. From 2008 to 2015, numerous parallel events, such as guided tours, lectures and excursions, took place in all eight municipalities on one day.


unverDHÜNNt is a day of action around the great Dhünn Dam, which has been taking place every three years since 2007. The project is a cooperation between the Wupperverband, the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis and: aqualon e. V. Visitors can explore the Great Dhünn Dam and take part in many water-related activities. The aim is to sensitize people to nature and the protection of drinking water.

natural reserve

The district area is covered with a considerable number of nature reserves.

East West Forum

FORUM OSTWEST cultural projects with Poland + its neighbors is a series of events of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis, which has been carried out since 1992.

The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis and its partners invite artists, scientists and politicians from Poland and its neighboring countries to concerts, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and other events. At the same time the dialogue between artists from the Rheinisch-Bergisch district and from Eastern Europe should be promoted. The FORUM OSTWEST appeals to a wide variety of audiences with its broad spectrum.

Honoring deserving citizens

Every year, the Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis awards the golden badge of honor to a maximum of 25 citizens who have volunteered in the social field, in promoting youth or in cultural maintenance. All citizens can submit proposals to the district.

License Plate

The license plate GL , which is still valid today and stands for the district town of Bergisch Gladbach, was assigned to the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis . It is still issued today.

See also

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. 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 )
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  • Rheinisch-Bergischer Calendar Yearbook for the Bergisches Land
  • Lydia Kieven: cultural guide Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis . Heider Verlag, Bergisch Gladbach 1998, ISBN 3-87314-334-8 .
  • Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis (Ed.): The Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis . Phil Baltin, Gevelsberg 1978 (history, culture, numerous company portraits).
  • Werner Honig, Thomas Jahn: Rheinisch-Bergisches Mosaik . Gustav Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1981, ISBN 3-7857-0293-0 (illustrated book).
  • Verlag Kommunikation und Wirtschaft in cooperation with the district administration, Red .: Birgit Bär (Hrsg.): Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis . 1st edition. Communication and Economy, Oldenburg (Oldb) 2000, ISBN 3-88363-190-6 .
  • Karl Hermes, Heinrich Müller-Miny: The Rheinisch-Bergische Kreis . In: Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia - State Planning Authority - Central Committee for German Regional Studies (Hrsg.): The German districts manual for administration, economy and culture . Wilhelm Stollfuss, Bonn 1974.

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