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Coat of arms of the municipality of Uedem
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Coordinates: 51 ° 40 ′  N , 6 ° 17 ′  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Dusseldorf
Circle : Kleve
Height : 21 m above sea level NHN
Area : 60.93 km 2
Residents: 8224 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 135 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 47589
Area code : 02825
License plate : KLE, GEL
Community key : 05 1 54 056
Community structure: 4 localities
Address of the
municipal administration:
Mosterstraße 2
47589 Uedem
Website : www.uedem.de
Mayor : Rainer Weber (independent)
Location of the municipality of Uedem in the Kleve district
Niederlande Krefeld Kreis Borken Kreis Viersen Kreis Wesel Bedburg-Hau Emmerich am Rhein Geldern Goch Issum Kalkar Kerken Kevelaer Kleve Kranenburg (Niederrhein) Rees Rheurdt Straelen Uedem Wachtendonk Weezemap
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Uedemer town hall
"Uemse Knoll"
Fountain in the market square
High mill
View from the north

The municipality of Uedem [ ˈyːdəm ] is located on the lower left Lower Rhine in the north-west of North Rhine-Westphalia and is a municipality belonging to the district of Kleve in the administrative district of Düsseldorf . It is a member of the Euregio Rhine-Waal .


Expansion of the municipal area

The municipality of Uedem has about 8,500 inhabitants on an area of ​​61 km². Uedem has four districts:

  • Uedem (5,802 inhabitants, 5.52 km²)
  • Keppeln (1,588 inhabitants, 19.29 km²)
  • Uedemerbruch (530 inhabitants, 22.86 km²)
  • Uedemerfeld (406 inhabitants, 13.27 km²)

The Uedemer Hochwald nature reserve lies entirely within the municipality.

Neighboring municipalities / cities

The municipality of Uedem borders the municipality of Bedburg-Hau and the city of Kalkar in the north, the city of Xanten and the municipality of Sonsbeck (both Wesel district ) in the east, the city of Kevelaer and the municipality of Weeze in the south, and the city of Goch in the west .


  • A burial ground from the Roman Empire was excavated in Keppeln.
  • According to archaeological finds, settled since the first half of the 7th century AD.
  • 863 first known documentary mention as "in Odeheimero marca" (in the Uedemer Mark).
  • The place name is a -heim -name on the personal name Udo; Name forms in the early sources are: Odeheimero, Uodheim, Udem, Uodem, Uedem, Oedeheym, Othehem. The original expansion e is now spoken as an umlaut.
  • First mention of Keppeln (1173), Uedemerbruch and Uedemerfeld (13th century).
  • Church of St. Laurentius in Uedem first mentioned in 1266 and documented as a parish church around 1300. However, the original structure had existed since at least AD 1200.
  • January 5, 1359 first town privileges by Count Johann von Kleve .
  • May 1, 1359 Liberation from bondage - "Xanten Treaty".
  • After the occupation of the Rhineland by French troops in 1797, loss of town charter (1798) and formation of the mayor's office (French Mairie ) Uedem (French Udem) with the four communities Uedem, Uedemerfeld, Keppeln and Uedemerbruch (after 1815 Prussian ).
  • In February 1945, during the Second World War, the great battle in the Reichswald ("Operation Veritable"; part of this operation was Operation Blockbuster ") raged in the nearby Klever Reichswald and in the vicinity of Uedem . On the" Dead Hill "north of The advancing Canadian troops were embroiled in the heaviest tank battle in their history. The tanks were transported via the Marienbaum train station. The bombing raids on Marienbaum on February 27 and 28, 1945 stopped this supply. The aisle between the Uedemer Hochwald and the Tüschenwald ("Hochwald gap") scene of heavy fighting.


Most of the Uedemer are Roman Catholic and belong to the parish church of St. Laurentius . In addition, there are two monasteries of the Community of the Beatitudes and the Order of the Visitation of Mary in Uedem . The second largest group is that of evangelical believers. A minority is of the Muslim faith. In Uedemerbruch there is the neo-paganism attributable Dianic-Wicca - Coven . The Transcendental Meditation has a health center in Uedem.

Territorial reform

The community of Uedem was established in its current form on July 1, 1969 during the first municipal reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . The municipalities of Uedem, Keppeln, Uedemerbruch and Uedemerfeld of the Uedem office were merged to form the new municipality of Uedem.

On January 1, 1975, as part of the second reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia, the old district of Kleve was merged with the former district of Geldern and parts of the districts of Moers and Rees by the Lower Rhine Act to form the new Lower Rhine greater district of Kleve.

Population development

The following information relates to what is today the area of ​​the municipality of Uedem.

  • 1975: 6496 inhabitants
  • 1980: 6397 inhabitants
  • 1985: 6485 inhabitants
  • 1990: 6822 inhabitants
  • 1995: 7733 inhabitants
  • 2000: 8330 inhabitants
  • 2005: 8458 inhabitants
  • 2010: 8,218 inhabitants
  • 2015: 8,266 inhabitants
  • 2017: 8188 inhabitants


Local election 2014
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Gains and losses
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Municipal council

The council of the municipality Uedem consists of a total of 26 members. Since the last local election on May 25, 2014, the CDU (53.29%, 14 seats), SPD (22.89%, 6 seats), FDP (12.71%, 3 seats) and Greens (11.11%) have been in the local council %, 3 seats).

The next local election will take place in 2020.


Rainer Weber (non-party - set up by the CDU) was re-elected as mayor of the municipality of Uedem in 2015 with 83.28% of the vote. His opponent was Heinz Bömler (non-party - formed by the SPD, 16.72%).

The next mayoral election will take place in 2020.

coat of arms

Blazon : In red the silver (white) gate castle with three towers, the middle of which is wider and higher than the accompanying side towers. On the roofs golden (yellow) knobs, in the open gate golden (yellow) portcullis. On the front of the central tower, the Klever state coat of arms with its crest (red gold (yellow) - crowned bull's head) with its red and white helmet covers.

Meaning: The coat of arms of the municipality of Uedem goes back to the image of the city seal from the 14th century (Ewald, Rheinische Siegel, Volume III, Plate 80, Figure 2). This seal, which was probably introduced when Count Johann von Cleve granted Uedem city rights in 1359, still exists today in an imprint from 1369 in the main state archive in Düsseldorf. The colors are taken from the Klevian family coat of arms. The current coat of arms was approved by the district president in 1971.


The municipality carries the following flags:

Banner : red-white-red striped lengthways. The ratio of the widths is 1: 3: 1. The municipal coat of arms is slightly shifted towards the bar in the upper half of the central strip.

Hoisted flag : red-white-red stripes. The ratio of the widths is 1: 3: 1. The municipal coat of arms is shifted in the median towards the bar.

Culture and sights

At the town hall there is a bronze sculpture of a local sugar beet , the "Uemse Knoll".

To the east of Uedem is the Hohe Mühle, which can be visited during opening hours. There is also a shoemaker and leather goods museum, which focuses on traditional Uedem shoe production.

Economy and Infrastructure


The traditional industry in Uedem consisted of shoe factories and agricultural processing plants. Apart from a factory for work safety shoes, a smaller workshop for orthopedic shoes and a shoe wholesaler, nothing remains of the once flourishing shoe industry. Locally located are an automotive supplier, a company for large electrical systems and line construction, control technology and control cabinet attachment, a potato wholesaler and a forwarding agency. Agriculture continues to play a role, and there is also rural tourism with riding stables and farm holidays. Another economic factor in Uedem is the Bundeswehr / NATO . The Maharishi World Peace Foundation operates an Ayurveda health center in a "Peace Palace" .


Road traffic

The eastern part of the shoemaker's community is burdened by more than 10,000 vehicles every day, as the bypass road L5 (Am Kirchhecken / Gustav-Adolf-Straße), which formerly ran outside of the town, is now back in town due to the advanced expansion of the residential areas. The condition of the heavily used street is steadily deteriorating, which means that residents are increasingly exposed to noise, dust and vibrations. The tense situation has meanwhile created a community of interests against traffic pollution. The traffic infrastructure on the Lower Rhine is underdeveloped in the east-west axis, so all small towns are heavily burdened by cross traffic between the A 3 and A 57 motorways as well as supraregional between the Dutch area and the Münsterland. A new bypass for Uedem (L5n) planned to the north has been suspended due to a lack of state funds, the expansion of the east-west route B 67 as B 67n south of Uedem, on the other hand, should be completed by 2018 according to the previous plans. Uedem is connected to the trunk road network by the federal autobahn 57 (E 31) with an exit in the city area and the federal road 67 .

Rail transport

There is no longer any rail traffic in Uedem. Freight traffic on a section of the Boxteler Bahn from Goch to Uedem was discontinued in 1966. Passenger traffic was stopped on May 26, 1963 after the traffic from Uedem via Uedemerfeld, Uedemerbruch and Labbeck to Xanten and Wesel was not resumed after the war damage in 1945.


In 2016, Deutsche Glasfaser began bundling demand with the support of the citizens' initiative Glasfaser Stammtisch Uedem . In the areas of Uedem-Ost, Keppeln and Uedemerbruch, the development of households with fiber optics, so-called FTTH , is to begin in 2017 .



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. Harald von Petrikovits and Rudolf Stampfuß : Das Germanische Brandgräberfeld Keppeln, Kr. Kleve. Curt Kabitzsch publishing house, Leipzig 1940.
  3. ^ Frank Siegmund : Merovingian time on the Lower Rhine. Rheinische Ausgrabungen 34. Rheinland-Verlag, Bonn 1998, p. 433 with plate 214. - ISBN 3-7927-1247-4
  4. ^ Glöckner, Karl, Codex Laureshamensis : Volume 1 - Introduction Regesten Chronik , Darmstadt 1929, p. 317; Chronicle, 33 (Reg. 3468), "Donatio Ansfridi Palatini comitis, in Geizefurt"
  5. ^ Heinrich Dittmeier, The place names on the left bank of the Rhine on -dorf and -heim. Rheinisches Archiv 108.Bonn 1979, p. 89
  6. ^ Friedrich Wilhelm Oediger, The churches of the archdeaconate Xanten. Bonn 1969, pp. 285-286; Hans Erich Kubach, Albert Verbeek, Romanesque architecture on the Rhine and Maas. Berlin 1976, pp. 1155-1156. - The current church is a new building from 1885/86.
  7. Mairien in the Dep. de la Roer in the Genealogy Network (accessed Febr. 2009) ( Memento of the original from September 26, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been 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.genealogienetz.de
  8. http://www.ibiblio.org - 'official history of the canadian army'
  9. ^ "The Hochwald Gap" at Canadianheroes.org
  10. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 80 .
  11. Population of all municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia from December 31, 1962 at the end of each year according to the current territorial status
  12. a b Election results for the 2014 municipal elections, Uedem municipality
  13. Description and declaration of the coat of arms
  14. Main statute of the municipality of Uedem  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.uedem.de  
  15. Manual traffic census 2005 (pdf)
  16. http://verkehr-raus-aus-uedem.de/
  17. State transport planning NRW
  18. Glass fiber round table Uedem
  19. Press release glass fiber round table Uedem
  20. http://www.luftwaffe.de/portal/a/luftwaffe/!ut/p/c4/NYvBCsIwEAX_aDcVFfFm7UHBk1C0va1NKKHJpmxXe_HjTQ6-gbkMD3vMMH38SOoTU8AndoM_vlYIK6ijCIsSAyexMFGY8FEe1sGQ2GmxOlafPQppEpiTaCjlLZILeIudqZra7M1_1ffQ9ufLbbvbNNf6jnOMpx_VIoxf/
  21. http://www.ace-high-journal.eu/uedem.html

Web links

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