Gummersbach
Church in Gummersbach
Church in Gummersbach
Coat of arms of Gummersbach
Location of Gummersbach within Oberbergischer Kreis district
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Gummersbach is located in Germany
Gummersbach
Gummersbach
Gummersbach is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Gummersbach
Gummersbach
Coordinates: 51°02′N 7°34′E / 51.033°N 7.567°E / 51.033; 7.567Coordinates: 51°02′N 7°34′E / 51.033°N 7.567°E / 51.033; 7.567
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionCologne
DistrictOberbergischer Kreis
Government
 • Mayor (2020–25) Frank Helmenstein[1] (CDU)
Area
 • Total95.3 km2 (36.8 sq mi)
Highest elevation
519 m (1,703 ft)
Lowest elevation
200 m (700 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total50,978
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
51643, 51645, 51647
Dialling codes02261, 02266 (Berghausen), 02354 (Lieberhausen), 02263 (Elbach)
Vehicle registrationGM
Websitewww.gummersbach.de

Gummersbach (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʊmɐsˌbax] (listen); Kölsch: Jummersbach) is a town in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, being the district seat of the Oberbergischer Kreis. It is located 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Cologne.

History

In 1109 Gummersbach was mentioned in official documents for the first time. The document in question concerned the lowering of the episcopal tax for the church in Gummersbach by Archbishop Frederick I. At that time the name of the town was spelled as Gumeresbracht. Gummersbach received town privileges in 1857. In 1855 Gummersbach's industrial history began with the foundation of the company Steinmüller. With the company's success the little village began to grow to a town. After the company was bought in 1998 the production in Gummersbach was closed and most of the company's area was unused. Due to the fact that by the time this area made up half of the downtown area the town of Gummersbach bought this area to develop it. In the following years a multifunctional arena, shopping mall, university, movie theater, court, police station, hotel, offices and a park were built.

The coat of arms

The arms were granted on July 27, 1892. Gummersbach developed rapidly from a small village to a large town during the early 19th century, due to the metal and textile industry. The right part of the arms thus show a spindle as a symbol for the textile industry. The left part shows the arms of the Counts of the Mark, as the area belonged to the Mark since 1287.

Communities, localities and villages

Map of Gummersbach
Map of Gummersbach

Apfelbaum – Becke – Berghausen – Bernberg – Birnbaum – Börnchen – Bracht – Bredenbruch – Brink – Bruch – Brunohl – Berghausen – Deitenbach – Derschlag – Dieringhausen – Drieberhausen – Dümmlinghausen – Elbach – Erbland – Erlenhagen – Flaberg – Frömmersbach – Grünenthal – Gummeroth – Hardt – Hardt-Hanfgarten – Helberg – Herreshagen – Hesselbach – Höfen -Hömel – Hülsenbusch – Hunstig – Kalkuhl – Karlskamp – Koverstein – Lantenbach – Lieberhausen – Liefenroth – Lobscheid – Lützinghausen – Luttersiefen – Mühle – Neuenhaus – Neuenschmiede – Niedergelpe – Niedernhagen – Niederseßmar – Nochen – Oberrengse – Ohmig -Peisel – Piene – Rebbelroth – Recklinghausen – Reininghausen – Remmelsohl – Rodt – Rospe – Schneppsiefen – Schönenberg – Schusterburg – Sonnenberg – Steinenbrück – Straße – Strombach – Unnenberg – Veste – Vollmerhausen – Waldesruh – Wasserfuhr – Windhagen – Wörde – Würden

Main sights

Education

Twin towns – sister cities

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany

Gummersbach is twinned with:[3]

Sport

The men's team VfL Gummersbach was one of the most successful handball teams of Europe in the 1970s and 1980s.

Notable people

References

  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". gummersbach.de (in German). Gummersbach. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  4. ^ "Bio". Afu Thomas Official Website. Retrieved 2020-02-08.German version