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Country  Germany
Admin. region  Düsseldorf
Elevation  68 m (223 ft)
Area  26.89 km²
Population  45,963 (31 Dec 2010)
State  North Rhine-Westphalia
District  Mettmann
Time zone  CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Local time  Sunday 1:52 PM
Postal code  40699
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Weather  15°C, Wind SE at 19 km/h, 31% Humidity

Erkrath is a town in the district of Mettmann, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


Map of 40699 Erkrath, Germany


Erkrath is situated on the river Düssel, directly east of Düsseldorf and west of Wuppertal, close to the famous Neandertal. It has two stations, Erkrath station, which is served by Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn line S 8, and Erkrath Nord station, which is served by S-Bahn line S 28, both at 20 minute intervals.


In that part of Neandertal, which is located in Erkrath, in the summer of 1856, quarry workers discovered the fossilised remains of what became known as the Neanderthal man or Homo Neanderthalensis in Feldhof cave. The name Erkrath was first mentioned in 1148. Erkrath received town rights in 1966. In 1975, the municipality of Hochdahl was incorporated into Erkrath. As well its former borough Unterbach was incorporated into Düsseldorf. Only a part of Unterbach called Unterfeldhaus remained as now a borough of its own with Erkrath. Erkrath today has three local parts: Erkrath, Hochdahl and Unterfeldhaus.

  • Johann Kaiser (1898–1907) (the old town hall was built in 1899)
  • Franz Zahren (1907–1930)
  • Werner Hallauer (1930–1935)
  • Heinrich Rasche (1935–1945), NSDAP, later FDP
  • Wilhelm Broch (1945–1946)
  • August Westerholz (1946), SPD
  • Hermann Moritz (1946–1949), CDU
  • Alex Bendt (1949–1954), SPD
  • Gertrud Thomé (later: Küpper) (1954–1956), CDU
  • Alex Bendt (1956–1961), SPD
  • Gertrud Küpper (geb. Thomé) (1961–1963), CDU
  • Johannes van Oost (1963–1964),
  • Gertrud Küpper (geb. Thomé) (1964–1972), CDU
  • Hans Weyer (1972–1974), SPD
  • Aloys Kiefer (1975–1983), CDU
  • Gloria Ziller (1983–1989), CDU
  • Rudolf Unger (1989–1999), SPD
  • Arno Werner (1999–2015), CDU
  • Christoph Schultz (since 2015), CDU
  • Twin towns

  • Cergy-Pontoise, France
  • West Lancashire, England
  • Leinefelde in Thuringia (friendship)
  • Port-de-Paix, Haiti (sponsorship)
  • Sons and daughters of the town

  • Johann Heinrich Bongard (1779-1857), eye and wound surgeon and royal Prussian Hofrat, first author of a publication on the Neandertal
  • Karl Wenders (1841-1905), mayor of Neuss, Member of Reichstag and member of Landtag
  • Friedrich Hünermann (1886-1969), Catholic theologian and auxiliary bishop in Aachen
  • Manfred Lahnstein (born 1937) politician (SPD), former Federal Finance Minister and Member of the Management Board and Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG
  • Heiner Baltes (born 1949), German footballer
  • References

    Erkrath Wikipedia

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