Euskirchen (district)


Euskirchen (district)

Infobox German district
name=Euskirchen
state=North Rhine-Westphalia
capital=Euskirchen
regierungsbezirk=Cologne
area=1,249.093
population=189,360
population_as_of=2001
density=152
carsign=EU
url=http://www.kreis-euskirchen.de

Euskirchen is a Kreis (district) in the south-west of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Aachen, Düren, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Rhein-Sieg, Ahrweiler, Daun, Bitburg-Prüm, and the Liège province (Belgium).

History

In 1827 a first district around the city of Euskirchen was created, however much smaller than today. In 1932 the district of Rheinbach was dissolved, whereby the Euskirchen district gained its southern part. In 1972 the Euskirchen district grew again by the inclusion of the Schleiden district.

Geography

Geographically the district is inside the Eifel hill chain. This land is hardly suitable for agriculture, and therefore in historical times the region was rather poor. The only wealth was the iron ore, but today the many forests there make the area interesting for tourists.

Coat of arms

Towns and municipalities

External links

* [http://www.kreis-euskirchen.de Official Website] (German)


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