Bergisch Gladbach

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Bergisch Gladbach
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Forecourt of Schloss Bensberg
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Bergisch Gladbach
Coordinates: 51°06′N07°07′E / 51.100°N 7.117°E / 51.100; 7.117 Coordinates: 51°06′N07°07′E / 51.100°N 7.117°E / 51.100; 7.117
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis
   Mayor Frank Stein (SPD)
  Total83.12 km2 (32.09 sq mi)
Highest elevation
267 m (876 ft)
Lowest elevation
51 m (167 ft)
 (2019-12-31) [1]
  Density1,300/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes 02202, 02204, 02207
Vehicle registration GL

Bergisch Gladbach (German pronunciation: [ˌbɛɐ̯gɪʃ ˈglatbax] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a city in the Cologne/Bonn Region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and capital of the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis (district).



Bergisch Gladbach is located east of the river Rhine, approx. 10 kilometers east of Cologne.

Neighbouring municipalities

Beginning in the north clockwise the neighbouring municipalities and neighbouring towns are: Odenthal, Kürten, Overath, Rösrath, Cologne and Leverkusen.


Early settlements existed in the 13th century, but the town was officially founded in 1856.

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Old castle and town hall of Bensberg

The word Bergisch in the name does not originate from its location in the county of Berg and was not added to distinguish it from Mönchengladbach as believed by many people, but from the counts who gave their name to the region. At the start of the 12th century the counts of Berg settled in the area and it later became the duchy (under Napoleon, the grand duchy) of Berg. This is where the first part of the name (Bergisch) comes from, the town being located in the former county of Berg. It is the administrative headquarters ('Kreisstadt') of the Rheinish-Bergisch district (or 'Kreis').

The second part of the name, Gladbach (cognate with English Ladbrooke) originates from Low Rhenish (Bergisches Platt) and means canalised stream, referring to the small river (the Strunde) that was artificially canalised (laid) in early medieval times. In Bergisch Platt, the regional dialect, laid is said gelaat, a word which eventually evolved to glad (in this case the 'd' is pronounced as a 't'). The second part of the word, bach is the standard German word for a small stream, referring in this case to the Strunde .

In 1975 the town incorporated neighbouring Bensberg and when it reached a population of 100,000 in 1977 it was given city status.

Largest groups of foreign residents [2]
NationalityPopulation (2014)
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 2,123
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 882
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 878
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 679
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 300
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 288
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 260
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 257
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 241
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia & Herzegovina 208


Paper manufacturing, printing, glass wool manufacturing, chocolate, and high-tech industries make up a large part of Bergisch Gladbach's economy.

International relations

Bergisch Gladbach is twinned with: [3]

CountryPlaceCounty / District / Region / StateDate
Flag of France.svg France Bourgoin-Jallieu Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 1956
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Luton Bedfordshire 1956
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Velsen North Holland 1956
Flag of France.svg France Joinville-le-Pont Île-de-France 1960
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Runnymede Surrey 1965
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania Marijampolė Suvalkija 1989
Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Limassol 1991
Flag of Poland.svg Poland Pszczyna Silesian Voivodship 1993
Flag of Palestine.svg Palestine Beit Jala West Bank 2010
Flag of Israel.svg Israel Ganei Tikva Central District 2012
Flag of the United States.svg United States South Bend Indiana 2019

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  2. "Staatsangehörigkeit in Bergisch Gladbach". Stadt Bergisch Gladbach. Retrieved 21 July 2015.[ permanent dead link ]
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