Wesel (district)

Wesel (German pronunciation: [ˈveːzəl]) is a Kreis (district) in the northwestern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Borken, Recklinghausen, district-free cities Bottrop, Oberhausen, Duisburg and Krefeld, districts Viersen, Cleves.

Wesel
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionDüsseldorf
Founded1975
CapitalWesel
Area
  Total1,042.4 km2 (402.5 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2018)[1]
  Total459,809
  Density440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationWES,DIN,MO
Websitehttp://www.kreis-wesel.de

History

The district was created in 1975 by merging former districts Dinslaken, Moers and Rees, which were all created in 1816 when the area became part of Prussia.

Geography

The main river through the district is the Rhine.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms show a willow tree with 13 branches representing the 13 municipalities and cities in the district. The green color as well as the tree was chosen to show that the city is surrounded by a green belt. The coat of arms was granted in 1978.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Dinslaken
  2. Hamminkeln
  3. Kamp-Lintfort
  4. Moers
  5. Neukirchen-Vluyn
  6. Rheinberg
  7. Voerde
  8. Wesel
  9. Xanten
  1. Alpen
  2. Hünxe
  3. Schermbeck
  4. Sonsbeck

References

Media related to Kreis Wesel at Wikimedia Commons

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