Krefeld (Germany)

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Region
Europe Rivers

Locode
DEKRE

Coordinates
51.34090 N, 6.56818 E

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Krefeld (until 1929 known as Crefeld), is a port city located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, northwest of Dusseldorf. The city covers a total area of approx 137,68 km2 (53,16 ml2) and has population of around 225,140 people (2015 census).

  • The centre of Krefeld lies just a few kilometres to the west of River Rhine. Uerdingen borough is situated directly on the river. Krefeld is accessed via autobahns A57 (Cologne–Nijmegen) and A44 (Aachen–Dusseldorf–Dortmund–Kassel).
  • The city of Krefeld is often called the "Velvet and Silk City".
  • The residents of Krefeld speak Hochdeutsch, standard German taught to all Germans. However, their native dialect is Low German variety, which is sometimes locally called Krieewelsch Platt, Krefelder Plattdeutsch, Plattdeutsch, or simply Platt. Uerdingen line isogloss, which separates general dialectical areas located in Germany and Germanic-speaking neighbouring countries, runs through and is named in honour to Krefeld's Uerdingen district, initially an independent municipality.
  • On June 21, 1943 British bombs destroyed big parts of east of Krefeld; a firestorm consumed most of city center (apart from the train station, that remained intact apart from little damage). On March 3, 1945 United States' troops entered Krefeld, among them Henry Kissinger, later U.S. Secretary of State. Krefeld became part of the new North Rhine-Westphalia state after WWII.
  • Points of interest in Krefeld include the Castle of Linn; municipal botanical garden Botanischer Garten Krefeld; Lange and Esters Houses, neighbouring by early Mies van der Rohe, today serving as contemporary art museum venues (along with Kaiser Wilhelm Museum); Zoo Krefeld and horse racing track Galopprennbahn Krefeld.

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