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Moers Castle (2014)
Moers Castle (2014)
Flag of Moers
Coat of arms of Moers
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Wesel
 • Mayor Christoph Fleischhauer[1] (CDU)
 • Total 67.68 km2 (26.13 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[2]
 • Total 103,108
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 47441 - 47447
Dialling codes 0 28 41
Vehicle registration MO (alternative: WES or DIN)

Moers (German pronunciation: [ˈmœʁs]; older form: Mörs; archaic Dutch: Murse, Murs or Meurs) is a German city on the western bank of the Rhine, close to Duisburg. Moers belongs to the district of Wesel.


Known earliest from 1186, the county of Moers was an independent principality within the Holy Roman Empire.

During the Eighty Years' War it was alternately captured by Spanish and Dutch troops, as it bordered the Upper Quarter of Guelders. During the war it finally fell to Maurice of Orange. As it was separated from the Dutch Republic by Spanish Upper Guelders it did not become an integral part of the Republic, though Dutch troops were stationed there.

After the death of William III of Orange in 1702, Moers was inherited by the king of Prussia. All Dutch troops and civil servants were expelled.

In 1795 it was annexed by France. At the Congress of Vienna, in 1815 it was returned to Prussia and in 1871 it became part of the German Empire.

A target of the Oil Campaign of World War II, the Steinkohlenbergwerke (English: coal mine) Rheinpreussen synthetic oil plant in Moers,[3] was partially dismantled post-war.

Significant minority groups
Nationality Population (2014)
 Turkey 4,245
 Italy 725
 Poland 586
 Serbia 427
 Croatia 327


The illuminated, 30 meters high mining lamp memorial by Otto Piene on the spoil tip Halde Rheinpreußen in the north of Moers during the blue hour
  • 1815–1820: Wilhelm Urbach
  • 1822–1830: von Nievenheim
  • 1830–1850: Friedrich Adolf Vinmann
  • 1850–1859: Karl von Strampff
  • 1860–1864: Gottlieb Meumann
  • 1864–1897: Gustav Kautz
  • 1898–1910: August Craemer
  • 1910–1915: Richard Glum
  • 1917–1937: Fritz Eckert
  • 1937–1941: Fritz Grüttgen
  • 1943–1945: Peter Linden
  • 1945–1946: Otto Maiweg
  • 1946: Karl Peschken
  • 1946–1952: Wilhelm Müller
  • 1952–1977: Albin Neuse (SPD)
  • 1977–1999: Wilhelm Brunswick (SPD)
  • 1999–2004: Rafael Hofmann (CDU)
  • 2004–2014: Norbert Ballhaus (SPD)
  • 2014–0000: Christoph Fleischhauer (CDU)


In 1985, the Moers Sports Club (volleyball) was formed, winning the 1989 Bundesliga championship.

Notable people

File:Moers - Altmarkt 1, Denkmal Nr. 76.jpg
Birthplace of Gerhard Tersteegen

Twin towns – sister cities

Moers is twinned with:[4]

See also


  1. Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 30 June 2021.
  2. "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 4 September 2014.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Index - Tom Reel 304 : Documents taken from Steinkohlenbergwerk Rheinpreussen, Moers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2013-10-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Partnerstädte der Stadt Moers". (in Deutsch). Moers. Retrieved 2021-02-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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