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Coat of arms of Wermelskirchen
Coat of arms
Wermelskirchen  is located in Germany
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Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis
 • Mayor Eric Weik (FDP)
 • Total 74.66 km2 (28.83 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 34,472
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 42929
Dialling codes 02196
02193 (Dabringhausen)
Vehicle registration GL
Website www.wermelskirchen.de

Wermelskirchen is a town in the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, southeast of Remscheid. It is home to the world's biggest live Christmas tree.

Coat of arms

The coat-of-arms of the city of Wermelskirchen looks like a silver shield split into thirds. In the left field is an oak tree. In the right field there is a Swan and pictured in the middle field there is a church.


Wermelskirchen has an Evangelical, a Roman Catholic church and a Latin school.


The city has the head office of OBI [2] and the origin of the castor manufacturer TENTE.

Notable people

Wermelskirchen is the birthplace of Carl Leverkus, founder of a German chemical and pharmaceutical company in Leverkusen, which was later overtaken by Bayer and run by Carl Duisberg.

Film director and writer Uwe Boll, director of Rampage and Assault on Wall Street was born here.

Thomas Kleine, German footballer, was born in Wermelskirchen in 1977.


  1. "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>
  2. "Impressum." OBI. Retrieved on 2 February 2011. "Komplementär OBI Heimwerkermarkt Systemzentrale GmbH, Albert-Einstein-Straße 7-9, 42929 Wermelskirchen, Amtsgericht Köln HR B 36389 ."
  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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